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He expressed annoyance at being isolated and referred to someone in the senior command of Camp Torogoz, one of two El Salvadorean camps in the Timbuktu base:And he said to the doctor we must abide by the protocols, he tells Nuria, referring to the COVID protocols.
In the name of Jesus you will be fine, writes Nuria. And I said to him there are no protocols here I was so enraged bear, he writes.
He told her he would stay in the room with three other men while he took his malaria treatment. When he complained of aching bones and feeling cold, Nuria told him to put a hot towel on his face and said that she was praying to God for him.
On May 16, he did his washing and expressed annoyance about the washing machines on the base. By May 17, after a course of malaria treatment, he said he was given penicillin but still had a high fever.
He confirms again he was tested for malaria. On May 23, he complained of having to source malaria medication from outside the camp.
He complained of having difficulty sleeping. On May 24, he fell out of contact. Is it hard for you to breathe, Nuria asks.
And drink Yes bear, he writes back. God heal you little bear, she responds. And later, I will be here and I hope to recover from this, he writes.
Little bear of my life make a deal with God and he will make a miracle I love you, Nuria writes. May god protect you, Nuria writes. Nuria told PassBlue that she fell out of contact with her husband the next day, May I asked him whether the death certificate was forged.
The medical records from Golden Life indicate he had been diagnosed with malaria and had tested positive for COVID antibodies before arriving at the hospital on the evening of May The hospital confirmed he had tested positive posthumously, but PassBlue has not seen any official records of any of the tests.
The family also has no records of the COVID tests that may have been administered in Timbuktu and the posthumous test that Minusma claims was positive and taken in Bamako.
On May 26, he showed signs of bacterial and viral infections and was intubated to keep his airways open.
After Dr. He later told me he thought I was a doctor. Nuria was informed of his death five hours later, around 2 P. She called her husband and continued to send messages and music videos and recordings of Latin love songs to his WhatsApp account for at least three weeks after his death.
I said that they have asked to have them sent directly from the hospital. The family has continued to write emails to the hospital requesting the records, but no one has responded.
PassBlue saw the photos the family sent to Minusma as evidence that COVID regulations, including social distancing, were not being enforced on the Torogoz camp.
There are images of troops playing outdoor volleyball at the camp. The images are screengrabs and photos that appear to have been taken by different people on phones or cameras.
There are also images of soldiers wearing masks in formation. PassBlue could not independently verify the source or the dates of these images and twice requested an interview with Colonel Gyllensporre through the Minusma press office and his Twitter account, receiving no response.
We continue to work to provide the safest possible living and operating environment, along with an appropriate medical response capability, and to support preparedness of troops and police as the pandemic spreads.
Since , El Salvador has contributed troops and three helicopters to Minusma and has partnered with Swedish peacekeepers to gather intelligence in and around Timbuktu, the ancient cultural crossroads city in northern Mali, monitoring the jihadist and other deadly threats now plaguing the region and ensuring safe passage of humanitarian aid people and UN staff.
His first was in neighboring Ivory Coast in and , where a peacekeeping mission was set up after the country went through a civil war. The UN stayed in the Ivory Coast from until They joined the air force out of a sense of adventure and desire to see the world, he said, and UN peacekeeping missions were opportunities for both traveling and making money.
Each soldier in the unit earns an approximate monthly paycheck of about , Johanna Vielman, a former pilot who lives in San Salvador, was one of a handful of women who trained with the air force.
COVID hits fragile MaliAs cases of the novel coronavirus throughout the world continue to soar, institutions like the UN and its peacekeeping missions that bring together thousands of people from across the world are being confronted with questions as to how they can protect their own staff and the vulnerable populations in the fractured countries in which they work.
Charles Dara, an infectious disease specialist who is managing COVID testing and treatment for the Mali government in Timbuktu, confirmed the first registered case in the city was that of a Nigerian peacekeeper at the end of April.
Of the confirmed cases in Timbuktu so far, have been Minusma peacekeepers. Minusma remains the deadliest mission of all peacekeeping missions, with bases regularly attacked by armed and jihadist groups and restrictions on travel, raising challenges also for repatriating the bodies of peacekeepers who die in combat.
The medical records indicate a rapid antibody test for COVID administered in Timbuktu that came back positive and that he had anemia.
It appears as though he was no longer being treated for malaria while in hospital in Bamako. PassBlue asked the Minusma press office in an email whether the mission currently had testing capacity in any of the Minusma medical facilities, including Timbuktu, and did not receive a response.
Four masked pilots would rotate on shifts during the hour journey, touching down in Cape Verde and Barbados before landing on June 30 at the international airport on the outskirts of San Salvador, where an air force base is located.
His own belongings were sent home later. His two sons by two previous partners remained in the U. Other family members dropped in the remaining roses that lay scattered on the scratched white box.
At first, Nuria said she was relieved her husband was back home. PassBlue is a nonprofit media site based in New York City.
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Learn more. Mon, 03 Aug GMT Iran has been covering up its coronavirus death toll, according to BBC investigation which says the true figure is almost 3 times higher Both coronavirus deaths and cases are significantly higher than Iran is publicly reporting, according to government figures seen by the BBC.
In spite of the dark context of the song, people looked happy. But the Russian repression machine is working full force. The effort to ban the rainbow symbol, even from something as harmless as an ice cream ad, shows the extreme lengths Russian authorities have gone in fighting sexual minorities; every new effort is locked into legislation.
Russian gay, lesbian, transgender or queer citizens will not disappear overnight, no matter how hard the legislators try.
The more pressure is exerted, the deeper people seem to withdraw into underground life. For now, gay clubs are open both in St.
About happy passengers partied on Saturday night on a ship sailing down the Neva river—the party was organized by Central Station, one of the most popular gay clubs in Moscow.
Police detained year-old Amin, a Chechen dancer and hairdresser, and tortured him for several weeks in March, Despite routinely pricking Gaetz and company for behaving in ways that are diametrically opposed to their declared values, The Swamp still spends considerable energy lavishing fond attention on them.
