A corruption scandal in Ukraine
Several top Ukrainian officials were fired yesterday amid a ballooning corruption scandal, in the biggest upheaval in President Volodymyr Zelensky’s government since the Russian invasion began.
There was no sign that the scandal involved the misappropriation of Western military assistance, which is essential for Ukraine’s continued survival. However, even the slightest hint of malfeasance could delay aid. Zelensky’s move was an attempt to clear the air and assure allies that he would not tolerate graft.
The firings followed a number of allegations of corruption — including reports that Ukraine’s military had agreed to pay inflated prices for food meant for its troops — and general bad behavior. But Ukraine’s cabinet ministry, which announced the firings on Telegram, provided no details about specific reasons.
Zelensky stated that he hoped punishment would be treated as a “signal to all those whose actions or behavior violate the principle of justice,” You can also add: “There will be no return to what used to be in the past.”
Details: A deputy defense minister was fired and a deputy procuror general was dismissed after he took a wartime vacation in Spain. A senior official in Zelensky’s office also resigned after he was criticized for using an SUV that was donated for humanitarian missions.
Another mass shooting took place in California
Monday’s shooting death of a gunman near San Francisco left seven dead. It happened less than 48 hours following the murder of 11 people in Los Angeles. The back-to-back shootings have shocked California, which has one of the lowest mortality rates from gun violence in the U.S., as well as some of its toughest gun laws.
These cases occurred during the Lunar New Year celebrations. They claimed the lives of a large number of immigrant victims, including Asian Americans in their 50s-60s and 70s in Monterey Park (a thriving Chinese American suburb) and Asian and Latino agricultural workers in Half Moon Bay, near San Francisco.
The suspects were immigrant Asian men in their 60s and 70s — a rare age bracket for assailants in mass shootings. Half Moon Bay authorities said that the suspect, a 66 year-old man, was taken into police custody “without incident,” He may have been targeting coworkers. And in Monterey Park, police are still looking for a motive. The gunman targeted a dance hall he knew well.
Understanding the China Situation
China’s government has abandoned its restrictive policies “zero Covid” policy, which had set off mass protests that were a rare challenge to Communist Party leadership.
Reaction: The White House said it was renewing a push for sweeping gun control measures that would renew an expired assault weapons ban.
The U.S. In the first 24 Days of 2018, at least 69 people died in at least 39 different mass shootings. Yesterday, three people were killed by a gunman at a Washington convenience store.
Hipkins distances himself from Ardern
Chris Hipkins, who is due to be sworn in as New Zealand’s leader today, is making a respectful, but pointed effort to create space between himself and Jacinda Ardern ahead of the national election in October.
He’s trying to rebrand the Labour Party and appeal to centrist, middle-class voters who have cooled on Ardern and her leftist policies. One example is that he prefers to call the country New Zealand rather than Aotearoa (the Maori name Ardern preferred).
“I supported Jacinda Ardern as our prime minister, I think she did an amazing job,” He stated. “But look: We’re different people, and we’ll have a different style.”
Analysis: Hipkins was a top architect of the Ardern government’s key policies and its stringent Covid response. However, he is more combative and scrappier. These traits and his reputation as a hardworking, practical person could appeal to voters beyond cities.
From Opinion Ardern placed New Zealand on the geopolitical maps, but she didn’t keep many of her promises. Josie Pagani argues.
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Chinese citizens invested hundreds of thousands of dollars in apartments that were still being constructed. But then, China’s decades-long real estate boom came to a sudden halt.
Now, the unfinished structures that dot the country are ugly reminders of dashed dreams and broken promises. “It was a simple dream,” One man said: “to have a home, a family.”
The Oscar nominees
In a year when moviegoers returned en masse to big-budget spectacles — and skipped nearly everything else — Oscar voters yesterday spread nominations remarkably far and wide.
The sci-fi movie “Everything Everywhere All at Once,” led with 11 total nominations. Its stars, such as Michelle Yeoh and Ke Huy Quan, were also nominated for acting roles.
“The Banshees of Inisherin” And “All Quiet on the Western Front” With nine nominations each, they were tied for second. The drama “Tár” The blockbuster sequels received the best picture nomination “Top Gun: Maverick” And “Avatar: The Way of Water” These were also included in the category.
In some ways, the spread mirrors the messy state of Hollywood. Movies from streaming services were hot for the last few years, and then not. The studios aren’t sure how many movies to release in theaters. No one knows if anything other than sequels, superheroes or horror will succeed. The Oscar ceremony could be helped by expanding the number of films that are nominated to win best picture, which is desperately in need of a boost after years of declining ratings.
Here’s a full list of the nominees, the biggest snubs and surprises and our critics’ picks for their top Oscar nominations. Los Angeles’ 95th Academy Awards will take place on March 12, 2012.