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Tuvalu promises to ‘stand firm’ with Taiwan amid Pacific rivalry | Politics News
Politics

Tuvalu promises to ‘stand firm’ with Taiwan amid Pacific rivalry | Politics News

The tiny nation is one of four in the Pacific that still maintain formal ties with Taiwan, as China woos support in the region.The leader of the Pacific island nation of Tuvalu has promised to “stand firm” on its ties with Taiwan, as China expands its influence in the region. Tuvalu, with a population of about 10,000 people, is one of 14 countries to retain full diplomatic relations with Taiwan, a self-ruled democracy that Beijing claims as its own, and one of four in the Pacific where China has been stepping up efforts to win support. Speaking at a welcome ceremony in Taipei hosted by Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen, Tuvalu Prime Minister Kausea Natano said “decent and common values” had always been an added strength to their bond. Tuvalu has maintained diplomatic relations with Taipei ...
Purple Hearts is a terrible film — but it gets America right | Entertainment
Entertainment

Purple Hearts is a terrible film — but it gets America right | Entertainment

Netflix’s recently released romance Purple Hearts has been in the news for all the wrong reasons. Directed by Elizabeth Allen Rosenbaum and starring Sofia Carson and Nicholas Galitzine, the film has been watched for more than 100 million hours on the platform and is on track to join the ranks of Netflix’s most viewed content. Yet, one has to wonder if this is because of the story or the controversies surrounding it. Purple Hearts has drawn criticism for propagating disturbing racist and misogynistic stereotypes. The film’s one redeeming quality? It reflects the angry, divided reality of America and its treatment of non-white, non-male people more accurately than the filmmakers perhaps intended. Set in Oceanside, California, the story revolves around Cassie (Carson), an aspiring singer w...