Slow-motion shots of Gaetz strutting down D. Where it stumbles, however, is in its choice of tour guides through that greedy bog—a collection of pretenders whose corruption-friendly actions speak far louder than their crusading words.
Hitti submitted his resignation to the prime minister and left the government house without making any comments. Mon, 03 Aug GMT Isaias near hurricane strength as it crawls toward Carolinas Isaias was forecast to become a hurricane Monday as it neared landfall in the Carolinas after bands of heavy rain from the tropical storm lashed Florida's east coast.
The U. Tropical Storm Isaias had maximum sustained winds of 70 mph kph and was expected to strengthen into a Category 1 hurricane, with winds of 74 mph kph or more.
Directors Morgan Pehme and Daniel DiMauro were not strangers to corruption in American politics; the two directed the documentary Get Me Roger Stone, a film about the Trump campaign consultant who was sentenced to 40 months in prison for corruption charges Trump commuted his sentence last month.
But the two did not expect to find commonality on the issue of corruption in Congress in Drain the Swamp, a book invoking the Trump slogan by a co-founder of the House Freedom Caucus, Colorado representative Ken Buck.
All three legislators decry, in public and on camera, the poisonous vines of financial incentives in Washington; all three also embody striking hypocrisies in staking their positions.
Gaetz, the most notorious of the three for his friendship with Donald Trump, became the first Republican congressman to swear off Pac money in his campaigns in February, but derives much of visibility from his unwavering chumminess with a president whose administration tapped four times more lobbyists in two years than the Obama administration did in six.
In October , Gaetz corralled several Republican lawmakers into crashing a closed-door impeachment inquiry committee hearing in the Capitol basement as Laura Cooper, a top Pentagon official for Ukraine policy, prepared to testify.
The scene, as captured by Pehme and DiMauro and a mass of news cameras, is chaotic and absurd — lawmakers hyped with game-time energy, wielding cellphones, accessing a secured room and then ordering pizza; the stunt violated confidentiality rules, jeopardized the security of proceedings and blared across cable news.
The Swamp suggests, as the chaos of lurched into an unfathomable , that special interests in Washington are not withering. Gaetz swore off the Pac money — weeks before the coronavirus pandemic, which triggered a congressional stimulus bill that delivered billions to special interests at the expense of small businesses.
If it all seems bleak, the hope, said the film-makers, is change through translating common wisdom — Washington is dysfunctional, we all know that — into clear examples on screen.
Mon, 03 Aug GMT Analysis: Often on brink, Lebanon headed toward collapse It may seem like a standard summer in Lebanon, a country used to wrestling with crumbling infrastructure as it vaults from one disaster to another.
Only this time, it's different, Every day brings darker signs Lebanon has rarely seen in past crises: Mass layoffs, hospitals threatened with closure, shuttered shops and restaurants, crimes driven by desperation, a military that can no longer afford to feed its soldiers meat and warehouses that sell expired poultry.
Lebanon is hurtling toward a tipping point at an alarming speed, driven by financial ruin, collapsing institutions, hyperinflation and rapidly rising poverty — with a pandemic on top of that.
Mon, 03 Aug GMT Israeli military strike likely kills 4 militants from Syria The Israeli military said it thwarted an infiltration attempt from Syria early Monday, likely killing four suspected militants it accused of trying to plant explosives.
Israeli troops opened fire on the suspected militants, some of whom were armed, after observing them placing the explosives on the ground, Conricus said.
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Security forces seized the prison Monday afternoon in Jalalabad, the capital of Nangarhar province, some kilometers 70 miles east of Kabul, Defense Ministry spokesman Fawad Aman said.
Sporadic gunfire rang out from nearby residential buildings in central Jalalabad, an area of high security near the provincial governor's office.
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The group would round up political enemies and those defending migrants and refugees, put them on trucks and drive them to a secret location. Then they would kill them.
One member had already bought 30 body bags. More body bags were on an order list, investigators say, along with quicklime, used to decompose organic material.
On the surface, those discussing the plan seemed reputable. One was a lawyer and local politician, but with a special hatred of immigrants. Two were active army reservists.
Two others were police officers, including Marko Gross, a police sniper and former parachutist who acted as their unofficial leader.
The group grew out of a nationwide chat network for soldiers and others with far-right sympathies set up by a member of Germany's elite special forces, the KSK.
Over time, under Gross' supervision, they formed a parallel group of their own. Members included a doctor, an engineer, a decorator, a gym owner, even a local fisherman.
They called themselves Nordkreuz, or Northern Cross. They denied they had plotted to kill anyone. But investigators and prosecutors, as well an account one member gave to the police -- transcripts of which were seen by The New York Times -- indicate their planning took a more sinister turn.
Germany has belatedly begun dealing with far-right networks that officials now say are far more extensive than they ever understood. The reach of far-right extremists into its armed forces is particularly alarming in a country that has worked to cleanse itself of its Nazi past and the horrors of the Holocaust.
In July the government disbanded an entire company infiltrated by extremists in the nation's special forces. But the Nordkreuz case, which only recently came to trial after being uncovered more than three years ago, shows that the problem of far-right infiltration is neither new nor confined to the KSK, or even the military.
Far-right extremism penetrated multiple layers of German society in the years when the authorities underestimated the threat or were reluctant to countenance it fully, officials and lawmakers acknowledge.
Now they are struggling to uproot it. One central motivation of the extremists has seemed so far-fetched and fantastical that for a long time the authorities and investigators did not take it seriously, even as it gained broader currency in far-right circles.
Neo-Nazi groups and other extremists call it Day X -- a mythical moment when Germany's social order collapses, requiring committed far-right extremists, in their telling, to save themselves and rescue the nation.
Today Day X preppers are drawing serious people with serious skills and ambition. Increasingly, the German authorities consider the scenario a pretext for domestic terrorism by far-right plotters or even for a takeover of the government.
The real worry is: These cells are everywhere. In the army, in the police, in reservist units. The domestic intelligence service got a tip in late , and prosecutors started investigating in the summer of But it took years before the network, or a small sliver of it, came before a court.
