• A week after a military coup toppled Sudan’s dictator Omar al-Bashir, activists who had flooded the capital city of Khartoum for months remained in the streets calling for a civilian rule, a demand endorsed by the African Union. Protests started in December after Bashir imposed austerity measures and devalued the currency. Opposition activists led by women and students soon called for Bashir to resign.
(“Sudan Protesters Need ‘United Front’ in Military Talks,” BBC, April 18, 2019; “Sudan Coup: Why Omar Al-Bashir Was Overthrown,” BBC, April 15, 2019; “Military Factions Vie for Power After Coup in Sudan,” Foreign Policy, April 12, 2019)
• Despite recent moves to try to distance himself from Wall Street interests, including swearing off corporate PAC money, pledging support for Medicare For All and running for president this year as an unabashed progressive, questions remain about Booker’s relationship with corporate America.
(“Individuals Working for Wall Street, Private Equity and Big Pharma Love to Donate to Cory Booker,” In These Times, April 12, 2019; “Cory Booker to Introduce Reparations Commission Bill in the Senate,” CNN, April 8, 2019
• The stench coming from the landfill in West Jefferson, Alabama, northwest of Birmingham was so bad that one couldn’t walk outside without suffering headaches, nausea and being swarmed by insects attracted to the source of the smell, which was tens of thousands of tons of human waste.
(“’We’re Not a Dump’—Poor Alabama Towns Struggle Under the Stench of Toxic Landfills,” Guardian, April 15, 2019)
This week’s News Summary was narrated by Ruth Anne Baumgartner.