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McKinsey held a lavish corporate retreat in Kashgar miles from where the Chinese government is imprisoning up to one million ethnic Uighurs

  • Up to one million Chinese citizens have been allegedly locked up in the western region of Xinjiang — a remote, Muslim-majority Chinese province populated by the Uighur ethnic minority.
  • Reports of a massive police state that China has launched in Xinjiang has horrified people around the world, who have demanded China cease its surveillance, imprisonment, and forced re-education of Chinese Muslims.
  • But the people at McKinsey & Company's recent retreat in Kashgar, a Xinjiang city, didn't seem to mind.
  • A report from The New York Times revealed on Saturday that McKinsey held a corporate retreat in Kashgar about four miles from an internment camp that holds thousands of Uighurs.
  • Indeed, at the Kashgar retreat, McKinsey consultants spent their time discussing their work with state-owned Chinese firms, as well as riding camels and going to lavish bonfires, the Times reported.

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Looted Balangiga Church Bells Returned to Philippines 117 Years Later

  • Three church bells have been returned to an Eastern Samar church in the Philippines after U.S. troops took them 117 years ago.
  • The bronze treasures were seized during the 1901 Philippine-American War in retaliation after Filipinos killed 48 out of 74 US troops.
  • In revenge, American forces led the Balangiga Massacre, in which about 2,500 Filipinos were killed.
  • The bells were taken as a winning war profit.
  • The U.S. Embassy in August had announced the return after Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte had asked for their return in a 2017 speech; however, the country has asked for the bells for decades.
  • They believe the bells are tributes to the U.S. troops killed in combat and have asked to reconsider the return.
  • The bells were flown to Manila earlier this week for Saturday’s ceremony featuring Duterte joining his joyous citizens in Balangiga, BBC reported.

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China's return to US soybeans was seen as a major concession. Here's why it probably wasn't.

  • The Chinese have sought to reduce dependence on American soybeans since a 25% tariff was placed on the commodity to retaliate against the Trump administration, which started a trade war with Beijing this year over policies perceived as unfair.
  • Using them for cooking oil and animal feed, China is the world's largest consumer of soybeans and bought more than half of American exports last year.
  • Farmers tried to make do after the start of the trade war by reducing soybean meal in animal diets, according to Tyner.
  • Given that South American soybean supplies from this harvest have dwindled, he said it will be telling to see whether China sustains purchases from the US when crops return in Brazil and Argentina.
  • With more time, China could move toward reducing domestic soybean consumption, encourage diversification of foreign suppliers and even develop production capacities in other areas of the world.

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China's return to US soybeans was seen as a major concession. Here's why it probably wasn't.

  • The Chinese have sought to reduce dependence on American soybeans since a 25% tariff was placed on the commodity to retaliate against the Trump administration, which started a trade war with Beijing this year over policies perceived as unfair.
  • Using them for cooking oil and animal feed, China is the world's largest consumer of soybeans and bought more than half of American exports last year.
  • Farmers tried to make do after the start of the trade war by reducing soybean meal in animal diets, according to Tyner.
  • Given that South American soybean supplies from this harvest have dwindled, he said it will be telling to see whether China sustains purchases from the US when crops return in Brazil and Argentina.
  • With more time, China could move toward reducing domestic soybean consumption, encourage diversification of foreign suppliers and even develop production capacities in other areas of the world.

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A refugee child's death, a heartbreaking echo at Christmas

  • An initial screening by a border agent revealed no health issues for the little girl, and she and the others were given access to food and water while they waited for processing Customs and Border Patrol officials told CNN.
  • But the father alerted officials that the child was ill and vomiting shortly before the group was transported by bus to a border patrol base 95 miles away, CBP officials told CNN.
  • As a Catholic, I think especially of the Holy Family: the overpowering faith of Mary and Joseph; the overwhelming burden of raising the Christ child; the overflowing love that couple had for that helpless baby who had to be born in a barn; and the risky journey afterward when his parents -- seeing no other option -- left the only home they'd ever known, Judea, taking their baby on a perilous journey through the desert to a foreign land.

