World http://www.theweek.in/news/world.rss en Thu Dec 03 15:50:28 IST 2020 https://www.theweek.in/privacy-an-settlement.html election-is-over-but-trumps-attacks-will-linger <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/world/2020/12/12/election-is-over-but-trumps-attacks-will-linger.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/world/images/2020/11/15/Donald-Trump-American-flag-Reuters.jpg" /> <p>The 2020 presidential election is over. But President Donald Trump's baseless efforts to undermine it, and the consequences of those undemocratic actions, will linger in America for far longer.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>It is increasingly clear that there is no fact, no piece of evidence and no court ruling that will dissuade Trump from trying to mislead Americans about President-elect Joe Biden's victory. And Trump has hardly been alone in that effort; numerous Republicans have stood with him or stood by silently, including 126 GOP members of the House who backed a bid to get the Supreme Court to invalidate Biden's victory in four key states.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The court emphatically rejected the case Friday night.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Trump responded on Twitter late Friday, The Supreme Court really let us down," but he vowed to fight on! The actions of Trump and his allies have exposed a striking reality about America: Many lawmakers in one of the nation's two major political parties are either willing to back efforts to overturn a free and fair election or unwilling to speak out against such a campaign.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>That lays the predicate for politicians to question the integrity of any election if the results don't go a party or a candidate's way, a dangerous notion that is likely to further erode Americans' trust in government and test the durability of the nation's democratic institutions.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>With the sitting president leading the way and friendly media outlets standing by to amplify his claims, the result is that millions of Americans will likely remain convinced Biden's victory was illegitimate and the election was fraudulent.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>According to a Quinnipiac University poll out this week, 77% of Republicans believe there was widespread fraud in the November election and about 60% say they consider Biden's victory illegitimate.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>In reality, Biden won 306 Electoral College votes, the same number Trump carried four years ago in a victory he deemed a landslide. Biden also outpaced Trump by more than 7 million votes nationwide.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Since election night, a lot of people have been confusing voters by spinning Kenyan Birther-type, 'Chavez rigged the election from the grave' conspiracy theories, said Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska, one of the only Republican lawmakers to weigh in after Friday's high court ruling.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>But every American who cares about the rule of law should take comfort that the Supreme Court&nbsp; including all three of President Trump's picks&nbsp; closed the book on that nonsense. Yet Sasse's condemnation of the baseless conspiracies promulgated by Trump also hinted at their staying power.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Long before he became president, Trump was the chief proponent of the lie that President Barack Obama was born in Kenya, not the United States, and was ineligible to serve as president. There was ample evidence to the contrary, yet the lie lingered for years, fueling animosity toward Obama among some GOP voters and making it more difficult for Republican leaders to work with him.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>In his waning days in the White House, Trump is now relying on a similar playbook against Biden, who will be sworn in Jan. 20. His election attacks have frozen many Republicans, leaving them unwilling to acknowledge Biden's victory and suggesting they may see little political incentive to work with him once he's sworn in, despite the historic pandemic and economic uncertainty gripping the country.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Even Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who served alongside Biden in the Senate for decades and struck deals with him when the Democrat was serving as Obama's vice president, has refused to plainly state that Biden won and Trump lost.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The election fraud hoax will go down as one of the most embarrassing and dishonorable episodes in American political history, and countless Republican officials went along with it and promoted it, said Rep. Justin Amash, a Republican-turned-independent from Michigan and a frequent critic of the president and his former party.