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Muslim minorities — from China to India and beyond — face discrimination, mass internment and extermination at the hands of their own governments, writes Axios China reporter Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian, who recently was the lead writer on an international project exposing internal Chinese documents.
Things have never been worse for Muslims who are minorities in their home countries:
The backdrop: These situations have arisen partly for localized reasons, but also because of sweeping global trends.
The bottom line: It's a very bad time to be a Muslim in a country that isn't predominantly Muslim. And the international community seems relatively unwilling to do much about it.
Manufacturing activity slowed as businesses delayed spending because of the U.S.-China trade war, but consumers more than made up for it by spending at a solid pace, AP reports in a year-end data dive.
Russia's defense minister reported to President Vladimir Putin that a new hypersonic weapon of intercontinental range — able to fly 27 times the speed of sound — entered combat duty today, AP reports from Moscow.
Putin unveiled the Avangard hypersonic glide vehicle in March 2018, saying that its ability to make sharp maneuvers on its way to a target would render missile defense useless.
These photos show the annular — or "ring of fire" — solar eclipse, observed yesterday with the use of a solar filter in Siak, Riau province, Indonesia.
President Trump feted Eddie Gallagher at Mar-a-Lago last weekend after intervening in his war-crimes case, but the N.Y Times' Dave Phillips has obtained video interviews and group texts in which fellow SEALs tell Navy investigators that Gallagher was a reckless leader with a disturbing hunger for violence.
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Rahm Emanuel — former Chicago mayor, and President Obama's first White House chief of staff — argues in a WashPost op-ed that the paradoxical split-screen of impeachment and USMCA compromise with President Trump earlier this month "presents Democrats with an opportunity" for 2020.
Rahm's 2020 plan: "The surest path to victory is to prevent Trump from playing the victim or anti-establishment outsider — and to ensure that we never let him infect our message with his invective."
"William Greider, a reporter, editor and popular author who examined the United States, its politics and its position in the world through an economic lens for four decades for The Washington Post, Rolling Stone, The Nation and other media outlets, died ... at his home in Washington," the N.Y. Times' Kit Seelye writes.
💭 Greider's son, Cameron, told the Times: "He was disaffected from the day-to-day mechanics of politics ... but he was never disaffected from the notion that America could live up to its promise."
A Newseum exhibit shows the UPI wire of Nov. 22, 1963. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images
The Newseum hailed the free press, but got beaten by free museums, AP's Ashraf Khalil writes:
After nearly 10 million visitors but years of financial difficulties, the Newseum will close its doors on Tuesday, New Year's Eve:
The Newseum's homepage says, "We're on deadline":
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