Even now, only one member of the group, Gross, has faced charges -- for illegal weapons possession, not for any larger conspiracy.
Late last year, Gross was handed a month suspended sentence. The verdict was so mild that this year state prosecutors appealed it, kicking the case into another protracted round of deliberations.
Of some 30 Nordkreuz members, only two others, a lawyer and another police officer, are currently under investigation by the federal prosecutor on suspicion of plotting terrorism.
The outcome is typical of authorities' handling of far-right cases, extremism experts say. The charges brought are often woefully narrow for the elaborate plots they are meant to deter and punish.
Almost always they focus on individuals, not the networks themselves. But the obstacles to prosecuting such cases more aggressively point to another problem making German authorities increasingly anxious: Infiltration of the very institutions, like the police, that are supposed to be doing the investigating.
In July the police chief of the western state of Hesse resigned after police computers had been repeatedly accessed for confidential information that was then used by neo-Nazis in death threats.
It was in Hesse that a well-known neo-Nazi assassinated a regional politician last summer in a case that woke many Germans to the threat of far-right terrorism.
Some Nordkreuz members were serious enough that they had compiled a list of political enemies. Heiko Bohringer, a local politician in the area where the group was based, had received death threats.
But if you look closer, you can see how quickly it turns into serious planning -- and plotting. Barbed wire surrounds the area.
A German flag flutters in the wind. Gross, the police officer, was a regular at the range. He had been a parachutist and long-distance reconnaissance officer in the German army before his battalion was absorbed by Germany's elite special forces, the KSK.
He never joined the KSK but knows several men who did. Another regular was Frank Thiel, a champion in handgun competitions and sought-after tactical shooting instructor for police and military units across Germany.
In the fall of , as hundreds of thousands of asylum-seekers from wars in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan arrived in Germany, the men were appalled.
In their eyes, Germany faced a potential invasion from terrorists, a possible breakdown of its welfare system, maybe even unrest.
And their own government was welcoming the migrants. In late , while conducting a shooting workshop for the KSK in southern Germany, Thiel learned about an encrypted, countrywide chat network to share privileged information about the security situation in Germany, and how to prepare for a crisis.
It was run by a soldier named Andre Schmitt. But everyone knew him as Hannibal. Who wanted in? Soon some 30 people, many of them regulars at the shooting range in Gustrow, joined the northern chapter of Schmitt's network, avidly following his updates.
It was not long before Gross decided to create a parallel group so they could communicate and meet up locally. Members lived in towns and villages in the region, shared far-right sympathies and considered themselves concerned citizens.
By January , this network had become Nordkreuz. There were two criteria for joining, Moll recalled: "The right skills and the right attitude.
At least two others in the group had visited the Thule Seminar, an organization whose leaders had a portrait of Hitler on their wall and preach white supremacy.
Nordkreuz held meetings every few weeks, on the floor above a gym owned by one member or in Moll's showroom, where the two of us also talked.
Sometimes they had a barbecue. Other times, they invited guest speakers. Once a retired military officer came and talked about crisis management, Moll recalled.
Another time they invited a "Reichsburger," or citizen of the Reich, a movement that does not recognize the postwar German state. Over time, Nordkreuz members recalled, their group morphed into a close-knit brotherhood with a shared ambition that would come to dominate their lives: preparing for Day X.
They began hoarding enough supplies to survive for days, including food, gasoline, toiletries, walkie-talkies, medicine and ammunition. Gross collected euros from each member of the group to pay for it.
In all, he amassed more than 55, rounds of ammunition. The group identified a "safe house," where members would decamp with their families on Day X: a former communist vacation village deep in the woods.
The place was "ideal," Moll said. There was a stream providing fresh water, a small lake to wash themselves and clothes, a forest with wood to build and deer to hunt, even an old septic tank.
Didn't all this seem a little far-fetched to them? I asked. Moll smiled at my "Western naivete. Members had grown up in the former East Germany.
You could not rely on things being in the supermarket. You could say we're used to prepping. It's an advantage. Gross and other Nordkreuz members traveled in the fall to an arms fair in Nuremberg and met Schmitt, the special forces soldier running the nationwide chat network, in person.
Members of the group learned how to rappel down the tower of a disused fire station. Two pickup points were designated as Day X meeting spots.
Two fully functioning operating theaters were built as makeshift field hospitals, in a basement and a mobile home.
And we decided that if we were going to do this, we would go all the way. He said they never planned any murders, or intended to cause any harm.
But at least one member of the group portrays a more ominous story. Schelski is a former air force officer whose account is disputed by the others.
It pivots on a meeting he said took place at the end of at a highway truck stop in Sternberg, a small town about 40 minutes west of the shooting range the men frequented.
There, at a coffee stand that today resembles little more than a shed facing a bleak parking lot, Gross met with a handful of other men, in what had become a concentrated cell within Nordkreuz.
Among the others present were two men now under investigation on suspicion of plotting terrorism. Under German law, they cannot be fully named.
One was Haik J. Another was a lawyer and local politician, Jan Henrik H. Both declined to speak with me. Jan Henrik H.
On his birthdays, he held a shooting contest on a field behind his house in Rostock, a nearby city on Germany's northern coast, Nordkreuz members recalled.
The winner got a trophy named for Mehmet Turgut, a Turkish street vendor killed in Rostock in by the National Socialist Underground, a far-right terrorist group.
Gross was the most recent winner. Schelski told the police that Jan Henrik H. Some had sought to help refugees by seeking real estate to turn into shelters.
Much in the file came from publicly available sources. But there were also handwritten notes with information obtained from a police computer.
As they drank coffee at the truck stop, Jan Henrik H. He asked Schelski, a major in the state reservist unit, how they could get them past any checkpoints that might be created in a time of unrest.
Would uniforms help? Army trucks? After that meeting, Schelski told the police, he distanced himself from the group. By then, the intelligence service was already watching.
Some eight months after the truck stop meeting, the authorities conducted the first in a series of raids on the homes of several Nordkreuz members.
Over two years, the raids and intelligence work uncovered weapons, ammunition, enemy lists, and a handwritten order list for Day X that included the body bags and quicklime.
