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Citing 'ongoing genocide,' Biden announces diplomatic boycott of 2022 Beijing Olympics
"The athletes on Team USA have our full support," White House press secretary Jen Psaki said. "We will be behind them 100% as we cheer them on from home. (But) we will not be contributing to the fanfare of the Games."

Psaki cited China's "ongoing genocide and crimes against humanity in Xinjiang and other human rights abuses" as primary reasons for the move. She said the administration did not want to prevent athletes from competing but still wanted to signal its disapproval of China's actions.

House to vote on Uyghur bill amid diplomatic boycott of Beijing Olympics
sanctions amended to 2022 NDAA to complement sanctions amended to the 2021 NDA and Consolidated Act of 2021 and punitive Hong Kong, Taiwan democracy defense statutes
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related US diplomacy, unspecified "immediate actions"
Malala Yousafzai urges US to take action for Afghan women and girls

Speaking to reporters in Washington, D.C., Yousafzai addressed the need for Afghan girls to have access to education, noting that Afghanistan is the only country that does not allow secondary education for women.
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Yousafzai also shared a letter from a teenage girl sent to President Biden saying that if universities and schools remain closed in the country, Afghan girls will suffer the most.
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"So this is the message of Afghan girls right now, and we want to see a world where all girls can have access to safe and quality education, and we hope that the U.S. together with the U.N. [United Nations] will take immediate actions to ensure that girls are allowed to go back to their schools as soon as possible, women are able to go back to work and all the humanitarian assistance that is needed for education there is provided," Yousafzai said.
US Marines, APPL tablets, hydro-electricity, potable water, grain, or cash USD? You be the judge.
by Cat on Mon Dec 6th, 2021 at 11:07:32 PM EST
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GOP senators introduce bill targeting Palestinian 'martyr payments', FKA whole life insurance
vigorously disrupting the policy of the Palestinian Authority to pay a salary to families of alleged Palestinian terrorists who are killed or imprisoned by Israeli forces -- so-called "martyr payments."

The draft bill, called the Taylor Force Martyr Payment Prevention Act, would open up foreign banks to American sanctions if they are found to knowingly process the martyr payments.
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[Qatar National Bank and Masraf Al Rayan] along with Qatar Charity, are the subject of at least two U.S. lawsuits brought forward by American victims of terrorist attacks in Israel, who claim that the banks and charity knowingly facilitated financial activities of terrorist groups.

by Cat on Mon Dec 6th, 2021 at 11:24:01 PM EST
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