Is a ‘Cold War’ really emerging between China and the US?

A new generation of US cold warriors just got some powerful validation.

When Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke about China in a New York Times interview in Paris, he offered one of the most revealing insights yet into the Biden administration’s foreign policy. Blinken said that France and the US were “on the same page” on the need to defend the free world order as China gains influence. The alternative, he warned, would be no global order or a Chinese-led world order that would be “profoundly illiberal in nature.” 

Blinken, who delivered a tough US message to China in dust-up talks in Alaska in March, was putting colloquial meat on the bones of President Joe Biden’s recent warnings that democracy is under threat — and not only from illiberal trends in the West.

The concept of a new Cold War between the US and China is hardening into conventional wisdom in Washington. One critique however is that the original version was an ideological clash between the capitalists of the West and the communists of the Soviet bloc. The US and China are locked in a more classic duel between a rising power and a declining one — though Blinken certainly seems to see an ideological component.

Chinese President Xi Jinping, who will soon lead the Chinese Communist Party’s 100th anniversary celebrations, has adopted a far more strident position for China on the global stage. Beijing is flexing its power in the Pacific and beyond, and events in Hong Kong show Chinese repression on the march within its territory.

But whether Beijing is interested in (or capable of) waging a global battle against democracy is another question. Is Xi’s use of populist nationalism primarily designed to maintain support for an autocratic ruling Party, or is it the authentic expression of a globally ambitious Chinese foreign policy? 

Either way, policymaking in Washington and nascent US political campaigns — from economics to infrastructure and from defense improving the social safety net — is increasingly formulated through a lens of inevitable confrontation with China. From here, at least, it’s getting harder to argue that the Cold War analogy misses the mark.

‘The only thing that helps in these times is kindness and empathy’


Cardi B debuts baby bump at bet award in Los Angeles.

Rap superstar Cardi B announced that she is pregnant with her second child during a live performance with Migos at the Bet award in Los Angeles.

Wearing a sparkly jumpsuit with her pregnant tummy bared, the artist executed some light dance moves while the audience went wild.

Cardi B and Offset secretly married in September 2017 at their home in Atlanta and announced the birth of their first child together, daughter Kulture Kiari, in July 2018.

Their relationship has not been smooth sailing.

In December 2018 she announced that they had split, but they later reconciled, only to break up again in September 2020 and once again get back together.

In August 2020 she said she definitely wanted more children.

“Probably in like a year or two,” she said then, while promoting her OnlyFans page and discussing her musical legacy.  

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At least 9 dead after partial building collapse near Miami

What we know so far

  • At least nine people are dead, officials said on Sunday during a news conference.
  • There are at least 152 people missing after a residential building partially collapsed in Surfside, Florida, Thursday. Search and rescue teams are racing to find survivors.
  • Emergency officials are also asking people to call 305-614-1819 if they have relatives who are unaccounted for.
  • The cause of the collapse is still unknown

Survivors felt shaking during construction on nearby building, a Surfside commissioner says

Eliana Salzhauer, one of three town commissioners for Surfside, Florida, said Sunday night that survivors of the Champlain Towers South collapse she encountered have said they felt shaking during construction on a nearby building in recent years.

Salzhauer also said a 2018 report completed by structural engineers was alarming.

Family members of people missing in the rubble, including Magaly Ramsey, daughter of missing Magaly Delgado, also told CNN their family members had been concerned about shaking from the nearby construction. 

Salzhauer said some survivors told her they were bothered by all the shaking of their building that had occurred while a high-rise was being constructed next door. They told her there was shaking, cracking and water leaking in the garage, she said.

“They were very traumatized and shook up,” she said, saying that she heard people saying the building “was shaking all the time,” during the construction.

An email to the town’s building official, Ross Prieto, in 2019 from Mara Chouela, a member of the condo’s board, says she is concerned the nearby construction was “digging too close to our property.”

She said: “We have concerns regarding the structure of our building.”

Regarding the Champlain Towers North and East that are under a voluntary evacuation, Salzhauer said they have yet to find a reason for concern.

“We have not found an immediate life safety issue that would cause people to panic and run for their lives or we would have already evacuated. We don’t want this to happen again,” she said.

