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Танк Т-80БВ уничтожил позицию ВСУ на расстоянии свыше 6 километров


Передовые отряды противника вынуждены были отступить, неся потери.

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«Это чудо»: бывший посол в КНР Разов рассказал, чем Китай потряс весь мир


Экономика страны менее чем за 50 лет выросла в десятки раз.

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‘Playing Into Putin’s Hands’– War in Ukraine Update for Feb. 7


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US conservative ex-pundit will interview Putin; Biden again presses Congress on aid bill; Ukraine’s ammo shortage gets worse as Moscow steps up attacks around Avdiivka especially, but AFU makes gains


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Пассажирка одесской маршрутки выгнала военкомов из транспорта


Сотрудники военкоматов в Одессе начали останавливать трамваи и другой общественный транспорт для принудительной мобилизации местного населения.

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Chinese Netizens Criticize Government on US Embassy’s Weibo Post


WASHINGTON — China’s stock markets may have rallied on Tuesday, seeing the largest one-day gain in two years, but recent declines have left Chinese investors so angry that they have been flocking to an unlikely place to vent their frustration — the U.S. Embassy in Beijing’s account on the social media site Weibo. 

Up until Tuesday, Chinese markets had been pummeled for weeks as the world’s second-largest economy struggles under the weight of a range of problems from slow growth to high unemployment, a battered property sector, and reluctant foreign investors. 

China’s netizens have very little space to vent their frustration with the government of its leader Xi Jinping.

The country’s internet and social media sites are heavily scrubbed of critical comments and negativity and authorities have recently been cracking down on those who “denigrate the economy.” 

But Friday, when the Shanghai Securities Composite Index fell to a record low, thousands of Chinese netizens decided to speak out using an innocuous U.S. Embassy Weibo post on protecting wild giraffes in Africa. Netizens hoped that the posts would not be taken down or blocked because it was the embassy’s account.

In just hours, the post on giraffes garnered tens of thousands of comments, including direct criticism of China’s government, according to re-posted screenshots that were captured before they were removed.  

Some of the captured posts were later shared on X by “Teacher Li is Not Your Teacher,” a Chinese social media influencer who routinely posts online content that has been scrubbed from platforms in China. Some called out “Please help us, this is too much to bear.” Others were more sarcastic: “China is amazing, in a little more than 30 years, you’ve managed to wipe out the market! Master!” 

Others chirped at Chinese propaganda that has promised the economy is turning around. On the same day that the market tumbled last Friday, China’s state-run People’s Daily published an article titled “The whole country is permeated with an optimistic atmosphere,” praising China’s many achievements.

Chinese netizens were not amused.

“Singing praises every day, no truth, all falsehoods, high-quality development, has the United States heard of it?”

Others who commented on the U.S. Embassy’s Weibo post jokingly hoped the United States would invade China: “Let’s take advantage of the current public disarray,” it read. “We would rather have a lose-lose situation than let those with power win alone.”

By the time of publication, the number of comments on the giraffe protection post had reached more than 179,000 and almost one million likes. 

But after critical comments were removed, what remained were mostly short, benign, and friendly comments such as “I love the United States,” and “Long live China, long live Sino-US friendship, long live giraffes.” 

Eric Liu, a former Weibo moderator and now editor of the U.S.-based bilingual news website China Digital Times, told VOA that such large-scale and sharp expressions of political dissent are extremely rare on the Chinese internet, which is heavily censored. 

Liu said the U.S. Embassy’s social media accounts are monitored especially closely by China’s censors but the surge in criticism of the Chinese government likely caught Weibo moderators off guard, and not just because it was under a post about protecting African giraffes.   

“Because [this incident] involves the U.S., which is why it is special,” Liu told VOA.  “If it’s some accounts from China, maybe their comment sections will be shut down immediately. And for an Internet administration department like the Cyberspace Administration of China,” he said, “it cannot just let a person on duty decide to [delete] the embassy’s Weibo posts.  So, their response would be very, very slow.”

Liu said that’s why Chinese netizens found a brief opportunity to enjoy freedom of speech in the comment section of the embassy’s Weibo account.  

When VOA tried to post in the comment section of the U.S. Embassy’s Weibo post, a message popped up saying the comment was posted successfully, adding that “currently there may be a delay in server data synchronization, so please wait patiently.”  

Liu said that message indicates that Weibo has implemented a “review before uploading” policy for the comment sections of the U.S. Embassy’s Weibo account.

Since npeople left comments on the giraffe-related post, VOA has found Weibo has also blocked some related hot-search topics, including “Giraffe Incident,” for violating laws and regulations.

To prevent similar large-scale online criticism from happening again, former Weibo moderator Liu said Chinese authorities would likely be monitoring content discussed by dissidents and media reports outside China’s internet censorship mechanisms, known as the Great Fire Wall, to predict which topics and keywords need to be reviewed in advance.    

VOA reached to the Chinese Embassy in Washington for comment but did not receive a response by the time of publication.

Adrianna Zhang  contributed to this report.


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Trump Not Immune From Prosecution in Election Interference Case


A U.S. federal appeals court ruled that Former President Donald Trump does not have immunity from charges he plotted to overturn the 2020 election. Hamas has responded to the latest cease-fire proposal. And, artificial intelligence helps forecast earthquakes.

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Mike Johnson just sailed the Titanic right past Kevin McCarthy


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Kevin McCarthy was, by any objective measure, the most embarrassingly failed Speaker of the House in United States history. He managed to get nothing done, humiliated himself at every turn, and then got voted out by his own party. Now his replacement, Mike Johnson, has managed to crash and burn even harder.

Johnson keeps caving to the Democrats on the budget, even though the loudest voices in his party want a shutdown instead. Johnson keeps caving to Donald Trump on the border, even though a number of prominent voices within his party want a bipartisan deal. Johnson doesn’t seem to have an agenda, other than to survive the day without falling though a sinkhole of his own making. But even that’s not working.

On Tuesday, Mike Johnson and the House Republicans held a vote to impeach DHS Secretary Alexander Mayorkas on imaginary charges. They had the votes, but… then they didn’t. Due to the pure incompetence of not being able to do a headcount, and not knowing how many House Democrats were going to be the building, the Republicans lost their own vote.

They’re supposedly going to try again tomorrow, and so be it. Whatever. There is literally zero chance that the Senate will remove Mayorkas from his job even if the House does impeach him. House Republicans are doing this solely to generate headlines about how they’re “doing something,” so they can distract their own base from the fact that they don’t have the votes to impeach President Biden. But now the headline is that they don’t even have the votes, for now, to impeach Mayorkas.




When it comes to sinking ships, Mike Johnson is now sailing the Titanic right past Kevin McCarthy. This is getting almost hilarious to watch. But it’s also completely asinine. Let’s all be sure to get behind Democratic candidate Tom Suozzi in the February 13th special election to fill the vacant House seat in New York state. Winning that election will be the first step in ending this Republican House debacle.

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Украинский военком устроил перепалку с пассажиркой одесской маршрутки


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В Одессе военком повздорил с женщиной, которая возмутилась тем, что ее маршрутку принудительно остановили для проверки. Видео инцидента разместил в соцсетях депутат Верховной рады Артем Дмитрук.


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ВЦИОМ: Все больше граждан считают русских женщин самыми красивыми


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Согласно январским данным ВЦИОМ, за последние 11 лет мы лишь укрепились во мнении, что самые красивые девушки живут в России (81%, 2013 г. – 76%).