Bloglikes - Tag: Cuba en-US Sat, 28 Mar 2020 16:54:39 +0000 Sat, 06 Apr 2013 00:00:00 +0000 FeedWriter Coronavirus: Why is there still no toilet paper in stores? Toilet paper, hand sanitizer and other hygiene essentials began flying off store shelves weeks ago amid mounting worries over the deadly coronavirus pandemic. Not to worry, retailers and suppliers said, we’re churning out product and cranking up inventory to meet demand.

So where is it? A week into an unprecedented statewide stay-home order aimed at keeping hospitals from being overwhelmed with patients, consumers throughout California and beyond are still finding empty store shelves when they look for things such as toilet paper, paper towels, sanitary wipes and hand sanitizer.

“The ultimate question everyone wants to know is when will the store shelves be restocked,” said Eric Abercrombie, a spokesman for Atlanta-based Georgia-Pacific, one of the world’s leading producers of toilet paper and paper towels. “And unfortunately, I don’t have a good answer for you on that.”

In fact, nobody seems to — not the stores, not the suppliers, and certainly not hordes of people sharing their woes on social media #toiletpapercrisis.

“Some people aren’t shaking hands because of Coronavirus,” read one tweet. “I’m not shaking hands because everyone is out of toilet paper.”

Some people aren't shaking hands because of Coronavirus. I'm not shaking hands because everyone is out of toilet paper. #COVID2019 #toiletpapercrisis

— Janis Neufeld (@jsneufeld) March 26, 2020

Georgia-Pacific’s mills and regional distribution centers last week shipped out 120 percent of their normal capacity, Abercrombie said.

“We’re breaking some production records,” he said. “We’re trying to crank it out fast as we can.”

But you wouldn’t know it after visiting local supermarkets and pharmacies, where some aisles look like something you’d imagine in communist Cuba or Venezuela.

In tech-savvy California, where everyone’s accustomed to being able to buy anything with a few taps on their iPhone — online e-tailers are no help. Search Amazon and it shows a 36-roll pack of Angel Soft that when you try to add it to your e-cart, is unavailable. The earliest you can get 10 rolls of Treesolo 3-ply is April 16.

Major grocery chains offered little in the way of encouragement on the outlook for retail supply.

“We ship deliveries to our stores on a regular basis, and many high-demand items are purchased shortly after restocking on shelves,” said Wendy Gutshall, spokeswoman for the Northern California Division of Safeway. “We are working with our supplier partners to refill high-demand products as quickly as possible. We are asking customers to respect quantity limits on select products, like hand sanitizers, household cleaners and other staple items to help ensure more of our neighbors can find the products they need.”

A woman looks at empty shelves in the paper goods section at a Target store Thursday, March 19, 2020, in Overland Park, Kan. Stores continue to struggle to keep shelves stocked with toilet paper, face masks, hand sanitizer, disinfectants and other items as people panic shop in response to the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Gutshall acknowledged that “we don’t have customer limitations in place” on purchases of high-demand items like toilet paper — it’s honor system — but said Safeway has “adjusted store hours to give our teams the time they need to restock shelves and get ready to serve the community.”

Raley’s spokeswoman Chelsea Minor said, “Unfortunately, I do not have an answer” as to when the TP will be plentiful in its stores again.

“We are working with our suppliers to get more product,” Minor said. “Also, we are regional — we don’t have the same buying power as the bigger chains.”

A customer leave Costco with toilet paper in Cypress, CA, on Friday, March 13, 2020. The line extended from the entrance, across the front of the building, up Winner Circle, around the cul-de-sac, back down Winner Circle, then on Katella to the Los Alamitos Race Track driveway. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Procter & Gamble, the Ohio company that also is a major toilet paper producer, said they too are working around the clock to meet the surge in demand.

“Demand continues to outpace supply, but we are working diligently to get product to our retailers as fast as humanly possible so everyone can continue to Enjoy the Go,” said Proctor & Gamble spokesman Loren Fanroy. “We are prioritizing our bestselling sizes to maximize the amount of product we can ship to retailers, and we remain focused on making sure our products are available when and where people shop during this highly dynamic situation. We continue to manufacture and ship Charmin to our retailers.”

Oakland-based Clorox, which makes a number of sanitizing products such as disinfecting wipes that have vanished from stores, along with toilet paper and paper towels, had no immediate response Thursday.

Why toilet paper disappeared from stores is a frustrating mystery for government and health officials trying to manage the pandemic crisis and prevent consumer panic. Unlike disinfecting wipes, or paper towels soaked in bleach, toilet paper doesn’t kill the coronavirus, and the COVID-19 disease is a respiratory infection, not a stomach bug that necessitates frequent trips to the bathroom.

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But perhaps the hoarders who cleared the shelves clued in that as more and more workers were doing their jobs from home, their household demand would increase.

Georgia-Pacific indicates that according to consumer survey and U.S. Census data, the average U.S. household of 2.6 people uses 409 regular rolls per year. The company calculated people staying at home around the clock would increase daily usage about 140 percent. To last two weeks, G-P said, a two-person household would need nine double rolls and a four-person household would need 17.

Good luck finding it.

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5 Best Car Movies & Shows on Netflix for the Coronavirus Outbreak So you’re a gearhead and a car enthusiast, and you’re looking for something good on Netflix. We all have time on our hands now, but instead of wasting it endlessly scrolling through a bunch of stuff, here are five car-themed titles currently on Netflix.

Now, to be clear, these are not the five best movies or shows we’ve ever found on Netflix, just five gearhead-centric ones that are worth your time. We also have a list of the best classic car movies to watch during the Coronavirus outbreak, if that’s more your style.

Off the top of our collective heads (and in no particular order), here are five really good car movies and/or shows currently on Netflix.

#1: Fastest Car

Like all “reality” shows, take it with a grain of salt; but overall, Fastest Car is watchable and has heart. Three sleepers go up against a supercar (Ferraris, Lambos, McLarens and such) in a quarter-mile. If you win, you head to the championship race at the end of the season. There’s lots of personality between the competitors, even if you don’t find the cars interesting.

Take this one for a test drive: Here are both seasons.

#2: Formula 1, Drive to Survive

This 10-part series, although not overly profitable for F1, has attracted people to Grand Prix racing who otherwise wouldn’t be. And in five minutes, you can see why. Formula 1, Drive to Survive gives unprecedented access before, after, and during the races, and the camera never blinks. The series is executive-produced by Academy-Award winner James Gay Rees (Senna) and Paul Martin for Box to Box Films with Sophie Todd as the showrunner.

The first season covers the 2018 FIA Formula One World Championship, beginning in Melbourne and culminating in Abu Dhabi. The second season picks up right where the first one left off, covering the 2019 World Championship.

If you want to know what Formula 1 racing is, and what it’s all about, this is one of the best ways to feel like you are actually there.

Get behind the wheel: Here are both seasons.

#3: Initial D

The 2005 movie version of the hit manga series is a definite watch for those with a Netflix account. Initial D shows how the car culture in Japan is a lot like the car culture in America; and a lot like the car culture in England; and even a lot like the car culture in places you would not expect, like Cuba.

There are great driving sequences, and even the plot works (a rarity in car movies). By day, Takumi Fujiwara (Jay Chou) is a high school student who works as a delivery driver for his father’s tofu shop. By night, everything centers on a totally different world of racing and drifting.

Take this one for a spin: Here’s the title page on Netflix.

#4: Fast & Furious Spy Racers 

Now, stay with me here. Sure, it’s not the highest of highbrow faire, but it’s good for a laugh and really good if you have kids. Fast & Furious Spy Racers is an animated spin off of The Fast and the Furious movies, centering on Tony Toretto, Vin Diesel’s cousin.

Young Tony, voiced by Tyler Posey, is recruited by a government agency, along with his friends, to infiltrate an elite racing league that’s a front for a crime organization called – get this – SH1FT3R. They are, of course, bent on world domination!

Fast & Furious Spy Racers is as nutritious as a bag of potato chips, but just as bingeworthy.

Go undercover with Toretto and his friends: Here is season one.

#5: The 24 Hour War

Seriously, forget Ford v Ferrari, watch The 24 Hour War instead. Adam Carolla and Nate Adams direct a documentary that tells the whole story about the Le Mans rivalry between the two great car makers, while also showing how endurance racing influenced the performance cars we drive today.

The 24 Hour War is as fast-paced and as exciting as any contemporary racing series or movie. You’ll watch this one more than once.

See it for the first time: Here’s the title page on Netflix.

What Car Movies Do You Like?

So there’s five gearhead-focused joints from Netflix to keep you entertained for a bit. Let us know what car movies or shows you are watching and if you have any suggestions for our list on Twitter. Until then, stay safe, stay home, and wash your hands!

Tony Borroz has spent his entire life racing antique and sports cars. He is the author of Bricks & Bones: The Endearing Legacy and Nitty-Gritty Phenomenon of The Indy 500, available in paperback or Kindle format. Follow his work on Twitter: @TonyBorroz

Cover Photo: From The 24 Hour War via Chassy Media.

Original article: 5 Best Car Movies & Shows on Netflix for the Coronavirus Outbreak

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Mandatory Streamers: One Day at a Time is Back!

Welcome to Mandatory Streamers, our column covering the best new streaming content coming your way every week! For the week of March 23, the Emmy-winning comedy series One Day at a Time is back for a fourth season and at its new home on Pop TV. Check out the best shows debuting and returning online this week as well as the latest renewal announcements below and be sure to visit our mother site Mandatory by clicking here!

