Coming out of the shadows: what it means to be French and Chinese

The long read: People of Chinese descent have long faced prejudice and violence in France. But today a new generation is staking out its rightful place in society On 7 August 2016, Zhang Chaolin, a 49-year-old tailor, was savagely beaten by a group of youths in Aubervilliers, a deprived suburb on the northern outskirts of Paris the latest in a string of violent aggressions against ethnic Chinese. Like the other victims, he had been targeted because of the widely held belief that members of the Chinese community habitually carry large amounts of cash (and that they are docile and unlikely to fight back; that they are reluctant to report crimes because they are in the country illegally, or cannot express …

Dating disasters: why bad grammar could stop you finding love online

The users of one dating site rate good grammar and literacy above erratic spelling in their search for a warm, ideal partner Its a modern love story: they liked your profile, you liked them back, the messages are coming through fast and flirty then they mix up their and there. A study of Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, has clear limitations. For example, it drew on only a small sample of members, all mostly older adults, of one Dutch dating website, called Parship. It may be that on dating apps serving younger demographics, a good grasp of literacy and convention might be rated less highly. Linguist Internet: Understanding the New Rules of Language, has explored how written online communication …

Russian professor found with severed arms in his bag appears in court

Moscow (CNN)A prominent Russian historian appeared in court in St. Petersburg on Monday in a grisly murder case that has grabbed headlines across the country. In court on Monday, Sokolov told the judge, “I repent deeply,” according to local media news outlet fontanka.ru. He said he had lived with the victim for five years. “I considered her a bride and told my friends that I was going to marry her,” Sokolov said, according to fontanka.ru. He described in court how the pair had got into an argument over his children. Sokolov has been sent to Kresty, a pre-trial detention center, for two months. Yeshchenko came from the southern Russian city of Krasnodar to study in St. Petersburg and had continued …

Europes Ridiculous Aid Package Is the Latest in a Long Series of Lies About the Brazilian Fires

The G7carbon offsets you bought after your summer vacation. Which is to say: not effective at all. De minimis. Nada. But in the cataclysm that is the Amazon fires of 2020, it seems like symbolism is everythingunless, of course, youre an indigenous person whose very real home has been destroyed by very real fires set by greedy, racist ranchers. Its really a stunning juxtaposition: on the one hand, a massive crisis that threatens the stability of the Earths atmosphere, and the other hand, a whole lot of BS from all sides. Admittedly, most of the BS is coming from the side of Brazils Trumpist demagogue, Jair Bolsonaro. To take but three examples: First, Bolsonaros American Embassy 40,341 fires recorded this …

Moscows peaceful protests enrage the Kremlin because its only tool is violence | Alexey Kovalev

Thousands are calling for opposition candidates to be allowed to stand in the citys election, says Russian journalist Alexey Kovalev On a typical weekday, Moscow is a modern, rapidly developing metropolis, a far cry from its dark, litter-strewn, dilapidated self 20 years ago. Its formerly abandoned industrial parks are hipster havens serving artisanal cocoa milk lattes and avocado bruschetta to crowds that wouldnt look out of place in east London or Brooklyn, while its public transport system is one of the cheapest and most efficient in the world. But by the weekend, downtown Moscow is a warzone. For several weeks, Muscovites have been peacefully Alexei Navalny is a lawyer-turned-campaigner whose 200,000 volunteers who have been canvassing for me. There has …

Pro-LGBT Coca-Cola adverts spark boycott calls in Hungary

Campaign linked to Sziget festival criticised by senior member of ruling Fidesz party Advertisements by Coca-Cola relating to a popular music festival in called him Trump before Trump, and Nigel Farage and Italys Matteo Salvini are admirers. For many liberals, and increasingly for some of his supposed allies in the EPP, he signifies all that is rotten, corrupt and downright scary in contemporary politics on the continent. The age of liberal democracy is at an end, Orbn told the Hungarian parliament shortly after Fidesz Hungary and the rest of Europe from the evils of migration from the Middle East and Africa. He has brushed off protests from the disgruntled urban elites. One thing Orbns admirers and detractors agree on is …

30 Reactions Europeans Had To The Record-Breaking Heatwave

For those of you from hotter climates, at the ready with your “meh, that’s just a normal day here” comments, remember, Europe is not used to these kinds of extremes! Houses are insulated against the winter cold, and air conditioning is rare. It hit almost 40C in Poland for goodness sake. Poland. This is not a country you would usually associate with such heat! #2 #3 The controlling force of the weather is the Jet Stream, a fast-flowing wind-river that loops around the northern hemisphere at a height of 10 kilometres. The Jet Stream’s behavior is linked to Arctic ice cover, which has decreased in recent years. “The forecast from climate change models and the actuality of the last few …

Science institute that advised EU and UN ‘actually industry lobby group’

International Life Sciences Institute used by corporate backers to counter public health policies, says study An institute whose experts have occupied key positions on EU and UN regulatory panels is, in reality, an industry lobby group that masquerades as a scientific health charity, according to a peer-reviewed study. The Washington-based a 2015 email copied to ILSIs then director, Suzanne Harris, and executives from firms such as Coca-Cola and Monsanto, ILSIs founder Alex Malaspina, a former Coca-Cola vice-president, complained bitterly about new describes as a longtime scientific and regulatory affairs leader said he expected many nations to follow the new guidelines, adding: We have to consider how to become ready to mount a strong defence. According to ILSIs declared mandatory principles, …

Italy’s new ruins: heritage sites being lost to neglect and looting

Overgrown and weathered, many historical monuments are disappearing as public funds for culture fail to match modern Italys inheritance Legend has it that the grotto hidden among the craggy cliffs on San Marco hill in Sutera in the heart of Sicily holds a treasure chest full of gold coins. In order to find it, three men must dream simultaneously about the precise place to dig. Treasure or no treasure, the grotto itself is an archaeological gem, its walls adorned with a multi-coloured Byzantine-esque 16th-century fresco depicting Jesus, the Virgin Mary and Saints Paulinus, Luke, Mark and Matthew. One of the first mountain oratories in the world, it was built by Basilian monks in the 9th century. But time has weathered …