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History Will Judge the Complicit

History Will Judge the ComplicitOn a cold March afternoon in 1949, Wolfgang Leonhard slipped out of the East German Communist Party Secretariat, hurried home, packed what few warm clothes he could fit into a small briefcase, and then walked to a telephone box to call his mother. “My article will be finished this evening,” he told her. That was the code they had agreed on in advance. It meant that he was escaping the country, at great risk to his life.Though only 28 years old at the time, Leonhard stood at the pinnacle of the new East German elite. The son of German Communists, he had been educated in the Soviet Union, trained in special schools during the war, and brought back to Berlin from Moscow in May 1945, on the same airplane that carried Walter Ulbricht, the leader of what would soon become the East German Communist Party. Leonhard…

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Joe Biden clinches Democratic presidential nomination, setting up race with Trump

Joe Biden clinches Democratic presidential nomination, setting up race with TrumpJoe Biden has formally clinched the Democratic presidential nomination, setting up an election challenge to U.S. President Donald Trump. ….. Read More.CBC News – General World News | World News & EventsFri, June 5, 20206 hours ago

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Biden clinches Democratic presidential nomination with latest delegate haul

Biden clinches Democratic presidential nomination with latest delegate haulJoe Biden is now the Democratic presidential nominee, after reaching the threshold of 1,991 pledged delegates needed to clinch his party’s nomination. ….. Read More.FOX NEWS – Politics | Politics & GovernmentFri, June 5, 20206 hours ago

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Where Fears of Deportation Made the Pandemic Worse

Where Fears of Deportation Made the Pandemic WorsePhotographs by Tony LuongOn a Friday afternoon in mid-April, Gladys Vega received a disturbing message: A woman hospitalized with COVID-19 needed food for the 11-year-old daughter she’d left at home. Worried that the girl would go hungry, Vega rushed out of her office and into the tangle of downtown Chelsea, Massachusetts, a 1.8-square-mile city across the Mystic River from Boston. The 52-year-old Vega, wearing a black tracksuit, a highlighter-yellow T-shirt, and a little bit of matching eye glitter, jumped out of the car so quickly, I could barely keep up. She approached a narrow brick apartment building and asked the people on the stoop to open the front door. “You don’t have to worry; I’m not immigration,” Vega said in Spanish. “Let me in.”Vega was accustomed to convincing fearful Chelsea residents to trust her. More and more restrictive federal immigration measures had motivated…

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Why Obama Chose to Speak Out Now

Why Obama Chose to Speak Out NowBarack Obama didn’t want to outshine Joe Biden. He never wants to be seen as speaking for all black Americans.But the former president was too worried about the condition of the country to stay silent about George Floyd’s death and the protests that have followed. It was going to take more than the statement he put out on Friday, writing that Floyd’s killing “shouldn’t be ‘normal’ in America in 2020,” for him to feel that he’d done his duty. The essay he published on Monday, urging reforms? 194,000 “claps” on Medium, for whatever that’s worth. The tweet he sent as the sun went down on Monday night, a few minutes after Trump returned from gassing protesters to make way for his Bible photo op, with a video of Floyd’s brother saying “Let’s do this another way”? It has 650,000 likes and counting. He still…

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Something in the Air

Something in the AirPhotographs by Sarah IllenbergerIn the 1970s, the bogeyman was power lines. Low-frequency electromagnetic fields were emanating from them all the time, and a shocking 1979 study suggested that children who developed cancer lived near power lines “unduly often.” Around the same time, because of Cold War panic about radiation in general, televisions and microwave ovens also became a possible human health catastrophe. Later, concern bubbled up around a slew of other household appliances, including hair dryers and electric blankets.Now the advance of cellphones and, more recently, the new high-speed networks built to serve them have given rise to a paranoid coalition who believe to varying degrees in a massive cover-up of deleterious harm. The devices are different, but the fears are the same: The radiation from the things we use every single day is destroying us; our modern world is a colossal mistake. The stakes are about…

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