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One Day at a Time, Season 4 Premiere: Inspired by Norman Lear’s 1975 series, the comedy will continue to tell the story of the Cuban American Alvarez family. This season will find Penelope (Justina Machado) exploring a surprising relationship, her mother Lydia (Rita Moreno) experiencing a religious crisis – as well as revealing the details of her surprise trip to Cuba with Dr. Berkowitz (Stephen Tobolowsky), and Schneider (Todd Grinnell) finding his relationship with Avery (India de Beaufort) growing deeper. Meanwhile, Elena (Isabella Gomez) begins to prepare for college and Alex (Marcel Ruiz) starts to date. The new season will premiere on Tuesday, March 24, and will be available to stream on the network’s website and app.


Ozark, Season 3 Premiere: The Jason Bateman-led crime drama is returning for a third season, and the Brydes are all in. The Byrdes are back in business and the stakes have never been higher. As tensions mount surrounding their new casino, The Missouri Belle, Marty and Wendy struggle to balance their family’s safety with the growing success of their money-laundering empire. Season 3 will begin streaming on Friday, March 27.

Unorthodox, Miniseries Premiere: The German Netflix original miniseries centers around a young woman from Williamsburg, Brooklyn, who lives by the strict rules of her Hasidic community, until she decides to abandon her arranged marriage and flee to Berlin to find herself. However, her past is of course bound to catch up with her. Inspired by Deborah Feldman’s bestselling book and starring Shira Haas, Jeff Wilbusch, and Amit Rahav, the miniseries will launch on Thursday, March 26.


Baghdad Central, U.S. Series Premiere: The six-part drama from writer Stephen Butchard, who adapted the series from the novel by Elliot Colla, is set in October 2003 in U.S.-occupied Iraq following the disbandment of the Iraqi army, the police and civil leadership in the aftermath of the invasion. In the midst of chaos, an Iraqi ex-policeman Muhsin al-Khafaji (Waleed Zuaiter), who has lost everything, makes a bid to reclaim his identity, working as a detective to solve a murder for the coalition forces, working together with Frank Temple, a British ex-cop (Bertie Carvel) who has arrived from Britain on a mission to rebuild the Iraqi Police Force from the ground up. But while Muhsin collaborates with the coalition troops, he is also pursuing his own covert and dangerous agenda. Also starring Golden Globe nominee Corey Stoll, the series will premiere on Hulu on Friday, March 27. The series launched on Channel 4 in the UK.


Netflix has granted two-season renewals to reality series Love is Blind and The Circle, as well as the music competition Rhythm + Flow. The first seasons of each series are currently available to stream.

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Carmen Reinhart Says Global Economy in Worst Spot Since 1930s Carmen Reinhart Says Global Economy in Worst Spot Since 1930s(Bloomberg) -- The global economy hasn’t looked this fragile since the Great Depression of the 1930s, according to Harvard University economist Carmen Reinhart.That was the last time the world witnessed a sustained downturn in both emerging markets and their developed-nation counterparts, she said. As a result, it would be difficult to bet on a short-term rebound in assets, like when riskier securities snapped back after the 2008 global financial crisis or when developed markets performed relatively well during the Latin American debt crises of the 1980s, she said.“Today is reminiscent of the 1930s,” Reinhart said in an interview on Tuesday from her home in St. Petersburg, Florida, where she relocated after Harvard pivoted to online learning. “The slump in commodities, the crash in global trade and synchronization of recessions is more like then than any time.”The Cuba-born economist said she expects China’s growth rate to turn negative, meaning the world’s second-largest economy will be less willing to lend to nations in Latin America, Africa and Asia. Emerging markets already appeared weaker as a whole than the global financial crisis based on their reserves, growth rates and commodity prices.She said the double whammy of the coronavirus and the Saudi-Russia oil price war is the “kiss of death” for producers like Ecuador, Angola and Algeria. It will also inevitably delay debt restructuring processes from Argentina to Lebanon and lead corporate defaults to “skyrocket,” according to Reinhart.Pandemic Threatens to Disrupt $160 Billion of Debt NegotiationsOn Monday evening, Ecuador’s Finance Minister Richard Martinez said the government would pay bonds maturing today while putting close to $200 million of interest payments on hold, using grace periods to spend the money instead in response to the coronavirus.“Ecuador will be defaulting,” Reinhart said. “The finance minister’s words are extremely reasonable, but you’re basically hoping oil prices will be higher and the coronavirus will be waning.”For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.

]]> Tue, 24 Mar 2020 14:28:45 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs News China Russia Bloomberg Harvard Harvard University Argentina Algeria Ecuador Cuba Lebanon Reinhart Richard Martinez Latin America Africa St Petersburg Florida Carmen Reinhart Asia Emerging Ecuador Angola Reinhart Pandemic Threatens US Navy Sailor Becomes First COVID-19 Case At Guantanamo Bay

GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba — A U.S. Navy sailor has become the first person to test positive for the coronavirus at the U.S. base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

The base says in a statement Tuesday the unidentified sailor is isolated at home at the naval station along the southeastern coast of Cuba. The base says health authorities are attempting to track anyone who had contact with the sailor.

Medical personnel have been screening anyone who arrives at the base and the Navy has imposed social-distancing rules.

The naval station has a population of about 6,000 people. That includes about 2,000 foreign laborers from Jamacia and the Philippines.

There are still 40 prisoners held at the Guantanamo detention center. Most base personnel have no contact with the men held there

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Cuban government bans Cubans from leaving island, suspends schools over coronavirus Cuban government bans Cubans from leaving island, suspends schools over coronavirusCuba's government said on Monday it was banning Cubans from leaving the country, closing schools and suspending interregional public transport in its fight to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. Cuba has so far confirmed 40 cases of the virus that originated in China and has since spread worldwide, including a 61-year-old Italian tourist who died. "We have decided to regulate the departure of all our compatriots from the national territory for a simple reason: to look after their health, that of their relatives, their neighbors and colleagues," Cuban Prime Minister Manuel Marrero said in a roundtable discussion on state television.

]]> Mon, 23 Mar 2020 21:11:56 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs News China Cuba Manuel Marrero Cuba, Bolivia close borders, Brazil slashes growth expectations Cuba, Bolivia close borders, Brazil slashes growth expectationsCuba and Bolivia announced on Friday they were closing their borders while Brazil drastically slashed its growth projections for 2020 over the coronavirus pandemic. Latin American countries continued to ramp up measures to contain the virus outbreak with more than 30 deaths from the COVID-19 disease and total cases soaring over 3,000. President Miguel Diaz-Canel finally closed the borders to non-residents after long bucking a regional trend.