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Some of Trump's key allies were unbowed after Friday's Supreme Court ruling. Rudy Giuliani, Trump's personal lawyer and a force behind many of his attempts to overturn Biden's victory in court, continued to insist without evidence that the election had been stolen. I think this is going to be a terrible, terrible thing in American history, Giuliani said Friday night on Fox News.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Trump has lashed out at the election for weeks with little regard for reality.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Judges across the country have swiftly rejected lawsuits filed by his campaign and other Republicans. Even Attorney General William Barr told The Associated Press in an interview that his department had seen no evidence of fraud that would change the outcome of the election.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Still, more Republicans rallied behind Trump's efforts this week in a brazen attempt to get the Supreme Court to cast aside the will of voters. More than 120 House Republicans, including Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California, added their support to a lawsuit that made false and disproven accusations about voting in Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin&nbsp; all states Biden won. The case was also backed by 19 Republican state attorneys general.&nbsp;</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/world/2020/12/12/election-is-over-but-trumps-attacks-will-linger.html http://www.theweek.in/news/world/2020/12/12/election-is-over-but-trumps-attacks-will-linger.html Sat Dec 12 20:53:42 IST 2020 turkey-summons-iranian-ambassador-over-azeri-poem-tensions <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/world/2020/12/12/turkey-summons-iranian-ambassador-over-azeri-poem-tensions.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/world/images/2020/12/12/turkey-flag-reuters.jpg" /> <p>Turkey on Saturday summoned the Iranian ambassador to Ankara over Iran's aggressive reaction to the Turkish president's recitation of a poem on a visit to Azerbaijan, which Tehran deemed to support a secession of Azeri ethnic parts of Iran.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The diplomatic spat between neighbors Iran and Turkey began earlier this week when Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who strongly backs Azerbaijan, read parts of a poem during a parade in the Caucasian country's capital of Baku.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The verses that Erdogan read included lines about how a border tore apart ancient Azeri, or Azerbaijani, lands by force.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>In a statement Saturday, Turkey's communications director Fahrettin Altun said Iranians had distorted the meaning of the poem to fuel senseless tensions.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Altun said the Iranian ambassador to Ankara was summoned late Friday to the foreign ministry to convey our strong reaction to the baseless accusations of Iranian officials.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>It came after Iran's foreign ministry summoned the Turkish ambassador to Tehran for an explanation over Erdogan's meddlesome and unacceptable remarks in Baku.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Altun said the poem passionately reflects the emotional experience of an aggrieved people due to Armenia's occupation of Azerbaijani lands. It does not include any references to Iran.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Iran's three northwestern provinces&nbsp; West Azerbaijan, East Azerbaijan and Ardabil&nbsp; have a predominantly ethnic Azeri population that speaks a Turkic language.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Erdogan visited Baku and attended a parade to celebrate a recent cease-fire agreement that allowed Azerbaijan to reclaim control over broad swathes of Nagorno-Karabakh and surrounding lands in a conflict with Armenia.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>It must not be forgotten that Turkey stood in solidarity with the Iranian state and people, despite the risk of having to endure international pressures, at difficult times for Iran, Altun said in his statement.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Tehran and Ankara have maintained mostly cordial relations, despite finding themselves on opposite sides of regional conflicts like the Syrian war, and severe U.S. trade sanctions against Iran.