I asked Gross about the body bags. He told me they were "multipurpose vessels," usable as cheap waterproof sleeping bag covers or for transporting large items.
The disclosure that the group had identified political enemies has rattled Bohringer, the local politician. In , two police officers came to sketch his house after he started receiving death threats.
He said he wasn't too concerned. But in June , Bohringer was called to the police station. The homes of two Nordkreuz members had recently been raided, one of them a police officer based in his hometown: Haik J.
The second time, it started raining and he invited me into his red brick farmhouse on "Liberation Street," named for Germany's liberation from the Nazis at the end of World War II.
In the hallway his old military badge and uniform were on display. A large map of Germany in dominated the wall. Images of guns were ubiquitous.
On refrigerator magnets. On mugs. On a calendar. It was the same home that the police had raided years earlier, in August , and found more than two dozen weapons and 23, rounds of ammunition, some of it stolen from police and military stockpiles.
Another police raid in June uncovered another 31, rounds of ammunition and an Uzi submachine gun. This time they arrested him.
In court, it took prosecutors almost 45 minutes to read the list of cartridges, guns, explosives and knives they had found.
He was only charged with illegal weapons possession. In the ongoing terrorism investigation he is a witness, not a suspect. Prosecutors have traced the illegal ammunition in Gross home to a dozen police and military depots across the country, indicating possible collaborators.
Several of the units shot in Gustrow. Three other police officers are being investigated on suspicion of helping Gross. Asked during the trial, Gross said he did not remember how he got the ammunition.
When I met him, he stuck to that line. But otherwise he was not shy about sharing his views. Chancellor Angela Merkel belongs "in the dock," he said.
The multicultural cities in western Germany are "the caliphate. A selection of the president's speeches had been translated into German in the issue.
As far back as , some fellow police officers had voiced concerns about Gross' far-right views, noting that he had brought books about the Nazis to work.
But no one intervened, and he was even groomed for promotion. He likens the coverage of coronavirus to the censored state broadcaster during communism.
Instead, he says, he has a YouTube subscription to RT, the Russian state-controlled channel and other alternative media.
In that parallel universe of disinformation, he learns that the government is secretly flying in refugees after midnight. That coronavirus is a ploy to deprive citizens of their rights.
That Merkel works for what he calls the "deep state. Riots linked to an economic meltdown. Or a blackout, because the German government is shuttering coal plants.
Nordkreuz members never told me, nor the authorities, the location of the disused vacation village that was their safe house for Day X. The safe house is still active, said Gross, who at the height of Nordkreuz's planning had boasted to a fellow member that his network contained 2, like-minded people in Germany and beyond.
This article originally appeared in The New York Times. Tammy Duckworth, like the man she might serve as vice president, prizes loyalty in her ranks and occasional mischief in her workplace.
So when a top communications aide prepared to defect last year to the presidential campaign of Pete Buttigieg, Duckworth recognized an opportunity.
She recorded a faux media interview trashing Buttigieg for hiring her staff away, recruiting an intern to pose as a journalist on the tape.
The file was sent to the departing aide, Sean Savett, who called the Buttigieg team in a panic.
Soon, Savett was summoned to the Illinois senator's office, where she fumed theatrically, stalling as other staff members filed in quietly for the reveal: It was all a ruse.
Duckworth handed him a parting gift -- a Smirnoff Ice, the centerpiece of a viral drinking game known as "icing" -- and gave a final senatorial directive: "Get down on one knee and chug.
Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee, is vetting her to be his running mate, and many of his allies see the freshman senator as a model contrast to President Donald Trump: a death-cheating, double-amputee Iraq War veteran whose life story -- whose very appearance, whooshing by wheelchair through the Capitol -- defines the decency and service that the president's opponents have found lacking in this White House.
There are more accomplished legislators than Duckworth under consideration. There are more prolific policy thinkers and more electric campaigners.
But in bearing and biography, Duckworth, 52, is almost certainly the Biden-est choice -- the would-be lieutenant who has, despite their disparate backgrounds, carved out a public life most evocative of his own.
Although both are known as reliable Democrats whose more moderate instincts can sometimes disappoint progressives, they are also the kinds of politicians whose politics can feel beside the point to many voters.
Like Biden, who entered the national consciousness as a year-old senator-elect left to mourn his wife and daughter, Duckworth has forged a political identity around trauma and personal resilience, her status as a wounded warrior shadowing every inch of her professional arc since her Black Hawk helicopter was shot down outside Baghdad in In an interview, Duckworth suggested the two share a perspective that can flow only from confronting unfathomable pain, from sitting with loss and slogging through Plan B anyway.
And why do some come home and kill themselves? But it wasn't easy. We've been able to face the demons. We've been able to face the fear, the doubts and all of that, and we're still here.
But we both know that it's not easy. Like Biden -- whose decades of verbal blunders have not kept him from six Senate terms, the vice presidency and the Democratic presidential nomination -- Duckworth can at times sound less than smooth at a microphone but has rarely paid much of a penalty for it.
Past rivals said this owes, in part, to the campaign perils of insulting someone so visibly marked as a survivor of war.
Most recently, after Duckworth suggested clumsily that removing monuments of George Washington merited discussion, attacks on her patriotism from conservatives like Tucker Carlson seemed to only boost her reputation among Democrats.
And ideologically, Duckworth would appear closely attuned to Biden. She has spent much of her career positioned to the right of liberal Democrats, retaining some centrist muscle memory from her unsuccessful first congressional race in -- when she pledged fiscal conservatism and punishments for "illegal immigrants" -- and occasionally leading Republicans to wonder if they are looking at a kindred soul.
She could have run as a Republican. She is at once the product of a globe-trotting conservative military family sustained by food stamps in her youth and a soldier who gave her limbs to a war whose wisdom she came to question.
She is a woman well acquainted with male-dominated worlds -- fellow pilots called her "Mommy Platoon Leader" long before she became the first sitting senator to give birth, at age 50 -- and a canny politician whose connections helped guide her to the upper reaches of her party.
