Port Vila, the Vanuatuan capital.

Good morning. Today’s quotations are from Julien Baker, Vanuatu’s climate minister, and some anonymous parents in Chengdu.

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Number 07 Chen Qilan’s Grandma tickled Number 26 Liu Peiyu’s Mama

Read more: On WeChat and tickles

The New Yorker’s Peter Hessler threads a long and winding piece, on moving with his family from Colorado to Sichuan, with fragments of a group chat (with the names changed) for parents at his childrens’ new school in Chengdu. WeChat users can ‘tickle’ each other by double-tapping on a profile picture, and in group chats, the tickle goes on the public record.

I would like you to scream so loud that Governor Lee can hear you.

Pitchfork reports that boygenius’s Julien Baker criticised recent anti-drag legislation supported by Tennessee’s Republican governor, Bill Lee, at a concert in Nashville on Sunday. Phoebe Bridgers and Lucy Dacus, the band’s two other members, performed in drag as Queef Urban and Lucille Balls respectively, joining Baker as Shanita Tums.

I remember turning up at the United Nations that morning just hoping no one was going to object, and it happened like that. It went through with no objection. It was a huge moment.

Ralph Regenvanu, the Vanuatuan climate minister, gave an exclusive interview to Grist that covered Vanuatu’s successful proposal at the United Nations to seek an advisory opinion from the International Court of Justice on states’ responsibilities to prevent climate change and redress its harms. Mr Regenvanu said the proposal encountered resistance from Germany, China, and especially the US, but eventually passed in March this year.

Also, who’s afraid of Shanita Tums?

Wednesday 28th June 2023