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President Biden and the World: A New Era of Diplomacy and Leadership



President Joe Biden has been in office for almost one year, and has encountered both international challenges and opportunities during that time. From COVID-19 pandemic control measures to climate change policy; human rights to trade deals; China to Iran relations, President Biden has sought to restore America’s leadership and credibility abroad while at the same time furthering domestic issues through trade policies. How has he fared thus far and what are his main goals and strategies moving forward?

Rebuilding Alliances and Partnerships

One of President Biden’s top priorities was repairing America’s fractured relations with its allies and partners, particularly in Europe and Asia. To this end, he joined Paris Agreement, World Health Organization, and Iran nuclear deal after reverse some controversial decisions of his predecessor; also, reaffirmed commitments to NATO, EU, Indo-Pacific region reaffirmations as well as COVID-19, Terrorism Cyberattacks Authoritarianism COVID19 by hosting summits such as G7 Quad & EU US Summit to announce new initiatives regarding trade security & democracy initiatives as well.

Contending with China and Russia

President Biden made it one of his top priorities to combat China and Russia, two of America’s most formidable adversaries. He took a firm stance against both countries, criticizing them for violations to human rights, cyberattacks, election meddling and aggressive actions taken in regions such as Hong Kong, Taiwan, Ukraine and Syria. He implemented sanctions and measures to counter their influence and activities while seeking areas of cooperation, such as climate change mitigation, nuclear arms reductions control and global health. President Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin engaged directly with one another through direct dialogues in order to build stable and predictable relationships based on mutual respect and shared interests.

Enhancing Democracy and Human Rights.

President Biden’s foreign policy was marked by three main goals. First was to promote and protect democracy and human rights around the globe in response to rising authoritarianism and populism. Trump declared that America is back as a beacon of democracy, promising support for democratic movements and institutions in Myanmar, Belarus, Venezuela, and Ethiopia. He also spoke out against abuses and atrocities committed by regimes such as North Korea, Saudi Arabia and Turkey, demanding accountability and justice for victims. Additionally he launched the Summit for Democracy that seeks to bring together democratic leaders and civil society from around the globe in order to renew and strengthen their commitment to democratic values and principles.

Face the Global Challenges.

President Biden’s foreign policy aimed to address global challenges that impact all nations and people, such as COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, poverty inequality and migration. He pledged to lead the global response to these issues and collaborate with other nations and international organizations in finding solutions and sharing resources. He announced that the United States would donate 500 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to low and middle income countries, and encouraged other wealthy nations to follow suit. On climate, President Obama hosted a Leaders Summit where he announced an ambitious target to cut US greenhouse gas emissions by 50-52% by 2030 and encouraged other countries to follow suit. Furthermore, he provided support for efforts to reform and strengthen multilateral systems such as United Nations, World Trade Organization and International Monetary Fund so they are more inclusive and effective.


President Biden has had an immense effect on the world in his first year in office, showing a clear vision and direction for foreign policy. He has restored America to its former status as a global leader while furthering its interests and values. While facing many challenges and opportunities he demonstrated an ability to adapt and respond accordingly; setting the course for future American and world progress.

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Corky Lee: The Photographer Who Captured Asian American History




Corky Lee was a Chinese American photographer, journalist, and activist who dedicated his life to documenting and honoring Asian American life and contributions. His photographs captured the diversity and nuance of Asia Pacific American communities that were often ignored or misrepresented in mainstream media; his camera became his tool to fight for justice and representation of this population; many consider him unofficial Asian American Photographer Laureate. We will look back at Corky’s life and work, documenting Asian American history.

Early Life and Inspiration

Corky Lee was born September 5, 1947 in Queens, New York City to Chinese immigrant parents who owned a laundry business. He attended Jamaica High School and Queens College for American history studies before teaching himself photography with borrowed cameras from friends and relatives; due to financial restraints he could not purchase his own.

Lee was inspired to become a photographer after viewing a social studies textbook during school years. This particular photo depicted the completion of the transcontinental railroad in 1869 – constructed by thousands of Chinese laborers but depicted only depicting white workers; Lee felt this injustice was misrepresented history and resolved to correct it, saying “I have spent 40 years trying to change that one picture”.

Photographic Work and Activism

Lee began his photographic career in the late 1960s, documenting events and issues surrounding Asian American life in New York City and beyond. His images included protests, rallies, parades, festivals, cultural performances and everyday scenes of life among the Asian American population. Lee traveled both domestically and abroad in order to document stories and struggles of Asian Americans from diverse contexts and settings.

