Her father was called 'the most dangerous racist in America.' She wants a different legacy for her sons
- Montgomery, Alabama (CNN) - Peggy Wallace Kennedy was 8 years old when she got her first glimpse of the troubling future that awaited her.
- She knew her father as the charmer with the Brylcreemed hair who handed her M&M's, called her "sugah" and never talked politics at home.
- The memoir is filled with some heart-stopping moments: Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), the civil rights icon, offering a startling tribute to Kennedy in 2017 that left her speechless; her father reaching out to black people for forgiveness in a church near the end of his life after a would-be assassin's bullet had paralyzed him; Kennedy holding hands with the Rev. Bernice King, King's youngest daughter, in 2015 as they retraced the steps of the historic Selma to Montgomery march.
- You also wrote about the first time you heard supporters thank your father for keeping them [black people] in their place.
Do Democrats think the government should be able to get around data encryption?
- But in cases where encrypted messages are accessed over the course of a criminal or national security investigation by law enforcement, due process must be respected, and public policy should be updated to keep pace with changing technology.
- Pete Buttigieg: My administration will move beyond the polarized debate and engage all the key stakeholders — including civil liberties groups, technology companies, academics, experts, law enforcement and other government officials, and the public more broadly — to find ways forward that protect the core privacy, security, and economic interests at stake, while ensuring that law enforcement has strong tools to do its job.
- Andrew Yang: [I] believe in protecting the rights of individuals while allowing the government the ability to investigate crimes and national security threats.
5 things to know for today: UK, trade, impeachment, Nigeria, NFL
- Then, he'll have to do some serious negotiating with the US and China to forge new trade deals to soften the economic blow of separating from the EU.
- President Trump has signed off on an initial trade deal that would delay imminent tariffs on Chinese goods worth billions of dollars and reduce some tariffs already in place.
- It's a start, but the agreement doesn't address bigger changes Trump wants to push regarding China's economy.
- Stocks in China, Japan and South Korea jumped on the trade deal news, and US futures were up as well.
- Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and the President's top lawyer have started coordinating plans for an impeachment trial, though it still isn't clear how Trump's own preferences will play a role.
Nigeria is trying 47 men arrested in a hotel under its anti-gay laws
- Lagos, Nigeria (CNN) - Forty-seven men accused of homosexuality are standing trial in a Nigerian court, their lawyer and a rights group told CNN.
- Xeenarh Mohammed, executive director of The Initiative for Equal Rights (TIERS) in Lagos, the nongovernmental organization representing the defendants, said they were at a birthday party when police invaded the establishment and rounded up guests.
- The Nigeria Police Force, also the prosecutors, have now charged the men with "public show of same sex amorous relationship with each other in hidden places" and claim the event was a gay initiation party.
- Nigeria police spokesman Frank Mba told CNN he needed to gather more information on the case before giving a response.
- Nigeria's anti-LGBT laws punishes same-sex relationships or associations with a maximum of a 14-year jail term.
- Mohammed said authorities have often used the law to intimidate the LGBT community and people of different sexual orientation.
Advocacy group that backed troops cleared of war crimes by Trump now supporting a soldier convicted of Afghan massacre
- Bales is currently serving a life sentence without parole in the military prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas after he pleaded guilty to killing 16 Afghans, while on deployment in the Panjwai district, Kandahar province, Afghanistan on March 11, 2012.
- The Wednesday night event held at the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill, was held to thank members of the Congressional "Justice for Warriors" caucus and members of the UAP group who had recently supported cases such as those of Army 1st Lt. Clint Lorance, Maj. Matt Golsteyn, Sgt. Derrick Miller and US Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher.
- He also alleges in the lawsuit that military prosecutors flew known Taliban bombmakers into the United States under false aliases to testify as aggravating witnesses in Bales' sentencing but characterized them as simple farmers, not disclosing that to the defense that some had been linked through DNA and fingerprint evidence to Improvised Explosive Devices used against US troops in Afghanistan.
Experts are saying Trump's anti-Semitism critics got it wrong — and the president's order doesn't reclassify Judaism as a nationality
- On Tuesday, US President Donald Trump provoked a firestorm of criticism after The New York Times reported that in an executive order designed to combat anti-Semitism on college campuses the president was planning to redefine Judaism as a nationality.
- But when the order was published late Wednesday after the president signed it into law at a White House event, some experts said that the actual document was very different to that portrayed in the Times report — and makes no mention of reclassifying Judaism.
- Yair Rosenberg, an expert on anti-Semitism and writer for The Tablet, wrote in a blog that the order expands an Obama-era initiative for protecting Jews under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act, which guides federally funded education programs.
Myanmar's suppression of the Rohingya, explained in 30 seconds
- An ethnic cleansing campaign since August 2017 has driven hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees out of Myanmar.
- The spotlight is on Myanmar this week as the country's leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, appears before the UN International Court of Justice to address an accusation of genocide against the Rohingya.
- More than 740,000 Rohingya refugees have fled the Rakhine State of Myanmar since August 2017, when a military-led ethnic cleansing campaign to remove the Rohingya Muslims began, according to Human Rights Watch.
- In August 2018, Reuters found that Facebook did not adequately moderate both hate speech and calls for genocide of the Rohingya minority Muslim group in Myanmar.
- Myanmar's leader Aung San Suu Kyi is appearing before the UN International Court of Justice this week, December 10 through December 12, to address the accusation of genocide against the Rohingya, according to The New York Times.
How international conservation groups are betraying indigenous peoples
- THE murder of “guardian of the forest” Paulo Paulino Guajajara by armed loggers in the Brazilian Amazon reserve he called home garnered headlines around the world last month.
- It threw a spotlight on the contribution of indigenous communities to conserving ecosystems and biodiversity.
- Too often, that contribution is overlooked and even belittled by the wider conservation movement.
- A default assumption is that indigenous rights conflict with the demands of conservation – an attitude sometimes enforced at the barrel of a gun.
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