The names of four more victims of the partial building collapse have been released by police

The identities of four additional deceased victims in the partial collapse of the Champlain Towers South condo building were released by Miami-Dade Police on Sunday night.

The victims were identified as Leon Oliwkowicz, 80; Luis Bermudez, 26; Anna Ortiz, 46; and Christina Beatriz Elvira, 74, a tweet from the agency said.

Oliwkowicz, Bermudez, and Ortiz were all recovered Saturday while Elvira was recovered Sunday, according to the tweet.

One victim, Stacie Fang, 54, was publicly identified Friday while three more, Antonio Lozano, 83, Gladys Lozano, 79, and Manuel LaFont, 54, were identified Saturday night.

At least nine people were killed after the residential building partially collapsed in Surfside, Florida, on Thursday. One victim remains unidentified, Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said earlier during a Sunday night news briefing.

A total of 134 people have been accounted for while 152 remain unaccounted for, she said.

May those dead souls rest in peace. Amen



President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Monday the country is officially in the third wave of the coronavirus, saying it it has become more serious than previous peaks.

JOHANNESBURG – President Cyril Ramaphosa briefed the country on the results of a National Coronavirus Command Council meeting this week, saying that nation would be moved to adjusted alert level 4.

“After 14 days, we will examine where we are. We will assess the impact of the restrictions to determine if they need to be maintained or adjusted,” he said.

The restrictions are as follows:

( 1) All gatherings – political, social, or cultural – are prohibited;

( 2) Funerals and cremations will continue, but can’t exceed 50 people in numbers;

( 3) After-funeral gatherings prohibited;

( 4) Public spaces like parks will remain open, but no gatherings are permitted at such places;

( 5) A curfew will be in place from 9pm to 4am. All establishments must be closed by 9pm;

( 6) All alcohol sales have been prohibited;

( 7) Restaurants can only sell food for takeout or deliveries;

( 8) Schools and other education institutions closing for winter will be brought forward. Schools will begin to close on Wednesday, and all schools must be closed by Friday; and

( 9) Contact classes in tertiary institutions will be closed this week and access to the buildings will be closed. Residences, however, will remain open.

An exhaustive list will be made available once it is has been gazetted by government.

The president explained the ban on alcohol sales was to assist the healthcare sector with an alleviated workload. Last year and during New Year, Eyewitness News spoke to a number of healthcare workers who explained that trauma cases decreased significantly once alcohol was banned during the first COVID-19 wave. It allowed for health facilities to focus their resources on coronavirus cases.

“Because of the burden of infections in Gauteng, travel for leisure purposes will be prohibited,” he said.

The president highlighted the seriousness of the current resurgence of COVID-19 infection numbers, saying that the delta variant was concerning.

As of Sunday night, South Africa recorded over 15,000 new coronavirus infections. pushing the overall number of infections in the country to over 1,913,000. According to the health department, the country currently has 158,000 active cases.

South Africa also recorded 157 new deaths in the same 24-hour cycle, bringing the national death toll close to the 60,000 mark – at 59, 778.There has been a spike in COVID-19 infections countrywide in recent weeks.

“The situation has gone worse,” Ramaphosa said on Sunday night.

He said the delta variant of the disease, which “spread like wildfire in India,” has been found in provinces such as the Eastern Cape, Free State and KwaZulu-Natal. He also said this was becoming the dominant variant in the country, and that it is thought to be twice as contagious as earlier variants of the virus.

“Because it is more contagious, it can infect far more people,” he said.

“There is emerging scientific evidence that people infected by the beta variant do not have full protection against the delta variant,” he said, adding that people could still fall ill.

He said the current peak in infections has already surpassed the first peak in July last year, and will soon pass the second peak in January, Ramaphosa added

We are in the grip of a devastating wave, that by all indications seems like it will be worse than those that preceded it,” he said. The first wave lasted 15 weeks, the second, nine weeks.

“Complacency comes at a high price,” he said, addressing the public’s frustration with current COVID-19 regulations.

He said private and public health facilities are struggling with the COVID-19 patient numbers. “What we are seeing is that the existing containment measures in place are not enough to cope with the speed and scale of the infections we are seeing in this third wave.”

He said the government looked at international examples to help reduce person-to-person contact and help to flatten the curve, “as we did with the first wave and as we did with the second wave”.