Those close to Duckworth still describe her present career as something of a consolation prize. Plan A was flying helicopters, and she did not surrender the vision easily.
Recovering in , Duckworth vowed that "some guy who got lucky one day in Baghdad" would not dictate her future. Nine years later, concluding her first congressional term, she reconsidered.
Duckworth wanted to keep it that way. It was the early s at Northern Illinois University, where Duckworth was pursuing a doctorate in political science, and a traveling evangelist had been lamenting the evils of skirt-wearing women in a public square.
You can't do that. Born in Bangkok to a white American veteran father and a Thai mother of Chinese descent, Duckworth did not learn English until she was 8.
Some Democrats suspect that the president and his allies would make an issue of her birthplace if Biden chooses her, recalling Trump questioning the presidential eligibility of Sen.
Ted Cruz, another U. Some of Duckworth's earliest memories involve the Khmer Rouge seizing control of Cambodia, where her father was working for the United Nations.
She remembers watching bombs go off in Phnom Penh from their rooftop. Her upbringing, she said, gave her "an idealized version of America.
I'm not talking about flip-flopping, but you have to be able to make friends, to make connections on a dime. Imagining a life in the foreign service, she graduated from the University of Hawaii before moving to the mainland for an international affairs program at George Washington University.
She held up Madeleine Albright as a role model. But while in school, Duckworth joined the Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps, partly because she noticed that many of her friends had military backgrounds.
She found herself taken with the ostensible meritocracy, she said, that allowed a "little Asian girl" to rise so long as she could shoot straight, even as one fellow cadet, Bryan Bowlsbey, tested her nerves.
Bowlsbey now works as an information technology consultant. Although Duckworth moved to Illinois to pursue a doctorate, she went through flight school and entered the Illinois National Guard in Before her deployment eight years later, Duckworth had been working at Rotary International, helping to manage offices in its Asia-Pacific region.
When the Guard sought out commissioned officers for a mission to Iraq, she volunteered, arriving in March Duckworth has said she always believed the Bush administration "started this war for themselves," but as a soldier, "you keep your personal opinions to yourself.
She flew herself about twice a week. Her last waking day in Iraq, Nov. Duckworth's crew was conducting "taxi service," in her telling: shuttling people and supplies, with a stop at a base in Baghdad to acquire Christmas ornaments.
She had been at the controls all day. A colleague, Dan Milberg, playfully called her a "stick pig," requesting to take the lead on a final flight.
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RETE4 is a channel dedicated to popular tastes and an older demographic. Milberg was able to land on a plot of open woods. Duckworth, on the cusp of losing consciousness, has retained a snapshot from the haze of her rescue: a cluster of tall grass poking through the base of the Black Hawk.
She wondered how it had gotten there. Her legs were gone. The next days passed in a whir of continuous trauma: surgeries, hallucinations from morphine, flashes of guilt that she had somehow crashed herself.
Duckworth's mother and her husband took turns counting to 60 at her side, guiding her from one minute to the next. And soon, there was another patient on the hospital grounds: Her father, who had suffered a heart attack in Hawaii shortly before his daughter's injuries, had another after traveling to see her.
He died a few weeks after Christmas. Around the same time, a new mentor figure entered Duckworth's life. Dick Durbin, D-Ill. Bush's State of the Union address.
Duckworth attended with an IV drip running beneath her clothes. The senator asked her to stay in touch. Her left leg was amputated below the knee.
Her right was an inches-long stump that Duckworth had asked doctors to leave, despite the complications of fitting a prosthetic to it, because she believed it would help her fly again.
It was not until later that year, she said, that a call from Durbin made her consider an alternate path.
There was a congressional seat coming open in the Chicago suburbs with the retirement of a long-tenured Republican, Henry Hyde.
A campaign seemed as good an option as any. The transition was not frictionless. Like many first-time candidates, Duckworth could be tempted to act as her own campaign manager, former advisers said, seeking to impose military efficiency on overlong phone calls.
Unlike many first-time candidates, she was still learning to walk in her new legs. One focus group of Democratic primary voters bristled when Duckworth wore a skirt, saying that the prominence of her prosthetics felt like the calculating work of operatives.
Her military background was more of an asset in the general election for a right-leaning district. She remarked to voters that she had been shot down "18 months after the mission was accomplished," nodding at the Bush administration's infamous premature victory lap.
She patiently identified herself in calls to would-be donors, who often interrupted her health care pitch with questions about her life. But the contest drew national attention and enshrined Duckworth as a potential star in the party.
Rod Blagojevich, the not-yet-jailed governor of Illinois, appointed her to lead the state's veterans department. Her name was floated as a possible Senate replacement as Barack Obama chased the presidency.
And at the Democratic convention in Denver, Duckworth was invited to speak in prime time on the night Biden accepted the vice presidential nomination.
She joined the Biden family backstage beforehand, convening "soldier to soldier" with Beau Biden, she recalled, just shy of his own deployment.
After joining the Obama administration in as an assistant secretary for Veterans Affairs, she took notice as a favorable district redrawing supplied a cleaner shot at a House seat.
When Duckworth decided to run again, in , she was the one picking up the phone. Perhaps this was inevitable.
Major policy feats can be elusive in the minority party. Voters who know much about Duckworth nationally seem likelier to recall her path to Washington than her work while there.
Since defeating Mark Kirk, the incumbent Republican senator, in , she has probably received the most attention for another personal turn: bringing her newborn to a Senate vote, a first for the chamber.
Colleagues praise Duckworth as a forceful advocate for veterans and people with disabilities but sometimes struggle to name her signature legislative triumphs.
She is not considered a foremost national voice in some policy areas of particular significance in this moment, like policing and the economy -- a potential weakness in her case to be vice president.
Duckworth has generally opposed the legislative priorities and high-profile nominations of this White House, with a handful of exceptions, including a vote supporting Wilbur Ross for commerce secretary, which a majority of Democrats opposed, and another for John Kelly as homeland security secretary.
Trump has signed into law legislation that Duckworth pushed involving veteran entrepreneurship and expanded access to lactation rooms in airports.
Her office is quick to cite an analysis last year identifying her as the most effective freshman Democratic senator.
