Stories of the Week
Retaking Mosul. Often down but never fully out, the Iraqi army launched a major mission this week to retake the city of Mosul from the Islamic State. The mission may well take two months -- and it's unclear if it will actually be successful. Still, time is not on the side of the Islamic State, which has been shedding resources and support for months.
Rigged election. Despite years of the US *actually* rigging elections in other countries, despite years of white Americans rigging elections to hurt Americans of color, and despite Russia actually probably playing a role in trying to sway this particular election in favor of Donald Trump, Trump himself is convinced that the election is being rigged for Hillary Clinton, his opponent. This is a deeply damaging and potentially very dangerous accusation, one that the Trump campaign in general isn't doing a very good job of containing. Neither is the candidate himself -- at the third presidential debate, he essentially said he would keep Americans "in suspense" about the course of action he would take.
Ethiopia's nightmare. Ethiopia's crisis is only worsening. The nation, which has long suffered under a repressive government and brutal crackdowns, is now seeing some of the worst violence its endured in years. Over 1000 protesters have been arrested for protesting governmental practices, and the country is in a state of emergency (imposed on October 8.) Previously, Western governments, like the US, have tolerated Ethiopia's repression because of its strong economy -- so it remains to be seen how this crisis might be approached by the international community.
An Indian actor who won't fake her accent to please the West. Queerness and Afro-modernity. Eileen Myles on "locker room talk." Fan fiction with Margaret Atwood. Death threats for endorsing Hillary Clinton. Kristen Stewart, queer symbol. Cellulite used to be in, y'all. Everyone loves Michelle. And Chimamanda. D.C.'s metro and racism. Same-sex marriage bans on Native reservations. Must-read: The white flight of Derek Black. This is technically just about Renzi but mostly we're here for Renzi and Trudeau. Past racism. Endangered bees. Inside a Hindus for Trump rally. Lahore's booze scene. Being queer is still rough. The US Green Party vs. the German Green Party. Lost contact. Italian women on having a sexist run your country. Marlon James is done talking about diversity. Related: studying whiteness. The complexities of Jewish marriage.
- Helmand, Afghanistan continues to be the site of warfare and destruction.
- Officials from Afghanistan and the Taliban, meanwhile, have restarted talks.
- A Pakistani chaiwalla became an overnight internet sensation when his picture went viral. The young man has now scored a modeling contract.
Southeast & East Asia:
- China launched its longest manned space mission.
- Following the death of its monarch, Thailand is halting much of its tourist activity.
- Hong Kong lawmakers walked out of a legislative council meeting where pro-independence activists were being sworn in.
- Rodrigo Duterte, the notorious president of the Philippines, spent much of his week courting the Chinese.
Europe & Eurasia:
- Northern Irish leaders are meeting with their southern counterparts to discuss the ramifications of Brexit, as both eye dramatic economic fallout from the decision.
- The UK may take a small number of refugee children from a notorious refugee camp in Calais, France.
- Update: They did. But. Some people in the UK question whether child refugees are actually child refugees.
- The strip club owner who wants to end the new Cold War.
Middle East & North Africa:
- A 72-hour ceasefire took place in Yemen in order to allow for a reprieve. Begun Wednesday night, the ceasefire briefly brought mass-fighting in the country to a halt.
- Saudi Arabia executed a member of the royal family; he was accused of shooting and killing another man.
- Turkish jets battled US-backed Kurdish forces in Syria this week, heightening animosity between the two countries.
- France has expressed alarm over the Congo's postponed election.
- 20 people died in the Congo following an argument over an illegal caterpillar tax.
- Boko Haram militants overran a Nigerian military base in the country's northeastern region, leaving many wounded and/or missing.
- Kenya has been accused of dropping Somali refugees back over the border, with no support.
- Ecuador cut Julian Assange's internet connection...in the UK.
- Inside Venezuela's health care crisis.
- Argentinian women are protesting the a culture of misogyny and gender-based violence following the brutal rape and murder of a 16 year-old girl.
- Also bad for the country: Venezuela's leadership is continuing to reign in its opposition.
- Abuses in Australia's Northern Territory are being detailed for a royal commission. The latest: an officer at a juvenile detention center allegedly urinated in a toilet and told a boy to drink it.
- Australia's first openly gay Aboriginal politician is making a plea for same-sex marriage.
Quote of the Week:
Perhaps for obvious reasons, at the last minute, Lochte’s publicist decides to come along. “Work is slow,” she says. “It’s Yom Kippur.”
“What’s that?” Lochte asks curiously.
“It’s the Jewish Day of Atonement.”
“Wasn’t it their Thanksgiving two days ago?”
“That was Canadian Thanksgiving.”
“Oh,” says Lochte, shifting his hands in his pocket and pulling out his phone, which, as it turns out, has been butt-dialing people. “Ha!” he says. “My friend was just on the phone for like five minutes! Ha-ha-ha!” -- Ryan Lochte, everyone
Blue Out: Bob Dylan isn't taking the Nobel's calls.