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Time Magazine International July 22, 2019

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FIGHTING TO BE HEARD RE “HONG KONG IN REvolt” [June 24]: Your report on the recent protests speaks to the core values of Hong Kong: freedom and human rights, which we are defending with all our might. Beijing’s authoritarian regime is not the only challenge we face; people’s apathy toward politics is weakening the protesters’ will. Hong Kong’s colonial history has deprived its citizens of political education and knowledge. Two decades after the handover, sociopolitical participation is still demonized as a disturbance of social order. Without experience in political movements, Hong Kong’s protesters are going through a process of trial and error. We are in need of international support. This is no longer a battle of national identity but a battle of freedom vs. surveillance, democracy vs. autocracy and human rights…

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for the record

‘People can misunderstand anger for strength.’NAOMI OSAKA, tennis player and 2018 U.S. Open winner, in a text message to Serena Williams, who was penalized for lashing out at a referee when they played each other in the tournament final; Williams shared the note in a July 9 personal essay in Harper’s Bazaar 1 in 4 Approximate ratio of Americans who say they don’t plan to ever retire, according to a poll published on July 7 ‘People are really hungry for stories, hungry for stories of people who look and feel like them.’MICHELLE OBAMA, former First Lady, on what she learned on the book tour for her memoir Becoming, on July 6 at the Essence Festival in New Orleans‘THE SUPREME COURT DECISION WAS WRONG.’WILLIAM BARR, U.S. Attorney General, saying July 8 that he believes…

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what revived the case against jeffrey epstein

THE CHARGES FACING FINANCIER JEFFREY Epstein involve child sex trafficking. But when prosecutors presented the details, this one stood out: the girls he’s accused of sexually abusing are no longer children. “While the charged conduct is from a number of years ago, it is still profoundly important to the many alleged victims, now young women,” Geoffrey Berman, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, said at a press conference on July 8. “They deserve their day in court, and we are proud to be standing up for them by bringing this indictment.” Epstein, 66, is accused of exploiting dozens of girls as young as 14 in his homes in Manhattan and Palm Beach, Fla., enticing them with cash and recruiting them to give him “massages” that turned sexual. The new…

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a compromise candidate is set to become the first female chief of the e.u.

A LOYAL ALLY OF GERMAN CHANCELLOR Angela Merkel emerged on July 2 as the surprise candidate to become European Commission president, one of the most powerful positions in Europe. Ursula von der Leyen, Germany’s Defense Minister, was nominated by France’s Emmanuel Macron after negotiations among E.U. leaders reached an impasse. With a confirmation vote by the E.U. Parliament set for July 16, von der Leyen is set to shape the union’s political agenda for the next five years. SOCIAL REFORMER As the daughter of a former European Commissioner, von der Leyen embodies the European project: she was born and raised in Brussels and speaks fluent French and English. She entered politics in her 40s after a career as a gynecologist and has since become the longest-serving member of Merkel’s Cabinet. A…

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news ticker

ICE used facial recognition on licenses U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement used facial-recognition tech to examine millions of individuals’ driver’s licenses without their knowledge or approval from Congress or state legislatures, the Washington Post revealed July 7. DMV databases in at least three states were accessed for scans. Domestic violence draws Paris protest Hundreds of demonstrators turned out in the streets of Paris on July 6 to demand action against increasing domestic violence in France. The country’s Interior Ministry said 130 women there were killed by their partners in 2017, which was up from 123 in 2016. Fourth of July parade saps D.C. budget President Trump’s Fourth of July celebration cost the Washington, D.C., government $1.7 million, bankrupting a fund dedicated to providing security and protecting the capital from terrorist threats. Democratic D.C. Mayor Muriel…

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could voters wish disabilities sway elections in 2020?

AMERICAN POLITICIANS ARE USED TO catering their pitches to various demographics, focusing on African-American workers or suburban women. Yet they don’t often talk about people with disabilities—even though those who ignore disabled Americans may be missing out on a growing group of voters. One in 4 adults in the U.S. has a disability, but obstacles such as inaccessible polling places and a lack of engagement from politicians have kept their turnout numbers low. That started to change last year, according to a July 10 report. Researchers at Rutgers University found that voter turnout among people with disabilities surged by 8.5 percentage points in last year’s midterms, reversing a trend of stagnant or decreasing rates. In 2018, which saw historic turnout across the board, more people with disabilities reported voting than Latinos,…