Some peers said she has been especially valuable during private sessions on foreign policy. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn. Among staff, Duckworth can be more puckish, known to celebrate "Talk Like a Pirate Day" and razz communications aides by suggesting that she has just uttered something damaging to congressional reporters: "Don't really know what I said," she has bluffed upon returning to the office.
In the interview, Duckworth by turns explained why the vetting process had been uncomplicated "I was a soldier for 23 years, and I don't have a lot of money" ; said she remained a fiscal conservative with an aside about wasteful defense contracts ; and appeared to acknowledge that her coordinates on the ideological spectrum were difficult to track.
Many Democrats believe that vice presidential contenders with more experience in a national race, like Harris or Sen.
Elizabeth Warren, would be wiser picks. Yet in recent weeks, Duckworth said, she has been compelled to consider a life one septuagenarian's heartbeat away from the presidency -- and whether she might be ready for the highest promotion, if required.
She defaulted to military imagery "Every soldier is taught to be able to pick up the rifle of a fallen comrade in front of them" and ticked through her credentials, sounding for the first time like a job applicant: Senate, House, VA, doctorate, speaker of "a bunch of languages.
What sort of staying power does it take for a protest movement to be judged a success? This year, without a centralized team of senior leaders, perhaps the largest protest movement in U.
Until then, many party members had aggressively opposed his candidacy. Lindsey Graham, R-S. Contrary to what they said before, Republicans announced, Trump was totally suited for the presidency.
He would rise to the occasion. Being president would render him, tautologically, presidential. In any case, at least he would be surrounded by adults who would steer him in the right direction.
Trump wasn't the extreme, unhinged, unserious candidate that I thought he was. He now regrets the error, as he sees it, of ever having admired Trump.
As it happens, Scaramucci wrote a book about his brief, unhappy White House experience, joining a large club of Trump administration evictees who have turned their bracingly bad experiences into a new genre of political revenge literature.
Taken en masse, the books paint a damning portrait of the 45th president of the United States. But the sheer volume of unflattering material they contain can have the paradoxical danger of blunting their collective impact.
After the 10th time you read about Trump's short attention span, your own attention is in danger of wandering. McMaster, who was Trump's second national security adviser and is no fan of the president.
But at this point, nearly four years in, is there anything left to say about Trump that might surprise us? Or, as McCabe writes in "The Threat": "What more could a person do to erode the credibility of the presidency?
The experience is not pleasant, you might hurt yourself, and it leaves you covered in grime. The picture they paint of their protagonist -- Trump -- is so outrageous that if they were fiction they would be dismissed as too broad, too much of a caricature.
As different as the authors are, the books share a number of common observations about the president. And so, with the Republican Party set to renominate him this month, here is a reminder of what sort of leader Trump has turned out to be, according to his growing band of disgruntled former employees.
Trump vs. The president dismisses Jim Mattis, his first secretary of defense as "a liberal Democrat," yells at him in meetings and notes that "I never really liked him.
He derides Kirstjen Nielsen, his second secretary of Homeland Security as ineffectual and "not mentally able" to handle her job and then, in a fit of pique, futilely attempts to reassign her responsibilities first to Jared Kushner, his son-in-law, and then to Bolton.
He muses aloud on multiple occasions about dumping Vice President Mike Pence from the ticket in and replacing him with Nikki Haley, the U.
But now I don't know. He tells Kushner in meetings: "Jared, you don't know what you're talking about. He mocks Jeff Sessions his first attorney general, as "Benjamin Button.
The president and the truthThe Trump administration surged into life with a whomping great Trumpian untruth: that Trump's inauguration crowd was the largest in history.
Even Spicer did not believe it, though he had to pretend otherwise. All the memoirists present Trump as supremely untrustworthy. He is "a deliberate liar, someone who will say whatever he pleased to get whatever he wishes," McCabe writes.
Sometimes Trump asserts one thing and then, a few minutes later, just the opposite. On other occasions, he conjures pieces of misinformation designed to bolster his thesis, as when he insisted that "3 to 5 million people" voted illegally in the election.
He has a habit of plucking figures from thin air -- first billion, for instance, then billion, to drive home his point about trade deficits in a meeting with President Moon Jae-in of South Korea -- regardless of the numbers' relationship to fact.
The memoirists have different ways of dealing with all this presidential slipperiness. Comey and McCabe start keeping detailed logs of their encounters with the president, the way you would if you had an unstable spouse and wanted to catalog his erratic behavior for use in future divorce proceedings.
Too bad, is the apparent view of Reince Priebus, the original chief of staff. Spicer: "I sometimes felt like a scuba diver, abandoned in the middle of the ocean, treading water.
He encourages them to keep tabs on one another. He praises their rivals. He meanders from topic to topic, loops back around, adds new topics, repeats himself, boasts, mixes facts with fake facts, throws in his latest obsession, continuing on and on according to some labyrinthine stream-of-consciousness impulse in which whatever is on his mind is worthy of public utterance.
He does this in rallies and at campaign events; he also does it in briefings, in one-on-one conversations and at policy meetings. The presidential attention spanIt is true that Trump successfully repeated the words "person, woman, man, camera, TV" on television in an effort to demonstrate the superiority of his mental acuity, but it is also true, the books argue, that he rarely reads, gets bored easily, is irritable and distracted, has trouble remembering complicated things, has no intellectual curiosity and is ignorant not just about his job but about things generally considered common knowledge.
With his short attention span, he is averse to learning anything at briefings if he finds the information difficult to follow, boring, or in contravention of what he already thinks.
Staff members are told to stick to a single point and repeat it often, and to boil complex proposals down to a single page -- or, better, a single paragraph.
They are told not to present Trump with too-long briefing papers, lest he shout at them, or with too many slides, lest his eyes glaze over. What's he want?
The presidential scheduleThe president keeps unconventional office hours, is often late to meetings and events and watches a lot of TV. He is "channel-surfing his way through the presidency.
