It appears the Chinese government has responded to nationwide protests and begun to ease Covid restrictions. The government has agreed to curb pandemic restrictions and avoid further long-term restrictions.
In fact, in a meeting today, China’s State Council officials appeared mask-free to discuss the next steps, a significant sign of easing. Authorities said that “long-term restrictions must be rectified and avoided.” Markets were up on this news.
Still, Western media seems hell-bent on framing these protests as a sign of the government’s downfall. We broke down that narrative on Monday’s Redacted program.
Elon Musk says that he will publish internal documents from Twitter explaining the company’s free speech suppression policies. Go on….
This means that we will see exactly why some speech has not been allowed on Twitter. There are oh-so-many examples of nonsensical bans that make one wonder if Twitter leadership has been biased. If…Lol. To name a few: the suppression of the Hunter Biden laptop story, the suppression of Covid treatments, the suppression of vaccine adverse effects… Does all of this stem from an official policy that was actually written down somewhere? Apparently, it does.
When one user demanded that Musk make public “all internal discussions about the decision to censor the @NYPost’s story on Hunter Biden’s laptop before the 2020 Election in the interest of Transparency,” Musk replied that “this is necessary to restore public trust.”
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The U.S. wants Europe to join in on its anti-China stance, according to the Financial Times. But Europe is a little busy right now following Washington’s lead on an anti-Russian stance so do they want to be dragged into this?
According to Politico, some European officials are tired of being dragged into U.S. wars while the U.S. profits. But the U.S. wants to capitalize on this participation to pressure Europe to curb ties with Asia. This is said to be one of the top priorities of a NATO meeting that starts today in Bucharest. At the meeting, officials will discuss a new report on China that will reportedly “address China’s military development, efforts to exert influence on Nato members and third countries, and Beijing’s relationship with Moscow, officials said.”
Translation: the U.S. has largely succeeded in getting Europe to cut itself off from Russian imports but they don’t want Europe to replace those goods with Asian imports.
A group of five major media outlets published an open call to the Biden Administration to drop the charges against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, and we wholeheartedly agree with this!
The media outlets are The New York Times, The Guardian, Le Monde, Der Spiegel and El Pais.
“This indictment sets a dangerous precedent, and threatens to undermine America’s First Amendment and the freedom of the press,” the letter says. “Holding governments accountable is part of the core mission of a free press in a democracy. Obtaining and disclosing sensitive information when necessary in the public interest is a core part of the daily work of journalists. If that work is criminalised, our public discourse and our democracies are made significantly weaker.”
The Biden administration has not indicated that he will let up on Assange, who is currently fighting extradition and living under horrid conditions in the UK.
News By The Numbers
3.5 minutes. That is apparently NOT the amount of time it takes to make a single serving of Velveeta Shells & Cheese, even though the package says so. A woman in Florida is suing the company because she says that that is only the microwave time but there is extra prep-work involved so, you know, lawsuit.
49. That is how many people were arrested across six countries in what authorities call a “super cartel” drug bust that took place between November 8 and 19.
2 out of 3. That is how many adults in the UK worry that they won’t be able to afford Christmas dinner, which the Salvation Army calculates will cost £7.50 per person.
Tim Cook is trending because Apple seems to be having a fight with Twitter and Elon Musk says that he’s not sure why.
Matt Damon is trending because people on Twitter think that this suspect looks like him. The person is non-binary Sam Brinton, the deputy secretary at the Department of Energy’s Office of Nuclear Energy. They were accused of stealing an expensive suitcase from an airport in September.
Metallica is trending because the band announced a new upcoming album and a tour with Pantera.
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This newsletter is written and researched by Natali Morris.
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