The Daily Populous

Thursday December 2nd, 2021 evening edition

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BEIJING--China is launching an aggressive campaign to promote Mandarin, saying 85 percent of its citizens will use the national language by 2025.

The move appears to put threatened Chinese regional dialects such as Cantonese and Hokkien under even greater pressure, along with minority languages such as Tibetan, Mongolian and Uighur.

Along with the 2025 goal, the policy aims to make Mandarin virtually universal by 2035, including in rural areas and among ethnic minorities.

The promotion of Mandarin over other languages has sparked occasional protests, including last year in the Inner Mongolia region when the Mongolian language was replaced by standard Mandarin as the language of instruction.

China’s ruling Communist Party has denounced all such movements as a form of separatism and repressed them ruthlessly.

It says language conformity is necessary for the sake of the economy and national unity.

It calls also on officials to “vigorously enhance the international status and influence of Chinese” in academia, international organizations and at global gatherings. »

MPs embrace after bill to ban conversion therapy passes unanimously in House

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WATCH | House of Commons adopts bill banning conversion therapy:.

House unanimously passes ban on conversion therapy 2:02 MPs shared a moment of solidarity after unanimously passing a bill that would ban conversion therapy, a practice meant to change an individual's sexual orientation.

Federal ministers react to adoption of bill banning conversion therapy 2:00 Cabinet ministers react to passage of the bill banning conversion therapy in the House of Commons. »

U.S. tells Russia to pull back from Ukraine or face painful sanctions

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Russia seized the Crimean peninsula from Ukraine in 2014 but denies aggressive intent in the current crisis and says it is responding to threatening behaviour by NATO and Ukraine.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said Europe faced a critical moment and Russia was trying to shift the blame onto Ukraine.

Blinken declined to spell out what sanctions Russia might face and encouraged both Moscow and Kyiv to return to diplomacy and revive a 2014 peace plan for eastern Ukraine. »

Family estrangement: Why adults are cutting off their parents

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It was a heated Skype conversation about race relations that led Scott to cut off all contact with his parents in 2019.

He was baffled his parents could not comprehend the reality of people being victimised because of their background, especially given his own family history.

It wasn’t the first time Scott had experienced a clash in values with his parents. »

Cyberpunk 2077 Next-Gen Update Will Include Graphical and “System-Level” Improvements

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CD Projekt Red has outlined some of the upgrades that they are planning to release for Cyberpunk 2077.

During an earnings call (transcript), we learn that the development of the update for Cyberpunk 2077 and the next-generation version of The Witcher 3 is on track for Q1 and Q2 2022 respectively.

Cyberpunk 2077 next-generation upgrade will be free to existing owners and release in Q1 2022. »