Struggle for control – staying in power 2020

Protests take on Thai monarchy, despite laws banning such criticism Hannah Beech New York Times August 13, 2020
The rare questioning of Thailand’s royal family comes as student-led demonstrations have gained momentum, testing the government and the boundaries of strict lèse-majesté laws.

Trump’s flagrant assault on the First Amendment is disguised as a defense of it Editorial Board Washington Post August 5, 2020

Voter ID law handed Wisconsin to Trump in 2016. It could happen again in 2020. Greg Palast Truthout July 31, 2020

The federal crackdown in Portland is ‘legal.’ That’s the problem with it. Garrett M. Graff Washington Post July 22, 2020
Department of Homeland Security officials are following the letter of the law — and flagrantly abusing its spirit.

Ahead of peace talks, a who’s who of Cameroon’s separatist movements R. Maxwell Bone New Humanitarian July 8, 2020

Pierre Nkurunziza, Burundian president who led authoritarian regime, dies at 55 Matt Schudel Washington Post June 9, 2020

Democrats open investigation into Trump’s replacement of acting Transportation Department inspector general Ian Duncan and Michael Laris Washington Post May 19, 2020

Trump removes State Dept. Inspector General Michael D. Shear and Maggie Haberman New York Times May 16, 2020
A top Democrat in Congress described the move as “an outrageous act,” and said that the inspector general, Steve Linick, had opened an investigation into Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Young leader vowed change in El Salvador but wields same heavy hand Natalie Kitroeff New York Times May 5, 2020
Elected as a transformative leader who would propel the country forward, Nayib Bukele is now reminding critics of the country’s past autocrats, with his reliance on the military.

Health department official says doubts on hydroxychloroquine led to his ouster Michael D. Shear and Maggie Haberman New York Times April 22, 2020
Rick Bright was abruptly dismissed this week as the director of the Department of Health and Human Services’ Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority. The official who led the federal agency involved in developing a coronavirus vaccine said on Wednesday that he was removed from his post after he pressed for rigorous vetting of hydroxychloroquine, an anti-malaria drug embraced by President Trump as a coronavirus treatment, and that the administration had put “politics and cronyism ahead of science.”

New study says Trump has ‘dangerously undermined truth’ with attacks on news media Paul Farhi Washington Post April 16, 2010
See full report from the Committee to Protect Journalists.

Trump to Governors: I’d like you to do us a favor, though Michelle Goldberg New York Times March 30, 2020 (opinion)
Once again, the president is using aid to extort re-election help.

Compromised encryption machines gave CIA window into major human rights abuses in South America Greg Miller and Peter F. Mueller Washington Post February 17, 2020
Argentina: Un ex militar admitió que tiraron vivas al mar a más de 4 mil personas Spanish Revolution June 3, 2019 (Argentina: ex-military admits that they threw [from planes] more than 4,000 persons alive into the ocean)

Trump seeks to bend the executive branch as part of impeachment vendetta Philip Rucker, Robert Costa and Josh Dawsey Washington Post February 12, 2020

These three firms own corporate America: BlackRock, Vanguard and State Street Jan Fichtner,  Eelke Heemskerk and Javier Garcia-Bernardo Ponderwall Together, these three firm are the largest single shareholder in almost 90% of S&P 500 firms and 40% of publicly listed firms in the United States. Their growth has occurred because of the rise in index funds, where these companies are by far the largest providers. While technically, the firms do not own the shares, the individuals purchasing the fund shares do, the firms do vote the shares and consult with the companies. See the original article published in Cambridge Business &Politics: Hidden power of the Big Three? Passive index funds, re-concentration of corporate ownership, and new financial risk.

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