Photo of the Week: A Turkmen for All Seasons

On a lighter note, Turkmenistan has crowned a new Master of Sports. As it happens, the honoree is the former Soviet republic’s President, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov. Apparently, the 60-year-old Turkmen leader was visiting a race course in the country’s Karakum Desert when he realized that his BMW fit the necessary requirements to compete. He entered the race, “easily and quickly overcame all obstacles” and “showed a real art of drifting,” before beating his next closest competitor by 12 seconds, according to state media reports picked up by BBC Monitoring.


Mr. Berdimuhamedov, who won a third term in 2017 with 98 percent of the vote, is no stranger to accolades. Six years before he pocketed his new Master of Sports certificate and racing trophy, he won the first automobile race ever staged in Turkmenistan in similar circumstances. He’s also a noted authorsongwriterequestrian, and weapons expert. Hey, if you’re going to try to top your predecessor’s personality cult, you might as well have fun doing it.

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In a new interview with Ian Bremmer for GZERO World, former CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden says that the single most important step to reopening schools in the fall is to control infection in the community. But as of now, too many communities across the United States have lost control of the Covid-19 virus. Opening schools will only become a possibility once a majority of people start practicing the "Three 'W's" ("Wear a mask, wash your hands, watch your distance") and local and federal governments enforce stricter protective policies. The full episode of GZERO World begins airing on US public television on Friday, August 7, 2020. Check local listings.

2,500: Google has deleted around 2,500 YouTube accounts linked to a coordinated misinformation campaign about Hong Kong, Chinese regime critics and China's coronavirus response. It's been a busy week for social media platforms cracking down on fake news, after Facebook and Twitter censored a post from US President Donald Trump for containing misinformation about COVID-19, and Brazil's Supreme Court ordered Facebook to block accounts tied to allies of President Jair Bolsonaro for spreading lies about judges.

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Jim Geraghty argues in a National Review op-ed that we shouldn't blame Trump for the fact that the US has one of the highest coronavirus death rates in the world. But though he's right that not everything is Trump's fault, Ian Bremmer and Eurasia Group analyst Scott Rosenstein take out The Red Pen to show that the evidence he cites to let Trump off the hook doesn't hold water.

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