Simone de Beauvoir: Google doodle celebrates a feminist icon
French feminist writer given pride of place on search engine's home page on what would have been her 106th birthday
Born Simone-Lucie-Ernestine-Marie Bertrand de Beauvoir on 9 January 1908 in Paris, De Beauvoir is best known for her book The Second Sex, one of the most important works of 20th-century feminism, and novels such as She Came to Stay and The Mandarins.
De Beauvoir had a lifelong partnership with Jean-Paul Sartre, which did not exclude other relationships. She said the absence of marriage and children allowed her to pursue her studies and writing.
The doodle features an image of the writer in front of Parisian street buildings with canopies, which suggest the Cafe de Flore in the 6th district of Paris with which Beauvoir and Sartre were associated.
Beauvoir and Sartre were proponents of the philosophy of existentialism and both edited the magazine Les Temps Modernes. De Beauvoir edited it until her death in 1986.
By ANNIE LOWREY
The U.S. Senate confirmed Janet L. Yellen as the chairwoman of the Federal Reserve, marking the first time that a woman has led the country’s central bank.（中央社台北7日電）美國聯邦準備理事會（Fed）副主席葉倫（Janet Yellen）出任聯準會主席人事案今天獲參議院表決過關，可望於2月1日走馬上任。以下是葉倫主要政策挑戰：
It follows Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s appearance at the Yasukuni Shrine last month, which sparked outrage in China and South Korea.
The countries see the shrine, which honours convicted war criminals among Japan’s war dead, as a symbol of Japanese occupation in the Second World War.
Chinese ambassador Liu Xiaoming dealt the first blow in an opinion piece published in the Daily Telegraph last week.
He wrote: “In the Harry Potter story, the dark wizard Voldemort dies hard because the seven horcruxes, which contain parts of his soul, have been destroyed.
“If militarism is like the haunting Voldemort of Japan, the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo is a kind of horcrux, representing the darkest parts of that nation’s soul.”
Magical horcruxes were used by “He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named” to become immortal by storing parts of his soul.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe waves to wellwishers upon his arrival at the Ise shrine in Ise, Mie prefecture The controversial article urged Britain to remember Japan’s defeat in the Second World War and accused “some people” in Japan of posing a “serious threat to global peace”.
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In a response published in today’s Telegraph, Japanese ambassador Keiichi Hayashi, wrote: “There are two paths open to China. One is to seek dialogue, and abide by the rule of law.
“The other is to play the role of Voldemort in the region by letting loose the evil of an arms race and escalation of tensions, although Japan will not escalate the situation from its side.”
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He called militarism a “ghost” from Japan’s past and insisted the country had exercised “utmost restraint” in disputes over the East China Sea, where he argued Chinese ships had repeatedly intruded into Japanese territorial waters surrounding the Senkaku - or Diaoyu - Islands.
Japan has controlled the uninhabited archipelago since 1895 but China also claims the islands.