Jeff Bezos: President Trump's media criticism is 'dangerous'

  1. Jeff Bezos: President Trump’s media criticism is ‘dangerous’  USA TODAY
  2. $2 billion in charity is not enough for Jeff Bezos to slink out of the public limelight  Recode
  3. Jeff Bezos says Amazon will announce HQ2 decision before the end of the year, but not tonight  CNBC
  4. Bezos pledges $2 billion to help homeless families and launch a network of preschools  Washington Post
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Florence: Hurricane poses new test for Trump as he brushes off criticism over Puerto Rico. 'We're ready'

  1. Florence: Hurricane poses new test for Trump as he brushes off criticism over Puerto Rico. ‘We’re ready’  USA TODAY
  2. David Begnaud on Twitter: “BREAKING: What may be millions of water bottles. meant for victims of Hurricane Maria …  Twitter
  3. Initial Observations on the Federal Response and Key Recovery Challenges  Government Accountability Office
  4. Residents see a failure at all levels of government  Washington Post
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Australian cartoonist hits back over criticism of 'racist and sexist' Serena Williams sketch

Australian cartoonist hits back over criticism of 'racist and sexist' Serena Williams sketchAn Australian cartoonist has defended a sketch of Serena Williams described as racist and sexist saying “I don’t know how you draw an African-American person by not making them look like an African-American person” Mark Knight faced a fierce online backlash over the cartoon, published in Melbourne’s Herald Sun on Monday, showing a butch and fat-lipped Williams throwing a temper tantrum at the US Open.  Critics said the sketch drew on historical racist caricatures of African Americans, but in an interview with CBS News on Tuesday Mr Knight said:  “When I drew that cartoon, I wasn’t thinking of racial politics in America. I simply saw the world number one player having a dummy spit.” He added: “I’m not going to say I’m not going to draw that because it’s a no-go area”.  The Herald Sun’s editor, Damon Johnston, leaped to his cartoonist defence saying the sketch “rightly mocks poor behaviour by a tennis legend”. “I don’t know how you draw an African-American person by not making them look like an African-American person.” The artist behind the Serena Williams cartoon that many are calling racist is not backing down. https://t.co/eOczsXEhurpic.twitter.com/kaMH0DAR5L— CBS News (@CBSNews) September 11, 2018 Mr Knight closed down his social media accounts on Tuesday after facing withering criticism from more than 20,000 online commentators over the image. British author JK Rowling added her voice to the chorus, tweeting: “Well done on reducing one of the greatest sportswomen alive to racist and sexist tropes and turning a second great sportswoman into a faceless prop.” The editor of an Australian newspaper has defended publishing a cartoon of Serena Williams after a fierce online backlash condemned the image as racist and sexist. Well done on reducing one of the greatest sportswomen alive to racist and sexist tropes and turning a second great sportswoman into a faceless prop. https://t.co/YOxVMuTXEC— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) September 10, 2018 The cartoon, published in Melbourne’s Herald Sun on Monday, showed a butch and fat-lipped Williams throwing a temper tantrum at the US Open which critics said deployed racist stereotypes. Damon Johnston, the paper’s editor, defended cartoonist Mark Knight saying the sketch “rightly mocks poor behaviour by a tennis legend”, adding “Mark has the full support of everyone”. Mr Knight has denied the cartoon is racist or sexist but closed down his social media yesterday/TUES after facing withering criticism from more than 20,000 online commentators.  British author JK Rowling added her voice to the chorus, tweeting: “Well done on reducing one of the greatest sportswomen alive to racist and sexist tropes and turning a second great sportswoman into a faceless prop.” Williams sparked controversy over her conduct in Saturday’s final against Haitian-Japanese player Naomi Osaka when she smashed her racquet and called the umpire a “thief” and a “liar”. Williams was given three code violations, earning her a point penalty and then a game penalty which gave Osaka a 5-3 second-set lead that effectively gifted her the title.  The penalties stirred a debate in the tennis world over double standards toward men and women in the sport. In Mr Knight’s cartoon, Williams can be seen jumping up and down with a broken racquet next to a baby’s dummy as the umpire asks Osaka “can’t you just let her win?”. Mr Knight, who has a reputation for controversial cartoons, was pilloried from far and wide for his portrayal – including by a number of US media outlets.  In a searing piece, The Washington Post’s cartoonist Michael Cavna said the “racist” sketch was reminiscent of the “vile imagery” popularised during the era of racial segregation in the US. “Knight draws facial features reflecting the dehumanizing Jim Crow caricatures so common in the 19th and 20th centuries,” Mr Cavna wrote. Others pointed out that Osaka, who is mixed race, was portrayed as a petite and feminine white woman with jet blonde straight hair. In fact, Osaka has dark curly hair and is taller than Williams. America’s National Association of Black Journalists called the cartoon “repugnant on many levels”.  “[It] not only exudes racist, sexist caricatures of both women, but Williams’ depiction is unnecessarily sambo-like,” the organisation said in a statement.  The Story of Little Black Sambo was a 19th Century children’s book which featured derogatory racial depictions such as characters with thick red lips. The cartoonist initially responded to the criticism by stating he had “no knowledge of those cartoons or that period”, saying on Tuesday that “the world has just gone crazy”. Serena Williams’ US Open 2018 final umpire row He pointed out that he had drawn an unflattering portrayal of Australian male tennis star Nick Kyrgios “behaving badly”.  “Don’t bring gender into it when it’s all about behaviour,” he said, but by noon on Tuesday he had closed down both his Facebook and Twitter accounts. Mr Knight was also accused of racism last month for a cartoon on train station safety which showed faceless black figures fighting in a Melbourne subway. The publishers of the Melbourne’s Herald Sun,  Australia’s most-read newspaper, also defended the cartoonist saying “the world has gone too PC”.


