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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon says the Taliban’s refusal to meet commitments to reduce violence in Afghanistan is raising questions about whether all U.S. troops will be able to leave by May as required under the peace agreement. Pentagon chief spokesman John Kirby says the U.S. stands by its commitment for a full U.S. troop withdrawal, but the agreement also calls for the Taliban to cut ties with al-Qaida and reduce violence. The Biden administration has said it is taking a close look at the peace deal, which was signed last February with the Trump White House. There are now about 2,500 U.S. troops in Afghanistan, mainly conducting counterterror operations.
WHY WE LOVE IT Talk about #FlashbackFriday! On an episode of the 1980s sitcom Gimme a Break!, the late Nell Carter took a stroll through the theater district while belting out a beloved anthem to the Great White Way. As she struts her way down Broadway, we get a glimpse of a handful of vintage marquees and billboards, including 42nd Street at the Majestic, the original Dreamgirls at the Imperial and Cats at the Winter Garden. From the marquees present, we suspect this was filmed early 1984—right in between her starring stints in Ain’t Misbehavin’ in 1978 and the revival in 1988 (she won a Tony for the original, so she has some cred to sing about that magic in the air.) MOST GIF-ABLE MOMENT LOOK OUT FOR… 1:15. Doonesbury: a New Musical?! Yes, the beloved comic character took center stage in a tuner by Elizabeth Swados and the strip’s creator, Garry Trudeau. The show ran from November 1983 through February 1984 with a cast that included Tony Winner Gary Beach and Kate Burton. OVERALL CAMP FACTOR 9 out of 10 bright neon lights. Great stuff, but such a short clip leaves us wanting more! We’re gonna be honest: Things around the Broadway.com offices have gotten really boring the last few weeks. It’s sweltering, it’s humid, and worst of all, no new Broadway shows open until after Labor Day. But never fear, dear readers, we’ve got a great way to spice up the month of August: Broadway.com Summer Camp! Each day for 31 days, we’re highlighting the campiest, craziest, wildest—and did we mention campiest?—videos we can find. Put on your gaudy bathing suit and dive in! View Comments
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More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsNiskayuna girls’ cross country wins over BethlehemEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Puccioni’s two goals help Niskayuna boys’ soccer top Shaker, remain perfect Two similar letters to the editor by Bob Lindinger in The Gazette seem to claim that humans have no responsibility for modern global warming. He argued that such a conclusion is unwarranted because “science is never settled.” It seems that, if we don’t know everything about global climate, we don’t know anything. Well, sure, nothing in science is known with absolute certainty. For example, modern research indicates that fire is a rapid, heat-releasing chemical reaction between fuel and oxygen in air. But that’s not settled. Maybe fire is called into mortal existence by Lucifer or Hephaestus, after we ritually strike a sacred match, or form a specially consecrated spark.Hmm. Where do we draw the line between accepting an idea that is overwhelmingly supported by evidence, or believing any number of ideas that are poorly supported by the evidence, unsupported or down-right crazy? That’s really the choice.The overwhelming weight of evidence shows that modern global warming is happening, caused mostly by burning fossil fuels. Sure, the computer models change a little bit every year, as does the growing pile of data behind them. But the results don’t change much. Modern supercomputer models, early models in the 1970s, and hand calculations done over 100 years ago. All give similar results.Accepting the science behind modern global warming is a matter of evaluating the available evidence. It’s a good idea to keep an open mind, but not so open that your brain falls out.Kurt HollocherNiskayuna Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion
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China’s leaders are currently putting the finishing touches on the country’s 14th Five-Year Plan, which will cover the 2021-2025 period. But one aspect of the plan – the so-called dual-circulation strategy – is already attracting the world’s attention. Many fear that China is “turning inward” just when the global economy is staring down the barrel of a recession. These fears are misplaced.According to President Xi Jinping, the dual-circulation strategy means that China will rely mainly on “internal circulation” – the domestic cycle of production, distribution and consumption – for its long-term development. This will reduce China’s dependence on overseas markets and technology.But that doesn’t mean China is withdrawing from the world. To understand what it does mean, one must first comprehend how Chinese policymakers think about the country’s long-term development trajectory. Unlike Western leaders, who typically have degrees in law or economics, Chinese policymakers are mostly scientists and engineers. As a result, they are more likely to think in systemic terms. China’s Five-Year Plans are crammed with engineering and systemic terms, such as “top-down architectural design” networks, platforms, and processes. This approach means that Chinese policymakers look beyond mainstream micro- and macroeconomic models to account also for meta- and mesoconsiderations.At the metalevel, Chinese policymakers are dealing with what the father of the country’s nuclear program, Qian Xuesen, called an “open complex giant system”.As Qian and his coauthors noted, one cannot expect to manage such a system using “exact science”, with its underlying reductionism. Instead, they should engage in “metasynthetic engineering from the qualitative to the quantitative”. That is, a process of qualitative analysis followed by rigorous testing against empirical facts.Deng Xiaoping summed up this approach with his axiom, “crossing the river by feeling the stones”. Decades later, Nobel laureate Robert Shiller would take this concept further, showing how qualitative factors, such as popular stories, influence complex systems and are therefore essential to enable us to explain outcomes accurately.At the meso- or institutional level, the dual-circulation strategy evolved out of the “circular economy” model – a systemic approach to reducing consumption and waste, thereby enabling natural-resource regeneration. The dual-circulation model is built on the recognition, derived from decades of manufacturing the world’s goods that supply chains operate through multiple cyclical production, distribution and innovation processes that are endogenously self-coordinating and synchronizing.When these processes, cycles, and