&nbsp;</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/world/2020/12/12/turkey-summons-iranian-ambassador-over-azeri-poem-tensions.html http://www.theweek.in/news/world/2020/12/12/turkey-summons-iranian-ambassador-over-azeri-poem-tensions.html Sat Dec 12 20:46:30 IST 2020 iranian-teen-jailed-for-posting-images-of-herself-made-to-look-like-zombie-angelina-jolie <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/world/2020/12/12/iranian-teen-jailed-for-posting-images-of-herself-made-to-look-like-zombie-angelina-jolie.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/world/images/2020/12/12/sahar_tabar.jpg" /> The Iranian teenage Instagram star, known to dress up like a 'Zombie Angelina Jolie' has been jailed for 10 years. 19-year-old Sahar Tabar was arrested in October 2019 for her social media activities.<br> Tabar, whose real name if Fatemeh Khishvand is from Tehran. She gained a large number of followers on Instagram after she posted images of herself looking like Hollywood star Angelina Jolie's zombie version.<br> Tabar's stunt was viewed as a joke by many. Iranian journalist and activist Masih Alinejad, on Twitter, called on Hollywood actor Angelina Jolie to help Tabar. “I call on Angelina Jolie to help an Iranian 19-year-old girl who received 10 years prison sentence for using makeup &amp; Photoshop to turn herself into Angelina. The Islamic Republic has a history of tormenting women. We need to be united against this gender apartheid,” she wrote.<br> “Her mother cries every day to get her innocent daughter freed,” Alinejad wrote.<br> <br> Tabar, who was convicted of corrupting young people, had revealed her original appearance for the first time in July 2019. “This is Photoshop and makeup. Every time I publish a photo, I paint my face in an increasingly funny way. It is a way of expressing yourself, a kind of art. My fans know that this is not my real face,” she had said. Tabar also faces charges of blasphemy, inciting violence, gaining income through inappropriate means.<br> And while the Instagram star admitted to having had some procedures like a nose job and lip fillers, she insisted that most of her images were a result of makeup and editing.<br> <br> <br> http://www.theweek.in/news/world/2020/12/12/iranian-teen-jailed-for-posting-images-of-herself-made-to-look-like-zombie-angelina-jolie.html http://www.theweek.in/news/world/2020/12/12/iranian-teen-jailed-for-posting-images-of-herself-made-to-look-like-zombie-angelina-jolie.html Sat Dec 12 16:05:48 IST 2020 iran-executes-journalist-who-encouraged-2017-protests <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/world/2020/12/12/iran-executes-journalist-who-encouraged-2017-protests.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/world/images/2020/12/12/iran_journalist.jpg" /> <p>Iran executed Ruhollah Zam, the dissident journalist, who inspired protests in 2017. a court had sentenced Zam to death in June saying he was convicted of 'corruption on Earth', a charge often used in cases involving attempts to overthrow the government or espionage.<br> </p> <p>Zam used Telegram to communicate timings of the protests and relay embarrassing information about officials, challenging Iran’s Shia theocracy. His Telegram newsfeed was called Amadnews and had over one million followers. 47-year-old Zam was hanged early on Saturday morning.&nbsp;</p> <p>Those demonstrations, which began at the end of 2017, represented the biggest challenge to Iran since the 2009 Green Movement protests. The initial spark for the protests was an increase in food prices. The protests eventually turned into demonstrations against the entire ruling class. According to officials, 21 people were killed and thousands arrested during the protests.</p> <p>Zam fled Iran and was granted asylum in France. He had returned to Iran in 2019.&nbsp;<br> </p> http://www.theweek.in/news/world/2020/12/12/iran-executes-journalist-who-encouraged-2017-protests.html http://www.theweek.in/news/world/2020/12/12/iran-executes-journalist-who-encouraged-2017-protests.html Sat Dec 12 13:32:44 IST 2020 sleuths-crack-zodiac-serial-killers-coded-message-after-51-years <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/world/2020/12/12/sleuths-crack-zodiac-serial-killers-coded-message-after-51-years.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/world/images/2020/12/12/zodiac_cipher.jpg" /> <p>A code-breaking team has cracked the mysterious cipher sent by the serial killer known as the Zodiac to a newspaper. The killer, who shot or stabbed seven people in the San Franciso Bay area in California, US between 1968 and 1969, was never caught. All, but two of his victims died.</p> <p>"I hope you are having lots of fun in trying to catch me</p> <p>That wasn't me on the TV show which brings up a point about me</p> <p>I am not afraid of the gas chamber because it will send me to paradice all the sooner</p> <p>Because I now have enough slaves to work for me where everyone else has nothing when they reach paradice so they are afraid of death</p> <p>I am not afraid because I know that my new life will be an easy one in paradice death," the decoded message read. The television show referred to in the message is 'The Jim Dunbar Show,' a local television talk show. Two weeks before the cipher was sent, a person claiming to be the Zodiac Killer had called into the show.