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This Week’s Under-reported News Summary Aug. 1, 2018

Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • Brexit advocates linked with Russians & Trump campaign
  • Beijing cracking down on migrant population reduction
  • Emmett Till murder case reopened

• Weeks after Brexit was embraced by British voters in the summer of 2016, U.K. financier Aaron Banks, who bankrolled the “leave” campaign, sat down for a fancy lunch with London’s Russian Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko.  Banks wanted to share with the ambassador, growing ties between victorious Brexit supporters and the Trump campaign.

(“How the ‘Bad Boys of Brexit’ forged ties  Russians and the Trump campaign,” WashingtonPost, June 28, 2018)

• Life for rural migrants in Beijing became more precarious three years ago, when the city government adopted a plan to cap the megacity’s population at 23 million. This brought down a major crackdown on migrant communities and schools, as they were blamed for straining the Chinese city’s infrastructure and public services.

(“China’s forced migration,” Christian Science Monitor, June 12, 2018)

• The U.S. Justice Department has reopened the murder investigation into the 1955 slaying of Emmett Till, a 14-year-old African-American from Chicago who was murdered while visiting relatives in Mississippi.

(“FBI reopens Emmett Till murder case in light of possible new information,” The Associated Press, July 12, 2018; “Emmett Till’s cousin on reopening of case,” NPR, July 14, 2018)

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