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The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic, which has infected more than 246, 000 people and killed more than 10,000. The COVID-19 illness causes mild or moderate symptoms in most people, but severe symptoms are more likely in the elderly or those with existing health problems. More than 86,000 people have recovered so far, mostly in China.TOP OF THE HOUR:— Member of VP Mike Pence's staff tests positive for coronavirus— Washington state reports 8 new coronavirus deaths— Association of Public Health Laboratories recommends only very sick be tested__WASHINGTON — The White House says a member of Vice-President Mike Pence’s staff has tested positive for coronavirus.Pence’s spokeswoman Katie Miller said Friday that the staff member, who is not being identified, did not have “close contact” to either the vice-president or President Donald Trump.Miller said contact tracing, or contacting everyone the individual has been in contact with, is being conducted in accordance with guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Miller says Pence’s office was notified Friday evening of the positive test result.—-HAVANA — Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel says the country is temporarily barring tourists in order to prevent the introduction of more cases of coronavirus.Díaz-Canel and Prime Minister Manuel Marrero Cruz said in an announcement on state television that only residents of the island would be allowed to enter for the next 30 days starting Tuesday.As of Friday, Cuba had announced 16 cases of COVID-19 and one death, all in people who had travelled overseas or been in direct contact with a traveller. Díaz-Canel and Marrero said exceptions would be made for people involved in commercial importation, like crews of merchant ships, and for tourism industry workers who need to help tourists leave the country.Marrero said there were about 60,000 tourists in Cuba as of Friday evening.The Cuban economy is heavily dependent on tourism, which had already slowed dramatically due to U.S. sanctions tightened by the Trump administration.—-SEATTLE — Washington state health officials reported eight new coronavirus deaths on Friday, bringing the total to 83.Seven of those deaths were in King County, the epicenter of the outbreak in the state.More than 1,500 people have tested positive across Washington.—-BERLIN — A German baker's tearful appeal for customers not to abandon their local stores during the coronavirus outbreak has been met with a wave of sympathy.In a video posted on social media Friday, Gerhard Bosselmann said his bakery chain that employs more than 200 people at 20 stores in and around Hannover could collapse within weeks.Many small and medium-sized companies in Germany have expressed concerns about their future as customers stay at home, relying on deliveries or dashing to supermarkets for bulk buys."We need a certain minimum revenue or our company will die within six to eight weeks," Bosselmann said in the video, which drew more than 2 million views by late Friday."You, our customers, can help us by standing by us in bad times, the way we do too," he added, choking back tears.Germany had confirmed almost 20,000 coronavirus cases as of Friday, including 67 deaths, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.—-MEMPHIS — Elvis Presley's Graceland is temporarily closing in response to the coronavirus outbreak.The Memphis,Tennessee-based tourist attraction said Friday that tours of Presley's former home-turned-museum have been called off. Graceland said on its website that it will be temporarily closed from Saturday through April 3.The tourist attraction is centred on the life and career of the late singer and actor. Presley died in Memphis on Aug. 16, 1977. He was 42.About 500,000 people, including international travellers, visit Graceland each year. In addition to the museum, Graceland features restaurants, exhibition halls and a concert venue. —-WASHINGTON — Testing supply shortages are the latest stumble in a botched effort to track the spread of coronavirus that has left the U.S. weeks behind many other developed countries.Dwindling supplies include both chemical components and basic swabs needed to collect patient samples.There are "acute, serious shortages across the board" for supplies needed to do the tests, said Eric Blank, of the Association of Public Health Laboratories, which represents state and local health labs.Late Friday, Blank's group and two other public health organizations recommended that testing be scaled back due to “real, immediate, wide-scale shortages.” The groups said only patients with COVID-19 symptoms who are elderly, have high-risk medical conditions or are medical staff should be tested.“Testing for individuals who are not in these three groups is not recommended until sufficient testing supplies and capacity become more widely available,” said the joint statement, issued with the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials and the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists.—-WASHINGTON — Officials in the nation’s capital are extending at least through April restrictions that include school closures, closed movie theatres and gyms and restaurants and bars serving only takeout.District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser made the announcement Friday as health officials confirmed the first coronavirus death in Washington, D.C.Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt, the director of the district’s health department, said the 59-year-old man had a “complicated medical history” and was admitted to a hospital last week. She said the man tested positive for COVID-19 on March 18. Officials believe he potentially had contact with someone who had the virus.The district’s restrictions to stop the spread of the virus will remain in effect until April 25.That means all restaurants and bars will continue to able to offer to offer carry-out to customers or to food delivery services. All dining or drinking in the establishments is prohibited.Officials said DC public schools would remain closed and distance learning would take place until schools are scheduled to reopen on April 27.Bowser also loosened some restrictions for residents to apply for unemployment benefits and announced a $25 million recovery fund for local businesses.—-OLYMPIA, Wash. — There are no immediate plans in Washington state to enact more stringent social distancing requirements to fight the spread of coronavirus like those imposed by California, New York and other states, Gov. Jay Inslee’s chief of staff said Friday.“We don’t feel it’s necessary to take that next step today,” David Postman told reporters.Washington has reported at least 74 deaths from COVID-19, the most in the United States, and more than 1,300 confirmed cases.The state has already closed schools through the late April, banned events and ordered bars to close and restaurants to serve only take out or delivery options.—-MEMPHIS, Tennessee — Shelby County Health Department Director Alisa Haushalter said Friday that there are 30 confirmed cases, up from 10 the day before, in the area that includes Memphis.Shelby County Schools Superintendent Joris Ray said food preparations and community-wide food distribution have been suspended indefinitely in response to the rising number of cases, as well as a central nutrition services employee testing positive for the virus.Ray said the district has begun working to identify people the employee had been in contact with. In the interim, he asked for the help from the community, including food pantries, to feed children while schools are closed.—-MEXICO CITY — Mexico's central bank has cut its benchmark interest rate from 7% to 6.5%, and reduced by about $2 billion (50 billion pesos) the amount of deposits that banks are required to keep at the Bank of Mexico.Both moves are aimed at loosening up credit in the face of the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Mexico banks are currently required to keep reserve deposits of 320 billion pesos.—-NEW YORK — New York City health officials have directed medical providers to stop giving patients tests for COVID-19 except for those sick enough to require hospitalization. Widespread testing is exhausting supplies of protective equipment.In an advisory issued Friday, the health department said outpatient testing should stop unless results would impact treatment for the patient.“Persons with COVID-like illness not requiring hospitalization should be instructed to stay home. It is safer for the patients and health care workers,” the advisory said.It said demand for unnecessary testing is contributing to a national shortage of masks, gowns, collection swabs and other supplies, all of which need to be discarded by health care workers after each test.It also directed health care providers not test asymptomatic people, including health care workers or first responders.The order came amid a huge surge in testing in New York.After a slow start, testing sites have proliferated and many officials have said that widespread testing is a key to fighting the spread of the disease.As of Friday morning, more than 32,000 people had been tested in the state, almost a third of them in the last day, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.More than 7,000 New Yorkers have tested positive. More than 1,200 have been hospitalized.—-LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Arkansas health officials say there are now nearly 100 cases of coronavirus in the state, including at least 13 residents and staff of a Little Rock nursing home.The state said the number of coronavirus cases had risen overnight from 62 to 96. The new cases include 13 residents and staff of the Briarwood Nursing Home and Rehab.The Health Department said there are also cases at a nursing home in Pine Bluff and another in Centerton.Arkansas has imposed sweeping restrictions because of the outbreak and closed its schools until April 17.—-ANKARA, Turkey __Turkey says five more people have died from the coronavirus outbreak, raising the number of deaths in the country to nine.The number of infections meanwhile, jumped to 670 on Friday, with 311 more cases detected in the past 24 hours, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca announced on Twitter. The surge comes as Turkey increased the number of tests to screen for COVID-19.Koca said the five who lost their lives on Friday were elderly with "weak resistance" to the virus.___MEXICO CITY — Mexico's elderly have long supplemented their meagre pensions by working as baggers at grocery stores. But their income took a hit Friday when Walmart de Mexico, by far the nation's largest retailer, sent them home.The chain said that because they were at greater risk from coronavirus, any bagger over 65 would no longer be allowed to work at their stores. It said that while the baggers are considered volunteers, not employees — they make their money from tips — the chain would provide them with an unspecified "economic assistance."Mexico's Social Security Institute also announced that high-risk employees — those over 65, or with underlying health conditions — would be allowed to work from home where possible.—-NEW YORK — The United Nations says consequences of the coronavirus could be devastating for the 100 million people living in war zones and other emergency settings.It noted many people are living in cramped conditions with little or no access to proper sanitation and basic health services.U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said humanitarian officials are concerned people who depend on U.N. assistance are able to keep getting life-saving help while trying to avoid “the catastrophic impact that the COVID-19 outbreak could have on them.”He said relief agencies are also concerned “about the limited surveillance systems in countries with large numbers of vulnerable groups, while the additional burden of COVID-19 could mean that other current outbreaks such as cholera, measles and yellow fever receive less attention.”Dujarric said overcrowded camps for internally displaced persons in some of the world's humanitarian hot spots are also high-risk areas for COVID-19.He said U.N. humanitarian officials will be launching an appeal for funds early next week to deal with the coronavirus threat. The U.N. has already released $15 million from its emergency fund to deal with the coronavirus in vulnerable areas, and U.N.-managed funds in Afghanistan, Sudan and Jordan have also been released to scale up preparedness.—-OLYMPIA, Wash. — Gov. Jay Inslee asked President Donald Trump to declare Washington a state in major disaster. Such a declaration would enable additional federal assistance to residents affected by COVID-19.Those benefits include expanded unemployment assistance and basic food benefits.“The state urgently requires additional supplemental federal emergency assistance in order to save lives, protect public health and safety, and limit further spread of the disease,” Inslee wrote.—-TOPEKA, Kan. — The top administrator at Kansas' health department said it could run out of coronavirus testing kits over the weekend — forcing the state to rely on private labs and potentially delaying results.Dr. Lee Norman said that testing wouldn't stop altogether because the agency would hold back a few of its tests for infected people who have been hospitalized.Norman also said four private lab companies already are doing some testing, but they typically take longer to report their results than the state's one-day turnaround.Norman said the state has enough testing kits for about 300 patients, and it's doing testing for between 150 and 300 a day. He said his agency has been providing free testing for local agencies and hospitals, and private lab tests will come with a cost of roughly $200.Kansas has had more than 40 cases of COVID-19, including one death, with 10 new confirmed cases reported Friday alone.—-JERUSALEM — Israel has reported its first death from the coronavirus.Jerusalem’s Shaarei Tzedek Hospital said the 88-year-old man died late Friday, a week after he was hospitalized. The hospital said the man had a history of health problems.Israel has reported more than 700 cases of COVID-19.—-BRASILIA, Brazil — Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro said he may receive a third coronavirus test even though he says he's twice tested negative for the virus.Local paper O Globo reported 22 members of the committee that travelled with Bolsonaro to the U.S. earlier this month have tested positive for COVID-19."Maybe I will do a third test, maybe, because I'm someone who has contact with a lot of people," Bolsonaro said in Brasilia.