Whether one is pro- or anti-, the optics of “child internment camps” aren’t good. President Donald Trump’s “zero-tolerance” policy, which required the arrest of everyone entering the U.S. illegally, resulted in even babies being pulled from parents’ arms and worldwide condemnation. That meant chain-link holding pens, hastily created care facilities, mislaid records and alleged doping to muffle anguished cries. The furor culminated in repeated demands to reunite the 2,300 separated kids and sudden presidential pivots: an executive order pledging to keep families together, albeit in custody, and a retreat on immigration legislation.
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Major cities like New York, San Francisco and Toronto are celebrating their LGBTQ communities this weekend, wrapping up Pride Month with characteristic flair. In contrast to the optimism of 2015, when the Supreme Court ruled in favor of same-sex marriages, the past several years have offered reminders — from the Supreme Court’s decision siding with the intolerant Colorado baker to other countries’ outright repression — that there’s still a long way to go. Yet observers point out the movement is rooted in protest, bolstered by its vocal members — and increasing number of allies.
They’re catching up. Chief Justice John Roberts joined four liberal colleagues to rule Friday that law enforcement could not obtain location data from phone apps without a warrant, throwing a roadblock in front of a popular investigatory tool. And in a blow to online retailers, liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg joined four conservatives in permitting local governments to collect sales tax on internet purchases in their jurisdictions. President Trump praised the second ruling, possibly because it was opposed by Amazon, whose founder, Jeff Bezos, owns what Trump calls the “fake news” Washington Post.
Turkey votes today in the first election since President Recep Tayyip Erdogan engineered a widespread crackdown on freedoms in the country. Under the new system, both presidential and parliamentary spots will be decided at the same time, with far more control in the hands of the executive. There’s one new right, though, and that’s the ability to form electoral alliances, which Erdogan’s surviving opponents have been more than anxious to take advantage of, especially when minority parties must meet a prohibitive 10-percent threshold to have any parliamentary voice.
The Week Ahead: A quarter-century after Jurassic Park opened, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is expected to earn $130 million during this weekend’s U.S. debut. On Monday, Jordanian King Abdullah II is to visit the White House, where he’ll be asked for help with a presidential Mideast peace plan. And ex-FBI agent Peter Strzok, who texted in 2016 that “we’ll stop” Donald Trump from being elected, has been subpoenaed to be deposed Wednesday by the House Judiciary Committee.
Know This: Recep Tayyip Erdogan expects Turkish voters to re-elect him into a more powerful presidency today, but first he’ll have to overcome a popular challenge from securlarist reformer Muharrem Ince, who’s pledged to end military rule and restore an independent judiciary. North Carolina State Rep. Katie Arrington, who beat incumbent Rep. Mark Sanford in the GOP congressional primary this month, has been seriously injured in a deadly auto accident. And Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa narrowly avoided harm when a bomb went off at a rally in Bulawayo.
Get up to Speed: Will Germany also adopt “zero tolerance?” The OZY PDB Special Briefing will tell you what you need to know about Chancellor Angela Merkel’s struggle with fellow conservatives over limiting immigration, which could bring down her government. With carefully curated facts, opinions, images and videos, this latest Special Briefing will catch you up and vault you ahead.
Despite President Trump’s vocal criticisms of Jeff Sessions and his Department of Justice’s Russia investigation, the attorney general has proven to be the rainmaker for his boss’s domestic policy. The Alabama native has pumped the brakes on aggressive federal civil rights enforcement dating back six decades. The “Sessions Doctrine” has sought fewer immigration asylum grants, more drug-related punishments, less local police control and greater voter-ID requirements. Supporters see common-sense solutions while critics see race-baiting regression. The question is, how much longer will Trump tolerate his enforcer?
Nearly 400 Nigerian tech founders are honing their entrepreneurial skills in America, and many of them are returning to their homeland with a piece of Silicon Valley. Stephen Ozoigbo, for instance, is CEO of the African Technology Foundation, which provides mentoring and resources to aspiring developers. One firm, OkayAfrica, uses online media to disseminate the continent’s culture. Another targets women, boosting skills and smarts needed for tech leadership. Where does this lead? It can, for example, tackle regional needs like moving money, something one founder says will foster “a new wave of prosperity.”
It turned on a dime. Tezos, whiz-couple Arthur and Kathleen Breitman’s cryptocurrency dream, surprisingly became the sector’s largest-ever initial coin offering. But it developed into a disaster after their associates, also devotees of “self-amending” blockchain technology, allegedly attempted to snatch away the couple’s $1.2 billion foundation. The dramatic battle for control, as well as the financial mechanisms that supercharged the “tezzies” currency, highlights the pitfalls of the industry — while reinforcing the principle that anything that inexplicably offers great rewards inevitably reveals equally hazardous consequences.
When Jay-Z and Beyoncé first married, he was a superstar rapper and businessman, she a singer on the rise. With the release of their first album together as The Carters, they’ve cemented their power couple status. “Apesh*t,” the first single from their surprise record last week, is Beyoncé announcing the seismic shift to the world. As a solo artist and with previous girl group Destiny’s Child, Beyoncé’s vocals have been the focus. Now under The Carters, she’s coming for her husband’s rapper crown.
He’d reached the summit. By the time he was 25, Canadian Marc-André Leclerc had quietly established a reputation as a climber who took the most perilous routes up mountains often known only to climbers because of their difficulty. But in March, he and American climber Ryan Johnson sent photos from the top of the sheer-faced Mendenhall Towers near Juneau, Alaska, and were never heard from again. Only their equipment was found, and it’s thought that an avalanche struck them, demonstrating that even the best mountaineers aren’t immune to nature’s fury.