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- Details about the death of former Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi have been conspicuously absent from news reports.
- Despite being the first democratically elected Egyptian president, news outlets have scrubbed that information from stories of his demise in what appears to be a government-mandated description sent out to press.
- Morsi was elected in June 2012, though military forcibly removed him about a year later.
- The circumstances of Morsi’s death have been called into question by rival regimes, including that of Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who was aligned with Morsi during his brief rule due to both men’s links to the Muslim Brotherhood.
- However, human rights groups have cited Morsi’s deteriorating health over the years as the probable cause of this death.
- It’s unclear why the current government, led Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, instructed news outlets to scrub Morsi’s presidential history.
Google to face shareholders on censored 'Dragonfly' search in China
- Shareholders have tabled a resolution which, if passed, would demand Google put the brakes on its controversial search engine efforts in China.
- The project remains largely secret, amid an internal upheaval and political pressure from the Trump administration to scrap the effort, but was later acknowledged by Google chief Sundar Pichai, describing China as an “important” market.
- The resolution, set to be voted on at the company’s annual shareholder meeting Wednesday, would instruct Google to conduct and publish a human rights impact assessment examining the impacts of a censored Google search engine in China.
- Open Mic, a non-profit representing shareholders worth $3 billion in Google assets, said Google should examine the human rights impact during Dragonfly’s development and not after.
- It’s unclear how the vote will go, given the pressure on Google to evaluate the introduction of search into China.
Netflix signs landmark deal with writer-director Janet Mock
- Netflix has signed a development deal with “Pose” writer-producer-director Janet Mock.
- In its announcement, the streamer notes that Mock is the first black transgender woman to sign an overall deal with a major studio.
- Netflix will also get exclusive rights on any TV shows that Mock develops, and first-look rights on any feature film projects.
- Today, @JanetMock makes history as the first Black trans woman to establish an overall deal with a major studio.
- It sounds like Mock will be adding a number of titles to that list.
It's Juneteenth: Let's talk about reparations for slavery
- African Americans were purposefully deprived of opportunity, the ability to exercise their rights, equal access to education, health care, public facilities and other programs.
- On Wednesday I will chair a hearing on H.R. 40, the Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African Americans Act, in the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties.
- We chose to hold this historic hearing today because June 19th, also known as Juneteenth or Emancipation Day, holds significance in the African American community and among all who fight for justice.
- H.R. 40 isn't about advancing any one agenda on if and how reparations should be provided; it's about suspending our personal policy preferences and making way for a commission that can seriously consider the issue and draft appropriate proposals.
3 teens were charged with robbery following a violent attack on a same-sex couple in DC
- Three people were arrested on suspicion of attacking a same-sex couple in Washington, DC, on Saturday night, the Metropolitan Police Department said.
- Karl Craven and his boyfriend Brayden Brecht, both of whom identify as gay, were on their way to Nellie's Sports Bar, a popular gay bar in the area, when they were attacked, Craven told INSIDER.
- Craven told INSIDER his memories from that night are jumbled.
- The suspects are 19-year-old Marcus Britt and two males, ages 15 and 16, according to the press released from the Metropolitan Police Department.
- Craven told INSIDER that they initially set the fundraising goal to $5,000, but after conferring with the hospital and calculating their combined loss of wages as Brecht recuperates, they increased the target to $10,000.
- In total, 7,175 hate crime incidents were reported that year.
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The EU dismisses UK demands to protect rights of Brits abroad in a no-deal Brexit
- However, the EU's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier today dismissed suggestions that the UK could could leave while automatically carving out certain uncontroversial parts of the withdrawal agreement, such as citizens rights.
- Writing to the UK government, Barnier rejected an appeal to ensure the agreement reached between the two sides on citizens' rights would still apply if Britain leaves the EU without a deal at the end of October.
- Barclay wrote to the EU last week asking negotiators to carve out an agreement on rights for British expats if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.
- Barnier's response gave Barclay's proposals short shrift, underlining the fact that the EU is still focused on implementing the full withdrawal agreement, saying that the citizens' rights aspects of the deal were part of an "overall and comprehensive approach" which could not be separated.
Stacey Abrams is leading the debate on some of the most important political issues in 2019
- After losing the race to her Republican opponent by one of the smallest (and most disputed) margins in years, she founded Fair Fight Action, a new voting rights organization devoted to battling voter suppression in Georgia and across the US.
- Abrams and the CEO of Fair Fight Action, Lauren Groh-Wargo, will join Recode co-founder and editor-at-large Kara Swisher and Vox founder and editor-at-large Ezra Klein for a discussion starting at 6:50 pm PT on Monday, June 10.
- We plan to ask Abrams about the ongoing issues she’s working on, like her opposition to film industry boycotts over Georgia’s new restrictive abortion bill, as well as her call for an end to alleged voter suppression that many said influenced the outcome of the 2018 Georgia gubernatorial race.
- Here’s Abrams, a social media-savvy leader, talking about the role technology plays in politics with Kara Swisher on the Recode Decode podcast back in 2017.
Ex-UEFA President Michel Platini taken into custody over 2022 Qatar World Cup corruption allegations
- The ex-boss of Europe's soccer governing body had been serving a four-year ban from the sport since 2015, over a $2 million payment he received from FIFA.
- The development again raises questions over the controversial decision to host the upcoming World Cup in Qatar, a small but wealthy Middle Eastern nation which lacks the infrastructure or sporting tradition of previous host countries.
- Whispers of foul play over the decision have been heard ever since the country was appointed hosts in 2010, and such allegations have been made more openly after the US Justice Department brought racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering charges against several senior figures within FIFA in 2015.
- The tournament -- the first World Cup to be held in the Middle East -- is set to take place between 21 November and 18 December 2022, in eight locations in Qatar.
Using Saudi death penalty vs. children is barbaric
- And the capital trial of Murtaja Qureiris, an 18-year-old who was facing the death penalty for offenses he allegedly committed when he was just 10 or 11 years old, would have been another example of the Saudi's human rights abuses.
- Human Rights Watch obtained and analyzed ten separate trial judgments that the Specialized Criminal Court handed down in 2013 and 2016 against men and boys -- including al-Nimr and al-Marhoun -- accused of protest-related crimes.
- As for Qureiris, his case demonstrates that recent reforms have done little to protect children from major flaws in Saudi Arabia's criminal justice system that put detainees at risk of torture, unfair trials and the death penalty.
- Without such reforms, cases like Qureiris' will continue to stain Saudi Arabia's human rights record and keep it on the small list of countries that maintain this shameful practice.