feedback loops do not synchronize well with government policies and procedures – say, because taxes or bureaucratic barriers are too high – supply chains stall. The dual-circulation strategy aims to avoid such obstruction, by applying flexible, adaptive, institutional and structural approaches.Focusing on internal systems is crucial to this objective, not least because of increasing macroeconomic disturbances. For starters, the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted just how vulnerable our “just-in-time” global supply chains are to disruption, fueling calls for “deglobalization”.At the same time, tensions with the United States – China’s largest trade partner – are escalating, exemplified by recent moves by President Donald Trump’s administration to cripple the operation of the popular Chinese-owned mobile apps WeChat and TikTok in the US. Economic decoupling now seems likelier than ever.China’s dual-circulation strategy is a pragmatic response to the rapidly changing internal and external pressures the country faces. Policymakers’ goal is to boost supply-chain and market resiliency by leveraging China’s massive population of 1.4 billion, including 400 million middle-class consumers.This brings us to micro-level considerations. Given China’s meritocratic system, one generally reaches the highest levels of policymaking only after working at the development “frontlines”: directly managing the construction of physical and social infrastructure in villages, cities, and provinces. This instils in Chinese leaders an awareness of people’s needs and the dynamics of social and economic engineering that never dissipates.Today, most Chinese enterprises, as well as local governments, are struggling to adjust to fast-changing domestic and international market conditions. The dual-circulation strategy will help, by creating freer and more unified national markets for physical, financial, and human capital, products and services, technology and information. It will also ensure that all of the system’s stakeholders know what to expect.But strengthening internal production and consumption cycles does not mean destroying external trade, investment, tourism and education networks. On the contrary, China is set to continue opening up its economy, especially its financial market. Rather, dual circulation means that external exchanges will be expanded and deepened in ways that complement the domestic economy.If the rest of the world wants to cooperate in such ways – say, on developing green products and services – China will oblige. If it does not, China will rely on its own formidable strengths, from a large consumer base to fast-growing innovative capabilities, to sustain its growth and development. Simply put, if the world is not ready for cooperation, China will adapt to polarization.From Made in China 2025 to the Belt and Road Initiative, the world has often misinterpreted pragmatic or strategic Chinese policies and projects as devious or destructive schemes. But China can’t control how others interpret its actions, and it will not change its policies to appease its critics. With China poised to be the only major economy to record positive growth in 2020 and 2021, according to International Monetary Fund forecasts, there is no reason why it should.———-Andrew Sheng is a distinguished fellow of the Asia Global Institute at the University of Hong Kong. Xiao Geng is a professor and director of the Research Institute of Maritime Silk-Road at Peking University HSBC Business School.Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not reflect the official stance of The Jakarta Post.Topics :
“These and related questions we leave to the Supreme Court, as the final arbiter of the appropriate interpretation of these provisions in the Constitution and our laws,” he added. “We will defer to the Court if ever it rules on this issue in the future.” The country’s telecoms regulator shut down ABS-CBN’s free TV and radio operations on May 5 after its franchise was left to expire on May 4 despite a long-pending renewal application at the Lower House. In a historic vote of 70-11, the Committee on Legislative Franchises on July 10 junked ABS-CBN’s application because the “applicant was seen as undeserving of the grant of a legislative franchise.”/P MANILA –Malacañang said it will be up to the Supreme Court (SC) to decide on whether or not a people’s initiative can be used to grant ABS-CBN Corporation a new legislative franchise. “Whether the franchise of ABS-CBN may be granted through a people’s initiative despite the clear wording of R.A. 7925, whether it matters that a franchise bill is a private bill that must originate exclusively in the House of Representatives,” Roque said. Republic Act 6735 or the Initiative and Referendum Act provides a system where the public can directly propose and enact laws or approve or reject any act or law or part thereof as passed by Congress. Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque made the statement after several groups suggested over the weekend that a people’s initiative is needed to revive the company’s franchise bill.
The 22-year-old Belgian was signed by Chelsea from Genk for £5million in June 2011, but has spent the past three seasons on loan at Atletico, who last weekend were confirmed Primera Division champions ahead of Barcelona and their illustrious city rivals. Courtois – who faced Chelsea in the Champions League semi-finals, making some crucial saves – appreciates the difficulties if he were to return to Stamford Bridge and play understudy to Petr Cech, the 32-year-old named in the Professional Footballers’ Association Premier League Team of the Year. “The two of us want to play everything. Nobody will be happy to play in only the League Cup or FA Cup. Things are unclear at the moment,” Courtois said to BBC Sport. “I have the biggest respect for Petr Cech. He is one of the best goalkeepers in the world, so I think putting him and me in the same team is not the healthiest thing in the world. “We will see in the next week if we can sit together with Chelsea to find something for next year, find out what they want, what my desire is. We will see.” Blues boss Jose Mourinho is expected to bolster the Chelsea squad this summer, having finished last season in third place behind Manchester City and Liverpool. Atletico striker Diego Costa, currently battling against a hamstring injury ahead of the Champions League final, is one reported target. Defender Ashley Cole has already announced he is set to leave, t he 33-year-old out of contract this summer following eight years at Stamford Bridge. England midfielder Frank Lampard, though, is expected to agree terms on an extension following the World Cup. Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois admits his Chelsea future next season is “unclear” ahead of Saturday’s Champions League final for Atletico Madrid against Real Madrid in Lisbon. Press Association