—-ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey is enlisting private hospitals to ease the burden on state hospitals and their staff in the fight against coronavirus.The Health Ministry designated all state, private or foundation hospitals with ICU units and at least two specialists in infectious diseases, microbiology, internal medicine and pulmonology as "pandemia hospitals" to treat COVID-19 patients.The virus has so far claimed four lives in Turkey, while the number of confirmed cases reached 359.—-OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma will close the legislature to help stop the spread of the coronavirus."Senators and our staff remain in constant contact with the governor and other executive branch officials in health care and education, our federal delegation and various leaders from key private sector industries as we work to address this serious health care crisis,” Senate President Pro Tem Greg Treat said in a statement.House staff will work from home, and representatives will return to their districts for "constituent work and identifying priorities that need to be addressed in this unusual year," said John Estus, spokesman for House Speaker Charles McCall.Five additional coronavirus cases were confirmed Friday in Oklahoma, the state Department of Health reported, rising from 44 to 49.The number of deaths due to the virus remained at one, the department said.——BERLIN — Authorities in southern Germany say nine residents of a nursing home in the Bavarian city of Wuerzburg have died from coronavirus.News agency dpa reported that officials at the facility said Friday all of the dead were over 80 and had previous illnesses. Of the 160 residents, five are sick with COVID-19 and are being treated at hospitals in the city. Another 10 are being cared for in isolation in their rooms after testing positive.In addition, 23 carers are quarantined at home after testing positive. It wasn’t clear what the source of the infections was. The home banned visitors last week.Germany had 19,711 confirmed coronavirus infections as of Friday, including 53 deaths, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.—-FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The Seminole Tribe of Florida is closing its six casinos statewide Friday night. The casinos generate billions annually and employ 14,000 people.As a sovereign tribal nation, the Seminoles did not have to follow the governor's orders to limit gatherings or close outright, but the tribe said in a statement it no longer felt operating the casinos was safe.At the tribe's Hard Rock Casino near Fort Lauderdale on Friday afternoon, vacationers, gamblers and bored locals enjoyed the last few hours of play, but the noisy clangs from the machines were muted. Nearly half the machines were disabled to force players, some wearing gloves, to use machines feet apart.Dr. Brian Cheung, a 34-year-old Miami anesthesiologist, had planned a trip to Nashville this week, but when it got cancelled he came to stay at the Hard Rock's hotel and gamble in the casino. The hotel will remain open for now.“Hopefully the pool is still open,” Cheung said, walking down an empty hallway of shuttered restaurants.—-CHICAGO — Southwest says it has not cancelled all flights out of Midway International Airport and instead has only scaled back traffic out of its Chicago hub.The limitations come after federal authorities closed the airport's control tower after technicians tested positive for the coronavirus. Southwest Airlines spokeswoman Brandy King said the Dallas-based airline cancelled about 170 of its roughly 250 daily flights in and out of Midway due to the airspace restrictions that followed the control tower's closure.“We've had to pull that back by cancelling around 170 flights. We're averaging four to six flights per hour," she said. “There are only so many flights they're letting in and out of Chicago.”King said it's not clear how long the airline will keep its reduced flight level in and out of Midway, and that decision is tied to how long the airspace restrictions continue.Earlier reports were that Southwest Airlines had cancelled all flights in and out of Midway, which King denied.—-SPRINGFIELD, Ill.: Gov. J.B. Pritzker is expected to add Illinois to the list of states ordering residents to remain in their homes except for essential needs to limit the spread of the coronavirus.Two government officials with knowledge of the directive told The Associated Press that Pritzker's order will still allow the state's 12.6 million residents to seek essentials including groceries and medicine. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly ahead of the governor's announcement expected Friday.The Chicago Tribune was the first news outlet to confirm the state shutdown that will come into force Saturday.—-PARIS — Tooting horns or playing ragtime, French people in lockdown added a musical touch to their nightly round of applause for medical professionals fighting the new virus.For the fourth straight night, Parisians opened apartment windows at exactly 8 p.m. and applauded and cheered.And to mark the first Friday night when all restaurants across France were closed, people played music or raised toasts from their balconies this time, too.Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive” rang out from one neighbourhood, church bells from another. A pianist played “The Entertainer,” while others enthusiastically blew horns.The evening applause is among gestures by people around Europe showing solidarity even when people can’t gather together.—-MOSCOW — The mayor of Kharkiv says Ukraine's second-largest city is suffering a transport collapse because of restrictions imposed by national authorities to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.Authorities this week ordered the subway systems in Kharkiv, Kyiv and Dnipro closed and limited the number of people who can ride on other mass-transit vehicles to 10.Kharkiv Mayor Hennadiy Kernes said in an open letter to the Ukrainian government released Friday that the restrictions have provoked widespread disorder in the city of 1.5 million, including people storming buses and beating drivers.Some drivers are refusing to work, he said and appealed to the government to allow limited use of the subway system.—-ROME — All parks, public gardens and playgrounds will be closed in Italy starting Saturday for at least five days.Health Minister Roberto Speranza signed an ordinance Friday that also aims to crack down on citizens who have ignored rules stipulating that exercise outside of one’s home must not be done in groups and that people must stay at least one-meter (yard) apart.The new measures says people who do outdoor exercise must now do it only near one’s home while practicing social-distancing. Rome had already banned exercise in parks and Turin’s mayor urged the government to do so nationwide.—-LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer ordered Michigan doctors and dentists to postpone all nonessential medical procedures Friday.Whitmer said procedures should be scratched by Saturday afternoon unless necessary to “preserve the health and safety of a patient.”"By postponing all nonessential medical and dental procedures, we expect to reduce the strain on the health care system and protect people," the governor said.Whitmer also said the state has been flooded with claims for unemployment aid from residents suddenly out of work.—-THE HAGUE, Netherlands — Dutch King Willem-Alexander made an emotional televised speech to his 17 million subjects.The king made a rare speech to the nation aimed at praising and promoting unity and soothing fears. He praised health care workers battling the virus and other professions — from cleaners to teachers to police officers — while expressing concern for business owners facing possible financial ruin.Willem-Alexander, his wife Queen Maxima, and their three daughters have been practicing social distancing this week in their palace in The Hague because they recently took a skiing holiday in an Austrian village where a number of people later tested positive.The king’s speech came hours after the country’s public health institute reported that 30 people had died in the previous 24 hours, bringing the country’s death toll in the outbreak to 106. There have been 2,994 positive tests.—-WASHINGTON — The Pentagon has its first two confirmed coronavirus cases.The Air Force confirmed Friday an active duty airman who works at the Defence Health Agency in Falls Church, Virginia and had been inside the Pentagon on Monday has tested positive.The individual has received medical treatment and has self-quarantined at home.Also, an Air Force defence contractor who works in the Pentagon has tested positive for the virus and has been self-quarantined since March 7, the Air Force said.___SALEM, Oregon — Gov. Kate Brown wants a statewide eviction moratorium, to suspend enforcement on expired automobile tabs and driver licenses and has asked the federal government for a one-year extension for compliance the REAL ID act.Brown said she is not ready to enact more stringent social distancing requirements like those imposed by California and New York this week. Brown has already ordered a six-week statewide school closure, a ban on gatherings of more than 25 people and shutdowns of bar and restaurant operations other than takeout and delivery for at least four weeks.___CHICAGO — Southwest Airlines has cancelled all of its fights in and out of Midway International Airport after federal authorities closed the airport's control tower because technicians tested positive for the coronavirus.The airline's move resulted in more than 173 cancelled flights on Friday.The Federal Aviation Administration closed Midway's control tower on Tuesday after the federal agency said "several" technicians tested positive for coronavirus.The FAA said in a statement that the airport remained open and operations would continue at a reduced rate until controllers and technicians have a safe working environment.—-JACKSON, Miss. —- Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves announced postponing the upcoming Republican primary runoff in the state's 2nd Congressional District to June 23rd.Mississippi joins a number of other states that have postponed elections amid the global pandemic.The Republican runoff originally scheduled for March 31 is between Thomas L. Carey and Brian Flowers, who are running low-budget campaigns.The winner will advance to the November general election to face Democratic U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson, who is chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee.—-ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Officials at Denali National Park and Preserve have suspended issuing climbing permits for the tallest mountain in North America.No permits have been issued to climb either Denali or Mount Foraker, another Alaska Range peak, this year. The climbing season in the Alaska national park about 180 miles (290 kilometres) north of Anchorage usually begins in late April and ends in mid-July.No permits have yet been issued for this year’s climbing season, and refunds will be issued to those who have started the registration process.“Considering the anticipated longevity of the international coronavirus response, social distancing protocols, and travel restrictions, park managers have determined the most appropriate course of action is to suspend all 2020 permitting,” Denali officials said in a statement.__ROAD TOWN, British Virgin Islands — The British Virgin Islands won't bill for water for the next month.Officials also have closed schools and limited air and sea travel to certain passengers seeking to enter the British Caribbean territory.The BVI is one of only a handful of islands in the Caribbean with no confirmed cases.___WASHINGTON — Officials in the nation's capital have announced the first death of a patient from the COVID-19 illness.District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser announced the death of the 59-year-old man on Friday.She said he was admitted to the hospital last week after showing coronavirus symptoms, including a fever and cough, and tested positive. The mayor said the man also had “other underlying medical conditions” but provided no additional details.DC health officials said there were 71 confirmed cases as of Thursday night.___GENEVA — The head of the World Health Organization has sent a message to young people about the new coronavirus: “You’re not invincible.”WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says health officials are continuing to learn about the virus that causes COVID-19 disease. He said older people are hardest hit but "younger people are not spared.”He said data from many countries shows people aged 50 and under make up a “significant proportion” of patients who need hospitalization.“Today I have a message for young people: You’re not invincible,” Tedros said. “This virus could put you in hospital for weeks or even kill you. Even if you don't get sick, the choices you make about where you go could be the difference.”He also advised people to be mindful of mental health at a time of rising anxiety about the outbreak, offering some suggestions."Listen to music. Read a book or play a game, and try not to read or watch too much news if it makes you anxious," Tedros said.___LONDON — The British government has unveiled a massive economic support package to protect workers through the coronavirus pandemic.Treasury chief Rishi Sunak called the economic intervention an “unprecedented” response by a British government and that it is one of the most comprehensive in the world. It will involve for the first time in the history of the British state the government helping to pay the wages of those in the private sector.Also announced: Support measures for those who have lost their jobs and for those who are self-employed. A series of taxes, including those on sales, have been deferred while a business interruption loan scheme, worth 330 billion pounds, will be interest free for 12 months.___BELGRADE, Serbia — Serbia's Prime Minister Ana Brnabic announced the first recorded death from the coronavirus.The death was announced as a 59-year-old man from the northern town of Kikinda.Brnabic said Serbia has 135 cases of the virus, including eight people in serious condition.Brnabic said all public transport in Serbia will be halted and restaurants, cafes and shopping malls will close this weekend. Serbia previously had imposed a curfew and banned all citizens over 65 years old from leaving their homes.___WASHINGTON — More than 3,300 Air and Army National Guard professionals in 28 states were actively supporting the COVID-19 response Friday.The numbers change rapidly as states identify needs and communicate them to their National Guard.Already, 27 states and Puerto Rico have National Guard personnel activated.___The Associated Press receives support for health and science coverage from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Department of Science Education. The AP is solely responsible for all content.The Associated Press

