BEIJING (Reuters) - China is at least 30 years away from becoming a manufacturing nation of "great power", a former industry minister said on Sunday, despite boasting the world's most complete industrial supply chains. In recent years, China has become the world's top manufacturing nation, accounting for over a third of global output, driven by domestic demand to produce everything from motor vehicles to industrial machinery. But its industries' heavy dependence on U.S. high-tech products such as semiconductors constituted a strategic weakness. "Basic capabilities are still weak, core technolo...
QAnon-loving Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) is coming under criticism for stalking and harassing Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), whom she falsely accused of supporting "terrorism" on Wednesday.
However, a compilation of videos put together on Twitter by user David Waldman show that Greene has a pattern of stalking her political opponents and harassing them even as they try to mind their own business.
One of the most infamous such instances came before she was ever elected to office when she harassed school shooting survivor David Hogg on the streets of Washington D.C., where she yelled at him about his support for new gun safety laws.
In 2020, Greene also visited the United States Capitol building and tried to force Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) to retake their oaths of office on the Bible instead of the Koran.
Waldman also links to complaints from Reps. Cori Bush (D-MO) and Marie Newman (D-IL), who both complained about Greene stalking them.
Check out the videos below.
Marjorie Taylor Greene is a dangerous stalker. The woman followed David Hogg, I believe under 18 at the time, with… https://t.co/lXOJ6Qmlxu— Reesus Patriot (@Reesus Patriot) 1620911176.0
Marjorie Taylor Greene visited the Capitol in 2019 and falsely claimed that Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib are… https://t.co/dbGFK6udFd— Eric Hananoki (@Eric Hananoki) 1597775914.0
New filings for weekly unemployment benefits hit a new pandemic low in the United States last week, government data showed on Thursday, bolstering the case that Covid-19 vaccines are allowing businesses to rehire.
The Labor Department reported 473,000 new seasonally adjusted claims for jobless benefits made in the week ended May 8, fewer than expected and 34,000 less than the previous week's upwardly revised level.
Another 103,571 people, not seasonally adjusted, made claims under a special program for freelance workers ineligible for regular aid, about 2,000 more than the week prior.
The figures marked a sharp reversal from the situation a year ago, when millions of jobless claims were filed each week after Covid-19 caused businesses to close or curtail operations and lay off workers.
Claims hovered in the high hundreds-of-thousands range for months, but the start of vaccination campaigns has caused a sustained fall in new applications in recent weeks. And Rubeela Farooqi of High Frequency Economics said the latest data confirmed that the labor market was healing.
"The reopening is continuing, and businesses are less constrained by restrictions. We expect layoffs to ease further as the economy moves closer towards normal capacity," she said.
As of the week ended May 1, the insured unemployment rate indicating people receiving regular benefits was 2.6 percent, essentially flat from the week prior, with nearly 3.7 million people approved for aid.
However, in a reminder of the toll taken by the pandemic layoffs, the data showed nearly 16.9 million people receiving benefits under all aid programs as of the week ended April 24.
Environmentalists accused Brazilian lawmakers Thursday of further threatening the country's disappearing rainforests after the lower house passed a bill relaxing environmental regulations for the agriculture and energy sectors.
The bill, which exempts 13 categories of projects from environmental permit requirements, passed late Wednesday in a 300-122 vote, and now goes to the Senate.
It eliminates environmental permitting for "small-scale" farms and projects such as installing low-tension electricity lines and water-treatment facilities.
It also creates a new type of permit that will be granted for roads and power lines in return for a written promise to follow all environmental norms.
"This is an affront to Brazilian society," Luiza Lima, public policy advisor for environmental group Greenpeace, said in a statement.
"This bill will create legal gray areas and increase the destruction of our forests and the existing threats to indigenous peoples and protected lands."
The legislation is one of two controversial bills currently working their way through Brazil's Congress.
The other, in the Senate, would extend an amnesty for farms, mines and logging projects illegally set up on protected lands and grant their owners legal title.
That bill led dozens of European food retailers last week to threaten a boycott of Brazilian agricultural products, saying the measure would fuel the destruction of the Amazon rainforest, a vital resource in the fight against climate change.
President Jair Bolsonaro has presided over a surge in deforestation in Brazil since taking office in 2019.
In the 12 months to August 2020, deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon increased 9.5 percent, destroying an area bigger than Jamaica, according to government data.
Bolsonaro is pushing to open protected lands to agriculture and industry.
Experts and activists accuse him of gutting Brazil's environmental protection programs.
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