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3 Stories You Should Read 02/10/2020: Corona Virus, Bernie, Muslim Ban

3 Stories You Should Read 02/10/2020: Corona Virus, Bernie, Muslim Ban
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In the category of:  At least he’s consistent 

By Targeting Africans, Trump’s Muslim Ban Is Even More Racist

Advocates say it’s no coincidence these nations were targeted, especially in light of Trump’s comments about Africans.

Last week, President Donald Trump announced the expansion of his controversial travel ban adding several more countries to the original list first signed in 2017. 

After the announcement, Democrats and immigration advocates have condemned the expanded policy, noting that the new order not only doubles down on targeting Muslims ― but it now explicitly targets Africans and Black African Muslims. 

Out of the seven newly added nations, four are African countries with sizable or majority-Muslim populations. Nigeria and Sudan each hold majority-Muslim populations, while Eritrea and Tanzania have sizable Muslim communities. Kyrgyzstan, a majority-Muslim country in Asia, is also on the list.

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In the category of:  Good question

Is It Bernie’s Party Now?

The ultimate outsider took over a splintered party from within. Sound familiar?

Nearly half a century has passed since Sanders started running for office, bumming money from friends to put gas in his beat-up blue VW bug, and now here he is, the often dour, oddly charismatic, undeniably indefatigable, 79-in-September Vermont senator and self-described democratic socialist—heading into Tuesday’s first-in-the-nation primary in New Hampshire as at least the co-favorite to win. He won the most votes in Iowa a week ago, a result that seems clear in spite of the botched caucuses. He’s leading in more and more polls, at times trailing only Joe Biden, whose campaign seems to be wheezing. And he has become nothing short of a grassroots fundraising colossus, the possessor of a reservoir of resources that could let him run forever. In this panicky, high-stakes race to take on an emboldened Donald Trump in November, Sanders is positioned as well as, if not better than, any of his many competitors to be the Democratic nominee.

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In the category of:  Of course they did.

China hid the severity of its coronavirus outbreak and muzzled whistleblowers — because it can

The tricky business of disease diplomacy.

Nearly six weeks after China announced the coronavirus outbreak, there’s still a surprising amount we don’t know about this newly discovered disease. But one thing is becoming clear: China’s silence in the earliest days of the crisis may have made it worse.

Chinese authorities delayed informing the world about the severity of a deadly disease spreading within the country’s borders — even trying to muzzle whistleblowers, like the late Dr. Li Wenliang. Now hailed as a national hero, Li was forced on January 3 by police to sign a letter saying he spread “untrue speech” for warning colleagues about the virus that eventually took his life.

With more than 40,500 people infected and 910 deaths, China’s missteps early on seem increasingly fateful. The fact that the international community has not acknowledged those missteps is also consequential.

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