Serena williams confirms she will not play at 2020 Tokyo Olympics

23-time grand slam champion Serena Williams has confirmed she will skip the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Speaking to reporters a day before the start of the 2021 Wimbledon Championships, Williams said on Sunday: “I’m actually not on the Olympic list … not that I’m aware of. And if so, then I shouldn’t be on it.”

She did not reveal why she decided to forgo the delayed summer games.

“There’s a lot of reasons that I made my Olympic decision,” the 39-year-old American said. “I don’t really want to … I don’t feel like going into them today. Maybe another day. Sorry.”

She continued: “In the past it’s (Olympics) been a wonderful place for me, but I really haven’t thought about it, so I’m going to keep not thinking about it.”

The Olympics are scheduled to start on July 23.

She has won four Olympic gold medals over her prestigious career after making her Games debut at Sydney in 2000.

Williams won gold in the doubles at Sydney in 2000 as well as gold in the singles and women’s doubles at London 2012 and another gold at the doubles at Beijing 2008.

Williams will look to win a record-tying 24th major and eighth Wimbledon title when the famous tournament begins on Tuesday when she faces Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus in the first round. 


Deep inside in my heart, I still don’t wish to get angry or quarrel with you – Yomi Fabiyi tells Iyabo Ojo

Actor Yomi Fabiyi has disclosed that he doesn’t wish to quarrel with his colleague, Iyabo Ojo, who he fell out with over Baba Ijesha’s rape saga.

According to Fabiyi, he is still in shock how the face-off turned out. According to Yomi, he has ‘forgiven’ Iyabo. The actor also stated that “Iyabo used to be nice person”.


‘OMG’ Senate President, Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan, allegedly got married to a new wife at a very private ceremony in Borno State.

SaharaReporters reports that the Senate President’s new bride is Zainab Algoni Abdulwahid, a young Shuwa Arab girl.

According to the report, the low-key marriage was solemnised at the Sheikh Sharif Ibrahim Saleh’s mosque in Maiduguri on Friday June 25.

The event was reportedly performed secretly to avoid public criticism while Zainab is expected to relocate to Abuja on Sunday. A mini party was also held at the bride’s family residence in Gwange 1 Ward, Malut Shuwa Street, Maiduguri.

“The Senate President of Nigeria, Lawan, got married to a young Shuwa Arab Girl at Maiduguri. Her name is Zainab Algoni Abdulwahid. They got hooked after Jumu’at Prayer on Friday in Maiduguri. The bride will travel to Abuja on Sunday. The ceremony was done secretly. The Senate President didn’t attend the Nikaah, but he sent a delegation to go and get it done.

But the bride did her ceremony at their house in Gwange 1 Ward, Malut Shuwa Street, Maiduguri” a source claimed

When contacted, Ola Awoniyi, Special Adviser on Media to the Senate President, said he was at the airport. A text message sent to him was also not replied to.


NeYo and wife Crystal Smith welcome their 3rd child together, his fifty.

Ne-Yo is a proud father again. Say Congrats to him oooo.

On Friday June 25, his wife, Crystal Smith, announced on Instagram that she has given birth to their third child together, a baby girl. She was born four weeks early and weighed in at just 5 pounds, 7 ounces, according to Smith’s caption.

“God said don’t make plans honey!” she captioned an Instagram photo taken at the hospital. “She came 4 weeks early but right on time for mommy!”

The 5-pound, 7-ounce addition joins the couple’s children Shaffer Chimere Smith Jr., 5, and Roman Alexander-Raj Smith, 3, and Ne-Yo’s kids with his ex, Monyetta Shaw: Madilyn Grace Smith, 10, and Mason Evan Smith, 9.

The couple announced their pregnancy back in February, while celebrating their sixth anniversary. According to Crystal, “My world is now complete.”


‘OMG’ Dino Melaye finally reacts to rumors of him dating, impregnating or marrying a certain lady.

He said: Na wa oooo. Dino wan marry A, Dino give B belle, Dino is dating C, all lori iro….haba!!!! Make una no worry i go soon marry…koboko na im she go take follow una. Jobless people. I beg give me toothpick make l comot one kpomo wey hang for my molar. SDM”

Omg this Dino is very funny Sha…infact make I faint… If I wake up I will talk again.

Please share oooo