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Friday, June 19 2020


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I've got to say on this taking the knee thing—I don't know maybe it's got a broader history but it seems to me to be taken from the Game of Thrones—feels to me like a symbol of subjugation and subordination rather than one of liberation and emancipation.

That seriously clueless person is UK Foreign Minister Dominic Raab commenting on footballers taking the knee before the first Premier League games to show respect for the Black Lives Matter movement. The players also had BLM written on their jerseys. Opposition leaders called Raab “deeply embarrassing.” In a government led by Boris Johnson? We think not. Illustration: Parth Savla.

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A big-ass China buildup on the borders

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The TLDR: A new Australian report reveals a significant Chinese buildup in Ladakh—but not at the location of Monday’s violent face-off. And Beijing is showing no signs of backing off… as yet.

 

The Australian report: a big buildup

The Australian Strategic Policy Institute published an analysis of satellite images of the area around the Line of Actual Control in Ladakh. Both sides have built up their troops at three key points along the LAC—Lake Pangong, Galwan Valley and Hot Springs. But the ground situation is very different at each point.

 

The problem of Galwan

 

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