At first glance, Jan Lehmann is a man with a jolly, confident air. The 54-year-old lives in the Eifel, a hilly region in western Germany that is famous for its beautiful nature: Mountains, valleys, small rivers and lakes, rock formations and miles and miles of forest. Two years ago, Lehmann started his own business with his wife, Sandra. They rent out 18 vacation homes that they lease, along with the land and forest that go with them. They have a 15-year contract with the properties' owner, who has insisted on full payment of the lease even in lockdown. A few of the houses, made of thick Canadian-looking tree trunks, stand in the small village of Gemünd on the edge of the Eifel National Park. In front of the roofed terraces, the little river Urft gurgles, and the birds chirp. It is especially quiet — no guests have checked in here since early November. "From the time of the first lockdown in spring 2020, we've been closed for six months altogether and had no income in that … [Read more...] about COVID: No hope for Germany’s hotels?
Video Player Close BEIJING, Feb. 26 (Xinhua) -- The Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee has launched a campaign on Party history learning and education among all Party members, as the CPC celebrates its centenary this year. As the world's largest political party that has long been in power, the CPC is fully qualified and confident to tell the world about its past, present and future, and to guide the people to study, review and carry forward the Party's history, according to a circular issued by the CPC Central Committee. The campaign is of great and far-reaching significance for building a stronger Marxist ruling party and striving for the great success of socialism with Chinese characteristics for a new era at a new historical starting point, the document said. The campaign will focus on conveying knowledge about the glorious journey of the CPC's century-long struggle, the Party's great contributions to the country and the nation and the Party's purpose of … [Read more...] about CPC launches campaign on studying Party history
Germany is committed to the peace process in Afghanistan , Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer said Friday during a surprise visit to troops in Mazar-i-Sharif, where the majority of German troops are deployed. Kramp-Karrenbauer arrived at the Bundeswehr camp in the north of the country in the early hours of the morning in order to "get an overview of the current situation of the Bundeswehr contingent and the situation in Afghanistan in a direct exchange with the men and women of the Bundeswehr." Watch video 00:58 Kramp-Karrenbauer: 'Threat level will rise' in Afghanistan "We are ready to continue supporting the peace process," the defense minister said. On Wednesday, the Cabinet in Berlin approved a 10-month extension until next January of Germany's military mission there, a move that still has to be approved by parliament. During her visit, Kramp-Karrenbauer said the country "urgently needs a settlement between the opposing groups of … [Read more...] about Germany committed to Afghan peace process, minister says
Amazon showed it has its limits when it comes to its dedication to diversity and inclusion when it failed to continue streaming a critically acclaimed and popular documentary on the only black Supreme Court justice during Black History Month. Recently, Amazon Prime dropped Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in His Own Words , an acclaimed and popular PBS documentary on Justice Clarence Thomas, making it unavailable to stream during Black History Month. Thomas is our nation’s only black justice currently serving on the U.S. Supreme Court, and one would think that between Amazon’s claim to “building an inclusive culture” and the fact that it’s Black History Month, Amazon would want to stream this inspiring documentary on its platform. In fact, Amazon Prime created an entire Amplify Black Voices page on its site that “feature[s] a curated collection of titles to honor Black History Month across four weekly themes (Black Love, Black Joy, Black History Makers, and Black Girl Magic).” … [Read more...] about Paoletta: Amazon Prime Cancels Justice Clarence Thomas Documentary During Black History Month
For millennia, countless generations of Chinese people have dreamed of living without poverty. In the text of the great Confucius Shijing ("Book of Poems"), he presented old folk songs. Many of the songs are imbued with the hope for happiness, for a life without hunger and want. It was Confucius, the "teacher of ten thousand generations," who gave birth to the idea of "xiaokang," which he interpreted as "small well-being." Deng Xiaoping proposed to reformulate "xiaokang" into the term "moderately prosperous." In the last century, China remained the world's largest concentration of poor people in the hundreds of millions for decades. Even in 1978, the majority of the country's population lived in poverty. By 2012, there were still 99 million left. The final stage of the war on poverty began in 2013 when President Xi Jinping proposed the "Chinese Dream" and set out a specific goal of ending absolute poverty by 2021. The "black swan" of the coronavirus pandemic should have prevented … [Read more...] about Poverty alleviation in China: History, lessons and impact on the world