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10/1/19 - NewsBling.co
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China Celebrates Its 70th Anniversary 🎉

 

A show of militaristic power

Yesterday, Beijing celebrated National Day, the anniversary of China’s establishment of communist rule in 1949 under Mao Zedong, with a lavish military parade complete with 15,000 soldiers, over 100 planes, and 500 tanks. In a live-streamed speech to state television, President Xi Jinping asserted that “no force can stop the Chinese people and the Chinese nation forging ahead” adding that the nation should “continue to strive for the motherland’s complete reunification.”

Meanwhile...

Amidst the celebrations, Hong Kong protesters clashed with police in a number of anti-government demonstrations, one of which resulted in an 18-year-old protester being shot in the chest by a live round. Additionally, Taiwan has condemned the parade and China’s “dictatorship” as a threat to peace.

NO REASON TO CELEBRATE:

Bloomberg (Opinion): China Needs to Be More Chinese

Articles that are reluctant to celebrate China’s 70th anniversary criticize Pres. Xi Jinping’s display of militaristic power as a means for global intimidation. They also condemn the administration’s systematic oppression of religious and ethnic minorities, such as Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang, and dissenters, especially those in Hong Kong.

A REASON TO CELEBRATE:

South China Morning Post: Parade more about peace than war

Articles that want to celebrate National Day argue that the military parade was meant to commemorate China’s technological advancements and ultimately instill pride. They also highlight that the president’s strong relationship with the ruling Chinese Communist Party will propel the nation towards becoming a superpower.
 
Where's the common ground?
While both sides differ in their perspectives on how Pres. Xi Jinping chose to celebrate, each acknowledge that the point of the anniversary is to appreciate China’s advancements. 
President Xi Jinping be like:
 

Harvard Affirmative Action Case: Closed (For Now) 

 
The case

In 2014, a federal lawsuit was filed against Harvard University under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act. The plaintiff, Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA), represents a group of Asian American students rejected by the college. The group accused Harvard of discriminating against Asian American students by considering race as a principal factor in its admissions decisions, as well as working to racially-balance its classes. 

The ruling

On Tuesday, Judge Allison Burroughs ruled in favor of Harvard. In a 130-page opinion, she cites the importance of race-conscious admissions in seeking to increase diversity across college campuses, stating that there was no documentary evidence of conscious prejudice against Asian Americans at Harvard. However, she also stresses that Harvard’s admissions process is “not perfect,” and urges the university to work against the unconscious biases of its admissions officers. SFFA v. Harvard’s decision is to be appealed and is expected to reach the Supreme Court.

LEANING LEFT:

The left report on the issue by emphasizing different aspects of the judge’s ruling, as well as the notion that the ruling will incorporate an important race-equity focus across higher education. Many liberal articles include Judge Burroughs’ statement that Harvard’s admissions process is “not perfect” but “passes constitutional muster.”

LEANING RIGHT:

The right condemn the decision, instead lauding the work of conservative activist Edward Blum who leads SFFA and opposes affirmative action. Many conservative outlets also attack Judge Burroughs, denouncing her support of a “race conscious admissions policy,” and including her appointment by President Obama in their criticisms.

 
Where's the common ground?

The case has garnered much media attention, and arrives amidst a large-scale scrutiny of college admissions processes worldwide. While there is disagreement over how to proceed, both sides at least agree that the discussion of the role race plays in college admissions is an important conversation to be had.

Harvard admissions rn:
 
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