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Pop TV’s One Day at a Time Season 4 Trailer Released

Pop TV has released the official One Day at a Time Season 4 trailer of the Emmy-winning comedy airing its new season on the channel and streamer beginning March 24. You can check out the trailer now in the player below!

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Inspired by Norman Lear’s 1975 series, the comedy will continue to tell the story of the Cuban American Alvarez family. This season will find Penelope (Justina Machado) exploring a surprising relationship, her mother Lydia (Rita Moreno) experiencing a religious crisis – as well as revealing the details of her surprise trip to Cuba with Dr. Berkowitz (Stephen Tobolowsky), and Schneider (Todd Grinnell) finding his relationship with Avery (India de Beaufort) growing deeper. Meanwhile, Elena (Isabella Gomez) begins to prepare for college and Alex (Marcel Ruiz) starts to date.

The series, revived by Pop TV following its cancellation at Netflix, is produced by Sony Pictures TV with Norman Lear, Mike Royce, Gloria Calderón Kellett, and Brent Miller serving as executive producers.

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The Season 4 premiere will be simulcast on TV Land and Logo at 9:30 PM ET/PT. The series will air following new episodes of the final season of Schitt’s Creek and will move to its permanent time slot on April 14 at 9 PM ET/PT.

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Cruise ship with COVID-19 patients docks in Cuba Cruise ship with COVID-19 patients docks in CubaA British cruise ship rejected by Caribbean port officials for weeks docked in Cuba on Wednesday to unload more than 1,000 people on board, including five with confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus. The Braemar arrived in the port of Mariel early in the morning. Passengers leaving the ship were being taken by medical workers in protective gear to Jose Marti International Airport, about 40 miles (65 kilometers) east in the capital, Havana.

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Biden Wins Florida Primary in Blowout Biden Wins Florida Primary in BlowoutFormer vice president Joe Biden won the Florida Democratic primary Tuesday evening in a blowout victory over Senator Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.).With 70 percent of precincts reporting results by 8 p.m., Biden claimed 61 percent of votes to Sanders's 23 percent.Sanders, who typically polls well with Latinos across the U.S., saw consistently low support among Florida's large Hispanic population, made up largely of refugees and exiles from Cuba and their descendants. The Vermont senator has drawn criticism for his repeated praise of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro and other left-wing Latin American strongmen, including Nicaragua's Daniel Ortega.Voting took place in the shadow of the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic, as observers were unsure how the spread of the illness would affect voter turnout. Ohio governor Mike DeWine sued to cancel in-person voting for his state's primary, originally scheduled for March 7, however Florida, Illinois, and Arizona continued to hold their primaries as planned."I think that when you go and cancel [the primaries], the signal that that sends is somehow that we’re paralyzed," said Florida governor Ron DeSantis on Monday. "I don’t think that’s the case. I think we’re taking prudent steps."

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Fried chicken holds a special place in the hearts of the American people. In the Southern states, fried chicken is treated with near-religious reverence. Legendary restaurants like Willie Mae’s in New Orleans and Martha Lou’s Kitchen in Charleston are considered national culinary treasures, up there with Michelin-starred restaurants. But America hardly has a monopoly on crispy, crunchy, juicy, spicy fried chicken. From Central America to Japan, fried chicken is a staple protein, and each country puts its own spin on this home-style classic.

Fried chicken is a canvas for the signature ingredients of the country in question. In America, it’s often served with mac and cheese and mashed potatoes, but in Vietnam, fried chicken wings are coated in fish sauce. Meanwhile, in Mexico, fried chicken sandwiches are topped with Oaxacan cheese and chipotle peppers.

Here are 11 fried chicken dishes from Japan to Israel for every fan of the world’s favorite juicy, crunchy, crispy comfort food.

1. Chicken schnitzel

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This dish originated in Vienna, Austria, where it’s known as wiener schnitzel (the latter meaning thin slice of meat). The geographically protected dish must be made with veal, but when German Jews immigrated to Israel in the 1930s, they transformed schnitzel into a chicken specialty. Fried in vegetable oil instead of butter to make it kosher and served alongside mashed potatoes or french fries, chicken schnitzel is still a beloved dish in Israel, especially among school children.

2. Karaage

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Bite-sized Japanese fried chicken is ultra crispy and perfect for snacking. Akin to a deep-fried chicken nugget, karaage likely became popular in Japan during the 1920s. The bite-sized pieces of chicken are typically marinated in rice wine, ginger, and soy sauce to keep the meat juicy, and are then coated in potato starch and flour before being fried in oil. You can find karaage in ramen shops, pubs, and street food stalls, but it’s often made in private homes, too. It’s a massively popular finger food and is sold frozen at the grocery store.

3. Chicken katsu

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Katsu is another dish from Japan that’s similar to schnitzel. Tonkatsu, made with pork, is the traditional version of katsu, but torikatsu, made from the butterflied thigh of a chicken, is one modern variation. The meat is marinated with salt, pepper, and sweet wine, then dipped in bread crumbs and served on a bed of shredded cabbage. Katsu first appeared in Japanese cuisine in the late 1800s when a restaurant in Tokyo introduced Western-style cutlets of meat to its menu. Since then, it’s become ubiquitous throughout the country and appears in takeout bento boxes and restaurants that specialize in katsu. Another variation is topped with a sweet, mild Japanese curry.

4. Yangnyeom dak

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South Korea is wild about fried chicken. Typically fried twice, fried chicken from this country tends to be spicier than versions you’ll find in the states. The first modern fried chicken joint opened in the late 1970s after vegetable oil was introduced to the cuisine and chicken farming became much more productive. In 1982, a restaurant called Pelicana Chicken began coating its fried chicken in a now-famous hot and sweet sauce called yangnyeom, or seasoned chicken. Thus what is now the most beloved variety in the country was born. In the late ‘90s, a financial crisis hit the country, and as a result many people lost their jobs and fried chicken delivery surged.

It’s one of the most popular comfort foods in the country with about 50,000 restaurants serving fried chicken. It’s so important to South Korea’s food scene that restaurants that sell beer and fried chicken have their own name: chimaek, a combination of chikin and maekju, meaning beer.

5. Vietnamese fish sauce wings

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Forget barbecue sauce. When Andy Ricker, chef and owner of the Portland-based Pok Pok Restaurants, visited Saigon, he noticed that fried chicken is often coated in savory, spicy, and slightly sweet fish sauce — a common condiment in Vietnamese cuisine. He scribbled what he guessed might be the ingredients onto a napkin and passed the recipe along to Ich “Ike” Truong. Pok Pok didn’t invent fish sauce wings, which were already a popular drinking snack in Saigon, but Truong did recreate the Vietnamese dish at the restaurant. His sticky glaze dotted with bits of garlic is now legendary.

6. Cemita poblana

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This breaded chicken torta, also known as a chicken milanesa sandwich, originated in Puebla, Mexico. The breaded and fried chicken is typically topped with Oaxacan cheese or queso blanco, avocado, and chipotle peppers. The name cemita refers to the type of sesame-crusted bread on which it’s served. The fillings are seasoned with pápalo, an herb similar to the cilantro that also sometimes appears in salsa.

7. Taiwanese popcorn chicken

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Also known as yansu ji (salted crispy chicken), Taiwanese popcorn chicken gets its intense flavor from a marinade of garlic, ginger, soy sauce, and white pepper. Unlike karaage and American chicken nuggets, yansu ji typically isn’t served with any dipping sauces. Popcorn chicken is a popular street food and is served at boba tea cafes in Taiwan. It’s often served with a garnish of basil leaves.

8. Hot chicken

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Hot chicken might have originated in Nashville, Tennessee, but in recent years its popularity has exploded across the country. Now, fried chicken enthusiasts from Columbus to Los Angeles can get their hands on it. The recipe is simple but satisfying: Nashville hot chicken is marinated in buttermilk, deep-fried, and then coated in spice paste made from lard and cayenne pepper.

According to local legend, a man named Thorton Prince came home drunk to his wife one night. She decided to get revenge by coating his fried chicken dinner in hot sauce, but he loved her invention and decided to poach the recipe. In 1936, he opened the BBQ Chicken Shack, which eventually became Prince’s Hot Chicken — named the best restaurant in Tennessee by the state House of Representatives in 1996. Today, the dish remains one of the most sought after in the city; the Nashville Hot Chicken Festival, established in 2007, celebrates all things spicy and fried.

9. Prawn paste chicken

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The Singaporean take on fried chicken is called har cheong gai. What makes har cheong gai different from other forms of fried chicken is that the shrimp paste marinade and batter are combined, and the chicken is left to soak overnight in the mixture before it is deep-fried. Tze char(stir fry) streetside food stalls, which serve affordable dishes meant to imitate a home-cooked meal, typically serve har cheong gai.

10. Chicharron de pollo

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This Puerto Rican dish, which is also popular in Cuba and the Dominican Republic, involves marinating bit-size pieces of chicken thigh in a mix of rum, lime juice, garlic, oregano, and peppers (though the marinade may change depending on where you are and who you ask), then frying until crispy. The name of the dish, chicharron, refers to crispy pork rinds, so it’s all about achieving just the right crunch. Chicharron de pollo is often sold at roadside vendors or on the beach (called fonda in the Dominican Republic), and it’s often served with a side of tostones (fried plantain chips).