</p> <p>The serial killer's crimes have inspired movies like <i>Dirty Harry</i> starring clint Eastwood and <i>The Zodiac </i>starring Mark Ruffalo and Robert Downing Jr.</p> <p>Solving the Zodiac ciphers has become an international fixation for true-crime followers<b>.</b>&nbsp;The cipher was cracked by David Oranchak, a software developer in Virginia, Jarl Van Eycke, a Belgian computer programmer, and Sam Blake, an Australian mathematician. Oranchak said he had hoped the cipher would yield information about the killer's identity.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The killer, who claims to have killed 37 people, used to write letters to the police and the media taunting them about the murders. The letters would be written in code and would include bits of bloodied clothing as proof of his actions.</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/world/2020/12/12/sleuths-crack-zodiac-serial-killers-coded-message-after-51-years.html http://www.theweek.in/news/world/2020/12/12/sleuths-crack-zodiac-serial-killers-coded-message-after-51-years.html Sat Dec 12 12:11:47 IST 2020 pending-kings-approval-bhutan-parliament-votes-to-decriminalise-homosexuality <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/world/2020/12/11/pending-kings-approval-bhutan-parliament-votes-to-decriminalise-homosexuality.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/entertainment/2018/03/lgbt-759-1.jpg" /> <p>Bhutan's Parliament has voted to decriminalise same-sex relations, amending an existing law that penalised what it deemed “unnatural sex.”</p> <p>The amendment was approved Thursday by 63 out of 69 lawmakers, with six abstaining from voting. The amendment now needs to be approved by Bhutan's king to become law.</p> <p>The amendment changes two articles of the criminal code to clarify that “homosexuality between adults shall not be considered unnatural sex.” The penalty for engaging in prohibited sexual conduct is up to a year in prison.</p> <p>"I haven't stopped smiling since yesterday. I am eagerly awaiting His Majesty's assent,” said Tashi Tsheten, a Bhutanese activist who has worked to change the law.</p> <p>He said the amendment means LGBTIQ people in Bhutan will be able to lead a better and more dignified life after facing stigma and discrimination for so long.</p> <p>Jessica Stern, executive director of the activist group OutRight Action International, said in a statement that the vote in Bhutan was a “huge achievement.”</p> <p>“For too long, the human rights of LGBTIQ people have not been recognised. Today, Bhutan chose to tell a different story and create a different future for itself,” Stern said.</p> <p>“It is both a testament to the perseverance of the LGBTIQ movement in Bhutan, and a source of inspiration for LGBTIQ movements across the continent and the world where such laws are still in effect,” she said.</p> <p>Bhutan is a tiny landlocked country with a population of 770,000 people located in the southern foothills of the Himalayan mountains, sandwiched between China to the north and India to the south.&nbsp;</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/world/2020/12/11/pending-kings-approval-bhutan-parliament-votes-to-decriminalise-homosexuality.html http://www.theweek.in/news/world/2020/12/11/pending-kings-approval-bhutan-parliament-votes-to-decriminalise-homosexuality.html Fri Dec 11 16:42:35 IST 2020 israeli-pm-netanyahu-sings-with-pop-star-to-support-a-charity-for-the-elderly <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/world/2020/12/11/israeli-pm-netanyahu-sings-with-pop-star-to-support-a-charity-for-the-elderly.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/world/images/2020/12/11/israel_netanyahu.jpg" /> <p>Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu surprised citizens on Thursday with a video of him singing a song with a young pop star for charity. Netanyahu teamed up with singer Eden Ben Zakena and performed a rendition of a ballad by Arik Einstein, 'Yesh Bi Ahava'. The song was composed by singer-songwriter Arkadi Duchin.<br> <br> The premier sang the song with the 26-year-old winner of 'X Factor Israel' for a charity campaign for the Ken LaZaken foundation, an organisation that helps elderly people in need. The organisation is run by volunteers, all of them pensioners.<br> Zaken sings most of the tune, with the Prime Minister joining for a few verses in his deep baritone voice. The video urges people to deepen inter-generational connections during the pandemic.<br> <br> </p> <p>“I am excited to see the younger generation showing up, in accordance with the health guidelines, to help their grandparents, the population facing loneliness and I call on everyone who can to join,” Netanyahu said.