The presidential egoIn "Too Much and Never Enough," Mary Trump describes her uncle as "a savant of self-promotion" with a "delusional belief in his own brilliance and superiority" stemming from a bottomless insecurity that needs to be assuaged with a constant stream of ego-boosting compliments.
That is why the president often asserts that he is the best at everything. Bolton has a different take: "In my government experience, this was the most irrational thing I ever witnessed any president do.
Several memoirists describe how Trump, to soothe a wounded psyche bruised by his failure to win the popular vote in , continually invited visitors to admire posters illustrating how he had won the election anyway.
Manigault Newman mentions the tanning-adjacent chatter around the abrupt firing of Angella Reid, chief usher of the White House, several months into Trump's administration.
And so, in "A Warning," Anonymous writes that Cabinet-level administration officials contemplated "a midnight self-massacre," which would entail "resigning en masse to call attention to Trump's misconduct and erratic leadership.
And if his colleagues hate working for the Trump administration, John Kelly, the president's second chief of staff, apparently hates it the most.
As for Pompeo, Bolton describes how the secretary of state passed him a snarky anti-Trump note in the middle of the president's summit with Kim Jong Un of North Korea in And he describes how, after listening to the president yell at Nielsen about border security in a particularly fruitless meeting, Pompeo whispers to Bolton: "Why are we still here?
This is clear by the way he behaves when he has fired someone or they have quit, frequent occurrences in an administration with such a high turnover.
After he fires Comey, the FBI director, while he is in California, for instance, Trump is incensed to learn that Comey has returned to Washington on the same government plane that he traveled out on.
I didn't approve of that! Then he decrees that Comey should never be allowed to enter the FBI headquarters again, not even to clean out his desk. After Mattis resigns as defense secretary, Anonymous writes, the wounded president throws "a temper tantrum," insists that Mattis leave the job immediately, before his successor has been named, and then falsely claims that in fact he fired Mattis, rather than the other way around.
How the Trump administration said 'you're fired'Comey: Saw the news reported on TV in the back of the auditorium while he was in the middle of making a speech in California.
Sims: Submitted his resignation after being told by Kelly: "In the past 40 years, I don't think I've ever had a subordinate whose reputation is worse than yours.
The motorcade went on to the White House; his car peeled away and drove off into oblivion. She's a mess! He is a mess! C The New York Times Company Sun, 02 Aug GMT Iran arrests leader of militant California-based opposition group Iran says it has detained the leader of a California-based militant group that is accused of being behind a deadly attack on a mosque in It is not clear how the California-based 65 year old, who Iran claims directed armed and terrorist acts in Iran from the US, was arrested.
The bombing killed 14 people and wounded more than They later published a photo on their website of a blindfolded man they say is Mr Sharmahd.
The alleged Iranian government operative who was said to have hired a hit man to kill Mr Sharmahd was due to face trial in California but disappeared in , likely having returned to Iran.
Sun, 02 Aug GMT Marines halt search for 8 missing troops, all presumed dead Eight troops missing after their landing craft sank off the Southern California coast during a training exercise are presumed dead, the Marine Corps announced Sunday.
The Marines said they had called off the search that started late Thursday afternoon when the amphibious assault vehicle sank with 15 Marines and one Navy sailor aboard.
With a population of about 58 million, South Africa has the fifth-highest number of cases in the world, behind the U. Sun, 02 Aug GMT As school begins amid virus, parents see few good options John Barrett plans to keep his daughter home from elementary school this year in suburban Atlanta, but he wishes she were going.
Molly Ball is sending her teenage sons to school in the same district on Monday, but not without feelings of regret.
Sun, 02 Aug GMT Egypt tells Elon Musk its pyramids were not built by aliens Egypt invited the billionaire to visit, after he appeared to tweet support for conspiracy theorists.
Sun, 02 Aug GMT Ginsburg waited 4 months to say her cancer had returned Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is perhaps the most forthcoming member of the Supreme Court when it comes to telling the public about her many health issues.
One big difference from her past battles with cancer is that Ginsburg and the rest of the court have been out of the public eye since early March because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Ginsburg, who was in and out of the hospital last week, said she intends to remain on the court, a decision that likely was influenced by the conservative nominee President Donald Trump would put up to replace her if she were to retire.
Sun, 02 Aug GMT Clock is ticking on Trump comeback as early voting nears President Donald Trump is privately reassuring Republicans anxious about his deficits to Democrat Joe Biden, noting there are three months until Election Day and reminding them of the late-breaking events that propelled his comeback.
Trump added to the tumult by publicly wondering if the election should be delayed while making the unfounded claim that the tilt toward mail-in balloting would lead to widespread voter fraud.
Sun, 02 Aug GMT Survivors of slain Ohio-based Marines mark grim anniversary Jason Dominguez remembers vividly his last conversation with David Kreuter, as they were doing an overnight security watch from a rooftop in western Iraq.
Dominguez and Sgt. Kreuter usually joked around, but this night 15 years ago was different. Around the world, Muslims gathered with relatives or at home on Friday to mark the start of Eid.
Kosovo and the United Arab Emirates also closed mosques for Eid prayers to limit the spread of the virus. Sun, 02 Aug GMT Israel's Netanyahu rails at media over protests against him Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday railed at swelling protests against his rule, saying they were egged on by a biased media that distorts facts and cheers on the demonstrators.
Netanyahu has faced a wave of protests in recent weeks, with demonstrators calling for the resignation of the long-serving leader, who is on trial for corruption charges.
This year is even more chaotic: A third wave of COVID infections has revived worries that Hong Kong, one of the densest cities in the world, may soon see an overwhelmed hospital system.
Twitter Accounts Deleted. Social Media Scrubbed. Lam also mentioned that candidates have been unable to organize campaign events due to social distancing rules, and that international travel restrictions prevent eligible voters who are overseas from returning to the city.
But few in the city are buying into her talking points. These include year-old Joshua Wong—one of the activists who gave a face to the Umbrella Movement of and is the subject of a Netflix documentary—as well as four current legislators.
Public gatherings of more than two people have been banned. It indicates that any individual involved in sedition, subversion, treason, or collusion with foreign forces may face up to 10 years in prison.
