Daily Archives: June 27, 2015

China criticises US human rights record

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China says racial discrimination and police abuses are rife in the United States, in a report which counters US criticisms of China’s own human rights record.

In a report sourced mainly from US media, China said the US was “haunted by spreading guns, frequent occurrence of violent crimes, the excessive use of force by police”.

It said that US intelligence had used “indiscriminate” torture against terrorist suspects, while “violating human rights in other countries” with drone strikes and mass surveillance programmes.

The report also cited the killing of black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and other cases in which African Americans were shot and killed by white police officers.

The document is released each year by China the day after the US state department issues its annual global human rights report. Beijing does not release rights reports on other countries.

Human rights have long been a source of tension between the world’s two largest economies, especially since 1989, when the US imposed sanctions on China after a bloody crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators around Beijing’s Tiananmen Square.

China has long rejected criticism of its rights’ record, saying providing food, clothing, housing and economic growth are far more relevant for developing countries, pointing to its success at lifting millions out of poverty.

Friday’s document, released by China’s State Council, or cabinet, largely cited US domestic media websites, including the New York Times, which is blocked by Beijing as part of its internet censorship programme.

Washington’s own report on Thursday said that in China “repression and coercion were routine, particularly against organisations and individuals involved in civil and political rights advocacy”.

It also noted Beijing’s continued repression of ethnic Uighurs and Tibetans.

Source: Agencies

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SanDisk’s Insane 200GB MicroSD Is Now Available for Purchase

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Unveiled back in March at MWC in Barcelona, SanDisk’s monstrous 200GB microSD card is finally available for purchase, although it’ll cost you about as much as a decent mid-range Android handset when purchased off-contract.

Priced by SanDisk at $249.99, the Ultra 200GB microSD card is already listed as in stock on Amazon, where it can be purchased for a slightly better price, $239.44

In case that’s too-steep a price for you, SanDisk’s new Ultra microSD cards also come in smaller capacities, which are significantly cheaper. Prices start at $6.95for the 8GB model and go all the way up to $78.99 for the 128GB version – the latter actually sounds like a steal compared to the 200GB option.

Head over at Amazon  to check out SanDisk’s new Ultra 200GB microSD listings, and all the other options available from the memory maker.

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Facebook Has A Tool That Lets You Rainbow-ify Your Profile Pic

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While same-sex marriage has been legalized over the years in different states across the country, not all states are on board. However it seems that it will no longer matter as the US Supreme Court has handed down a historical ruling in which they are striking down the ban on same-sex marriage, calling the bans unconstitutional.

What does this mean? Basically it means that even if a state had previously banned it, the Supreme Court’s ruling means that ban has since been overturned and it is now legal to get married to someone of the same gender in the entire country. This is good news and it is also why a lot of companies have changed their logo to the rainbow.which is the symbol of the LGBT community.

That being said if you want to show your support for this historical ruling, Facebook has created a tool to allow you to do so. All you’d have to do is surf on over to its Celebrate Pride page in which an opaque rainbow design will be overlaid on your existing profile photo, thus making it easy for users to show their support without having to do the editing themselves.

Facebook isn’t the only company that is showing their support. Google has started displaying the rainbow colors on its search pages related to the topic at hand, and Apple has started to promote LGBT content on its App Store as well.

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The 25 happiest countries in the world

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Panama, Costa Rica, and Puerto Rico are full of people who feel pretty good about life.

The 2014 Gallup-Healthways Well-Being ranking is based on a global survey of about 146,000 people. Respondents are asked about different aspects of how they feel about their lives. Gallup and Healthways combine those into five major dimensions:

Purpose: Feeling good about what you do and that you can achieve your goals

Social: Having strong relationships with others

Financial: Having low economic stress and high economic security

Community: Liking where you live

Physical: Having good health

The main ranking is based on the percentage of people in a country who are “thriving” in at least three of those five categories. The Americas were the most overall thriving region in the world in 2014, while China and sub-Saharan Africa did worse in the ranking:
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Here are the 25 countries that scored the highest in the overall ranking:

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