The Daily Populous

Tuesday April 5th, 2022 night edition

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Chastened by Putin’s gross violation of norms, democracies will band together in a muscular reaffirmation of the liberal international order.

But it will neither reshape the global order nor presage an ideological showdown of democracies against China and Russia.

After all, many of the world’s biggest democracies, including India, have so far not joined the U.S.-led economic campaign against Russia or even explicitly condemned the invasion.

The varied responses to the war muddle any vision of U.S.-aligned democracies pitted against Russian-aligned autocracies.

Several major democracies, notably India and South Africa, abstained from the UN General Assembly vote on March 2 that demanded that Russia withdraw from Ukraine.

Big democracies in Latin America, including Brazil and Mexico, have refused to participate in sanctions.

But Russia’s invasion does not draw a line in the sand between the allies of the free world and its foes. »

U.S. pushes to suspend Russia from U.N. human rights body

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A two-thirds majority vote by the 193-member assembly in New York can suspend a state for persistently committing gross and systematic violations of human rights.

"Russia's participation on the Human Rights Council is a farce," U.S.

"No place for Russia on the UN Human Rights Council," Ukraine's Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said. »

US seizes yacht owned by oligarch with close ties to Putin

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A Civil Guard stands by the yacht called Tango in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, Monday April 4, 2022. U.S. federal agents and Spain's Civil Guard are searching the yacht owned by a Russian oligarch.

PALMA DE MALLORCA, Spain (AP) — The U.S. government on Monday seized a 254-foot yacht in Spain owned by an oligarch with close ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin, a first by the Biden administration under sanctions imposed after the Kremlin’s invasion of Ukraine and targeting pricey assets of Russian elites .

Officials said they had seized a vessel valued at over $140 million owned by the CEO of a state-owned defense conglomerate and a close Putin ally. »

Manga Publisher Shueisha Establishes Game Company

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Last year, the famed manga publisher launched Shueisha Game Creators Camp, which was a project designed to support indie game creators.

Another project, which Shueisha Games describes as a “multiplayer speed trick action game,” will be co-published with a major Japanese game publisher and developed by a major Japanese studio.

The creation of a Shueisha video game company is a big deal because this would mean the publisher is far more involved in the game-making process. »