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China changes child policy again amid population struggle

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The Chinese government announced Monday that it will grant married couples the ability to have up to three children, an upgrade from the 2016 two-child policy. However, according to Weibo, Chinese Twitter, some aren’t anticipating following the policy according to a report by Quartz.

In the announcement via Weibo, the government claimed the new policy would “improve the structure of China’s population, implement the national strategy of actively responding to the aging population, and maintaining China’s human resource advantages.” One of the top comments under the announcement was simply “Bah!” It had nearly 80,000 likes.

“Honestly, what people need are substantial benefits such as subsidies [for having children],” one Weibo user wrote, “not those superficial encouragements. People don’t want to have children not because the absence of a three-children policy, but because we can’t afford it.”

Another user suggested what would actually help would be “the most fundamental maternity welfare and solve the unfair treatment women face at the workplace for giving birth.” Both comments vanished but not before they received hundreds of thousands of likes.

Author of “The Coming Collapse of China” Gordon Chang says that there’s a movement behind the “mood of pessimism throughout Chinese society, especially among the young.” He explained the movement in a statement to this reporter.

“The ‘lie-down movement,’ which is sweeping China’s youth, reflects a loss of energy and enthusiasm across the country,” Chang said. “There are many reasons for lying down, but [Xi Jinping’s] tightening of controls over daily life plus his shutting out of foreign influences add to a sense of helplessness and powerlessness.”

So, Chinese people are not wanting to bring a child into a world where they have no control. Chang predicts that the people are discouraged enough to not have a child at all, let alone three.

You can follow Jenny Goldsberry on Twitter @jennyjournalism.

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Daily Wire investigation: Italian company may have illegally sold rights to the Vatican’s priceless art

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The Daily Wire has been conducting a fascinating investigation into the Vatican Museum’s priceless artwork. “Rights to the Vatican Museums’ priceless trove of art treasures may have been illegally sold without the Holy See’s approval in what one attorney described as a “high-tech heist,” the investigation finds.

An Italian company is allegedly selling the rights to reproduce the Vatican artwork in six-figure deals, while claiming to be working in “collaboration with” the Vatican Museums.

“This scheme is nothing less than a pre-meditated, high-tech heist of world-class treasured art from the Vatican Museums under the disguise of bogus licenses, as if sanctioned by the Vatican,” Sarah Rose Speno, a New York attorney, told The Daily Wire.

The Daily Wire’s report notes that Speno said she stumbled upon the alleged scheme in March when she sought permission to use images of Vatican art for an exhibition by a client.

“We discovered that a large table book had been published with high-resolution images of the interiors of the Vatican, including the Sistine Chapel,” Speno said. “We very much wanted to pursue an opportunity to license these images, as soon as possible.”

Speno contacted Scripta Maneant — the Italian publisher that licensed the photos in the book. Scripta Maneant claimed authority to broker the publishing rights via its “collaboration” with Vatican Museums vice director, Monsignore Paolo Nicolini. Scripta Maneant wanted $550,000 for the rights — with a portion being paid to the Vatican through Nicolini, according to Speno. Although Scripta Maneant claimed the fee would be shared with the Vatican, Speno said she later became suspicious.

“The Scripta Maneant scheme became obvious when the Scripta principals demanded a cash wire in the amount of $82,500 no later than their return from summer holiday in late August,” Speno said. “They said that they would produce Vatican approval for our Italian Renaissance Immersive project ‘if and only if’ the fee were wired to the Scripta bank account they provided. It was at this point that grave suspicion entered my mind.”

Ultimately, Speno said, “we terminated the deal when Scripta could not provide us with documented consent by the Vatican.”

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