Lee’s work was both artistic and political and social. His goal was to challenge stereotypes and prejudices faced by Asian Americans, and showcase their achievements and contributions to American society. Additionally, his goal was to capture the diversity and complexity of the Asian American identity which encompasses multiple ethnicities, cultures, languages and histories – in his words “each time I take out my camera it’s like drawing out a sword to combat indifference, injustice and discrimination; I strive to dispel stereotypes.”

Lee’s work had an immeasurable effect on the Asian American movement that emerged in the 1960s and 70s in response to racism, discrimination, and exclusion. Lee’s photographs helped raise awareness and mobilize support for various causes and campaigns such as anti-Vietnam War sentiments, Chinatown garment workers’ strikes, Peter Yew police brutality case, Vincent Chin murder trial case, Japanese American Redress Movement etc. Additionally they preserved and celebrated Asian heritage and culture such as Chinese New Year celebrations at internment camps or celebrations such as Chinese New Year or Golden Spike ceremonies etc.

Legacy and Recognition

Lee was widely published and exhibited, both within mainstream and ethnic media outlets and venues. He worked for publications like the New York Post, Village Voice, Time Newsweek Associated Press Getty Images as well as books such as Asian Americans: An Encyclopedia of Social, Cultural Economic Political History Who Killed Vincent Chin?, Chinese American Exclusion/Inclusion to name just a few.

Lee received many honors and awards for his work, such as the Asian American Journalists Association Lifetime Achievement Award, New York Press Association Photographer of the Year Award and Organization of Chinese Americans Pioneer Award. On May 5, 1988 – as recognition for his service and contributions to New York’s communities – May 5 was officially dubbed Corky Lee Day by New York City Council.

Corky Lee died due to complications associated with COVID-19 at age 73 on January 27, 2021 and was mourned and celebrated by family, friends, colleagues, and admirers as a legend and hero who inspired many photographers around the world. A tribute exhibition dedicated to his memory entitled Photographic Justice: A Tribute to Corky Lee displayed his photographs alongside those taken by other photographers who were inspired by him.


Corky Lee was an Asian American historian whose photography captured its history through its lens. He celebrated and documented Asian American experiences and contributions while advocating for their justice and representation. Corky’s photography also helped shape Asian identity, culture and movement with its vision and voice; making Corky an unofficial Asian American Photographer Laureate who helped make Asian American history part of American history.

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Trump and Giuliani File for Bankruptcy: The Fallout of Their Defamation Lawsuits




Donald Trump and Rudy Giuliani, his former personal attorney, have both sought bankruptcy protection due to mounting debts and legal troubles. Both former president and loyal ally are defendants in several defamation lawsuits over baseless allegations of widespread election fraud in 2020; therefore these bankruptcy filings could have serious ramifications on both their political and financial futures as well as ongoing attempts at holding them accountable for their actions.

Trump and Giuliani Have Both Filed Lawsuits against Each Other for Defamation

Trump and Giuliani are being sued by several individuals and entities claiming they were defamed by their false allegations of election fraud. Plaintiffs include:

Dominion Voting Systems and Smartmatic are two voting technology companies who claim President Trump and Giuliani caused them irreparable harm by spreading lies about their machines and software, harming their reputations and businesses in the process. They seek billions in damages from Trump, Giuliani and their allies who amplified conspiracy theories about them.

Eric Coomer is an employee at Dominion who alleges they received death threats after Trump and Giuliani accused them of manipulating votes as part of an ongoing global conspiracy to rig elections. Coomer is seeking unspecified damages from them as well as various right-leaning media outlets.

Ruby Freeman and Shaye Moss of Georgia Election Workers who allege they were subjected to racist harassment and intimidation after Trump and Giuliani falsely accused them of tampering with ballots and orchestrating a fake water leak, respectively. Freeman and Moss won a $148 Million verdict against Giuliani last week; additionally they are suing Trump for defamation and civil conspiracy.

Hunter Biden, son of President Joe Biden, accuses Trump and Giuliani of violating his privacy and dignity by spreading false and malicious stories about his personal and professional lives that involve an allegedly incriminating laptop and hard drive that were supposed to contain incriminating evidence against him. Hunter is seeking $100 Million as damages against both individuals as well as the New York Post which published some of these fabricated stories about him.