11. Ayam goreng

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This Indonesian and Malaysian dish literally translates to “fried chicken,” but there’s no batter used in ayam goreng. Instead, the chicken is coated in a yellow spice rub called bumbu, consisting of turmeric, shallots, garlic, and chili paste. First, the chicken is marinated in the spices, then it’s deep-fried in coconut or palm oil. A Javanese variety, called ayam penyet, is smashed with a pestle to make it softer and served with sambal and sliced cucumber. More like this: What it’s like to eat raw chicken sashimi in Tokyo

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Bernie Sanders squared off days before the crucial Florida and Ohio primaries, they returned again and again to the easier target than the novel coronavirus: each others’ records.In a stripped-down debate held in CNN’s Washington bureau—the first in 60 years to be held without a live audience—both Biden and Sanders urged the other to look forward, rather than backward. But time and again, the candidates targeted each others’ legislative track record on the social safety net, immigration, gun safety, abortion, gay rights, the war in Iraq, and money in politics, in exchanges that focused more on issues of the past than those that face the country today.“I voted against the Defense of Marriage Act. You voted for it,” Sanders said at one point, in a razor-sharp attack on Biden’s past record. “I voted against the bankruptcy bill, you voted for it. I voted against the war in Iraq, which was also a tough vote. You voted for it. I voted against the disastrous trade agreements like NAFTA, which cost this country over four million good-paying jobs. You voted for it. I voted against the Hyde Amendment, which denies low-income women the right to get an abortion. You have consistently voted for it.”“You can argue about the past,” Biden responded, then proceeded to argue about the past. “This man voted against the Brady Bill five times—background checks, five times, number one. Number two, this man is the only one of the few Democrats I know who voted to exempt the gun industry from being able to be sued.”The dynamic replayed itself over and over, on issues ranging from public health to foreign policy, with Biden attacking Sanders for the praising of the Sandinistas, the praising of Cuba,” and Sanders responding that at least he, unlike the former vice president, had not voted to invade Iraq.“Everybody in the world knew that when you voted for that resolution, you were giving Bush the authority to go to war,” said Sanders. “Most people who followed that issue closely understood that the Bush administration was lying through its teeth with regards to Saddam Hussein having weapons of mass destruction.”The exchanges, which punctuated nearly every non-coronavirus-related topic, were a reminder of the near-impossibility of maintaining ideological purity over political careers that span a century between them—and of the difficult task of unifying the party that either candidate would face as the Democratic nominee.The candidates did spent nearly half the debate discussing how they would address the coronavirus pandemic, which has claimed thousands of lives worldwide and has led to the closure of schools, businesses and services in cities and states across the nations.But even on that issue, Sanders and Biden found fertile ground for disagreement.“With all due respect to Medicare for All, you have a single-payer system in Italy. It doesn’t work there,” Biden said in the first minutes of the debate. “We are at war with a virus,” Biden continued, and the American people are “looking for results, not a revolution. They’re looking for results they need right now.”Sanders retorted that he considers the lack of access to health care under any circumstances to be a crisis.“Bottom line here is, in terms of Medicare for All, despite what the vice president is saying, what the experts tell us that one of the reasons that we are unprepared is that we don’t have a system... that is prepared to provide health care to all people,” Sanders said. “I consider that a crisis.”As Biden has vaulted ahead in the race for pledged delegates, with a rout last Tuesday that has some in the Democratic Party already referring to the former vice president as the presumptive nominee, and with even rockier demographic terrain ahead for Sanders in this Tuesday’s primaries in Ohio and Florida, both candidates have made halting entreaties to winning over voters who might be ideologically incongruous with their base.Biden, for example, has made some overtures to Sanders’ liberal base in recent days, endorsing a Sanders-penned bill that would guarantee free college tuition for children of parents making less than $125,000. Sanders, in turn, has moved to frame his signature policy proposal as not only politically feasible, but as the most sensible response to the coronavirus pandemic.“The dysfunctionality of the current healthcare system is obviously apparent,” Sanders said at the debate’s outset, adding that the pandemic “exposes the incredible weakness” of a system where millions remain uninsured.“Right now, in this emergency, I want every person in this country to understand that when you get sick, you go to the doctor,” Sanders said. “Do not worry about the cost right now, because we are in the middle of a national emergency.”But as the debate continued, the chasmic gap between the Vermont senator and the former vice president appeared no closer to being bridged on Sunday, particularly during the extended exchange over each candidate’s lengthy Senate record on bankruptcy, gun control, and public financing for elections, among other things.When asked, both candidates again vowed to campaign for the other if their opponent won the Democratic nomination, a pledge that each had made long ago—although Biden noted that Sanders wasn’t making it easy to keep that promise.“He’s making it hard for me right now,” Biden said of Sanders, semi-jokingly. “I was trying to give him credit for things and he won’t even take credit for things he wants to do.”The most forward-looking moment of the debate came when both candidates were asked how they, as a pair of septuagenarian straight white men, would “balance the ticket” as the final candidates in a field that was once historically diverse. Biden vowed to name a woman as his running mate, with Sanders all but echoing the promise a moment later.“I commit that I will, in fact, appoint a woman to be vice president,” Biden said. “There are a number of women qualified to be president tomorrow.”But even that moment of near-agreement soon broke apart as the candidate fractured over each others’ past support or non-support of dictatorial regimes around the world, with Biden lashing at Sanders for positive statements he once made about the Sandinistas and the Soviet Union, and Sanders in turn condemning Biden for working with human-rights violators like Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates and his vote for the war in Iraq.Sanders pushed to broaden the critiques beyond the matter of who-voted-for-what, calling Biden’s vote a failure of leadership.“The issue is not just the war in Iraq,” Sanders said. “That was a long time ago. The issue is the trade agreement—it wasn’t so easy to lead the effort against disastrous trade agreements. The issue was the bankruptcy bill that you supported. The issue was the Defense of Marriage Act. The issue is whether or not in difficult times, and God knows these are difficult times, we’re going to have the courage to take on powerful special interests and do what’s right for working families in this country.”Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.

]]> Sun, 15 Mar 2020 23:17:21 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Florida News Washington Saudi Arabia Senate Iraq Joe Biden Cnn Italy United Arab Emirates Medicare Ohio Biden Cuba Saddam Hussein Vermont Sanders Bush Nafta Democratic Party Soviet Union Sen Bernie Sanders Brady Bill Canadian wrestlers Steen and Dhesi qualify for upcoming Tokyo Olympics OTTAWA — Canadian wrestlers Jordie Steen and Amar Dhesi qualified for the upcoming Tokyo Olympics on Sunday following their semifinal victories at the Pan-American Olympic Qualification Tournament.Steen, from Tecumseh, Ont., defeated Dominica's Luis Miguel Perez Sosa by technical superiority 13-2 in the 97-kilogram semifinal. After going down two early in the match, the 28-year-old used his signature ankle lace attack to storm back to win."It's hard to imagine, I kept trying to do it one step at a time, one match at a time, one takedown at a time. I'm so happy," said Steen, who trains at the Montreal Wrestling Club. "It doesn't even feel real. It's been unreal. I don't want to sugarcoat it, getting to the Olympics is a tough, tough road but it feels so good when you finally make it happen."Dhesi pinned his opponent Charles Merrill of Puerto Rico to secure victory in the 125-kilogram semifinal. The 24-year-old from Surrey, B.C., won his two round-robin matches by technical superiority."It means everything. Since I started this sport at five- or six-years old that's all I could dream about. It was a long road, a lot of sacrifices," said Dhesi, who's been living and training in Columbus, Ohio. "It means a lot, not just for me but for my family, my community. I'm not done yet; this is just a step."The duo joins Erica Wiebe and Danielle Lappage who qualified for the Tokyo Games on Saturday.The tournament was held without spectators inside the competition venue to reduce the risk of the spread of the COVID-19 virus.Dillon Williams of Toronto made it to the 65-kilogram semifinal, but lost 10-0 to Alejandro Valdes Tobier of Cuba.There will be a last chance Olympic Qualification Tournament later in the year. It was originally scheduled to run April 30 to May 3 in Sofia, Bulgaria, but has been postponed to the beginning of June.This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 15, 2020.The Canadian Press

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Can You Carry a Message to Garcia?

Editor’s note: The following essay (which has been condensed from the original), was written by Elbert Hubbard in 1899. In “A Message to Garcia,” Hubbard uses a dramatized version of 1st Lt. Andrew S. Rowan’s mission to meet with Gen. Calixto García, commander of the rebel forces in Eastern Cuba, at the start of the Spanish-American war. Hubbard’s call for personal ownership and individual initiative proved strikingly resonate with the business community and public: the short essay was reprinted perhaps millions of times in pamphlets and miniature hardbound books and distributed far and wide. In fact, the phrase “to carry a message to Garcia” became common shorthand for resolutely fulfilling any difficult task and remained in use throughout the 20th century. The essay itself is still passed around in military circles today.

In all this Cuban business there is one man stands out on the horizon of my memory like Mars at perihelion.

When war broke out between Spain and the United States, it was very necessary to communicate quickly with the leader of the insurgents. Garcia was somewhere in the mountain fastnesses of Cuba — no one knew where. No mail or telegraph could reach him. The President must secure his co-operation, and quickly.

What to do!

Someone said to the President, “There’s a fellow by the name of Rowan will find Garcia for you, if anybody can.” Rowan was sent for and given a letter to be delivered to Garcia. How “the fellow by name of Rowan” took the letter, sealed it up in an oil-skin pouch, strapped it over his heart, in four days landed by night off the coast of Cuba from an open boat, disappeared into the jungle, and in three weeks came out on the other side of the island, having traversed a hostile country on foot, and having delivered his letter to Garcia, are things I have no special desire now to tell in detail. The point I wish to make is this: McKinley gave Rowan a letter to be delivered to Garcia; Rowan took the letter and did not ask, “Where is he at?”

By the Eternal! There is a man whose form should be cast in deathless bronze and the statue placed in every college in the land. It is not book-learning young men need, nor instruction about this or that, but a stiffening of the vertebrae which will cause them to be loyal to a trust, to act promptly, concentrate their energies; do the thing — “carry a message to Garcia!”

General Garcia is dead now, but there are other Garcias. No man, who has endeavored to carry out an enterprise where many hands were needed, but has been well-nigh appalled at times by the imbecility of the average man — the inability or unwillingness to concentrate on a thing and do it.

Slipshod assistance, foolish inattention, dowdy indifference, and half-hearted work seem the rule; and no man succeeds, unless by hook or crook, or threat, he forces or bribes other men to assist him; or mayhap, God in His goodness performs a miracle, and sends him an Angel of Light for an assistant.

