The Daily Populous

Friday July 1st, 2022 evening edition

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Meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron, in Moscow, on February 7, 2022.

Mr. Lagache followed the almost two-hour-long interview from the office of the head of the diplomatic cell of the Élysée, Emmanuel Bonne.

He recorded as Mr. Macron tried to push Mr. Putin to an agreement "in principle" to meet with Joe Biden in Geneva.

Mr. Putin said it was "always a lot of pleasure" to speak with Mr. Macron, including from his gym, and made some promises.

In the documentary, Mr. Macron's few uncompromising retorts to Mr. Putin cast the French president in a rather favorable light.

Mr. Macron publicly reassured that Mr. Putin had promised not to take up the idea – a claim quickly contradicted by the Kremlin and by reality.

On February 21, three days before the invasion of Ukraine, Russia voted to recognize the pro-Russian entities of Donbas. »

Proposal to teach slavery as 'involuntary relocation' sent to Texas education board

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AUSTIN, Texas — Public schools in Texas would describe slavery to second graders as "involuntary relocation" under new social studies standards proposed to the state’s education board.

A group of nine educators submitted the idea to the State Board of Education as part of Texas’ efforts to develop new social studies curriculum, according to the Texas Tribune.

“The board -- with unanimous consent -- directed the work group to revisit that specific language,” Keven Ellis, chair of the Texas State Board of Education, said in a statement, according to the Tribune. »

EA criticised for appearing to mock people who ‘only like single-player games’

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Electronic Arts has received a hugely negative response to a tweet appearing to mock people who “only like playing single-player games”.

Jacksepticeye, the Irish YouTuber with nearly 30 million subscribers, wrote: “They’re a 10 but thought this tweet was a good idea.”.

Upcoming single-player games from EA include a Jedi sequel, a new Dragon Age title and a Dead Space remake. »

School's out forever: Arizona moves "to kill public education" with new universal voucher law

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"The Republican universal voucher system is designed to kill public education," tweeted former Arizona House Rep. Diego Rodriguez.

For years, SOS Arizona says, their state has been treated as a "laboratory for predatory national privatizers" of education.

When the Network for Public Education graded states' commitment to public education in a "report card" earlier this year, Arizona came in last. »

Wis. school board members dismissed book about Japanese American incarceration as being ‘unbalanced,’ parents say

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Muskego-Norway School Board members said including the book would require “balance” with perspective from the U.S. government, according to two parents in the district.

Board members also reportedly said a book cannot be chosen for the sake of adding diversity to the curriculum, said the parents, who spoke with board members and attended the school board meeting this month.

The book was subsequently sent to a group of three board members who approve educational materials before they’re purchased by the school board known as the educational services committee. »