Xi Jinping’s global dreams hit a wall amid growing backlash against China

Hong Kong (CNN)With the shock election of anti-globalist Donald Trump to the US presidency still fresh in their minds, international leaders watched with anticipation as Chinese President Xi Jinping stepped up to the podium at Davos in January 2017. In the past two months alone, Turkey has denounced Beijing’s mass detention centers in Xinjiang, the United Kingdom has accused the Chinese government of widespread hacking and the US has ramped up its campaign to limit Chinese influence worldwide. At the …

Trump is sending humanitarian aid to Venezuela. Venezuelans in the US say they need help, too

(CNN)While the Trump administration sends humanitarian aid to Venezuela and ratchets up its rhetoric against Nicolas Maduro’s regime, a growing group of Venezuelans who’ve fled to the United States are finding themselves in legal limbo and calling on Congress for help. “I live day to day with the fear that they’ll kick him out of the country. If he goes back,” she says, “they’re going to put him in jail and torture him for 30 years.” Argenis Gabriel Figueroa Rodriguez, …

5 Fitness Products That Are A Total Scam Betches

Nicole Nam has a Bachelors of Science in Public Health Nutrition Specialization and a Masters of Science in Kinesiology. She has a personal training certification from the American Council of Exercise, and has trained a variety of clients, including a contestant in this year’s Miss Nevada competition. Follow her on Instagram here. Before we even get into the nitty gritty of this article, I want to really quickly touch on something that recently happened in the fitness influencer world. This past …

Embarrassing Videos From The ‘Pump Rules’ SURvers’ Pasts Betches

Between the drink throwing, the cheating, and the verbal lashings these people dish out and take each week, the Vanderpump Rules cast has turned reality television into an art form. It almost makes us forget that they first flocked to Los Angeles to, ya know, follow their dreams of acting and modeling. These people have so, so, SO much to be ashamed of based off their show alone, but there’s even more shameful stuff in their past. Let’s take a …

To Be A Man: My Portrait Series Challenging The Concept of Toxic Masculinity

Toxic masculinity, a variation of masculinity, refers to the socially-constructed attitudes that describe the masculine gender role as violent, unemotional, sexually aggressive, and so forth. It restricts the kinds of emotions and characteristics that are socially acceptable for boys and men to express. Toxic masculinity is a variation of masculinity that has become the standard upon which the “real man” is defined but also by which ones masculinity can be challenged (The Good Men Project). This topic is no more …

A Petition To Sell Montana To Canada For 1 Trillion Dollars Is Gaining Attention With Hilarious Comments

Although it’s no secret that petitions can have the power to change the world (or someone’s life), most of us can’t help but shrug and scoff when we see someone share a rally for signatures on their social media. It’s mostly because the thousands of petitions circulating around usually have causes that are either ridiculous or don’t inspire people enough to move their fingers across the keyboard to sign it. And while examples like Caroline Criado-Perez’s banknote petition or the …

Rugby World Cup: Remembering the shock of the century

(CNN)With time almost up on the clock, Japan rolled the dice on England’s south coast. Leitch wanted a try — five points that would thrust Japan into the history books with the greatest upset in Rugby World Cup history. Meet rugby superfan Daisuke Komura Like the thousands in the stadium, Komura urged his side to play for the try in the closing minutes. Sitting near him was now England boss Jones, who looked on as the players continued to defy …

North Korea prison camp survivor: ‘Am I a Christian?Yes. I love Jesus. But I deny it’

North Korea has been the No. 1 persecutor of Christians on the group’s annual list for 18 years now. Open Doors was hopeful that diplomatic efforts — including the 2018 Winter Olympics and the Trump-Kim summit — would mean easing pressure and violence against Christians. But that has not been the case. Christ followers are still seen as a “threat” to the Kim family’s ideology and quickly erased from society either by death, detention centers, re-education camps, or maximum-security hard labor prison …

Nissan cuts profit forecast in its first report since ousting Carlos Ghosn

Hong Kong (CNN Business)Life after Carlos Ghosn is off to a rocky start for Nissan. Nissan’s new leaders have a tough job to turn things around. After an 8% drop in the first three quarters of its financial year, Nissan’s sales in the United States plunged 19% in January. The company is trying to “improve its brand value” and become more competitive in the United States, CEO Hiroto Saikawa said at a news conference Tuesday. Nissan blamed its lackluster performance …

Farmer Surprised To Find Ghost Apples On Trees After Polar Vortex

“I guess it was just cold enough that the ice covering the apple hadn’t melted yet, but it was warm enough that the apple inside turned to complete mush (apples have a lower freezing point than water).” According to Andrew, not a lot of fruits and veggies are capable of pulling off such a stunt. “You could only find them on other fruits and vegetables if they remained unharvested and persisted into the winter. Most crops do not.” told Forbes …

Japan Calls On Its Citizens To Help Collect Old Electronics To Create 100% Recycled Tokyo 2020 Medals

TeamUSA The committee states on their page that they are aiming for 100% recycled content, which will be a first in the game’s history: “We will target a 100% recycling rate in the refining of gold, respecting the environment by using scrap metals in the manufacture of medals, and employing Japanese technological expertise.” TeamUSA While using some recycled materials is not an entirely new concept the committee wanted to take things a step further by involving their citizens in this …

Alcatraz Of The Rockies awaits El Chapo’s possible arrival; inmates include Boston bomber and Ted Kaczynski

Fremont County, CO, USA – February 9, 2015: The United States Penitentiary Administrative Maximum Facility in unincorporated Fremont County, Colorado. Known as The Alcatraz of the Rockies, the supermax prison is home to some of the most notorious inmates in the US federal prison system. Supermax, in Florence, Colo., is the lockup where BOP keeps serial killers, terrorists, mobsters and drug kingpins too dangerous to house anywhere else, Atavist magazine reported. TED CRUZ WANTS ‘EL CHAPO’ AND DRUG LORDS TO …

Trumps 2020 Campaign Kicks Off With A Carnival Of Lies In El Paso

EL PASO, Texas — As thousands of Christopher Mathias / HuffPost Trump merchandise for sale at the rally. As Trump supporters poured into the gated area outside the coliseum, music blared from the loudspeakers, a playlist that included Elton John’s “Candle in the Wind,” Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Free Bird” and “Memory” from the Broadway musical “Cats.” The music was interrupted intermittently by announcements, including one pleading with Trump supporters to “not hurt any protesters” who might show up to ruin the …

Trump calls for rejection of ‘politics of revenge’ in speech that jabs Democrats

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump appeared before a divided Congress for the first time on Tuesday to appeal to lawmakers’ sense of unity at a moment of deepening partisan spite. “An economic miracle is taking place in the United States — and the only thing that can stop it are foolish wars, politics or ridiculous partisan investigations,” the President said to only a smattering of applause. “If there is going to be peace and legislation, there cannot be war and investigation. …