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"cheryle whitson" Discussed on KQED Radio

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"cheryle whitson" Discussed on KQED Radio

"Over the summer the movement really weighed on her. It's just so frustrating to see how many people have to die and have tto face fear every day in order for you to understand that this is wrong. It's just so hard to wrap my mind around that some people truly don't believe that black lives matter. So police violence seems to be a major concern for Leticia. What else is on her mind ahead of the vote in November, right? Well, the pandemic is also a big issue for her. She just doesn't like the way U. S officials nationally and locally have handled it and she's watched how other countries have approached it and seemed to be containing the Corona virus more effectively. Other countries are getting through things together, and they're actually taking care of their people, and they're looking out for their citizens and I'm over here, Struggling working, you test your job, my health and my family's health. Because I have to pay my part because I have to pay my support because I have to help. My mom with Leticia obviously sees the big picture because she doesn't have a choice. What is there to say about the current potential power of the Latino vote in Georgia? Well, they're more eligible Latino voters in Georgia than in 2016 for one thing, so, for example, Trump won Georgia by just over 211,000 votes, And now there are more than 240,000 Latinos registered to vote in Georgia so they could be really pivotal in a close election. Of course, that's not to assume that Latinos would necessarily all vote for the same candidates. But as a block of their very influential So what are grassroots organizations doing to make sure those eligible Latinos get out? Get registered and cast a ballot. Well, they've really had to switch their strategies, You know, going door to door. And holding big election events weren't so feasible in a pandemic, so they've done a lot of messaging on social media email, even sending out mailers, and a lot of events that would have been held in person were held via zoom instead. So Trump was in Atlanta on Friday. What was he? Therefore, he came to speak to black voters about economic empowerment. Now he didn't address Latino or other voters. But interestingly, earlier in the day, he did address Latinos in Florida so it could kind of be seen as a missed opportunity in Georgia's since that area of town where Trump gave his address. Is becoming increasingly diverse. The community has Latino and Asian American families in addition to African American families, and as we said before, with the power to swing an election that could be really close, addressing or including Latino voters could really pay off. Martha Dalton, a reporter with W A. B E in Atlanta, checking in with us on our every 30 Seconds project. Thanks so much. Thank you, Marco. More news from the Middle East Today. When journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed nearly two years ago he had been laying the groundwork for a big project, a foundation with the aim of promoting democracy in the Middle East. To remind you how Shoji was killed and his body was dismembered. In a consulate in Istanbul this month, A Saudi court sentenced eight men to prison for the crime. Today marks the launch of Hachioji Vision, Democracy for the Arab world now or dawn. Cheryle Whitson is the executive director of Dawn. Sara Lee. Thanks for being with us. What was Jamal? Social? Jeez, original idea for this foundation. What did he want to see happen that he thought was absent. What he thought was absent is a reaffirmation of the basic premise that democracy, human rights and freedom are the only solution for the Middle East and North Africa For the people of the Arab world that will provide not just security, not just stability but also dignity to the peoples of this realm. Chin. I see that one of your stated goals with dawn is to counter the idea that the United States is a benevolent actor in the Middle East. Can you explain that? I think many people from thinktank analysts to policy makers to even some of the media. Even those who see themselves as progressive unenlightened cling to this narrative of the United States is a benign actor that's just tried. It's hardest to promote democracy and human rights. Which unfortunately is quite far from the facts, and what we want to make people come to terms with is that the United States is actively undermining democracy, actively quashing human rights in the Middle East by supporting abusive elected governments that don't represent the will of their people providing a military assistance, providing them with diplomatic cover as they continue their abuses, and that this makes the United States and Americans complicity in the abuses. That's what we want to stop. So give us a few examples of what you're talking about the human rights abuses. For starters, let's