Aug 02, 2020
Egyptians tell Musk pyramids not built by aliens, invite him to visit
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SpaceX founder Musk has a history of erratic tweets, making bold claims on the social media platform that divide observers. On Friday, Musk was at it again when he tweeted that "Aliens built the pyramids obv" – a message that was retweeted over 84,000 times by Sunday morning.
The message struck a nerve in Egypt, with leaders and experts from the country responding to the conspiracy theory, the BBC reported.
Egypt’s Minister of International Co-operation Rania al-Mashat responded with a tweet that urged Musk to explore evidence about the building of the structures, and she appeared to invite Musk to visit and see the pyramids for himself.
"We are waiting for you," al-Mashat said.
Archaeologist and Egyptologist Dr. Zahi Hawass posted a video in response to Musk's claim, saying the argument was a “complete hallucination.”
“I found the tombs of the pyramids' builders, that tell everyone that the builders of the pyramids are Egyptians and they were not slaves,” said in a video on his official Facebook page.
“The pyramids were a national project of the whole nation. Ramsees II was an Egyptian from Sharqia.”
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Hawass initially did not intend to respond to Musk's tweet, but explained that he felt he had to after realizing how widespread such theories were, Egypt Today reported. Hawass advised Musk to read more about the pharaohs and the pyramids to realize that they have nothing to do with space and that Egyptians built the structures more than 4,000 years ago.
The minor argument breaks out after a UFO investigation unit in the Pentagon started to release documents from its decade-long research into sightings. The unit's reports have caused a stir, with claims of “off-world vehicles" and descriptions of objects of “undetermined origin” crashing on Earth.
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Musk later appeared to acknowledge the possibility, tweeting a link to a BBC article about the pyramid builders, saying, “This BBC article provides a sensible summary for how it was done.”Peter Aitken is a New York born-and-raised reporter with a focus on national and global news.
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US Health Secretary Alex Azar To Make Highest-Level Visit To Taiwan In Decades, A Move Likely To Anger China
U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar is planning to lead a delegation to Taiwan, marking the highest-level visit by a U.S. Cabinet member to the country in roughly 40 years, and a move that is likely to anger China, the agency’s statement reads.
The visit is intended to demonstrate President Donald Trump’s support for Taiwan, particularly for being a “model of transparency and cooperation in global health during the COVID-19 pandemic and long before it,” Azar says in the statement.
“I look forward to conveying President Trump’s support for Taiwan’s global health leadership and underscoring our shared belief that free and democratic societies are the best model for protecting and promoting health.”
A man wearing a mask holds a Taiwanese flag as he joins others at a rally to mark Taiwan’s National Day (Photo by PHILIP FONG/AFP via Getty Images)
Azar will meet with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen and the island’s foreign and health ministers and visit the Central Epidemic Command Center, which led the efforts to contain the pandemic, the Taiwanese Foreign Ministry said according to the Wall Street Journal.
China’s Foreign Ministry official Wang Wenbin objected to the visit with Taiwan, which China views as its territory and a sensitive subject in China-U.S. relations.
“The Taiwan issue is the most important and most sensitive issue in China-U.S. relations,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said Wednesday according to the Journal.
In order to avoid “seriously damaging China-U.S. relations as well as peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait,” China urges the U.S. to cease all contacts with Taipei.
Prior to Azar’s planned visit to Taiwan, previous administrations have sent lower-level cabinet secretaries. Although President Trump has adhered to the pattern of past administrations in relations with Taiwan so as to not derail trade deal negotiations with China, U.S.-China tensions have escalated in recent months due to the coronavirus pandemic and reports of human rights abuses in China’s Xinjiang region.
The Administration also approved a $180 million arms sale to Taiwan in May, which Beijing denounced and warned that additional arms sales could “further harm China-US relations and cross-straits peace and stability,” echoing the Wednesday statement made by China’s Foreign Ministry. (RELATED: Trump Administration Approves Arms Sale To Taiwan — China Denounces Move)
“In contrast to authoritarian systems, U.S. and Taiwan societies and economies are uniquely equipped to drive global progress in areas such as medicine and science to help the world tackle emerging threats,” the statement from Azar says.