This Week’s Under-reported News Summary July 3, 2019

Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • West’s failed fight against China’s hackers
  • Guatemala Election: what campaign chaos has to do with migration north
  • What Pete Buttigieg has and hasn’t done about homelessness in South Bend

• Reuters reports that teams of hackers connected to the Chinese ministry of state security had penetrated the Hewlett Packard company’s cloud computing service and used it as a launchpad to attack customers and steal corporate and government secrets in order to boost Chinese economic interests.  The hacking operation was named “Cloud Hopper.”

(“Inside the West’s failed fight against China’s hackers,” Reuters, June 26, 2019; “US Accuses Chinese Nationals of Decades Long Hacking Campaign,” Bloomberg, Dec. 12, 2018) 

• Former Guatemalan First Lady Sandra Torres won the first round of the impoverished Central American nation’s presidential election on June 16, amid growing voter apathy and disgust over corruption and violence.

( “Guatemala Election: Ex-First Lady Torres Leads,” CNN, June 25, 2019; “Guatemala Election: What Campaign Chaos Has to Do With Migration North,” Christian Science Monitor, June 17, 2019)

• In South Bend, Indiana, the hometown of presidential candidate Mayor Pete Buttigieg, many homeless people often live in small camps in the woods, which the city has often closed down when they get too large. Over time the city of 102,000 has shown little imagination in dealing with homelessness and urban poverty.  According to the New Yorker magazine, South Bend has just a handful of homeless shelters with a capacity for only about 100.

This week’s News Summary was narrated by Anna Manzo.

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