<br> <br> Taking a play on the words of the song, Netanyahu said, &quot;I call on every young person to decide that he will visit his grandma, grandpa or the neighbour and help him get through this time. We have love in us for the older generation.&quot;&nbsp;</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/world/2020/12/11/israeli-pm-netanyahu-sings-with-pop-star-to-support-a-charity-for-the-elderly.html http://www.theweek.in/news/world/2020/12/11/israeli-pm-netanyahu-sings-with-pop-star-to-support-a-charity-for-the-elderly.html Fri Dec 11 15:04:55 IST 2020 fda-authorises-pfizer-vaccine-trump-says-americans-to-get-it-for-free <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/world/2020/12/12/fda-authorises-pfizer-vaccine-trump-says-americans-to-get-it-for-free.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/world/images/2020/12/9/pfizer-vaccine-covid-19-vaccine-reuters.jpg" /> <p>US President Donald Trump announced late on Friday night that the Food and Drug Administration had given authorisation for the Pfizer vaccine for coronavirus.</p> <p>Trump uploaded a video on his Twitter handle, describing the authorisation as a "medical miracle". "We have delivered a safe and effective vaccine in just nine months. This is one of the greatest scientific achievements in history. It will save millions of lives and soon end the pandemic once and for all," Trump said.</p> <p>Trump explained, "We have given Pfizer and other companies a great deal of money, hoping this would be the outcome." Trump highlighted the safety record of the vaccine and pointed out that clinical trials had no side-effects.</p> <p>Trump declared the vaccine had "passed the gold standard of safety". Trump pointed out his administration had provided $14 billion to accelerate vaccine development. Pointing to a $2 billion investment in Pfizer's vaccine, Trump said he was proud to announce the company's vaccine would be "free for all Americans".</p> <p>Trump said his administration, in partnership with FedEx and UPS, had begun shipping the vaccine to "every state and zip code" and declared the first vaccine would be administered in "less than 24 hours". Trump pointed out "Governors decide where the vaccines would be administered and who will get them first."</p> <p>Trump said his administration wanted "senior citizens, health care workers and first responders to be first in line" as it would quickly reduce COVID-19 deaths and hospitalisations.</p> <p>The FDA was, reportedly, under pressure to authorise the vaccine. "The FDA action came after White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows on Friday told FDA commissioner Stephen Hahn to be prepared to submit his resignation if the agency did not clear the vaccine by day’s end," <i>The Washington Post</i> reported.</p> <p>The UK was the first nation to approve the Pfizer vaccine. Canada, Mexico and Bahrain have also authorised the vaccine.</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/world/2020/12/12/fda-authorises-pfizer-vaccine-trump-says-americans-to-get-it-for-free.html http://www.theweek.in/news/world/2020/12/12/fda-authorises-pfizer-vaccine-trump-says-americans-to-get-it-for-free.html Sat Dec 12 09:11:46 IST 2020 major-blow-for-trump-as-us-supreme-court-rejects-texas-election-lawsuit <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/world/2020/12/12/major-blow-for-trump-as-us-supreme-court-rejects-texas-election-lawsuit.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/world/2019/August/us-supreme--court-justice-court.jpg" /> <p>The US Supreme Court has rejected a lawsuit filed by Texas, along with 17 other States, and backed by President Donald Trump seeking to overturn the results of the presidential elections in several key battleground States won by Democratic candidate Joe Biden, who now is the president-elect.</p> <p>&nbsp;“Texas has not demonstrated a judicially cognisable interest in the manner in which another State conducts its elections. All other pending motions are dismissed as moot,” the Supreme Court said in a brief unsigned order on Thursday, delivering a devastating blow to the efforts of Trump to challenge and overturn the election results decisively won by Biden.</p> <p>Supreme Court Justices Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas said they believed the court was required to hear the case but expressed no position on Texas’ claim. As many as 126 Republican Congressmen had also backed the lawsuit.</p> <p>Biden not only bagged the most popular votes in the presidential electoral history of the United States, his tally in the electoral college was also more than 300 out of the 538 votes. The halfway mark is 270. The election results are scheduled to be formally certified next week.</p> <p>Trump and his campaign team have been making unsubstantiated allegations of massive voter fraud and electoral malpractice. State election officials and mainstream media say they have not found any such evidence.