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Nazis Separated Me From My Parents As a Child. The Trauma Lasts a Lifetime. (Russ)

The author writes, “I know from experience that the Trump-sanctioned brutality at the US border with Mexico will scar its child victims for life.”

New Trump Probe Looks a Lot Like a RICO Investigation (Chris)

From the Daily Beast: “Referring to a cooperator as a ‘rat,’ President Trump sometimes sounds like a mob boss. He may ultimately be prosecuted like one, too.”

Puerto Rico Implements Water Rationing Measures Amid Drought (Chris)

The author writes, “Tens of thousands of people in Puerto Rico will face water rationing due to increasingly dry conditions in a US territory still struggling to recover from Hurricane Maria. Gov. Ricardo Rossello said Monday that seven municipalities in the island’s northwest region could be without water for up to 24 hours at a time starting next week.”

Spain’s Trial of Catalan Separatists Begins (Dan)

2017’s Catalan separatist movement and vote in Spain rocked the country. Now organizers of the movement are going to trial. Here is a background.

Turkey’s Mass Trials Deepen Wounds Left by Attempted Coup (Dan)

The author writes, “[President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s] crackdown has progressively widened to include an entire class of political opponents, as the government has purged tens of thousands from the judiciary and academia, as well as the police and military.”