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China takes TikTok-WeChat ding-dong to World Trade Organization, accuses US, India of breaking global rules

Speaking at a closed door meeting of the World Trade Organization (WTO), a representative of the Chinese government argued that the Trump administration’s recent efforts, and a ban in India, “are clearly inconsistent with WTO rules, restrict cross-border trading services and violate the basic principles and objectives of the multilateral trading system,” according to a trade official quoted in media reports.

That same official said that the Chinese rep pointed out that the US had failed to provide any evidence the app – and Middle Kingdom chat app WeChat – represented a threat to national security; the official reason given for blocking the apps in America. The US was engaging in a “clear abuse” of the rules, the Chinese government argued.

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What’s that about the treatment of Uighurs by the Chinese government?

They spent days under intense interrogation by both US and Chinese officials.

Canada ain’t looking great here, either.

At least the Obama administration released these men. How much you want to bet that the GOP senators who opposed the treatment of Uighurs in China were angry about these men being released by Obama?

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https://abc7.com/torrance-tirade-karen-racist-rant-lena-hernandez/6822472/

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Maybe the sentence wasn’t enough, but at least they got her.

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Sohla El-Waylly, one of the POC employees on Conde Nast’s Bon Appetit YouTube channel who was treated, just, incredibly awfully by staff and management, has gotten her own show on Binging with Babish (which is now, apparently, the Babish Culinary Universe) called Stump Sohla. The focus is on challenging her cooking expertise by giving her a curveball assignment each episode, instead of hauling her on camera without compensation to make up for BA’s underqualified white hosts.

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I have not watched the one with the convenience store meal… but have seen this one and the flambe healthy soup and ice cream one. Sohla’s a god damn delight!

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TikTok says Trump administration ban is based on fake news about the app and its back end

TikTok has claimed that the Trump administration’s reasons for wanting it banned are mostly based on incorrect assumptions about its technology.

The claims were made in a supplemental declaration [PDF] filed as part of the made-in-China social network’s legal action seeking to undo the USA’s ban on the app.

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New name for the town of Asbestos

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The Plaintiff and the Defendant in Landmark Same Sex Marriage Case Both Agree That Amy Coney Barrett Should Not Be on the Supreme Court

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Lawyers Are Still Struggling To Reunite Over 500 Migrant Children With Their Parents

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this quote from that article is awesome:

Rick Hodges, defendant in the case, who said that as a lifelong Republican he does question the financial feasibility of the ACA, but as a director of the Ohio Department of Health he has to recognize that a flat-out repeal would be a death sentence for at-risk communities.

“He’s the hero,” Hodges added in reference to Jim Obergefell, whom he now considers a friend … [Hodges] believes the decision was “historic, momentous, and frankly, wonderful” and stands with Democrats in the effort to safeguard it.

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Re: B-sides that were more popular than their A-sides

TIL that Dylan’s “Blowin’ in the Wind”'s B-side was… “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right”.

Remember so-not-a-pirate Kim Dotcom? New Zealand’s highest court has just said the USA can extradite him for copyright naughtiness

New Zealand’s Supreme Court today decided [PDF] […] that Dotcom and his co-defendants can be hauled off to the USA – but only to face copyright-related charges because New Zealand doesn’t have money-laundering laws that match America’s.

The Supremes also considered a decision in a lower court that found Dotcom could not seek a judicial review of his case. The Supreme Court today decided that was incorrect, and Dotcom is entitled to a review of the process.
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So Dotcom can have another crack at staying in New Zealand.

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Huawei sues US govt over claims Trump administration ignored company’s Freedom of Information requests

Embattled Chinese telecoms outfit Huawei has filed suit against the US government over allegations it is “stonewalling” legitimate Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests.

The complaint [PDF], which was filed in DC federal court on Friday, pertains to documents describing the trial of Huawei’s CFO, Meng Wanzhou, who faces an extradition battle in Canada over allegations of fraud and breaching sanctions against Iran.

Also sought by Huawei – via its FOI requests – was information regarding the state of trade relations between the US and China, and competition over the development of 5G technology.

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Feds throw book at eBay execs who deny they had anything to do with cyberstalking of site’s critics

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Somebody attacked Uncle Roger.

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