take Egypt, for example, the second largest recipient of military assistance from the United States in the world over a billion dollars world a year is jailing over 50,000 Egyptians merely for their political views merely for their participation. In politics in their country or merely for being activists for being reformists for being journalists were being artists for being writers for being singer's home. The government doesn't control Did you know Jamal Khashoggi Personally I did know Jamal. Jamal and I were friends for over 15 years. I first met him when he was working for the Saudi government as a spokesman for the Saudi Embassy in Washington. We remained in touch over the years when he turned to being a journalist when he sought to lunch free and independent TV station. Sadly, the Saudis put stop to that, along with their satellite state, Bahrain. And then, of course, when he was completely silenced in Saudi Arabia, we weren't very close touch before he ultimately fled to the United States. Sara Lee, What comes to mind today? As you think about Khashoggi and the dreamy head for what you're now doing with dawn. Well, I think And I hope that Khashoggi continues to be a role model for people around the world, but especially for Saudis as a Saudi man who stood tall as a Saudi man who stood brave to demand that his brothers and sisters in Saudi Arabia have what billions of people around the world have. And that is freedom and democracy. And I hope that people will know that through dawn, we will keep Jamal's vision alive. By pushing forward his ultimate goal and dream for democracy and freedom for this region. Cheryle Whitson is the executive director of the newly created democracy for the Arab world. Now or Dawn. It's a foundation that was the idea of Jamal Khashoggi murdered by Saudi agents in 2018. Sara Lee. Thanks very much for your time. Thank you. This morning, Kuwaitis woke up to some somber news. His new Alessa You wanna let me in the death of Kuwait's 91 year old ruler. His full title shakes other Ahmed Saba, the emir of Kuwait television announcer said he is now next to God in Kuwait, a wealthy oil producing nation. Saba has ruled it since 2006. For more than half a century steered its foreign policy a policy that was largely aligned with United States. Kristen Diwan is a senior resident scholar at the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington. The mirror was 91. But did the news of shakes off his death come as a surprise to Kuwaitis. No. Sadly, I don't think it was much of a surprise D Amir had, you know, Of course, As you mentioned he was quite old and had been ill. In fact, he had been convalescing. Ah, the United States. But of course, there was always hoped that he would recover, so I'm sure there's there's just a lot of sadness in Kuwait today. Chicks are but was dubbed the dean of Arab diplomacy. How did he earn that nickname? You know, he served as foreign minister for 40 years before he was even appointed prime minister And then Ameer. And of course, you know the region witnessed a lot of conflict over those years, and that includes, of course, quite zone invasion by stumps scene in 1990. He also played a really vigorous role of the U. N just recently, quite has been hosting donor conferences for both Syria and Iraq. And of course, that's that same Iraq invaded Quique. He really became respected by earning a couple of convictions that he really practiced. One was just a really genuine commitment to diplomacy to resolve even the most intractable conflicts. The last time I was in Khe weight room and spoke to people in the Royal court, they related to nearly his deep belief. That you have to keep talking, just communicating, You know, despite serious differences, and at that time Kuwait was trying actually to resolve the conflict in Yemen, which sadly, is still continuing. So I gathered, the emir will be succeeded by his 83 year old half brother and Crown Prince. Shaken now off, Ahmed, what can you tell us about him and his views? We'll signal off has been serving as the Crown prince, the entire term of Sheikh Sebas train, So he's really you know, well known by Kuwaitis and well liked by him, they really see him as modest and approachable. Fair to say he's untested at this kind of power. Most of his career has really been spent and more security positions like within the Ministry of Defence from Ministry of Interior On. Of course, as he's in his eighties. There's you know, some question about how how vigorous he can be, especially with all the challenges that quit pacing. So do you see any big shifts and like policy in Kuwait on the horizon? Well, I think the kind of major arenas and issues there's not going to be any big changes quits, going to remain a very valuable partner for the United States. It was really telling that the Trump Administration just awarded the Amir with the Legion of Merit and Appreciation of those those close ties that quite has had.

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