Detainee says China has secret jail in Dubai, holds Uyghurs

16 August 2021. Associated Press –A young Chinese woman says she was held for eight days at a Chinese-run secret detention facility in Dubai along with at least two Uyghurs, in what may be the first evidence that China is operating a so-called “black site” beyond its borders.

Behind the Rise of U.S. Solar Power, a Mountain of Chinese Coal

July 31 2021. Wall Street Journal – Solar panel installations are surging in the U.S. and Europe as Western countries seek to cut their reliance on fossil fuels. But the West faces a conundrum as it installs panels on small rooftops and in sprawling desert arrays: Most of them are produced with energy from carbon-dioxide-belching,Continue reading “Behind the Rise of U.S. Solar Power, a Mountain of Chinese Coal”

Ryan Murphy creates a firestorm in swimming with claims that Olympic races are ‘probably not clean’

July 30 2021. Yahoo Sports – “I do believe there is doping in swimming,” Murphy, a 26-year-old American, said. And he said an executive at FINA, the international swimming governing body, had told him as much.

Fines for breaching Sydney’s lockdown are doubled and police are given extra powers to shut down businesses

29 July 2021. MailOnline – Police in Australia have been given new powers to crack down on Covid rule breakers. Businesses and work sites across the state can be shut down by police. Also the penalty for not wearing a mask where required increases to $500.