You, reader, put this matter to a test: You are sitting now in your office — six clerks are within your call. Summon any one and make this request: “Please look in the encyclopedia and make a brief memorandum for me concerning the life of Corregio.”

Will the clerk quietly say, “Yes, sir,” and go do the task?

On your life, he will not.

He will look at you out of a fishy eye, and ask one or more of the following questions:

Who was he?

Which encyclopedia?

Where is the encyclopedia?

Was I hired for that?

Don’t you mean Bismarck?

What’s the matter with Charlie doing it?

Is he dead?

Is there any hurry?

Shan’t I bring you the book and let you look it up yourself?

What do you want to know for?

And I will lay you ten to one that after you have answered the questions, and explained how to find the information, and why you want it, the clerk will go off and get one of the other clerks to help him find Garcia — and then come back and tell you there is no such man. Of course I may lose my bet, but according to the Law of Average, I will not.

Now if you are wise you will not bother to explain to your “assistant” that Corregio is indexed under the C’s, not in the K’s, but you will smile sweetly and say, “Never mind,” and go look it up yourself.

And this incapacity for independent action, this moral stupidity, this infirmity of the will, this unwillingness to cheerfully catch hold and lift, are the things that put pure socialism so far into the future. If men will not act for themselves, what will they do when the benefit of their effort is for all?

My heart goes out to the man who does his work when the “boss” is away, as well as when he is home. And the man who, when given a letter for Garcia, quietly takes the missive, without asking any idiotic questions, and with no lurking intention of chucking it into the nearest sewer, or of doing aught else but deliver it. Civilization is one long anxious search for just such individuals. Anything such a man asks will be granted; his kind is so rare that no employer can afford to let him go. He is wanted in every city, town, and village — in every office, shop, store, and factory.

The world cries out for such; he is needed, and needed badly — the man who can carry a message to Garcia.

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Cubans who lived through Castro's literacy program frustrated by Bernie Sanders' praise Cubans who lived through Castro's literacy program frustrated by Bernie Sanders' praiseBernie Sanders continues to praise Fidel Castro's literacy program in Cuba, but those who lived through it saw more propaganda than education

]]> Fri, 13 Mar 2020 12:50:42 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs News Cuba Fidel Castro Castro Bernie Sanders Bristol News: March 1, 1897 One hundred and twenty-three years ago, on March 1, 1897, Marjorie Van Wickle was at the Jekyll Island Club in Brunswick, Georgia, with her parents Augustus and Bessie Van Wickle.  While she was there she received a long, rambling letter from her friend Lewis Herreshoff. He had promised to write her a “winter” letter from Bristol where it had been “cold and bleak.”  He began his letter by getting all the bad news out of the way – a friend had died and his mother had been taken ill; many of his friends were spending the winter out of state, so he was feeling lonely and bored. Miss Julia Drury, Marjorie’s art teacher, was studying art in Boston, and Mary Howe and Anna Low had gone to Europe for four months. Dr. Howe and his wife were in Egypt, exploring the Nile.

The winter had not been as cold as the year before, even though they had a 15” snowfall in January, with the promise of more to come.  The snow meant that Bristolians had enjoyed fine sleighing: “such a lot of sleighs were out as never were seen, and all the people enjoyed it immensely.” Nevertheless, Lewis was glad that spring was near. He loved the summer when he could spend all his time out of doors socializing with all the summer visitors, Van Wickles, Pardees, and others.  By the end of February, he reported, people were beginning to play golf at the Bristol Golf Club adjacent to Blithewold, where the new Club House was being built. So anxious were the young people to get out in the spring-like weather that they were already riding their bicycles. In the town center, the DeWolf Inn had been purchased by someone from Providence who planned to renovate it and reopen it as a hotel.

The most exciting news was the building of a torpedo boat at the Herreshoff workshops on Hope Street. It was 180 feet long and 18 feet wide, and had been designed by Lewis’s cousin, Bertie Chesebrough. Trials began in early January. “To make ready for the grand trial they kept making her go faster and faster as the machinery became smoothed and the men [got] used to running the boilers of which she has 3. At last, early in Feb. the top speed was reached and all was ready for the Gov. Board to come from Washington.” On February 9th, they spent the whole day loading the torpedo boat with coal. It all had to be weighed and added to the weight of the men on board, so that calculations could be fine-tuned. With 220 pounds of steam “she went like a mad bull, her nose was way up in the air, a big wave of foam at the stern, and even when she was at the other side of Hog Island you could easily hear her roar.  [She] was accepted at once, and since then went to N.Y. and Washington where she now is. It is a great ceremony when a vessel is put into commission, that is, taken into the service of the U.S. Government.” The torpedo boat was named USS Porter and served in the Spanish-American War the following year, patrolling the waters off the north coast of Cuba and supporting the blockade.

Lewis ended his letter by urging Marjorie to come to Blithewold as soon as possible, “I hope as early as you can, for all of June is lovely here … we shall have plenty of music. You must come up often to our house and hear all the lovely playing and singing we shall have.”

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Cubans who lived through Castro's literacy program frustrated by Bernie Sanders' praise Bernie Sanders continues to praise Fidel Castro's literacy program in Cuba, but those who lived through it saw more propaganda than education


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Critics Hear Political Tone as Pompeo Calls Out Diplomatic Rivals Over Human Rights Wed, 11 Mar 2020 19:15:41 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs News Putin North Korea China Russia Israel Turkey Iran Syria Amnesty International Venezuela Erdogan State Department Torture Cuba Trump Mike Maduro Nicolas Political Prisoners Pompeo Recep Tayyip Vladimir V Donald J United States International Relations Freedom of Speech and Expression Civil Rights and Liberties China Cuba Iran How the United States re-branded as "America" NPR's Throughline had a great recent episode about what's essentially the branding of the American Empire. Host Rund Abdelfatah speaks with Daniel Immerwahr, a history professor at Northwestern University, who the changing ways that America has identified itself over the years.

I always found it kind of strange to say "America" (even though I do it), as it also refers to two entire continents. And I've similarly found it interesting when I hear Europeans refer to the country as "the States." But Immerwahr took things a step further, and traced the history of self-reference through American presidential speeches. Prior to 1898 — the time of our rarely-mentioned war with Spain, which saw American expansionism grow beyond the continental borders and into the Philippines, Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and Cuba and so on — it was rare to hear a President refer to the country as "America." It could be the Republic, or the Union, or the United States, sometimes even Columbia or Freedonia (like "land of the free people," yes that was apparently a real thing at one time).

Immerwahr smartly connects this to curiosity to the country's intrinsic relationship (and subsequent, neverending identity crises) with imperialism. We were founded on conquered land, and though we aspired to be a union of independent nation-states with open borders and shared currency, that never actually happened. The "free" people of the United States distinguished themselves from the black slaves who tilled their fields, and the various Native American nations with whom they sometimes shared the land. Unlike, say, European nations — where people have a long-standing cultural and historical connection to a region, regardless of who owns the it, or what the country might be called — we immediately began expanding westward, and claiming more and more territory as if it inherently and rightfully belonged to us.

Then we ran out of land. Then the war with Spain and the Filipino-American war happened. Then something started to shift, and we began to accept that we were never really a union of states to begin with. We had territories, and colonies — just as we had all along.

I'll let Immerwahr explain the rest, and better connect the dots. He articulates some truths about American exceptionalism that I hope even the most jingoistic patriots might appreciate.

'Throughline': Becoming America [Rund Abdelfatah / NPR]

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Sanders Differentiates Socialism from ‘Authoritarian Communism’ When Confronted by Russian Immigrant Sanders Differentiates Socialism from ‘Authoritarian Communism’ When Confronted by Russian ImmigrantSenator Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) on Monday differentiated Democratic socialism from "authoritarian communism" at a CNN town hall at which he fielded a question from a Russian immigrant who accused him of being "eager to implement" many Soviet-style policies."My father's family left Soviet Russia in 1979 fleeing from some of the very same socialist policies that you seem eager to implement in this country," audience member Samantha Frenkel-Popell said. "So my question is, how do you rectify your notion of democratic socialism with the failures of socialism in nearly every country that has tried it?""Is it your assumption that I supported or believe in authoritarian communism that existed in the Soviet Union?  I don't and never have. And I opposed it," Sanders responded."What do I mean when I talk about democratic socialism?  It certainly is not the authoritarian communism that existed in the Soviet Union and in other communist countries," the senator said. "What democratic socialism means to me is we expand Medicare, we provide educational opportunity to all Americans, we rebuild our crumbling infrastructure."Sanders has drawn criticism for comments praising the communist regimes of the Soviet Union and Cuba, as well as the left-wing Nicaraguan strongman Daniel Ortega."People there seemed reasonably happy and content," Sanders said of the Soviet Union after his honeymoon in Yaroslavl, Russia. "I didn't notice much deprivation."Documents discovered by the New York Times revealed that Soviet officials had attempted to use Sanders's initiative to form a sister-city relationship between Yaroslavl and Burlington, Vt., where Sanders was mayor, to advance Soviet propaganda."We’re very opposed to the authoritarian nature of Cuba but you know, it’s unfair to simply say everything is bad. You know?” Sanders said of the communist island nation in a February interview on 60 Minutes. "When Fidel Castro came into office, you know what he did? He had a massive literacy program. Is that a bad thing? Even though Fidel Castro did it?"The comments drew sharp rebukes from Florida politicians in both parties, whose constituents include a large population of Cuban refugees and exiles.

