• In a rare protest against the Indian government’s crackdown on the previously self-autonomous Kashmir territory, police arrested a number of prominent women activists, including the sister and daughter of former chief minister Farooq Abdullah, who has been imprisoned along with many other former Kashmiri officials.
(“The Night after the soldiers came: allegations of abuse surface in Kashmir,” Washington Post, Sept. 30, 2019; “Police arrest Kashmir protesters,” The Associated Press, Oct. 15, 2019; “State of Disgrace,” Economist, Oct. 5, 2019)
• Ohio has voted for the winner in every presidential election since 1964 – the longest “winning” streak of any state. But because Republican state officials are now moving to purge 235,000 people from voter lists, disproportionately impacting communities of color, this could hinder Democrat’s efforts to increase turnout among African Americans and Latinos.
(“Ohio is used to picking the president. Will they this time?” Christian Science Monitor, Oct. 15, 2019)
• ProPublica reports there are stark differences on the income reported from Manhattan buildings operated by Donald Trump, between the information supplied to lenders versus the figures submitted to local tax authorities. The income gap is largest at 40 Wall Street, where the Trump Organization reported twice as much income to investors, as they gave to New York City’s tax authorities.
(“Never before seen Trump tax documents show major inconsistencies,” ProPublica, Oct. 16, 2019)
This week’s News Summary was narrated by Anna Manzo.