Former President Obama: ‘Denial of Facts’ Could Spell End to Democracy

Posted: July 17, 2018, 1:29 pm

Former President Obama: 'Denial of Facts' Could Spell End to Democracy U.S. President Barack Obama, at podium delivers his speech at the 16th Annual Nelson Mandela Lecture at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa, July 17, 2018. Former U.S. President Barack Obama warns the “denial of facts” could spell the end of of democracies around the world.
Obama's remarks were made Tuesday in Johannesburg to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the birth of anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela. It was his highest-profile event since leaving the White House in 2017 after eight years in office.
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa (L), and former U.S. President Barack Obama (R) share a light moment at the16th Annual Nelson Mandela Lecture at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa, July 17, 2018. “The denial of facts runs counter to democracy,” he said. “It could be its undoing, which is why we have to zealously protect independent media. And we have to g..

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Russian Prosecutors Want to Question US Intel Agents

Posted: July 17, 2018, 11:53 am

Russian Prosecutors Want to Question US Intel Agents A man walks past the building of the Russian military intelligence service in Moscow, Russia, July 14, 2018. Russian prosecutors are pushing to question U.S. intelligence agents and a former ambassador to Moscow in their investigation of an influential foe of Vladimir Putin.
The general prosecutor's office made the announcement Tuesday in the wake of Putin's summit Monday with U.S. President Donald Trump.
Putin offered to allow U.S. investigators to question Russian military agents accused of hacking the Democratic Party during the 2016 U.S. election campaign. In exchange, Russia wants to question U.S. officials suspected of involvement in alleged financial crimes by British investor Bill Browder.
Representative Alexander Kurennoi told reporters the prosecutor's office is preparing requests to send to the U.S. for such interrogations.
Browder was behind a law on U.S. sanctions against powerful Russians that was pro..

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Trump Faces Wide Rebuke for Siding with Putin Over US Intelligence

Posted: July 17, 2018, 11:04 am

Trump Faces Wide Rebuke for Siding with Putin Over US Intelligence U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin react at the end of the joint news conference after their meeting in Helsinki, Finland, July 16, 2018. U.S. President Donald Trump faced a wave of condemnation Tuesday, the day after he sided with Russian President Vladimir Putin's denial that Moscow meddled in the 2016 presidential election rather than the U.S. intelligence community's conclusion that Russia had interfered.
A wide array of Republican and Democratic lawmakers condemned Trump's stance, calling it embarrassing, a disgrace and shameful. Late-night comics on U.S. television skewered Trump for failing to stand up to his “boss” Putin in their face-to-face summit in Helsinki.
A Washington Post editorial headline said, “Trump just colluded with Russia. Openly,” while The New York Times asked, “Why Won’t Donald Trump Speak for America? The president lays himself at Vladimir Putin’s..

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Obama to Deliver Mandela Address in Likely Rebuke to Trump

Posted: July 17, 2018, 8:52 am

Obama to Deliver Mandela Address in Likely Rebuke to Trump Former US President Barack Obama speaks with his half sister Auma Obama, in Kogelo, Kenya, Monday, July 16, 2018. JOHANNESBURG — Former U.S. President Barack Obama is set to make his highest-profile speech since leaving office, urging people around the world to respect human rights and other values under threat in an address marking the 100th anniversary of anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela’s birth.
While not directly mentioning his successor, President Donald Trump, Obama’s speech on Tuesday in South Africa is expected to counter many of Trump’s policies, rallying people to keep alive the ideas that Mandela worked for including democracy, diversity and good education for all.
An estimated 14,000 people were gathering at a cricket stadium in Johannesburg for the speech, which will be streamed online. South African President Cyril Ramaphosa and Mandela’s widow Graca Machel will introduce Obama for the annual Nelson Mandela ..

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Trump and Europe: Friend or Foe?

Posted: July 17, 2018, 8:30 am

Trump and Europe: Friend or Foe? U.S. President Donald Trump gestures at his press conference after the NATO Summit in Brussels, Belgium, July 12, 2018. LONDON — Europeans have reacted with a mixture of alarm and relief to Monday’s summit between President Donald Trump and Russian leader Vladimir Putin.
They are relieved the U.S. leader did not give away any aces but they remain queasy about Trump’s apparent eagerness to get on with the Russian leader while displaying to them a combativeness normally reserved for opponents rather than allies.
Their mood was downcast even before the summit kicked-off, disheartened by President Trump denouncing the European Union as a greater “foe” than Russia and China in a media interview just hours before the summit in Finland’s capital Helsinki.
FILE – (L-R) German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg and U.S. President Donald Trump, watch a fly-by during a summit of heads of stat..

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US Muslim Candidates Run in Record Numbers But Face Backlash

Posted: July 16, 2018, 10:30 pm

US Muslim Candidates Run in Record Numbers But Face Backlash Attorney Tahirah Amatul-Wadud, who is challenging incumbent U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, D-Mass., holds a campaign sign as she meets residents of an apartment complex in Springfield, Massachusetts, June 18, 2018. SPRINGFIELD, MASSACHUSETTS — A liberal woman of color with zero name recognition and little funding takes down a powerful, long serving congressman from her own political party.
When Tahirah Amatul-Wadud heard about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's stunning upset over U.S. Rep. Joe Crowley in New York's Democratic primary last month, the first-time candidate saw parallels with her own longshot campaign for Congress in western Massachusetts.
The 44-year-old Muslim, African-American civil rights lawyer, who is taking on a 30-year congressman and ranking Democrat on the influential House Ways and Means Committee, said she wasn't alone, as encouragement, volunteers and donations started pouring in.
“We could barel..

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Putin Denies Having Compromising Info on Trump, Meddling in Elections

Posted: July 16, 2018, 10:15 pm

Putin Denies Having Compromising Info on Trump, Meddling in Elections A news ticker displays headlines from the meeting of U.S. President Donald Trump and Russia's President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland on the News Corp building in New York, July 16, 2018. Russian President Vladimir Putin denied having any compromising information on U.S. President Donald Trump and called the idea that Russia meddled in 2016 U.S. presidential elections “utterly ridiculous.”
During a contentious interview with Fox News anchor Chris Wallace, Putin said, “Interference with the domestic affairs of the United States — do you really believe that someone acting from the Russian territory could have influenced the United States and influenced the choice of millions of Americans?”
Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, looks over towards U.S. President Donald Trump, left, as Trump speaks during their joint news conference at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland, July 16, 2018. The inter..

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After Putin Denies Meddling, Trump Wavers

Posted: July 16, 2018, 9:46 pm

U.S. President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin made a flurry of headlines in their meeting on Monday in Finland. But perhaps none bigger than their comments on Russia’s alleged meddling in U.S. politics, as VOA’s Bill Gallo reports from Helsinki.

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US Reporter Forcibly Removed Prior to Trump-Putin Press Conference

Posted: July 16, 2018, 7:54 pm

A man who identified himself as a working journalist was escorted out a room where a joint press conference in Helsinki between U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin was scheduled to be held. Sam Husseini had received press credentials for the event through U.S.-based magazine The Nation. Husseini was holding up a sign that read, “Nuclear weapons test ban.”

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