LeBron James’ furthers brand power in China’ with controversial remarks

The face of the NBA has been careful not to upset the Chinese – going so far as to call out Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey for the timing of his pro-Hong Kong protesters tweet days before the Lakers and Brooklyn Nets traveled to China for two preseason games. James also said earlier this week that “we do have freedom of speech, but there can be a lot of negative things that come with that too,” and “I also don’t think every issue should be everybody’s problem.”

…China is good to James, and that’s one reason he came off looking like an apologist for an authoritarian regime that does not value human rights or freedom of speech.

James came off quite clear that profit outweighs all else.

LeBron James’ furthers brand power in China’ with controversial remarks

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Sulli: K-pop star’s death prompts outpouring of grief and questions over cyber-bullying – CNN

She was one of only a few celebrities to be publicly pro-choice when South Korea legalized abortion this year, was open about her own mental health struggles and insisted women shouldn’t have to wear bras if they found them uncomfortable.

Sulli: K-pop star’s death prompts outpouring of grief and questions over cyber-bullying – CNN

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Plus, no country is perfect but Korea seems so un-modern in their attitudes towards women to these American eyes.

Catalan protests: Region’s president urges immediate halt to violence – BBC News

The protests began after nine Catalan independence leaders were handed jail sentences of between nine and 13 years by Spain’s Supreme Court on Monday.

The separatists were convicted of sedition over their role in an independence referendum in 2017, which Spain said was illegal.

Another three were found guilty of disobedience and fined, but not jailed. All 12 defendants denied the charges.

…Catalan nationalists have long complained that their region, which has a distinct history dating back almost 1,000 years, sends too much money to poorer parts of Spain, through taxes which are controlled by Madrid.

The wealthy region is home to about 7.5 million people, with their own language, parliament, flag and anthem.

Catalan protests: Region’s president urges immediate halt to violence – BBC News

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