unanimously confirmed CIA director William Burns

The Senate

The Senate confirmed on Thursday that without William Burns, a veteran opposition diplomat as CIA director, the US government has given him control of the country’s top intelligence agency in the face of various international threats from China, Russia, Iran and elsewhere.

The confirmation by voice voting came after Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz lifted the moratorium on his candidacy.

The former Russian and Jordanian ambassador, who served more than 30 years at the State Department under both Democratic and Republican presidents, pledged to provide “unplanned” intelligence to the White House at a hearing approved last month.

Republicans warmly welcomed Burns to the hearing, but Cruz assured that the Beadon administration of the US and Eastern Europe strongly condemned the new gas pipeline from Russia.

On Thursday, Foreign Minister Anthony Blinken made a statement describing the Nord Stream 2 pipeline as “a bad thing for Germany, Ukraine and our Central and Eastern European allies and partners”. Cruz slowly took her hand.

Asian-American lawmakers have expressed concern about the humorous language about the coronavirus since the outbreak started more than a year ago. And at Thursday’s hearing on anti-Asian violence and discrimination, Congress first announced the case more than 30 years ago, and six Asian Americans died six days after an armed conflict in Atlanta, a Democratic MP made an emotional defense to end discriminatory language.

“Our community is bleeding. We are suffering. And we have been crying out for help for the past year,” Repress said. Says Grace Meng of D-NY.

In response to Republican lawmakers’ argument that indifference to hate crime could impede freedom of expression, Meng told lawmakers that they could criticize other countries, but “you wouldn’t do this to Asian Americans with a bull’s eye. County told our grandparents” our children. “

Meng is visually sensitive, “This hearing was to find a solution to the trauma and suffering of our society. And we will not let you take our voices from us.” She said.

Before the trial, R-Texas rap. Chip Roy asked whether the committee’s efforts to prevent hate crimes and hate incidents against Asian Americans would hinder impartial speech.

About the trial, he said, “He wants to be proactive in speaking to a free society on the initiative of the police,” but said he was against heinous crime and wanted to provide justice for the shooting that killed eight people in Atlanta. Six of them were Asian or Asian American.

The best Democrat member of the panel organizing the hearing, Re. Steve Cohen, “Slap in the face, slap, burn in the fire, cut the door with a box and hit the ground violently … it doesn’t matter.”

John Young, chairman and executive director of the advocacy group Asian Americans Advancing Justice, who is one of the expert witnesses to the question of freedom of expression, said leaders have “a behavioral commitment we want our community not to follow.” I’m trying to be a divider

Asian-American advocates and lawmakers have long warned that the speeches of political leaders about COVD-19, including former President Donald Trump, could encourage discrimination against Asian Americans. JD Chu, president of the Congress Asia-Pacific American Group, noted that more than a year ago his party started “alarming” against the anti-Asian stigma in the epidemic. As “dirty looks and verbal attacks”, attacks and violence against Asian Americans have increased and are now almost a “daily tragedy”.

He was part of a team of lawyers, lawyers and experts dealing with anti-Asian discrimination who testified on Thursday. Eyewitnesses said there were trials planned before the shooting in Atlanta, but the tragedy there made the trial even more important.

“What we know is that this day will come,” Chu said.

F urged Congress to take action against two regulations (the Hate Ban Act and the Covid-19 Hate Crimes Act), both aimed at improving the reporting of hate crimes. He called for a national day on March 26 to speak out against anti-Asian hatred.

Asian-American lawmakers presented the issue in Congress last year, but no laws were passed during the COVD-19 outbreak, except for a resolution condemning anti-Asian orthodoxy and discrimination.

Actor and lawyer Daniel de Kim appealed to Republican MPs, most of whom voted against non-binding decisions.

“I wonder if the 144 members of the House of Representatives who refused to acknowledge our last downfall will do it again, destroying the humanity of the entire American society?” Said.

API Hate, a group that advocates monitoring hate speech, said it has received nearly 3,700 reports of hate cases across the country since March 2020.

Manjusha Kulkarni, co-founder of the group, told lawmakers Thursday that most of the incidents recorded by his party are not related to heinous crimes, but reports of verbal abuse and torture by Asian Americans in the public sphere are alarming.