</p> <p>Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton in his lawsuit has alleged that four battle ground States—Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin—had violated their own state laws, and thus the US Constitution. The lawsuit urged the court to bar these four states from casting their electoral votes for President-elect Biden and as such shift the selection of electors to the States’ legislatures.</p> <p>Trump had said he expected to prevail in the Supreme Court.</p> <p>Pennsylvania, in its response to the lawsuit, alleged that Texas wanted the justices to disregard the Constitution, not interpret it. It said Texas’ filings attempted to construct a surreal alternate reality.</p> <p>&nbsp;“Texas’s effort to get this Court to pick the next president has no basis in law or fact. The Court should not abide this seditious abuse of the judicial process, and should send a clear and unmistakable signal that such abuse must never be replicated,” said the response filed by the State of Pennsylvania.</p> <p>Reacting to the development, Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House of Representatives, said, “The Court has rightly dismissed out of hand the extreme, unlawful and undemocratic GOP lawsuit to overturn the will of millions of American voters.”</p> <p>She said the Republican members that signed the lawsuit brought “dishonour” to the House.</p> <p>“Instead of upholding their oath to support and defend the Constitution, they chose to subvert the Constitution and undermine public trust in our sacred democratic institutions. The pandemic is raging, with nearly 300,000 having died and tens of millions having lost jobs. Strong, unified action is needed to crush the virus, and Republicans must once and for all end their election subversion, immediately,” Pelosi said in a statement.</p> <p>House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said the Supreme Court’s decision should put an end to Trump’s attempts to overturn the results of the presidential election that he lost.</p> <p>“The results are clear, there was no widespread fraud, and Joe Biden is the next president of the United States,” he said.</p> <p>&nbsp;“The 126 House Republicans who signed on in support of this case should be ashamed of themselves for putting their own political interests before the interests of our nation, the Constitution and our democratic principles,” Hoyer said.</p> <p>Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, said “this concept” of one state trying to challenge the election systems of other states is fully at “odds with our democratic process”.</p> <p>&nbsp;“The highest court in the land rightfully put an end to a lawsuit that constituted a desperate attempt to discount ballots cast by millions of American voters. Any other outcome would have signalled the death of core principles that lie at the heart of American democracy,” he said.</p> <p>Clarke said, “This sends a strong signal that it's time for President Trump and his allies to shut down remaining cases clogging the courts.”</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/world/2020/12/12/major-blow-for-trump-as-us-supreme-court-rejects-texas-election-lawsuit.html http://www.theweek.in/news/world/2020/12/12/major-blow-for-trump-as-us-supreme-court-rejects-texas-election-lawsuit.html Sat Dec 12 09:46:45 IST 2020 us-president-elect-joe-biden-vp-elect-kamala-harris-named-person-of-the-year-by-time <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/world/2020/12/11/us-president-elect-joe-biden-vp-elect-kamala-harris-named-person-of-the-year-by-time.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/world/images/2020/8/13/biden-harris.jpg" /> <p>US President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris have been named by the prestigious TIME magazine as '2020 Person of the Year' for changing the American story, showing that the forces of empathy are greater than the furies of division and sharing a vision of healing in a grieving world.<br> </p> <p>It named the Democratic leaders for its annual prestigious honour, choosing them over other finalists - frontline health care workers, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr Anthony Fauci, the Movement for Racial Justice and US President Donald Trump.</p> <p>For changing the American story, for showing that the forces of empathy are greater than the furies of division, for sharing a vision of healing in a grieving world, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are TIME's 2020 Person of the Year.</p> <p>If Donald Trump was a force for disruption and division over the past four years, Biden and Harris show where the nation is heading: a blend of ethnicities, lived experiences and worldviews that must find a way forward together if the American experiment is to survive, the publication said on Thursday.