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Hello.Mike Pence officially accepted the Republican vice presidential nomination last night, vowing that a second term in the Trump administration “would make America great again.” Pence went on to peddle the apocalyptic vision of a Biden presidency that has come to dominate the party convention, saying that “the hard truth is, you won’t be safe in Joe Biden’s America.”

Despite the promise that the administration would uphold “law and order”, the vice president did not mention the name of Jacob Blake, the black man repeatedly shot in the back by police in front of his children Sunday, leaving him paralyzed by the waist down.

  • Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng threw his weight behind Donald Trump the third evening of the Republican National Convention. Known for his terrible escape from Chinese house arrest in 2012, he called on American citizens to vote for Trump for “the good of the world.”
  • With the convention does not recognize the climate crisis, some conservatives have warned that the party risks being left behind by young voters.

Sports stars attack Jacob Blake shootout







Los Angeles FC players pose for a group photo on the field ahead of Wednesday’s announcement of their game against Real Salt Lake. Photograph: Rick Bowmer / AP

Sports stars from fields such as basketball, tennis, baseball and football have boycotted games to protest Blake’s shooting. The NBA was among the leagues forced to postpone their Wednesday night games after the Milwaukee Bucks boycotted their playoffs, while the Milwaukee baseball team, the Brewers, also refused to play in protest of the shootout that s ‘is produced in Kenosha, Wisconsin, 40 miles from Milwaukee.

The WNBA has also postponed its Wednesday games, while the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament games will also be suspended on Thursday. Highest-paid female athlete in the world, Naomi Osaka, joined the strikes by withdrawing from the competition, saying, “Before I become an athlete, I am a black woman.”

  • Broadcaster and former NBA player Kenny Smith has left the set of the NBA on TNT Wednesday night in solidarity with the Milwaukee Bucks, as they protested Blake’s shooting.

Tucker Carlson défend adolescent accused of having killed Kenosha protesters




Right-wing host Tucker Carlson has a long history of racist and inflammatory statements, and has been the subject of publicity boycotts for his comments on the Black Lives Matter movement and immigration.



Right-wing host Tucker Carlson has a long history of racist and inflammatory statements, and has been the subject of publicity boycotts for his comments on the Black Lives Matter movement and immigration. Photograph: Richard Drew / AP

Fox News host Tucker Carlson has come under fire for defending a 17-year-old who was charged with murder after two people were shot during the unrest in Kenosha following the shooting of Blake by police. Carlson suggested the killings were understandable and accused Kenosha authorities of “abandoning” the town and “seeing it burn”.

Police said the teenager came to Kenosha to confront Black Lives Matter protesters, and early reports suggest he saw himself as a member of the militia to protect the property. White citizen militias have been patrolling the streets of Kenosha in recent days. Facebook confirmed on Wednesday that it had deleted the page of the militia group “Kenosha Guard”, where its members had apparently organized, with messages hours before the fatal shooting asking: “All Patriots ready to take up arms and to defend our city tonight from evil thugs?

Thousands flee as ‘insurvable’ hurricane Laura makes landfall




Austin fire officials are helping residents of eastern Texans and western Louisiana settle into the Circuit of the Americas circuit, after evacuating low-lying areas about to be hit by Hurricane Laura on the Gulf of Mexico coast.



Austin fire officials are helping residents of eastern Texans and western Louisiana settle into the Circuit of the Americas racetrack, after evacuating low areas about to be hit by Hurricane Laura on the Gulf of Mexico coast. Photograph: Bob Daemmrich / ZUMA Wire / REX / Shutterstock

Hundreds of thousands of residents of coastal communities in Louisiana and Texas were under evacuation warnings Wednesday, as forecasters issued a number of tornado warnings and said Hurricane Laura would be “insurvable.” The Category 4 hurricane made landfall in southwest Louisiana overnight and threatens to bring sustained wind speeds of around 150 mph and storm surges up to 6 meters deep and penetrating up to 40 miles inland, the National Hurricane Center said.

National Weather Service meteorologist Benjamin Schott told a press conference that there would be a “two-story wall of water coming ashore”, and urged those planning to leave to “do so now “.

In other news …




Mohamed Jama, Canterbury Muslim Association, celebrates with members of the public after the trial and final day of sentencing of Australian white supremacist Brenton Tarrant in Christchurch on August 27, 2020.



Celebrations in Christchurch Thursday. Photograph: Sanka Vidanagama / AFP / Getty Images

  • Christchurch terrorist was sentenced to life without parole after killing 51 worshipers in two New Zealand mosques in March last year. This is the first time under the country’s current law that a sentence of life imprisonment without the possibility of parole has been imposed.
  • TikTok CEO has resigned a few months after taking the job, after Donald Trump accused the platform of threatening national security and ordered his parent company to sell its US assets to a US company. He came as the Auschwitz museum condemned new TikTok trend where users of the app play the role of Holocaust victims, claiming the trend could be “hurtful and offensive.”

  • Colombia has been hit by seven massacres in two weeks, bringing the total to 46 this year. The wave of violence has raised fears that the country will be unable to overcome its decades-long civil war.

Excellent readings




Martin and Bernice King, two of Martin Luther King's children, continued their father's legacy in the struggle for civil rights.  In this interview, they discuss the life, death and forgotten radicalism of their father, as well as the death of George Floyd.



March 17, 1963. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his wife, Coretta Scott King, sit with three of their four children in their Atlanta home. Photography: AP

They have a dream: MLK children on the need to carry on their father’s legacy today

Martin and Bernice King, two of Martin Luther King’s children, continued their father’s legacy in the struggle for civil rights. In this interview, they discuss his life, death and forgotten radicalism, as well as the death of George Floyd.

How a woman brought her trafficker to justice

Every year, thousands of Nigerian women are forced into prostitution after leaving their homes to seek a better life in Europe. In this long read, Ottavia Spaggiari shares the story of a woman who worked with the Italian authorities to denounce a network of traffickers.

Opinion

The Republican Party has decided it cannot control Trump’s support base or the new extremist Republicans inspired by him. Instead, he sought to distance himself from Trump, leaving him to run the show on his own and waiting to see what happened, argues Cas Mudde. If that doesn’t work, they can just blame Trump.

American democracy does not die in darkness. He is dying in plain sight … if he is dying, but it depends on the American people and their vote.

Last thing: elephants stressed to receive medical marijuana




Three African elephants will receive liquid doses of CBD cannabinoids through their trunk.



Three African elephants will receive liquid doses of CBD cannabinoids through their trunk. Photograph: Yara Nardi / Reuters

The Warsaw Zoo has announced that it will start prescribing medical marijuana to elephants in an attempt to reduce their stress levels. The substance has already been used worldwide to treat dogs and horses, but it is believed to be the first time it has been applied to elephants. “The Fryderyka woman has already had the chance to try it and she didn’t say no,” said Agnieszka Czujkowska, veterinarian in charge of the project.

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