PUBLISHED AUG 19, 2019

Skimm This: Portland Protests, Open Arms, Humanitarian Day

It’s August 19th. Today, we Skimm’d This: 


  • Far-right and anti-fascist groups protested against each other in Portland, Oregon over the weekend. We’ll give you the context on what happened, and the wider debate over the definion of domestic terrorism. 

  • Italy is refusing to allow over 100 migrants off of a rescue boat named ‘Open Arms.’ The case is causing more tension over migration in Italy and the EU.  

  • The UN is highlighting women aid workers as a part of World Humanitarian Day commemorations. 

  • Scientists have detected ripples in space and time – helping them spot a black hole devouring a neutron star nearly a billion years ago. 



theSkimm: Dueling protests by right-wing and anti-fascist groups in Portland, Oregon over the weekend are raising questions about the definition of domestic terrorism. We’ll break down what happened, and where the law currently stands. Then: Italy is refusing to take in over 100 migrants stuck on a rescue boat. We’ll look at the situation on the boat and in Italian politics. Also on today’s show: the UN is celebrating World Humanitarian Day and scientists have found evidence of a black hole swallowing a neutron star...900 million years ago.

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