We are covering up Western skepticism about Russia’s withdrawal and the worst Covid outbreak ever in Hong Kong.
The West sees no sign of Russia’s retreat
After Russia appeared to back away from its military confrontation with Ukraine, the US and NATO on Wednesday said they had still looking for evidence that President Vladimir Putin is ready for a diplomatic solution and is withdrawing troops from Ukraine’s border.
Russia has deployed more than 150,000 troops that the United States says could invade Ukraine at any time, but Putin on Tuesday said he had ordered a troop withdrawal and was ready to resume talks on security in Eastern Europe.
“Unfortunately there is a discrepancy between what Russia says and what it does,” said Antony Blinken, the US secretary of state. “And what we are seeing makes no sense. On the contrary, we continue to see forces – especially those that would be at the vanguard of any new invasion against Ukraine – continue on the border, massively attacking the border. ”
NATO Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg, echoed the US assessment, saying that Russia still has the ability “to launch a full-scale invasion of Ukraine without any warning period”. He added that the alliance is planning new combat units in central and southeastern Europe.
The Russian Ministry of Defense announced the withdrawal of more troops, release a video shows a train full of armored vehicles traveling from Crimea into mainland Russia.
Take a closer look: ONE US missile base in Poland is at the heart of an issue that animates the Kremlin’s calculations on whether to wage war against Ukraine.
Putin’s Table: The white oval giant, where the Russian president meets leaders, has become the subject of analysiscountless memes and now, a disagreement between two furniture manufacturers, who both say they built it.
Over the past two years, Hong Kong has prided itself on keeping the coronavirus largely under control. But since the Omicron variant entered the city late last year, health officials have found the virus to be increasingly difficult to contain.
Carrie Lam, Hong Kong’s chief executive officer, admitted on Tuesday that the epidemic had “evolved faster than we could”.
Text definition: The city’s volatile response has exposed a key weakness in its ability to handle the coronavirus. Unlike elsewhere, Hong Kong cannot choose to live with the virus; Beijing continues to demand local removal.
The numbers: Researchers have warned that by summer the latest wave could kill nearly 1,000 people – more than four times the number of Covid deaths in Hong Kong over the past two years.
In other developments:
A woman before the shaking of Japanese unions
Trade unions in Japan are not a welcoming place for women. Sexism, pay discrimination and sexual harassment in the workplace have been ignored, leading many to abandon the movement. A woman who leads Rengo, Japan’s largest trade union associationis aiming to change that.
Tomoko Yoshino, who was appointed president of Rengo in October, hopes to demonstrate that unions can be powerful allies of Japanese women. Her first big test will come this spring as Japan’s unions prepare for their annual salary negotiations.
“The fact that I want to make gender equality a part of all Rengo activities has attracted a lot of attention, adding that it has put pressure on member organizations,” said Yoshino. member to “prove real results”.
Text definition: Japan has one of the world’s worst records for gender equality, ranking 120th out of 156 countries in the World Economic Forum’s ranking, even after years of government promises to help women. female “shining”.
Older Asian-American actors are often restricted to playing frail elderly grandparents. Director Les Waters has seen more of them, and his presentation of “Out of Time” there are five solo performers on topics such as memory, fatherhood, and identity – all written by Asian-American playwrights.
“This means: “There are older people in the theater,” says Waters. “We’re here, we’re underutilized and we’ve got the experience.”
ARTS AND IDEAS
A $100 million mystery
Last weekend, the Orlando Museum of Art in Florida released 25 paintings by Jean-Michel Basquiat. The works can be worth more than $100 million. But some experts believe they are fake.
The museum says Basquiat created the artwork in 1982, painted it on cardboard, and sold the collection for $5,000. Aaron De Groft, the museum’s director, said he was “certainly Basquiats,” quoting a handwriting expert, an art professor and a member passed away of a now-dissolved Basquiat authentication committee.
Basquiat had done more than 2,000 works before his death in 1988. “Anyone with the right attitude and the right amount of money can buy something from the artist, who always needed cash to back it up. her various habits,” writes Phoebe Hoban in her book artist’s biography.
However, art dealer Larry Gagosian, who lives above Basquiat’s studio, said he found the museum’s story “very unlikely”. Neither he nor Basquiat’s studio assistant knew about these 25 paintings. There’s another difference: One of the works painted on the box has a FedEx label that the company didn’t use before 1994.
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