Friday, June 19, 2020 | 11:45 PM
Juneteenth is today, a day of joy and pain. It marks the day when Union soldiers freed African Americans in Galveston, Texas on June 19, 1865. This year’s Juneteenth is especially important due to nationwide outcry for racial injustice. Protests and rallies were set to occur in major cities (AP News)
Tensions between Trump and social media platforms intensify as Facebook pulls down a Trump ad for allegedly using a Nazi symbol in violation of its policy against “organized hate.” Twitter also labeled one of Trump’s tweets as manipulated media (AP News)
China indicted two Canadians on charges of espionage, a move widely seen as a retaliation for the arrest and potential extradition of Meng Wanzhou, the CFO for the Chinese telecom giant Huawei. The two Canadians were arrested by Chinese authorities in 2018 shortly after Meng was detained in Canada at U.S.’s request (WaPo)
~Meng, the daughter of Huawei’s founder, was wanted by the U.S. on charges of fraud.
Major European powers are discussing to reform the WHO, sharing some of the concerns that led the U.S. to quit. Generally, European countries have shielded the WHO from intense criticism coming from Washington (Reuters)
~Trump’s comment came a day after Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer told Congress he did not see decoupling the US and Chinese economies as a viable option.
Business & Tech
Movie-theater chain AMC plans to reopen nearly all of its U.S. locations by July 24, says the company. AMC is planning to cap auditorium capacity at 30% during its initial reopening along with deep cleaning procedures between each screening (WSJ)
Samsung unveils a cheaper 5G smartphone, Galaxy A71. The phone goes on sales Friday, becoming the cheapest 5G-enabled phone in the U.S. With a price tag at $599.99, it is about the half of the price of its flagship Galaxy S 5G line (WSJ)
“Juneteenth should absolutely be a national holiday. It’s a reminder of the horrors of slavery and racism, and the virtuous quest to vitiate the evils of bigotry and tyranny by vindicating the universal ideals of the founders.”
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