The Week in Stories Around the Globe

After the Obama disappointment, black voters want more than empty symbolism

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This familiarity may be enough for some black people. Her incremental reforms for black households could have been useful. Her messaging about black issues – such as segregation and voter suppression – was well-timed in debates that focus very little on them. But in 2019, after a decade of fleeting hope and longer-lasting economic anxiety, this is not enough. Some of us believe restructuring society is possible, and we still want to try and fight for it.

#KamalaHarris #Election2020 #BlackLivesMatter

UK’s Labour leader says leaked report exposes PM Johnson’s Brexit claims

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This is the second time Corbyn has held a press conference to make public internal government documents. Last month he showed what he said was evidence that the state-run health service — much loved in Britain — was being discussed in trade talks with the United States.



Samoa Arrests Anti-Vaccination Activist As Measles Death Toll Rises


Samoa’s crisis comes during a global resurgence of the preventable disease. The World Health Organization estimates there were nearly 10 million measles cases last year — and 140,000 deaths.

#Samoa #AntiVax #Measles


The Disappearing Y Chromosome


In recent years, researchers have started gaining a much more detailed understanding of the different subsets of blood cells all living inside one person. “What changed the story was the technological capacity to look at the whole genome,” says Lambert Busque, a blood cancer biologist at Hôpital Maisonneuve-Rosemont. Fifty years ago, doctors painstakingly counting chromosomes in individual blood cells noticed the loss of Y chromosomes. Today, scientists are able to analyze all of the genes in blood from thousands of people—and see that blood cells are far from identical inside a single person.

#Chromosomes #Genetics #Science


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