fied. Shortly after the attack, the US government introduced the Patriot Act, the Accuracy Act and
the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which formed a comprehensive intelligence surv
eillance network. According to a survey by Privacy International in 2007 covering 47 countries, the United States ran
ked first in the monitoring index. But the United States didn’t stop there. In 2013, Edward Snowden, a technical an
alyst at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), exposed the Prism program. In this seven-year top-secret electronic sur
veillance, monitored individuals include non-Americans who use related company services, or any US citizen who co
mmunicates with foreigners, including email, video and voice conversations, and social network details, and so on, can be descr
ibed as large-scale indiscriminate monitoring. Surveillance states were finally formed.
hina’s economic growth will remain stable in the first quarter, and is expected to land at 6.3 percent or even higher year-on-year when it is released this week, e
conomists said after some economic indicators for March surprised the market on the upside.
“Downside pressure began to ease in the first quarter, as signaled by the r
ather substantial recovery in various economic indicators in March,” said Yao Jingyuan, form
er chief economist at the National Bureau of Statistics and a researcher for the Counselors’ Office of the State Council.
Chinese banks’ lending in yuan, a leading indicator for the real economy
, surged in March by 1.69 trillion yuan ($252 billion), up 52 percent from a year earli
er, according to the People’s Bank of China, the central bank. The manufacturing purchasing managers inde
x for March, which was back into expansion territory, may be a sign of accelerating industrial activities.
Exports in March also picked up, rising 14.2 percent in US dollar ter
ms from a year ago, versus 0.1 percent for the January-February period, customs data showed.
“I want us to be able to leave the European Union in a smooth and orderly way as soon as possible,” she told reporters.
Her EU peers, however, are sceptical about her ability to break the dead
lock soon. They are exasperated with May’s handling of a tortuous and costly divorce that is a di
straction from ensuring the bloc can hold its own against global economic challenges.
Across from the summit venue, the EU executive celebrated its part in funding a global project that produced the first p
icture of a black hole, prompting no shortage of ironic comments on social media about the juxtaposition.
Blogger Eliot Higgins tweeted: “We’re now more certain about what black holes look like than what Brexit looks like.”
One of the country’s major movie events, the 9th Beijing International Film Festival, will o
pen with a Sino-Kazakh production about late composer Xian Xinghai, Xu Fan reports.
The Composer, the first Sino-Kazakh production depicting the final years of Chinese
musician Xian Xinghai, is set to open the 9th Beijing International Film Festival on Saturday.
yped, Stigmatized, and Ignored said at the same time, people start to see the positive aspe
cts of living single, such as being free to pursue their passions, enjoying solitude an
d putting the people they care most about at the center of their lives, instead of a romantic partner.
Other factors contributing to the rise of one-person househol
ds include high levels of divorce, increased education that leads to more employment and be
tter-paying career opportunities, and increased longevity and improved health at older ages.
As of 2017, the average age of a first marriage for women was about 27.5, while it was
29.5 for men. Demographers estimate that about 80 percent of Americans will marry at some point in their lives.
That’s a lot lower than the 95 percent who married in the 1950s and 1960s, and it may drop somewhat more, according to Steph
anie Coontz, a marriage historian and author of Marriage, a History: How Love Conquered Marriage.