Racism and democracy: why claims of ‘division by race’ in the NZ election and Voice referendum need challenging
India and Vietnam are partnering with the US to counter China − even as Biden claims that's not his goal
Interest rates: Monetary policy is always political as central banks opt to back the financial sector
Offshore wind: a perfect storm of inflation and policy uncertainty risks derailing the UK's main hope for a low-carbon future
In fractious debate, GOP candidates find common ground on cause of inflation woes and need for school choice
AI disinformation is a threat to elections − learning to spot Russian, Chinese and Iranian meddling in other countries can help the US prepare for 2024
Kamala Harris' husband, Doug Emhoff, to lead US delegation in Tokyo Paralympic Games
Following the Tokyo Olympics come the Paralympic Games that will also take place in Japan’s capital. This time, Vice President Kamala Harris’s husband, second gentleman Doug Emhoff will be leading the US delegation to the sporting events.
US President Joe Biden has announced that Emhoff will be making his first overseas engagement as the second gentleman by leading the US delegation to the Paralympic Games in Tokyo. The events were delayed a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, as countries are facing a surge in cases due to the Delta variant. Emhoff will be attending the opening ceremony on August 24, and along with him will be Raymond Greene, who is leading the US Embassy in Tokyo until an ambassador is appointed and sworn in.
Emhoff’s attendance also follows first lady Dr. Jill Biden’s leading of the US team in the recent Olympic Games in Tokyo. Dr. Biden met with the Japanese Prime Minister and the Emperor. Dr. Biden also attended some of the games before returning to Washington.
Emhoff has so far been touring the country to promote the Biden-Harris administration’s agenda. The most recent tour was to promote COVID-19 vaccinations, encouraging people to get vaccinated against the disease. There is still a significant portion of Americans that are vaccinated or have refused to take the vaccine.
4,400 athletes with disabilities from 160 countries will be competing in over 20 sporting events. The events will also be adhering to the COVID-19 protocols, similar to the recent Olympic games.
Previously, Harris spoke with the new Israeli President Isaac Herzog this week over the phone, congratulating Herzog for his election. The readouts of the conversation from both their offices said that Harris reaffirmed the Biden administration’s commitment to the security of Israel while reiterating the importance of US-Israel relations.
A readout from Harris’s office also stated that she reiterated the importance of the US’s pledge to seek the two-state solution to the ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestine. The readout from Herzog’s office made no mention of the conflict and instead said that they focused on the US’ support for normalizing the ties between Israel and other Arab nations.
Will AI kill our creativity? It could – if we don’t start to value and protect the traits that make us human