The News October 9-14: Like an octopus

Stories of the Week

Debate fall-out and Trump being Trump. The second American presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton happened a week ago but people are still talking about it. Namely, they are discussing how Trump threatened to jail his opponent. Also relevant to the discussion? The women coming forward to accuse Trump of sexual assault and harassment, who are being backed up by activists. This means Trump is trailing in polls -- but his supporters are, by and large, sticking with their candidate. Even though women say he has been all over them..."like an octopus." Blergh. 

Yemen. Late in the week, the American military directly struck a target in Yemen for the first time since the outbreak of war between rebel Houthis and a coalition led by US ally Saudi Arabia. Yemen's civil war has been a largely undocumented tragedy, ignored by the Western world and global media. But the Middle East's poorest country has been ripped apart by the conflict -- and American involvement isn't likely to spell good things for Yemen's citizens. 

RIP to the world's longest-reigning monarch. The kind of Thailand passed away this week at age 88, after reigning for seven decades. This could mean a number of things for Thailand, which has been ruled by a military junta ever since a recent coup. Next in the line of succession is the king's son, age 64, who is widely mistrusted by Thai citizens. 

Sana'a, Yemen (Ahron de Leeuw - Flickr)

Sana'a, Yemen (Ahron de Leeuw - Flickr)


Blues Buzz

#MuslimsReportStuff. The South's progressive roots. Stories for the Day of the Girl. A South Indian word crosses over into English. Bye Columbus Day, hello Indigenous Peoples' Day. Alt rock history map. Winterson on Ferrante. On that note, this is familiar: clever man outs female writerExploding phones. Harvard, the wealthiest university in the world, is asking for volunteers to work while its dining hall workers strike. The US wants to go to Mars. What is keeping Jewish literature alive? The Kabul zoo. India's oldest LGBTQ magazine. Peak Leonard Cohen. Semi-related: Bob Dylan won a Nobel. CoverBoy. How should you feel about your body after top surgery? Abortions without borders. We can't have a female secretary-general but don't worry guys, we'll always have Wonder Woman! ( -_- ) Plant-based meat. Terrible name, great show.


Regional Updates

South Asia:

Southeast & East Asia:

  • Nine policemen were killed in Burma's troubled Rakhine State, home to the persecuted Rohingya community.
  • Zika comes to Asia.
  • Queerphobia is running rampant in Indonesia. 
  • Filippino leader Rodrigo Duterte both hates and protects the press? It's unclear.

Europe & Eurasia:

Middle East & North Africa:

Sub-Saharan Africa:



Quote of the Week: 

"I've been told this by high up folks. They say listen, Obama and Hillary both smell like sulfur … I've talked to people that are in protective details, they're scared of her. And they say listen, she's a frickin' demon and she stinks and so does Obama. I go, like what? Sulfur. They smell like Hell." -- Alex Jones, everyone

Blue Out: City of women.