Oct 12, 2017

U.S. withdrawing from Unesco

Palestinian farmer Elayan Shami plants eggplants in his field in the West Bank village of Battir, which Unesco designated a World Heritage site. Photo: Sebastian Scheiner / AP

The Trump administration announced Thursday it will be withdrawing the U.S. from Unesco, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, per the NYT. The withdrawal will officially begin at the end of 2018, but the Trump administration said it wanted to remain as a nonmember observer, to continue engagement with Unesco and provide American expertise.

Catch up quick: The U.S. has distanced itself from the group in recent years since it has perceived its behaviors as "anti-Israel" — when the organization admitted Palestinians as full members, the Obama administration cut off funding to Unesco in 2011, thereby losing its vote in 2013 since it stopped its funding flows.

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Black Americans' competing crises

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

For many black Americans, this moment feels like a crisis within a crisis within a crisis.

The big picture: It's not just George Floyd's killing by police. Or the deaths of EMT Breonna Taylor and jogger Ahmaud Arbery. Or the demeaning of birdwatcher Christian Cooper and journalist Omar Jimenez. Or the coronavirus pandemic's disproportionate harm to African Americans. It's that it's all happening at once.

Amnesty International: U.S. police must end militarized response to protests

Washington State Police use tear gas to disperse a crowd in Seattle during a demonstration protesting the death of George Floyd. Photo: Jason Redmond/AFP via Getty Images

Amnesty International issued a statement on Sunday morning calling for an end to militarized policing in several U.S. cities and the use of "excessive force" against demonstrators protesting police brutality.

Why it matters: The human rights group said police across the country were "failing their obligations under international law to respect and facilitate the right to peaceful protest, exacerbating a tense situation and endangering the lives of protesters."

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Coronavirus looms over George Floyd protests across the country

Protestors rally in Minneapolis. Photo: Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Health experts fear that massive protests against police brutality in major cities around the United States could result in new coronavirus outbreaks due to the close proximity of demonstrators, AP reports.

Why it matters: The U.S. has already recorded more confirmed coronavirus cases and deaths than any other country in the world. A potential surge in cases stemming from the protests would come as many states are weeks into their phased reopening plans.