The Daily Populous

Thursday April 8th, 2021 morning edition

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Millions Are Tumbling Out of the Global Middle Class in Historic Setback An estimated 150 million slipped down the economic ladder in 2020, the first pullback in almost three decades.

One of the most economically significant trends of the past few decades has been the emergence of a global middle class.

You can now add that to the list of economic truths that have been upended by this pandemic.

For the first time since the 1990s, the global ­middle class shrank last year, according to a recent Pew Research Center estimate.

China, which by Pew’s definition is home to one-third of the world’s middle class, appears to be recovering quickly, but many other developing countries face diminished economic prospects.

Global GDP Shortfall Forecasts point to a struggle for emerging economies to get back to pre-pandemic path Source: Bloomberg Economics.

According to Pew Research Center, India’s middle class shrank by 32 million people in 2020. »

China warns against boycott of 2022 Olympics over human rights record

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He warned of an unspecified "robust Chinese response" to a potential Olympics boycott.

Human rights groups are protesting China's hosting of the Games, due to start in February 2022.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Wednesday that the White House is not looking at a boycott of the 2022 Olympics. »

LAPD video shows Black man arrested at his home during search for white suspect

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The video footage shows the two being physically detained by officers as they proclaim Austin’s innocence.

But it begins with an unusual admission that the officers weren’t sure Austin was the man cited in the domestic violence call.

Remember the Black man who was bringing in his trash can when the #LAPD kidnapped him after a white woman called 911 on her white boyfriend?. »

Silver linings in lockdown

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One year on from lockdown, the results of their study have been published in the international scientific journal, PLOS ONE.

“Lockdown represented a major flashpoint in people’s lives and created an opportunity to stop, take stock and to reflect and connect with others.

They described an ‘old fashioned sense of community and caring … that was not apparent before lockdown’.”. »