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What the Last Nuremberg Prosecutor Alive Wants the World to Know
Lesley Stahl | 60 Minutes
“The Nuremberg trials after World War II were historic—the first international war crimes tribunals ever held. Hitler’s top lieutenants were prosecuted first. Then a series of subsequent trials were mounted against other Nazi leaders, including 22 SS officers responsible for killing more than a million people—not in concentration camps—but in towns and villages across Eastern Europe. They would never have been brought to justice were it not for Ben Ferencz.”
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A Trump Supporter, and His Cab, Play Unexpected Role in Escape to Canada
Melissa Fares | Reuters
“Since Trump was elected, Seymour has had a front seat view of the other side of the immigration debate, ferrying some of the roughly 2,000 people who have crossed illegally into Canada this year.
Most of those border crossers had been living legally in the United States, including people awaiting the outcome of U.S. asylum applications. But Trump’s tough talk on illegal immigration has spurred a wave of asylum seekers to leave for Canada, whose government they view as more welcoming to migrants.”
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Hungary’s Latest Refrain: ‘We Will Be Slaves no Longer’
Lili Bayer | Politico EU
“This new generation is entering Hungarian politics, motivated in part by opposition to the current regime—a pervasive feeling that ‘we’ve had enough,’ said activist Balázs Horváth Kertész as he sat in the Occupy Budapest tent in the city’s Oktogon intersection on a recent afternoon.
Oktogon, situated about halfway between Hungary’s riverside parliament and the city’s iconic Heroes’ Square, has become a symbolic place of resistance to the Orbán government. Young protesters have spent many nights sitting down on tram tracks and halting traffic, holding impromptu dance parties and spontaneous political speeches in the usually busy traffic intersection.”
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India Is Building a Biometric Database for 1.3 Billion People—and Enrollment Is Mandatory
Shashank Bengali | Los Angeles Times
“Inside the buzzing enrollment agency, young professionals wearing slim-fitting jeans and lanyards around their necks tapped away at keyboards and fiddled with fingerprint scanning devices as they helped build the biggest and most ambitious biometric database ever conceived.
Into the office stepped Vimal Gawde, an impoverished 75-year-old widow dressed in a floral print sari. She had come to secure her ticket to India’s digital future—to enroll in the identity program, called Aadhaar, or ‘foundation,’ that aims to record the fingerprints and irises of all 1.3 billion Indian residents.
Nearly 9 out of 10 Indians have registered, each assigned a unique 12-digit number that serves as a digital identity that can be verified with the scan of a thumb or an eye. But Gawde came to the enrollment office less out of excitement than desperation: If she didn’t get a number, she worried that she wouldn’t be able to eat.”