</p> <p>TIME named Fauci, the frontline health workers and racial justice organisers 2020 Guardians of the Year', who put themselves on the line to defend the ideals sacred to democracy.</p> <p>CEO of conferencing platform Zoom Eric Yuan has been named as TIME's Businessperson of the Year.</p> <p>South Korean boy band BTS was named Entertainer of the Year and American basketball player LeBron James as Athlete of the Year.</p> <p>TIME said it is noteworthy that a year after Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg was named Person of the Year, the youngest person ever for the honour, it chose 78-year-old Biden, one of the oldest persons selected for the annual honour.</p> <p>Biden calls himself a bridge to a new generation of leaders, a role he embraced in choosing Kamala Harris, 56, the first woman on a winning presidential ticket, daughter of a Jamaican father and an Indian mother, TIME said.</p> <p>The publication added that Biden had the vision, set the tone and topped the ticket.</p> <p>But he also recognised what he could not offer on his own, what a 78-year-old white man could never provide: generational change, a fresh perspective and an embodiment of America's diversity. For that, he needed Harris, California Senator, former district attorney and state attorney general, a biracial child of immigrants whose charisma and tough questioning of Trump administration officials electrified millions of Democrats.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>TIME noted that the US Vice President has never before been a woman, or Black, or Asian American.</p> <p>I will be the first, but I will not be the last, Harris said in an interview to TIME.</p> <p>That's about legacy, that's about creating a pathway, that's about leaving the door more open than it was when you walked in.</p> <p>TIME said Biden and Harris together offered restoration and renewal in a single ticket. And America bought what they were selling: after the highest turnout in a century, they racked up 81 million votes and counting, the most in presidential history, topping Trump by some 7 million votes and flipping five battleground states, it said.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>TIME said every elected President since Franklin Delano Roosevelt has at some point during his term been a Person of the Year, nearly a dozen of those in a presidential election year.</p> <p>This is the first time we have included a Vice President. In a year that saw an epic struggle for racial justice, and one of the most consequential elections in history, the Biden-Harris partnership sends a powerful message, TIME said.</p> <p>The tell of this election, says Harris, is that regardless of your race, your ethnicity, the language your grandmother speaks, let's move forward knowing that the vast majority of us have more in common than what separates us.</p> <p>On its other honorees, TIME said in 2020, the Guardians fought on many fronts. On the front line against COVID-19, the world's health care workers displayed the best of humanity selflessness, compassion, stamina, courage&nbsp; while protecting as much of it as they could. By risking their lives every day for the strangers who arrived at their workplace, they made conspicuous a foundational principle of both medicine and democracy: equality. By their example, health care workers this year guarded more than lives.</p> <p>On Fauci, TIME said he led not only the battle against COVID-19 but also the fight for truth&nbsp; clear, consistent messaging being fundamental to public health. With steadfast integrity, Fauci nudged, elided and gently corrected a President used to operating in a reality of his own construction, buoyed by the fervent repetition of lies.</p> <p>On the racial justice organisers, TIME said these "Guardians put themselves on the line to defend the ideals sacred to democracy. In 2020, they fought on many fronts. When George Floyd was killed in Minneapolis in May, it was proof&nbsp; if anyone needed it&nbsp; that Black lives are still not treated as equal in America.</p> <p>In the aftermath of Floyd's death, the publication said, "a wave of outrage surged and was harnessed by organisers, both veteran and newly energised, to bring millions to the streets and spotlight the inequities in a world that claims to be far better than it is. The movement for racial justice found its voice in multitudes: a mother in Kenosha delivering her frank report to Joe Biden; a sister in Paris calling for police accountability in her brother's death. In this extraordinary year, they guarded truth&nbsp; lived truth.&nbsp;</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/world/2020/12/11/us-president-elect-joe-biden-vp-elect-kamala-harris-named-person-of-the-year-by-time.html http://www.theweek.in/news/world/2020/12/11/us-president-elect-joe-biden-vp-elect-kamala-harris-named-person-of-the-year-by-time.html Fri Dec 11 14:46:27 IST 2020