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Opinion | How to Defeat Myanmar’s Military After the Coup – The New York Times

On March 31, the C.R.P.H. announced the repeal of the 2008 Constitution, which was drafted by a previous junta, and proposed a Federal Democracy Charter, a road map for building a new federal democratic union of Myanmar — with a military subject to civilian oversight and greater representation for ethnic minority groups.

The document lays out a plan for setting up transitional institutions, particularly an interim government of national unity. Its drafting was the collective effort of the C.R.P.H., various ethnic groups, political parties, civil society organizations and leaders of the civil disobedience movement. It represents an unprecedented show of unity behind a vision for a new Myanmar.

We ask governments, particularly among our neighbors, to formally recognize the C.R.P.H. and its current government as Myanmar’s only legitimate governing authority and to provide us with financial and technical assistance.

The people of Myanmar are ready to take great risks and pay a great price for their rights and freedom. We ask the international community to support them, with coordinated political, financial and security measures.

‘Alarm is growing’: Michigan governor faces shutdown dilemma as Covid cases rise | Michigan | The Guardian (Me: forget fatigue – enact new short term restrictions, save lives.)

“It’s not a sensible approach and it’s not an evidence-based strategy, if you run the numbers,” he said. “It’s a convenient approach to call for something, but it doesn’t erase the need for a lockdown now.”

That view was echoed by the chief of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Rochelle Walensky. The Biden administration has so far declined to send Michigan additional vaccines as it sticks with its proportional distribution plan – another difficulty for Whitmer – but vaccinations alone may not be the answer to Michigan’s problems, said Walensky.

“When you have an acute situation, an extraordinary number of cases like we have in Michigan, the answer is not necessarily to give vaccines,” Walensky said. “The answer to that is to really close things down, to go back to our basics, to go back to where we were last spring, last summer and to shut things down, to flatten the curve, to decrease contact with one another, to test … to contact trace.”

Still, the urgency and pressure from Whitmer’s allies has not persuaded the governor, who at a recent press conference said fresh lockdowns would be less effective because people are tired of the pandemic and the rules.

Source: ‘Alarm is growing’: Michigan governor faces shutdown dilemma as Covid cases rise | Michigan | The Guardian

Scarborough slams Jordan for spreading ‘lies’ about Fauci: ‘It’s sheer idiocy’ | TheHill

MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” co-host Joe Scarborough on Friday slammed Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) for spreading “lies” about the nation’s top infectious diseases expert, Anthony Fauci.

Scarborough weighed in on Jordan’s latest attack against Fauci during a House hearing on the pandemic after the network aired a clip of the heated exchange from the day before.

Source: Scarborough slams Jordan for spreading ‘lies’ about Fauci: ‘It’s sheer idiocy’ | TheHill

Lieu to Greene and Gosar: ‘Take your nativist crap and shove it’ | TheHill

“What makes America great is that we don’t judge you based on bloodline, we look at your character,” added the congressman, a former active duty officer in the Air Force and a colonel in the Reserves.

“So take your nativist crap and shove it,” he added

Source: Lieu to Greene and Gosar: ‘Take your nativist crap and shove it’ | TheHill

Indian vaccine maker asks US to ease export curbs – The Washington Post

Stéphane Bancel, chief executive officer for Moderna, said Tuesday in an online event that export embargoes were also preventing American vaccine makers from exporting shots globally and resulting in shortages. “If we are to truly unite in beating this virus, on behalf of the vaccine industry outside the U.S., I humbly request you to lift the embargo of raw material exports out of the U.S. so that vaccine production can ramp up,” wrote Adar Poonawalla, CEO of Serum Institute of India.

Separately, 10 Democratic senators are urging Biden to back India and South Africa’s appeal to the World Trade Organization to temporarily relax intellectual property rules so coronavirus vaccines can be manufactured by nations that are struggling to inoculate their populations.

The lawmakers, in a letter delivered to the White House on Thursday evening, wrote that Biden should “prioritize people over pharmaceutical company profits” and support the temporary waiver of the rules. A waiver, which is supported by more than 100 nations, could pave the way for generic or other manufacturers to make more vaccines. 

Source: Indian vaccine maker asks US to ease export curbs – The Washington Post

Myanmar coup foes tout minority-backed shadow government – The Washington Post

Opponents of Myanmar’s ruling junta went on the political offensive Friday, declaring they have formed an interim national unity government with members of Aung San Suu Kyi’s ousted cabinet and major ethnic minority groups.

The move comes on the eve of a diplomatic initiative to solve Myanmar’s crisis by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, which is expected to hold a summit next week.

Source: Myanmar coup foes tout minority-backed shadow government – The Washington Post

Big Chile study finds Chinese vaccine slashes COVID deaths – The Washington Post

A real-world study of millions of Chileans who had received the Chinese-developed CoronaVac vaccine has found it 67% effective against symptoms and 80% against death from COVID-19, the South American country’s Health Ministry said Friday.

Ministry adviser Rafael Araos said the study covered 10.5 million people, including 2.5 million who had received both doses of the vaccine and 1.5 million who had received a single dose between Feb. 2 and April 1.

It counted cases starting 14 days after application of the second dose of the vaccine, which in Chile was given 28 days after the first.

The vaccine has been widely used across the world, though not in the United States or Europe.

Source: Big Chile study finds Chinese vaccine slashes COVID deaths – The Washington Post

Black Lives Matter: When will US police understand?

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Looks like the US police will never understand that Black lives matter, even after what the country went through following the 2020 murder of George Floyd.

A white police officer has now been taken into custody for shooting a young Black motorist to death during a traffic stop in a Minneapolis suburb.

The fatal shooting of Daunte Wright triggered three nights of protests and civil unrest.

Minnesota authorities have charged with second-degree manslaughter Kim Potter, the Brooklyn Center police officer who was arrested on April 14 for killing 20-year-old Wright during an April 11 traffic stop.

The incident occurred amid the ongoing trial of former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin, who was last year charged with murder and manslaughter in the May 2020 death of Floyd.

Potter, a 26-year veteran of the police department, resigned from her post on Tuesday after Wright’s death sparked protests. Police Chief Tim Gannon also…

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Our moringa tree comes into its own; and notes on Jamaica’s tea-drinking habits

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Over the years, I have posted photos of our belovedmoringa tree, and sung its praises. In fact, it’s three trees, but they have intertwined over the years, so I think of it as one.

Several years later, how have our trees evolved? Looking back at the pictures I had shared, I realise that their character has changed. They are not as pretty and fluffy as it used to be, fluttering brilliant green leaves like lace and white flowers.

Their bark is rough and scarred. They are still skinny and straggly, and of course much taller. Moringa trees around town are often mercilessly hacked into shape by zealous gardeners along roadsides. Ours just do exactly what they feel like doing – which is mostly lean into other trees and plants – including a young neem tree and at the same time growing upwards – higher than the roof of…

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