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World Insights: Tyre Nichols’ death once again exposes U.S. scars of police brutality, racial prejudice

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NEW YORK, Feb. 3 (Xinhua) — The past week has witnessed the nightly tides of street protests across the United States in the aftermath of the death of Tyre Nichols, which once again exposed the country’s long-standing scars of police brutality and racial prejudice.

In a statement issued on Jan. 27. U.S. President Joe Biden said he “was outraged and deeply pained” by the incident, calling it “yet another painful reminder of the profound fear and trauma, the pain, and the exhaustion that Black and Brown Americans experience every single day.”

Over again, federal officials and politicians vowed to “do everything in our power” to end such tragedy. However, similar incidents always take place from time to time in the country that is self-claimed as the “beacon of democracy.”

APPALLING VIOLENCE

Mostly peaceful protests over police brutality were carried out around the country after the public release of body camera footage brought the police killing of Tyre Nichols in Memphis, Tennessee, into clearer picture.

Nichols, a 29-year-old Black motorist, was pulled over on Jan. 7 for what police said was reckless driving. After attempting to flee on foot, Nichols was aggressively beaten by police, newly released police video showed. Three days later, he died in the hospital.

Attorneys representing the family of Nichols have said that an independent autopsy they commissioned found Nichols suffering “extensive bleeding caused by a severe beating.” The full findings of the report were not made public.

Four of the five former Memphis Police officers indicted for their role in the death of Nichols were suspended or received a written reprimand during their tenure, with only one charged officer avoiding internal disciplining during his tenure.

Nichols, the father of a four-year-old son, was known to his family as an avid skateboarder and nature photographer from Sacramento, California, according to The Associated Press.

He arrived in Memphis just before the pandemic and later started a job with FedEx, a major employer there. The New York Times reported that Nichols had been with the company for about nine months before his death.

WINDOWS BROKEN

“Tyre Nichols: U.S. police violence stems from a long history of fighting ‘internal enemies,'” read a headline from U.S. news portal The Conversation.

“Next to other western democracies, America has historically had a far bigger proportion of racial and ethnic minorities,” and few of those minorities have fit easily within the constitutionally recognized community of “the people,” said the report.

“White authorities were very clear as to the rationale” that “Black people were neither citizens (like white men) nor members of households (like white women and children),” said the report. “Rather, they were an ‘internal enemy,’ a hostile and alien element within the lawful community.”

Blacks were regarded as existential threats to the lawful population. These sentiments fuelled violence by the U.S. National Guard, by hired thugs known as Pinkertons and by lynch mobs, noted the news portal.

The most recent echo of the pattern is the so-called “broken windows” philosophy of policing that emerged in the 1980s and 1990s. The basic idea here is that fear of violent crime is itself cause for police intervention, it added.

LEGISLATURE FAILURES

Mourning the death of Nichols, U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris on Wednesday expressed hope that Nichols’ death might “shine a light on the path toward peace and justice” as she called on Congress to pass police reform legislation.

Initially introduced in 2020 and again in 2021, the legislation is aimed at setting up a national registry of police misconduct to stop officers from evading consequences for their actions by moving to another jurisdiction.

The bill twice cleared the House of Representatives under Democratic control, in 2020 and 2021, mainly along party lines. But it never went anywhere in the Senate, even after Democrats won control in 2021, “in part, because of disagreements about qualified immunity, which protects police officers from being sued in civil court,” CNN once reported.

“And the road for police reform has only become more challenging in the new Congress now that House Republicans, who have placed their priorities elsewhere, are in the majority,” it added.

Source(s): Xinhua

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CAF hails African teams’ performance at Qatar World Cup

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JOHANNESBURG, Dec. 21 (Xinhua) — The Confederation of African Football (CAF) is proud of the performances of the five African teams at the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, said CAF President Patrice Motsepe on Wednesday.

“It is the first time in the history of the FIFA World Cup that an African nation has qualified for the semifinals. Our objective of ensuring that an African Nation wins the FIFA World Cup is alive and within reach,” Motsepe said at a press briefing in Johannesburg.

Senegal, Morocco, Tunisia, Ghana and Cameroon participated in the recently-concluded Qatar 2022.

He said that they would continue to invest in football schools, youth academies for boys and girls and football infrastructure and facilities, and they are committed to improving the quality of football in the continent, including trainers, coaches and referees.

“We are making significant progress in ensuring that African football is self-supporting and globally competitive. We will continue to use football as a tool to unite people from different races, ethnic groups and religious backgrounds and to contribute to improving the social-economic and living conditions of all people,” Motsepe said.

Source(s): Xinhua

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Joint actions will be crucial in climate change fight

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By Muhammad Asif Noor | China Daily Global:

The recent floods in various countries, the drying up of rivers and lakes, the wildfires, droughts and frequent and drastic weather changes around the world all call for greater climate action.

China has been at the forefront of the global campaign for more effective climate governance and has remained steadfast in its resolve to foster concerted efforts to secure a sustainable future for all peoples. State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi reaffirmed China’s commitment to sustainable global development at the United Nations General Assembly in September. He stressed that the country is taking resolute actions to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and is playing a significant role in helping to implement international protocols and conventions to address climate change.

Despite being the world’s second-largest and fastest-growing economy, the latest data and global studies show that from the greening of the Belt and Road Initiative to the call of the Global Development Initiative to uphold the principle of harmony between man and nature, China has made the conservation of nature a focus of global development.

Regardless of any other country’s actions or policies, the Chinese leadership prioritizes this issue as a critical component of its national, regional and international policies. President Xi Jinping has on numerous occasions highlighted the steps and actions China has taken as a responsible country to address the global climate change challenges. As Xi said at the virtual Leaders Summit on Climate hosted by US President Joe Biden in April last year, China “adheres to a path that puts ecological conservation first while pursuing green and low-carbon growth” and is doing its best to help developing countries build capacity against climate change through various forms of results-oriented South-South cooperation.

Fully cognizant of the impacts of global climate change and therefore the need to curb greenhouse gas emissions, China is working tirelessly to reduce its own carbon emissions and increase the proportion of renewable energy in its energy mix.

The targets set by the government are based on two policy road maps — the Working Guidance for Carbon Dioxide Peaking and Carbon Neutrality, and the Action Plan for Carbon Dioxide Peaking Before 2030. But aside from these, China’s 14th Five-Year Plan for National Economic and Social Development (2021-25) also has nonfossil fuel energy-related targets.

Efforts at the national level further translate to the international level, where from remote sensing satellites for climate monitoring in Africa to low-carbon demonstration zones in Southeast Asia and energy-efficient lights in small island countries, climate cooperation is yielding tangible results.

Through research and development programs and the effective use of the latest technology, China is also promoting climate action cooperation under the umbrella of its BRI, applying scientific ways for participating countries to reduce their carbon footprints.

The 27th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, or COP27, will be held in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, from Sunday to Nov 18. China has promised to contribute to it by delivering favorable and equitable outcomes in sectors including climate reduction, adaptation and finance. It is rallying countries to step up their commitments on climate action and calling on countries to deliver on their climate promises.

With the threats from the impacts of global climate change becoming more acute, it is important that countries do their utmost to respond to President Xi’s call for joint actions to build “a community of life for mankind and nature” in order to jointly cope with the challenges.

Source(s): China Daily Global

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