News that the September election may be called off has been circulating in Hong Kong for days. There are recent examples that tell us a voting day can be organized safely during the pandemic.
South Korea held its legislative election in April this year, then Singapore had its general election in July. By following a few simple rules that we are all familiar with now—maintaining distance from one another, masks on always, keeping hands and shared surfaces clean—a vote can take place.
And Hong Kongers have been highly disciplined for months, managing to flatten and squash the curve without an official lockdown. Businesses formulated work-from-home arrangements for their staff.
The population stocked up on food and limited social gatherings. Public areas are cleaned regularly, often hourly.
In all, more than , people skipped quarantine in Hong Kong after traveling internationally between February and June. The Hong Kong Police Force is using this lull on the streets to catch up with visible, high-profile organizers of the anti-government or pro-democracy movement.
Police officers have been visiting shopping malls and universities to gather security camera feeds, and they have arrested the administrators of some Telegram groups that disseminate various kinds of information, like street protest tactics.
Think of it as the death of democracy cut by cut, where the Chinese Communist Party and its proxies in Hong Kong slowly slice away at the structures through which the city seeks self-determination.
There is never a killing blow, just a new wound every day. They are unlikely to return any time soon. Fear and fury permeates the city—fear not so much of persecution, but of the uncertainty that has come to define life in Hong Kong more than the pandemic; and fury fueled by the indignation that seethes through an understanding that the CCP and its puppets do not recognize Hong Kong as a place for people who were born and bred here.
That vision came true one day after he said it, on the other side of the world, where an authoritarian government is rolling back one freedom after another.
The Department of Health reported a record-high daily tally of 5,, bringing the total confirmed cases in the country to ,, including more than 2, deaths.
The Philippines has the second-most cases in Southeast Asia after Indonesia, and has had more infections than China, where the pandemic began late last year.
Sun, 02 Aug GMT Phyllis Omido: The woman who won m fighting lead battery poisoners Kenyan activist Phyllis Omido has been ignored, harassed and arrested, but she never gave up.
Sun, 02 Aug GMT In Africa, stigma surrounding coronavirus hinders response After 23 days in quarantine in Uganda — far longer than required — Jimmy Spire Ssentongo walked free in part because of a cartoon he drew.
It showed a bound prisoner begging for liberation after multiple negative tests, while a health minister demanded to know where he was hiding the virus.
None of it meant anything. I was the guy working for Bernie Madoff who actually thought we were really smart and just crushing the market.
Stevens is not surprised. You get good at doing what it takes to appeal to white voters. The policy effects are shocking; the electoral effects only recently came into focus as demographics change.
All without much protest from those who know better. The first casualty is the truth. Then everyone who says it is blue is clearly a liar.
Both enabler and someone who took a shaky foundation and crushed it. Because it had always been about power. Yet neither could win today. Stevens is deeply concerned about the future of American democracy, comparing some tests in the study How Democracies Die with actions under the Trump administration.
Stevens has little hope the GOP will save itself from Trump or rise to the challenge of adapting to an increasingly non-white America.
Losing, badly, is his only hope for concentrating Republican minds to the new reality of American demographics.
The latter is less predictable. Sun, 02 Aug GMT Virus surges in India, Philippines; Australia imposes curfew Surges of new coronavirus cases continued Sunday in India and the Philippines, which recorded another daily high to surpass , total infections, as officials across the globe considered stricter measures to stymie the spread of the pandemic.
A curfew was imposed on Australia's second-largest city, Melbourne, following a spike in infections. Countries including the United States, India and South Africa are struggling to rein in their first wave of infections while South Korea and others where the disease abated try to avert a second wave as curbs on travel and trade ease.
Sun, 02 Aug GMT Portland police declare unlawful assembly during protest The Portland Police Bureau declared an unlawful assembly Saturday night when people gathered outside a police precinct in Oregon's largest city and threw bottles toward officers, police said.
Until that point, federal, state and local law enforcement had been seemingly absent from the protests Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The demonstrations — that for weeks ended with tear gas, fireworks shot towards buildings, federal agents on the street and injuries to protesters and officers — have recently ended with chanting and conversations.
Sun, 02 Aug GMT Isaias strengthens slightly as it crawls up Florida coast Bands of heavy rain from Isaias lashed Florida's east coast Sunday, with the tropical storm strengthening slightly and forecast to be near hurricane strength by the time it reaches the Carolinas.
Officials dealing with surging cases of the coronavirus in Florida kept a close watch on the storm that was weakened from a hurricane to a tropical storm Saturday afternoon, but still brought heavy rain and flooding to Florida's Atlantic coast.
Montgomery County Health Officer Dr. Travis Gayles said his order to stay closed for in-person instruction through Oct.
Gayles noted increases in transmission rates for COVID — the disease caused by the virus — in Maryland, the District of Columbia and Virginia, particularly in younger age groups.
Sun, 02 Aug GMT Tough words but Israel, Hezbollah don't want new war: experts Harsh rhetoric from Israel and Lebanon's Hezbollah appeared to threaten further conflict after border unrest this week, but experts predict both sides will try to avoid escalation.
As the coronavirus pandemic has deepened Lebanon's economic turmoil and also rocked Israeli politics, the last thing either of the arch foes wants now is a new military conflict, they argue.
Tensions spiked last Monday along the UN-demarcated Blue Line after months of relative calm when Israel said it thwarted an infiltration attempt by up to five Hezbollah gunmen, a claim denied by the Iran-backed group.
Sun, 02 Aug GMT RNC: Decision on private Trump renomination vote not final The vote to renominate President Donald Trump is set to be conducted in private later this month, without members of the press present, a spokeswoman for the Republican National Convention said on Saturday, citing the coronavirus.
While Trump called off the public components of the convention in Florida last month, citing spiking cases of the virus across the country, delegates are scheduled to gather in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Aug.
Nominating conventions are traditionally meant to be media bonanzas, as political parties seek to leverage the attention the events draw to spread their message to as many voters as possible.
Experts say the true toll of the pandemic worldwide is much higher than confirmed cases, due to limited testing and other reasons.
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