Trump and Giuliani Have Filed Bankruptcy Proceedings

Trump and Giuliani both filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection to reorganize their debts and assets under court supervision, potentially helping them avoid paying the full amounts owed due to defamation judgments and settlements, along with creditors seeking payment from them.

Trump filed for bankruptcy on Monday, listing over $1 billion in liabilities and less than $500 million in assets. This figure includes debts from various businesses he owns such as hotels, golf courses and resorts as well as personal guarantees he provided on some loans he took out. His filing also mentions potential defamation lawsuit liabilities without specifying exact amounts owed or expected due.

Giuliani filed for bankruptcy on Thursday, citing over $100 million in liabilities and less than $10 million in assets. These include debts from legal fees, unpaid taxes, personal expenses and the $148 million Freeman and Moss lawsuit judgment; it also lists defamation lawsuits but doesn’t specify an exact figure owed or expected due.

Their Political and Financial Futures Are Threatened

Trump and Giuliani filing bankruptcy could have far-reaching ramifications on both their political and financial futures, as well as efforts to hold them accountable for their actions.

Politically, their bankruptcy filings could damage both men’s credibility and influence among their supporters and the Republican Party. Trump has hinted at running for president again in 2024; Giuliani has expressed interest in running for governor of New York as well; their bankruptcy could significantly decrease their fundraising ability and damage their image as successful businessmen and leaders.

Financially, filings could require them to sell or liquidate some assets and properties as well as disclose more details of their income and expenses. Filings could also expose them to increased scrutiny by courts, creditors and regulators who could uncover further evidence of wrongdoing or fraud.

On a legal front, these filings could further complicate and delay resolution of defamation lawsuits as well as any criminal probes that Trump and Giuliani face. It may also impact rights and interests of plaintiffs and creditors who must vie for a limited pool of funds available – though their claims still can be pursued and justice sought despite these filings.

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How Olivia Dunne Became the Highest-Paid Female College Athlete in the US




Olivia Dunne is not only an exceptional gymnast but also a social media influencer and trailblazer in women’s sports. At just 20 years old, this LSU star made history when she became the highest-paid female college athlete thanks to the new Name, Image and Likeness (NIL) policy that allows student-athletes to earn money through endorsement deals.

Gymnast and Social Media Influencer

Dunne began her gymnastics journey at three and soon proved her potential, quickly becoming one of the youngest USA International Elite gymnasts at eleven years old and earning gold with the USA Junior National Team in 2017. At Louisiana State University she is an All-American gymnast cherished by fans – she earned full scholarships to attend each semester as an All-American gymnast!

But Dunne has become more than just a gym superstar; she has also amassed a significant following online, especially on TikTok and Instagram where she posts videos of her flips, routines, and lifestyle – currently boasting 7.2 million followers on TikTok and another 3.7 million on Instagram – making her one of the most beloved NCAA athletes online.

Women’s Sports A Game-Chaser

Dunne’s fame and influence drew the interest of many brands looking to tap into her fan base and partner with her, but until July 2021 NCAA rules prohibited student-athletes from accepting sponsorship deals or monetising their name, image or likeness in any way.

At that point, however, things changed with the implementation of NCAA’s New Incentivized Learning (NIL) Policy which gave student-athletes freedom to sign marketing contracts and make income from their personal brands. Dunne was among those to take full advantage of this opportunity and became one of the highest-paid NCAA female athletes with an estimated valuation of around 3.5 Million each year.

Dunne has entered into partnerships with various brands such as Vuori, Gopuff and Raising Cane’s. She made history when she appeared in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue as the first active NCAA gymnast ever! Additionally, she revealed she made over half a million dollars through paid promotions on social media alone!

Dunne is grateful to have been given this opportunity, but hopes to use her success to motivate and uphold other female athletes, who often face less opportunities and lower pay than male counterparts. She strives to see greater gender equity within women’s sports, showing young girls they too can pursue their goals and reach for their dreams.

“My dream for NIL would be that it can generate significant profits,” Dunne stated on a recent podcast. “When I began growing my social media, this rule wasn’t something I knew would change; rather I started expanding it because it’s what I like doing since being 10 years old.

“Opportunities should be equal for men and women in NCAA sports,” she stated in another interview. “I can pave the way and be an inspiration to young girls that look up to me.”

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