Monthly Archives: October 2018

Photo: People gather in San Salvador awaiting the canonization of Archbishop Romero by Pope Francis at the Vatican. Credit: Cam Ventoza

Archbishop Óscar Romero made a saint by Catholic Church

Photo:  People gather in San Salvador awaiting the canonization of Archbishop Romero by Pope Francis at the Vatican. A martyr for his people made a saint. Credit: Cam Ventoza

Cover of One Person No Vote by Carol Anderson

Voter suppression

How gerrymandering suppresses people’s votes.

What is stronger than a blue wave? Gerrymandered districts Maggie Astor and K.K. Rebecca Lai New York Times November 29, 2018

“Democrats in North Carolina earned 48.3 percent of the total vote cast in House races but appeared to win only three seats; Republicans had 50.4 percent of the vote and won at least nine seats.”

An editorial by the New York Times on how making voter registration difficult is stifling democracy.

Voting should be easy.  Why isn’t it? Editorial Board New York Times October 18, 2018 “The Justice Department blocked the first version of the exact-match policy, in 2009, for discriminating against black, Asian and Latino voters in violation of the Voting Rights Act. Four years later, the Supreme Court gutted the heart of the act and paved the way for the policy and other discriminatory measures like it.”

GOP candidate improperly purged 340,000 from Georgia voter rolls, investigation claims Erin Durkin The Guardian October 19, 2018

Voter-Suppression Tactics in the Age of Trump Jelani Cobb The New Yorker (Review of One Person  No Vote by Carol Anderson)

Voting should be easy.  Why isn’t it? New York Times Editorial Board October 18, 2018

Cover of One Person No Vote by Carol Anderson

Caption: Mr. Khashoggi was last seen walking into the Saudi Consulate about 1:30 p.m. on Oct. 2.

Jamal Khashoggi, journalist, murdered by Saudi agents in Saudi consulate in Turkey

Khashoggi death throws new light on Saudi prince’s crackdown on dissent Kevin Sullivan   Washington Post October 22, 2018

Conservatives mount a whisper campaign smearing Khashoggi in defense of Trump Robert Costa and Karoun Demirijian Washington Post October 19, 2018

 What the Arab world needs most is free expression  Jamal Khashoggi  Washington Post October17, 2018 (His final column for the Post.)

Caption: Mr. Khashoggi was last seen walking into the Saudi Consulate about 1:30 p.m. on Oct. 2, when Turkish security cameras recorded his entrance, as shown here.  Credit: Government of Turkey

Men congregating outside a mosque after evening prayer in the old city in Kashgar, Xinjiang, China.

China’s mass detention of Muslims

Hundreds of thousands of Uighurs and other Muslim minorities have been held in “transformation” camps across Xinjiang, an autonomous region of China for weeks, months or years at a time.

The leaders who unleashed China’s mass detention of Muslims Chris Buckley New York Times October 13, 2018

China finally admits it is building a new archipelago of concentration camps. Will the world respond?  Editorial Board  Washington Post October 13, 2018

“The intent is not to kill people but to kill the memory of who they are, to wipe out their separate identity, language and history. Even the slightest perceived infraction, such as having a copy of the Koran on a phone or making a contact abroad, can result in incarceration.”

Photo: Men congregating outside a mosque after evening prayer in the old city in Kashgar, Xinjiang, China. Nearly half of the region’s 24 million people are ethnic Uighurs. Credit: Adam Dean for The New York Times