Tag: criticism

The Art of Giving (and Receiving) Criticism

Everybody’s a critic. The shopper in the produce department of the grocery store gently squeezes an avocado, testing for ripeness. The 5-year-old wants his dad to read “Winnie-the-Pooh” at bedtime instead of “Where the Wild Things Are.” We bring a critical eye to all sorts of stuff every single day, usually without much thought and…


Olympic Chief Criticizes Valieva Coach’s ‘Chilling’ Reaction, Kremlin Hits Back

BEIJING—The Kremlin on Friday responded to comments by the Olympic chief, in which he said he was “disturbed” watching Russian teen skater Kamila Valieva crumble under pressure and hit out at the 15-year-old’s coach for her “chilling” reaction. In a press conference earlier on Friday, International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach said he had…


Tory MPs Break Ranks to Condemn Alleged Downing Street Christmas Party

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is facing increasing hostility from his own party in light of claims Downing Street staff broke lockdown rules by holding a Christmas gathering last year. Several Tory backbenchers, along with the former Scottish Conservatives leader, Ruth Davidson, have expressed concerns over the affair—arguing that the allegations, if true, are “unacceptable”…


Ryanair Vows 5-Day Refund Turnaround After COVID-19 Criticism

DUBLIN—Ryanair on Thursday vowed to repay customers within five days for cancelled flights in a renewed customer service push after criticism about how it handled refunds at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. The budget airline, Europe’s largest, said refunds would be processed into a new online wallet function within 24 hours of a flight…


FBI Tells Americans to Report ‘Family Members and Peers’ in Tweet, Gets Blowback

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) received criticism over a tweet posted Sunday suggesting “family members and peers” report “suspicious behaviors,” although the post in question wasn’t specific. “Family members and peers are often best positioned to witness signs of mobilization to violence. Help prevent homegrown violent extremism. Visit go.usa.gov/x6mjf to learn how to spot…


India’s Modi Drops 12 Cabinet Ministers in Massive Reshuffle

NEW DELHI—In a massive Cabinet revamp, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi dropped 12 senior Cabinet ministers on Wednesday and inducted a younger team aimed at refurbishing his government’s image after widespread criticism of its handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan, whose response to the epidemic came under close examination, Education Minister…


Taiwan Promises Quick Fix to COVID-19 Testing Issue After Criticism

TAIPEI—Taiwan’s health minister promised on Sunday to resolve a logjam with reporting positive COVID-19 tests after abruptly raising case numbers, a move that prompted criticisms from opposition politicians and jokes online about questionable statistics. Taiwan is dealing with a spike in cases after months of keeping the pandemic well under control, with restrictions in place…


China Insider: U.S., Chinese Diplomats Clash Publicly in First Meeting Under Biden

The first U.S.-China meeting under the Biden administration got off to a rocky start on March 18, when the diplomats of both countries traded sharp criticism against each others’ policies in front of reporters.


Russia Rejects Western Criticism Over Navalny’s Prison Term

MOSCOW—Russian authorities on Wednesday shrugged off the massive rallies against the jailing of top Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny and rejected Western criticism as “hysterics” as activists reported more than 1,400 new arrests in the crackdown on protesters. A Moscow court on Tuesday ordered Navalny to prison for two years and eight months, finding that he violated…