Newsweek 5/7/2021

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the archives

1993 Newsweek wrote, “As dawn broke over Waco, the FBI moved armored vehicles up to the compound. They punched holes in the walls, then injected tear gas.” Inside were members of the Branch Davidian cult, led by David Koresh. “To his followers, Koresh was the chosen one, but the FBI saw only a grandiose fanatic who prophesied awful calamities.” During this conflict, the compound burned down in a fire and 76 Davidians died. In 2018, a Paramount miniseries called Waco detailed the cult and its tragic standoff with the federal government. The show came to Netflix last year. 1945 Adolph Hitler died, according to Newsweek, “as he had lived—by the sword.” At the time, Germany reported that he died in battle. “Never before had a single individual been hated by so many millions,”…

a turning point

THE COMING ERA OF POLICE ACCOUNTABILITY by Marcus Johnson DEREK CHAUVIN KNELT ON GEORGE FLOYD’S neck for nine minutes. It took a Minnesota jury just 11 hours to reach a verdict. When Chauvin was found guilty on all three counts, of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter, it was a watershed moment for the police accountability movement—one that represents the dawn of a new era in American policing. The Chauvin murder trial was perhaps the highest-profile criminal case against a police officer accused of killing an unarmed Black man. The trial began after a summer of some of the largest protests against police brutality in American history. And the case was not isolated; Floyd’s death was one of a string of highly publicized incidents in which white police officers shot unarmed Black…

talking points

“I welcome the verdict but by itself this won’t heal the pain of their loss, which reverberated around the world. The guilty verdict must be the beginning of real change—not the end.”—LONDON MAYOR SADIQ KHAN“AMERICA, LET THIS BE THE PRECEDENT. LET THIS BE THE PRECEDENT WHERE WE LIVE UP TO THE HIGH IDEALS AND THE PROMISES WHEN WE SAY LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL.”—Ben Crump, Floyd family lawyer“The truth of the matter is that the reason George Floyd is dead is because Mr. Chauvin’s heart was too small.”—prosecuting attorney Jerry Blackwell closing argument“The jury in the Derek Chauvin trial came to a unanimous and unequivocal verdict this afternoon: Please don’t hurt us. The jurors spoke for many in this country. Everyone understood perfectly well the consequences of an acquittal in…

pushing from the left

LAST YEAR, JAMAAL BOWMAN, a 45-year-old former educator, unseated 16-term U.S. Representative Eliot Engel in the Democratic primary for New York’s 16th District, which includes the northern Bronx and the southern portion of Westchester County. The district is so solidly Democratic that no Republican ran for the seat and Bowman easily crushed his Conservative Party opponent in the general election. Bowman had been inspired by Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez who had won her seat in New York’s 14th district in 2018 in a similar upset. Like Ocasio-Cortez, Bowman is a member of the nearly 100-member Congressional Progressive Caucus, part of “The Squad” (the informal group of Democratic congressional progressives which includes Ocasio-Cortez, Representatives Cori Bush of Missouri, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan). Also like…

ally in chief

AT SUNRISE ON THE DAY AFTER HIS FIRST FACE-TO-face meeting with President Joe Biden, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga set out on a walk to the National Mall and the Lincoln Memorial, several aides and a few photographers in tow, to take stock of his whirlwind visit to Washington, D.C.—and, perhaps, to visually remind the public at home that the strategic importance of the U.S.-Japan alliance had been restored. During the Cold War, the decades-long standoff between the United States and the Soviet Union, a former Japanese Prime Minister proudly described his country as “an unsinkable aircraft carrier’’ in the Pacific, one strategically located off the enemy’s coast. It was the threat of Soviet expansionism that made the post-World War II alliance between two former enemies the bedrock of U.S. security…

global partners

JAPANESE PRIME MINISTER YOSHIHIDE Suga came to Washington at a tumultuous moment: The world is still dealing with the pandemic, the economies of the world’s richest countries—the U.S. and Japan included—haven’t yet recovered from the financial fallout and relations with China are increasingly tense. On April 16, the Japanese leader met with President Joe Biden at the White House for nearly three hours. The following day, in an exclusive interview, he spoke to Newsweek CEO Dev Pragad, Global Editor-in-Chief Nancy Cooper and Chief Washington Correspondent Bill Powell. Their conversation has been lightly edited for space and clarity. NEWSWEEK: You’re the first foreign head of state President Biden has met with during his presidency, which seems like an important statement. Many analysts say the U.S.-Japan alliance is now on a par with the…