]]> Tue, 10 Mar 2020 10:07:41 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Florida News Cnn New York Times Cuba Fidel Castro Bernie Sanders Soviet Russia Sanders Soviet Union Burlington VT Yaroslavl Daniel Ortega Yaroslavl Russia Samantha Frenkel Popell Leaked Google Pixel 4a hands-on video reveals it all ]]> Tue, 10 Mar 2020 07:01:08 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Google Mobile News Youtube Trends Cuba Pixel 4a Iran Doesn’t Understand ‘Maximum Pressure’ Iran Doesn’t Understand ‘Maximum Pressure’Iran has misjudged not only the toxic effects of the Trump administration’s “maximum pressure” sanctions on the regime but also the entire psychology of U.S. policy toward Iran. The result is that Iranian unemployment is soaring, its gross domestic product is tanking, inflation is raging, oil prices are crashing, and its friends are fewer than ever — and for the first time in 40 years, the regime believes that it must do something quite radical before it implodes.2020 is not 1979, not 1983, not 1986, not 2004–2007, and not 2011 -- all years when Iran variously pressured the U.S. by taking hostages, killing American personnel in Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, and Iraq, threatening oil disruptions, and planning to kill the Saudi ambassador in Washington, D.C. Now things are redefined for a variety of reasons, most of them apparently still underappreciated by the theocratic Iranian elite.1) As the world’s largest oil and natural-gas producer, the U.S. is not vulnerable to cutoffs of oil from the Middle East. It, of course, cares about global free passage through the Straits of Hormuz, but not as much as do major importers such as Europe and exporters such as China.Americans today certainly would not go to war if oil-dependent nations did not themselves first confront Iran over any threatened denial of access through the straits. That said, most Americans would not wish their sons and daughters to die to keep Chinese trade -- or even Europe’s oil imports -- safe.As far as the old Middle East “tensions” spiking oil prices and thereby harming consumers in the U.S. are concerned, such theoretical crises now offer a wash to America: Higher gas prices would also mean that the value of ascending U.S. daily oil production would increase by hundreds of millions of dollars every week, because consumers mostly pay fellow Americans for increased gas costs at the pump.Yet in truth, world oil prices are crashing because of new producers on the market and panic over global economic slowdown from the coronavirus panic. Nor can Iran threaten Israel with fuel cutoffs, given Israeli self-sufficiency in natural gas and, increasingly, oil production. The Arab world, Russia, and the U.S. — that is, countries responsible for over 60 percent of world’s daily oil output — either like having Iranian oil off the market or don’t seem to care. In sum, Iran is pumping less oil at lower prices than at any time in recent memory.2) Iran has not figured out Trump. He is not beholden to the bipartisan foreign-policy establishment — as his critics lament. He has no beltway “wise men” envoys who float between Republican and Democratic administrations and advise caution and split-the-difference mediation.Trump is instead sui generis, unpredictable, and he does not seem to worry much whether the New York Times or the Council on Foreign Relations dubs him “reckless” or “unpredictable” or even “dangerous.” He is not likely to relent and end sanctions unilaterally, as past presidents did in the cases of Iran and North Korea.Thus, Trump does not obsess over Iran any more than he does over the Palestinians. By that, I mean, he levels sanctions or cuts aid, and then moves on. Ginned-up crowds chanting “Death to America” have been stale Tehranian fare for 40 years and have zero effect on the Trump administration. Being hated by seventh-century-style imams is only to Trump’s advantage — to the extent he or anyone else even notices anymore.After 40 years of Iranian psychodramas and “Death to America” monotony (coupled with the desire of many Iranians to visit or reside in the U.S.), the world in general doesn’t much worry about Iran’s self-created mess. Most nations neither fear Iran nor collude with it. It is a pariah state, analogous to Venezuela or North Korea. And now it is a broke and weak one to boot. Only Russia and China claim it as a client, needy though it is. John Kerry’s sin was not just that he appeased the Iranian theocracy, but that he gave them any attention at all.So far Trump has mostly done what he said he would, not just at home but concerning some of the most controversial foreign-policy issues of our age: He has moved the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, cut off most U.S. aid to the Palestinians, exited the Paris climate accord and the Iran deal, and confronted China in an existential stand-off over trade.This record suggests that when Trump says he has a theoretical list of targets — no doubt, power plants, military bases, and nuclear facilities — that U.S. drones, missiles, or air strikes will target in response should Iran revert to form and once again begin killing Americans through terrorist appendages and with the same old, same old denial of culpability, Trump might, in fact, very well strike. Any such retaliation would inflict billions of dollars in damage to Iran, but without a great risk of losing American service personal or inflicting civilian collateral damage. Iran is the subtext for a Middle East that is becoming less and less important to America.Our Middle East interests have shrunk to two concerns: No Middle East nations should use oil revenues to go nuclear, and terrorists should not have sacrosanct badlands from which to launch attacks on the U.S. Both agendas can be advanced mostly by air power, without large bases or the use of ground troops.3) There is no longer just an Islamic–Western binary. The ancient Shiite–Sunni tensions have intensified because of Iran’s quest for a nuclear weapon, which the Gulf kingdoms and moderate Arab regimes believe would be aimed at them, inevitably ending in a nuclear arms race in the Middle East.As a result, in polls of Arab public opinion, Israel is seen in the Sunni world as a neutral power or perhaps even a useful third-party resource rather than an existential enemy — on the principle that the enemy of my enemy is sort of my anti-Iranian friend.In other words, Iran is no longer opposed by just the U.S and the West and Israel. Now almost all the Sunni Muslim world also opposes Iran, in a way not so true in the past three decades. Tehran’s attack on the Saudi oil refinery reminds the region that Iran is an opportunistic predator, in the sense that it prefers attacking vulnerable Muslim antagonists rather than Israel, which would have replied disproportionately.In sum, Iran is reaching North Korean status, becoming a regional and international pariah, found useful only by terrorists, China and Russia, and outlaw governments such as Pyongyang’s. And now it lacks even such a patron as nuclear China (which props up North Korea), and it has alienated both Turkey and Egypt and become an albatross around the neck of the Palestinians.4) Maximum-pressure strategies are in truth reactive. Our policy forces Iran to be the aggressor, ostensibly. Or least it allows them to make their own decisions about their own future. American ground troops are no longer nearby and vulnerable in any great number in Iraq, as they were in 2005 and 2006 when Iran targeted them with shaped charges. The U.S. is not bogged down by a raging war in Iraq. It is not mired in a post-2008 recession.There is no American embassy in Tehran. The U.S. has no desire for preemptory invasion or even nation-building through coup attempts. Hezbollah and Hamas are running out of money and are at a nadir in terms of global empathy to their causes.Each day that passes in the U.S.–Iranian standoff is of no expense to the U.S. It is not conducting a costly 1962-like blockade (as we then did in Cuba) in patrolling Iran’s ports. There are no American jets tasked with a grueling twelve years of enforcement of U.N.-mandated no-fly zones, as we maintained over Iraq during the Clinton and Bush administrations. Marines are not circling offshore waiting to invade Tehran. No one is advocating another Libyan misadventure.The American public does not like the Iranian government and does not listen when it claims that sanctions are hurting “the Iranian people,” to whom theocrats have so serially lied about the coronavirus and the downed Ukrainian jet liner, and whom it so callously has butchered in the street.The apartheid South African government cried similarly that sanctions hurt poor blacks. Perhaps they did — in the short term. But most of the victims were willing to endure hardship for the long-term weakening or collapse of the regime that was the source of their discontent. The U.S. has never waged a war against the Iranian people. If anything, the prior six presidents went out of their way to distinguish Iranians from the theocracy that hijacked their government — all in the vain hope that a grassroots revolution might overthrow the supreme leader.Indeed, official American policy has long been that the millions of protesters in the Iranian streets chanting anti-American slogans are not the majority of the population, that the reason for 40 years of Iranian autocracy was not that the Iranian people liked their anti-American government, and that parlor trashing of America by dissident Iranian intellectuals in the West was over tactics, not the strategy of opposing the theocracy. All that may or may not be true, but again it has been America’s de facto bipartisan policy.U.S. banks and Treasury officials are steadily, stealthily, and without much attention ratcheting up the pressure — on the premise that the U.S. economy and military have never been stronger, making it iffy for neutrals to buck American sanctions.Under maximum pressure, the theocracy grows more desperate each day. We can see that in the regime’s recent murdering of 1,500 protesters, the lying and loss of fides about the downing of a Ukrainian passenger jet, the inability to tell the truth about the COVID-19 outbreaks, and the anemic turnout in regional elections. In the case of the coronavirus, Iran reminds us that a duplicitous authoritarian government is a force multiplier of plague, given its innate distrust of the people, its paranoid misallotment of resources, and its counterproductive scapegoating of foreign powers for its own incompetence.Iran at some point, sooner rather than later, will either have to concede and return to the Iran deal, giving up concessions such as inclusion of missiles and terrorists, allowing true snap spot inspections, and agreeing to never go nuclear.Or it can brag that it is the new Albania or Maoist China, having forged a completely autonomous Islamic economy, free at last from the corrupting tentacle of the despised U.S., Inc.Or it can again, on spec, turn to its now money-hungry terrorist surrogates to kill Americans, with the hope that Donald J. Trump was bluffing when he promised to do billions of dollars of damage to Iranian infrastructure if terrorists began killing Americans.In truth, Iran cannot afford either to escalate (and risk crippling air strikes) or back down (and experience loss of face and prestige throughout the Islamic and terrorist worlds). Nor can it continue with the status quo of sanctions and falling oil prices (and thus slowly return to a pre-modern economy). The regime will not liberalize, but it will lose its national infrastructure and wealth if it starts killing Americans. Iran certainly cannot create a self-sufficient economy.In short, never in our long, checkered 40-year shared history with Iran has the U.S. been relatively stronger and Iran abjectly weaker.The ball is in Iran’s court, and the American attitude seems to be “do your worst, and we will do our best in response” — and that reality is a self-made lose-lose dilemma for the theocracy. For the first time in 40 years, there is at least some hope for the Iranian people that the end of their tragic nightmare is on the horizon.

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