This Week’s Under-reported News Summary June 12, 2019

Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • Sudan cracking down on general strike protesters
  • Saudi fugitives flee while US officials look away
  • As a mayor in 1987, Bernie Sanders worked "across the aisle”

• The military regime in Sudan has launched a new wave of arrests and violent intimidation in an attempt to undermine opposition plans for a general strike and a campaign of civil disobedience.

(“Sudanese crackdown comes after talks with Egypt and Saudis,” Guardian, June 3, 2019; “Sudan crackdown: Saudis ‘gave green light’ for assault on protesters,” Middle East Eye, June 6, 2019; “Hemeti: the warlord who may control Sudan’s future,” BBC, June 5, 2019) 

•  The Trump administration with strong ties to the Saudi kingdom says little can be done to stop Saudis from evading U.S. criminal charges, since the U.Sa does not have an extradition treaty with Saudi Arabia.

(“Saudi fugitives accused of serious crimes get help to flee while U.S. officials look the other way,” ProPublica, June 26, 2019)

• Sen. Bernie Sanders, Independent-Vermont, is often caricatured as too liberal and idealistic to win the presidency. But his track record as mayor of Burlington, Vermont reveals a pragmatic side. Elected with a slim 10-vote margin in 1981 as the mayor of Burlington, Vermont’s largest city, Bernie Sanders was able to make deals with developers and Republicans to revive the city.

“Roots of Bernie’s Revolution,” Christian Science Monitor, June 3, 2019; What kind of mayor was Bernie Sanders,” The Nation, June 2, 2015)

This week’s News Summary was narrated by Leslie Rudden.

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