What we’re watching Sunday
Secretary of State John Kerry in Egypt ahead of Morsi trial
On Sunday, Secretary of State John Kerry became the highest-ranking Obama administration official to visit Egypt since the military toppled Mohammed Morsi in July. The visit, a day before Morsi’s trial is set to begin, comes at a time when anti-American sentiment is high in Egypt.
Kerry, who was starting a 10-day trip to the Middle East, Europe and North Africa, and Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy pledged to ease tensions between Washington and Cairo. Snowden says his leaks are justified in new manifesto
Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden said that the latest calls for reforms to the National Security Agency prove that his leaking of classified documents was justified. Snowden published “A Manifesto for Truth” in the German news magazine Der Spiegel on Sunday in which he says revelations from his leaks will help bring change to mass surveillance programs around the globe.
This manifesto comes on the heels of Snowden’s release of documents that allege the NSA was scanning emails and tapping the phones of several world leaders — news that has angered many U.S. allies, including Germany. On Saturday, a senior member of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party said that he supports the idea of questioning Snowden about the extent of U.S. surveillance in Germany. Snowden has been living in Moscow since August, when he received asylum from Russian President Vladimir Putin. German officials doubt they will be able to bring Snowden to Berlin, because he is facing American extradition on charges under the Espionage Act, and will likely have to go to Moscow if they hope to question Snowden personally.
A shortage of shrimp
August through October is typically prime season for wild-caught shrimp on the southern Atlantic coast, but hauls this year have been slim due to a shrimp-killing disease. Experts suspect a parasite that causes black gill disease is contributing to the die-off. The disease does not kill shrimp directly, but it depletes their endurance and makes them easy targets for predators.
Officials say the shrimp are still safe to eat, even with the disease because the gills come off when the head is removed for human consumption. Researchers believe that record rainfall in the area this year disrupted the balance of salt and fresh water in the creeks where shrimp grow and made the crustaceans more vulnerable to the parasite.