Column: Challenges of 2020 make those cheery holiday newsletters a tad difficult
This year has been unique in its collective misery. In case you’ve been living in a cave for much of 2020, we’ve all been living in caves for much of 2020, and that could make writing the annual holiday newsletter a bit challenging.No amazing vacations, no graduations or weddings to attend, only raging wildfires, civil unrest and politicians running amok.We know devoted newsletter writers will be stymied on how to compose those normally cheery and positive missives, so we’ve decided to give you a little help with our MadLibs-style holiday newsletter. You can go joyful, or you can go full 2020....
The Mercury News
Conflicts, external aggression threaten peace, security – Azerbaijani FM
By TrendConflicts, protracted external aggression, and lack of responsibility threaten peace and security, Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov said, Trend reports.Bayramov made the remark during the 42nd meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation Organization (BSEC) member statesIt also hinders regional cooperation.The Azerbaijani FM noted that the statement signed by the president of Azerbaijan, the president of Russia, and the prime minister of Armenia on November 9, 2020, opened a new page in the settlement of the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-...
Did the US steal an island covered in bird poop from Haiti? A fortune is in dispute
MIAMI — When the eccentric rapper Kanye West made headlines last month claiming the president of Haiti had gifted him an island to which a Texan had already laid development claims, it was not the only island off Haiti’s coast in dispute.For more than 160 years, the United States and Haiti have disputed the ownership of tiny Navassa Island at the southwest entrance of the Windward Passage covered with what was once worth a king’s ransom. More than a century later, the question remains: Who owns the poop?Known as La Navase in French, the pear-shaped island is located about 35 miles west of Hait...
Jewish leaders defend Raphael Warnock after Loeffler attacks
ATLANTA — In the hours after a gunman in Pittsburgh opened fire at the Tree of Life Synagogue in 2018, the phone rang in Atlanta for Rabbi Peter Berg, the leader of The Temple, Atlanta’s oldest Jewish congregation.It was the Rev. Raphael Warnock, the senior pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church.“Raphael was the first to call,” Berg said. “(He said that) during this horrific moment of anti-Semitism in our country, he and the Ebenezer family are with us.”The pastor offering Berg comfort in 2018 is now running as a Democrat against Republican incumbent Sen. Kelly Loeffler in an increasingly ugly figh...
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Will Bunch: Trump, GOP's ridiculous, flailing coup isn't a joke. It's a crime. There must be consequences
OK, so you haven’t seen so many slam dunks since the U.S. “Dream Team” won the 1992 Olympics, as Team Trump’s ace legal department actually embraces “My Cousin Vinny” while racking up a courtroom won-loss record that rivals the 1976 Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It’s been more than two weeks since the media and all other reputable observers called the 2020 election as a resounding win for Joe Biden, and yet President Donald Trump and his minions continue to press a case for overturning the result that’s melted faster than the stuff running out of Rudy Giuliani’s hair or his wherever.Yes, it’s so easy ...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Nation and world news briefs
War hero Scott O’Grady gets Trump’s nod for defense post, squares off with criticsWASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has nominated Texan Scott O’Grady, who once campaigned for state Senate, for assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs.Following his nomination, the Dallas resident known for his career as a fighter pilot and war hero quickly came under fire on social media.O’Grady made headlines in 1995, when his F-16 fighter was shot down over Bosnia. He survived in enemy territory for about a week before he was rescued by the U.S. Marines. O’Grady’s story inspired his...
Tribune News Service
Commentary: The terrorist threat still lurks: A grim reminder for Joe Biden
A twisty, narrow way in the cramped heart of Vienna’s oldest quarter, a busy street in an upscale neighborhood of Tehran and remote woods in Nigeria seem unlikely to share a theme or have relevance for the incoming Biden administration.As Viennese were enjoying their last night out in the little bars of the Innere Stadt on Nov. 2, before another COVID lockdown started, the music and good times were suddenly punctuated by the sharp staccato of gunfire. A young radical Islamist ran through the cobblestoned alleys near the old synagogue, shooting 27 people, four fatally, before being shot dead by...
New York Daily News
Venezuelan insurgent describes how betrayal in ranks produced failure, summary executions
More than four dozen men who set out in motorboats on the first day of May from Colombia as part of a botched coup known as Operation Gideon, a doomed attempt at ousting Venezuelan strongman Nicolás Maduro, were betrayed by five companions who sold the exact landing coordinates shortly before departure, says a high-ranking insurgent.In an exclusive interview, the man involved in Gideon broke his silence to detail events that led to the capture of 47 Venezuelans and two Americans, and the execution of six Gideon participants.The Maduro regime knew precisely where the first boat would arrive and...
No bail relief for Virginia QAnon follower who came to Philly to 'straighten out the vote'
PHILADELPHIA — The case of Joshua Macias and Antonio LaMotta, two armed Virginia men who drove to Philadelphia on Nov. 5 to “straighten out the vote,” should be treated as a “mass shooting that was narrowly averted,” District Attorney Larry Krasner wrote to the court in a letter filed Monday.Krasner was arguing against a reduction of bail, which has been set at $750,000 for Macias, who was arrested near the Pennsylvania Convention Center and charged with carrying an unlicensed gun, a third-degree felony.Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Crystal Bryant-Powell denied the bail reduction. A si...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Trudy Rubin: Trump's not staging a coup, but attacking democracy and helping US enemies
People keep asking me whether I believe President Donald Trump is plotting a coup to prevent Joe Biden from taking office.Those fears have arisen, of course, as Trump insists he won, and floods his fans with lies about massive voter fraud. Meantime, he sacks the secretary of defense and packs top Department of Defense posts with partisan cronies.I don’t believe the U.S. president can or will call out the U.S. military to enforce a second term like a copycat Belarusian dictator.But what this president is doing is almost as ugly (although hardly unexpected). He appears bent on undermining our na...
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