• Over a month of street protests calling for the ouster of Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir has taken a toll on the Khartoum regime. Al-Bashir, who rose to power in a 1989 coup, faces earlier charges in the International Criminal Court for alleged genocide in Darfur.
(“Change in People’s Hearts: Anti-Bashir Protests Put Sudan at the Crossroads,” Guardian, Jan. 17, 2019; “Sudan Protests: Doctor and Teen Shot in Clashes,” The BBC, Jan. 18, 2019; “In Sudan, No One Is Clear on What Happens After Al-Bashir,” The Associated Press, Jan. 12, 2019)
• The U.S. Supreme Court turned back an attempt by ExxonMobil to halt an investigation by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey seeking to expose the oil giant’s role in promoting climate change denial. ExxonMobil is now facing a series of lawsuits from other state attorney generals upon seeing evidence on how the company’s top executives, including former U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, reacted to the looming threat of global warming.
(“ExxonMobil Can’t Hide Its Climate Records Anymore,” American Prospect, Jan. 11, 2019)
• Buffalo, New York first desegregated its schools in 1976. In response to a federal desegregation order, the upstate city established a new magnet school program. The magnet schools voluntarily drew students from across the city to create racial balance in public schools.
(“My Reunion With Desegregation,” Christian Science Monitor, Dec. 12, 2018)