The Daily Populous

Friday April 15th, 2022 evening edition

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LVIV, Ukraine -- Under relentless bombardment and a Russian blockade, the key port of Mariupol is holding out, but weapons and supplies shortages could weaken the resistance that has thwarted the Kremlin's invasion plans.

The mayor says an estimated 120,000 people remain in the city, out of Mariupol’s prewar population of about 450,000.

Mariupol has been a key objective for Russia since the start of the Feb. 24 invasion.

Mayor Vadym Boychenko told The Associated Press that at least 21,000 people were killed in Mariupol with bodies “carpeted through the streets.”

Moscow deployed fighters from Chechnya, known for their ferocity, to wage street battles in Mariupol.

Chechnya’s Moscow-backed leader, Ramzan Kadyrov, has repeatedly boasted on his messaging app channel about defeating Ukrainians in Mariupol, but the fight has continued.

“The Ukrainian troops in Mariupol are still fulfilling their main task by diverting the Russian forces from other areas. »

The Outsiders: How the International System Can Still Check China and Russia

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A strategy of institutional realpolitik would also recognize that for all their coordination, China and Russia are very different types of revisionists.

That, not lofty plans to change China and Russia or a wholesale abandonment of institutions, should help keep the revisionists in check.

These policymakers believed that membership in liberal institutions would make China and Russia more liberal themselves and thus less inclined to buck the existing international order. »

Musk says U.S. SEC 'bastards' forced settlement over Tesla tweets

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk leaves Manhattan federal court after a hearing on his fraud settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in New York City, U.S. April 4, 2019.

Musk said he felt forced to settle with the SEC because banks threatened to cease providing capital if he did not do so, which would have made Tesla bankrupt immediately.

A related consent decree also required Musk to obtain pre-clearance from Tesla lawyers for tweets and other public statements that could be material to Tesla. »

Some Nestlé employees in Ukraine quit over the company's decision to keep doing business with Russia, a report says

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Some Nestlé employees in Ukraine quit over the company's business in Russia, Reuters reported.

This includes some Nestlé employees in Ukraine who quit over the Swiss food company's decision to keep trading in Russia, the publication reported, citing an internal email to executives by Marco Settembri, the head of Nestlé's European business.

The spokesperson said Nestlé had around 5,800 employees in Ukraine at the start of the war, but that many had since left the country. »

Ron Gilbert, Dave Grossman – Return to Monkey Island

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Return to Monkey Island, the sixth installment in the genre-defining franchise that Ron conceived at Lucasfilm Games, will be out later this year, with Ron Gilbert and his Secret of Monkey Island and LeChuck’s Revenge collaborator Dave Grossman at the helm.

I chatted with Ron and Dave in their first interview since Return to Monkey Island was revealed.

Dave, you had worked on Monkey Island more recently than Ron had, on Tales of Monkey Island. »