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A good thing that happened to Trump this week: China bought soybeans

  • Washington (CNN) - President Donald Trump is facing a series of damaging revelations from the Russia probe and a major West Wing shakeup, but one thing seems to be going well for him right now: his trade talks with China.
  • Since the President met with his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, two weeks ago in Argentina, China has delivered on an array of Trump's promises, including lowering auto tariffs and restarting purchases of soybeans.
  • The volatility reflects investor uncertainty over whether Trump can close his deal -- and anxiety that Beijing, which has so far proceeded on a positive track with trade talks, might change course if US enforcement moves take a bite.
  • But Trump himself created uncertainty this week by suggesting he might be willing to intervene with his own Justice Department if it would help advance trade talks, a highly unusual blurring of lines between the executive branch and law enforcement.

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Elizabeth Warren takes on race issue in commencement speech

  • It's not clear if the comment was a rebuttal to last week's reported backlash within Democratic circles to Warren's decision to release a DNA test several months ago.
  • Warren, widely considered to be privately mulling a 2020 presidential run, has wrestled with questions around her Native American heritage and the role it has played in her professional life since her Senate run.
  • Warren and her previous academic employers, including Harvard University, have maintained that she did not benefit from it -- and this October, Warren sought to definitively answer her Native American heritage question through a publicly released DNA test.
  • That reveal brought on a backlash from some, including would-be supporters who soured on her potential presidential candidacy over issues with her judgment call to pursue the DNA test at all.

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This is who Democrats need in 2020

  • The questions many are asking go something like this: Does the nominee need to be a white man to reach voters the Democrats lost in states like Ohio, Michigan and Pennsylvania in 2016?
  • If Democrats are going to win in 2020, they need to go back to basics and look for the person with the intangible qualities needed to serve as an effective President.
  • Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand got her start in electoral office by running for the US House of Representatives against a popular longtime incumbent in a district in New York that had not gone for a Democrat in decades.
  • And the prism through which we should judge each candidate in the 2020 presidential race is how they exhibit these core human qualities: honesty, empathy, curiosity, tenacity and courage.

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Maria Butina: Cybersecurity charlatan, spy

  • Russian spy Maria Butina's cover story was her academic interest and expertise in cybersecurity.
  • A founder of the Russian gun-rights organization Right To Bear Arms, she cultivated relationships with powerful conservatives in American politics (including Donald Trump Jr.), infiltrated the Republican Party and the NRA, then built connections between Russia and the NRA and even got money flowing between the two.
  • (Erickson, it should be noted, was found to have written a note to himself about deciding what to do with his job offer from the FSB.) However, it will pain cybersecurity professionals even more to know that despite having her infosec homework faked, it didn't stop Butina from authoring an academic paper on the subject.
  • While she spied on and infiltrated the Republican party, she also was a research assistant at American University and co-authored a paper titled "Cybersecurity Knowledge Networks." Read it if you want to see what achingly fake, buzzword bingo looks like.

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg speaks at naturalization ceremony on the anniversary of Bill of Rights signing

  • Washington (CNN) - Standing before 31 men and women from 26 different countries, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg recalled her own family's history of making their way to the United States.
  • Calling it a "testament to our nation's promise," Ginsburg noted that the "daughter and granddaughter of immigrants sits on the highest court in the land," speaking to the group of individuals gathered to celebrate the 227th anniversary of ratification of the Bill of Rights.
  • At the ceremony, some of the nation's most treasured documents were on display as the 31 individuals were sworn in as new US citizens by Judge Beryl Howell, the chief judge of the US District Court for the District of Columbia.
  • However, the Supreme Court justice, who has become notably political in the Trump era, also noted that "though we have made huge progress, the work of perfection is scarcely done.

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