August 5, 2020
Big Tech Raises Big Fears; All About Elections; Compounding Crises in Latin America; Migration Concerns Grow; EU Relations on the Rocks; and The Strong Fall Short
Quote of the Week
"This is an open robbery. The world is watching and God is watching how President Trump is turning the once great America into a rogue country."

-- Editor-in-chief of the Global Times Hu Xijin in a tweet on Monday in response to considerations of a TikTok purchase by Microsoft.

"Let's not downplay the threat here: the mothers of America have to worry about whether the Chinese Communist Party knows where their children are.

-- White House trade adviser Peter Navarro, quoted on Monday regarding the Chinese-owned social media app TikTok in an interview with Axios.
Big Tech Raises Big Fears
"Microsoft Confirms It's Exploring Purchase of TikTok After CEO's Conversation with President Trump" Kelly Tyko; John Fritze; Jefferson Graham; David Jackson; Courtney Subramanian -- USA Today, August 3, 2020

Trump's TikTok Ban Could Make Big Tech Even More Dominant" Seth Fiegerman -- CNN, August 1, 2020 

Big Tech and Antitrust: Pay Attention to the Math Behind the Curtain" Tom Wheeler -- Brookings, July 31, 2020 

Asia's Regulators Ignore Rising Influence of Big Tech at Their Peril” James Crabtree -- Nikkei Asian Review, August 5, 2020 

I Tried to Live Without the Tech Giants. It Was Impossible." Kashmir Hill -- New York Times, July 31, 2020 

How the Legal Fight Against Big Tech Is Like the Fight Against Organized Crime” Zephyr Teachout -- The Washington Post, August 1, 2020 
All About Elections
Compounding Crises in Latin America

Latin America’s Anti-Corruption Drive Has Stalled at the Worst Possible Time” Frida Ghitis -- World Politics Review, July 30, 2020 

How Latin Americans Are Using Pensions as a COVID-19 Lifeline” Emilie Sweigart -- Americas Quarterly, July 29, 2020 

The Pandemic and Populism’s Wreckage in Latin America” Sarah White -- RealClear World, July 30, 2020 

"Let’s Look Beyond GDP to Rebuild Latin America" Alicia Bárcena; Rolando Ocampo; Xavier Mancero; Rayen Quiroga; and Pablo Villatoro -- Americas Quarterly, August 5, 2020 
Migration Concerns Grow
What Happens to Migrants Forcibly Returned to Libya?” Mat Nashed and Ghady Kafala -- The New Humanitarian, August 5, 2020 

Mexican Migration Could Be the First Crisis of 2021” Shannon O'Neil -- Bloomberg, July 22, 2020  

Canada-U.S. Asylum Pact in Doubt After Ottawa Court Ruling” Craig McCulloch -- Voice of America, August 1, 2020 

What Impact Will COVID-19 Have on the Movement of People?" Adi Gaskell -- Forbes, August 4, 2020 

EU Relations on the Rocks
The Inevitable Partner: Why Europe Needs to Re-Engage With Africa" Vladimir Shopov -- European Council on Foreign Relations, July 30, 2020 

The Other Putin on Europe’s Doorstep" Mark Leonard -- Project Syndicate, August 3, 2020 


The Strong Fall Short
Is Western Europe Losing Its Grip on the Coronavirus?” Ryan Cooper -- The Week, August 1, 2020 

How the Pandemic Defeated America” Ed Yong -- The Atlantic, August 3, 2020 
WACA's Cover to Cover With Lesley Blume on Hiroshima - Tomorrow!
Register now for WACA's Cover to Cover conference call Thurs., Aug. 6, at 2:00-2:30 PM ET, featuring Lesley Blume, award-winning journalist, historian, and NYT bestselling author. Blume will discuss her new book Fallout: The Hiroshima Cover-Up and the Reporter Who Revealed It to the World.

Just days after the U.S. decimated Hiroshima and Nagasaki with nuclear bombs, the Japanese surrendered unconditionally. But even before the surrender, the U.S. government and military had begun a secret propaganda and information suppression campaign to hide the devastating nature of these experimental weapons. For nearly a year the cover-up worked - until New Yorker journalist John Hersey got into Hiroshima and managed to report the truth to the world. Released on the 75th anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing, Fallout is an engrossing detective story, as well as an important piece of hidden history that shows how one heroic scoop can save the world.