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Hungary's leader rejects criticism in EU parliament debate

  1. Hungary’s leader rejects criticism in EU parliament debate  Washington Post
  2. Hungary’s Orban Struggles to Win Backing Ahead of EU Sanctions Vote  Wall Street Journal
  3. Orban Clashes With EU as Lawmakers Weigh Censure of Hungary  Bloomberg
  4. The Tories are propping up Hungary’s far-right authoritarian government – but it’s nothing to do with Brexit, honest  The Independent
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Hungary, Austria reject UN criticism of anti-migration policies

Hungary, Austria reject UN criticism of anti-migration policiesHungary and Austria on Tuesday rejected criticism from the UN’s new human rights chief over their migration policies, accusing her of spreading “half-truths” and “baseless suspicions”. In her maiden speech as UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet on Monday told the Human Rights Council in Geneva that she was dismayed by the approach of many developed countries towards migration.


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Hungary, Austria reject UN criticism of anti-migration policies

Hungary, Austria reject UN criticism of anti-migration policiesHungary and Austria on Tuesday rejected criticism from the UN’s new human rights chief over their migration policies, accusing her of spreading “half-truths” and “baseless suspicions”. In her maiden speech as UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet on Monday told the Human Rights Council in Geneva that she was dismayed by the approach of many developed countries towards migration.


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China hosts African leaders amid aid criticism

China hosts African leaders amid aid criticismChina hosts African leaders Monday for a summit aimed at promoting Beijing’s vision for development on the continent, even as it finds itself increasingly criticised over its debt-heavy approach to foreign aid. President Xi Jinping and leaders from across the continent will meet at the two-day Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), with talks expected to focus on Xi’s cherished “Belt and Road” infrastructure programme. The massive scheme is aimed at improving Chinese access to foreign markets and resources, and boosting Beijing’s influence abroad.


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Sen. Graham weighs in on Meghan McCain's criticism of Trump: 'She is her father's daughter'

  1. Sen. Graham weighs in on Meghan McCain’s criticism of Trump: ‘She is her father’s daughter’  CNN
  2. Trump taking ‘hard look’ at pay-freeze plan for federal workers following pushback  Fox News
  3. Washington went all-out for John McCain’s funeral — see how the ceremony unfolded  Business Insider
  4. The most poignant (and political) excerpts from Meghan McCain’s fiery eulogy for her father  Washington Post
  5. John McCain’s Parting Gift to His Nation  The Atlantic
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Trump Revives Criticism Of Puerto Rico After Hurricane Maria Death Toll Jumps

  1. Trump Revives Criticism Of Puerto Rico After Hurricane Maria Death Toll Jumps  HuffPost
  2. Trump Says ‘We Did a Fantastic Job in Puerto Rico,’ Where Storm Killed Almost 3000  Bloomberg
  3. Trump touts Puerto Rico response as ‘fantastic’ despite nearly 3000 dead  CNN
  4. Puerto Rico’s new Hurricane Maria death toll demands an inquiry into why the truth is only coming out now  NBCNews.com
  5. Trump’s continued indolent response to Hurricane Maria is our worst fears about him come true  Vox
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