The News September 11-15: Breadxit

Stories of the Week

Woman in late 60s falls ill with pneumonia after months of exertion. As every news outlet in the US (and many around the world) have now notified you, Hillary Clinton, a woman in her late 60s who has been going non-stop on the campaign trail for over a year, fell ill with pneumonia this weekend. She is likely to make a full recovery, and the incident is unremarkable.

Ceasefire in Syria. The US and Russia helped to broker a "pause" in Syria's brutal war in order to allow for a number of things, namely aid to the battered city of Aleppo. Of course, just as the ceasefire was about to take hold, Syria's dictator Bashar al-Assad helpfully bombed a rebel neighborhood. Unsurprisingly, the ceasefire has been on shaky ground ever since -- mostly because of incidents like the Syrian government turning away an aid convoy trying to reach Aleppo. 

Breadxit. In what may be some of the worst cultural news of all time, The Great British Bake-Off is leaving the BBC. Worse: it is losing its co-hosts, Sue and Mel -- two iconic women who have powered much of the show's meteoric rise. Behind what might seem to be entirely entertainment news is an element of the political: the BBC is taking huge hits in the wake of Brexit, and its inability to afford Bake-Off may directly stem from this.

Damascus, Syria. (Arian Zwegers)

Damascus, Syria. (Arian Zwegers)


Blues Buzz

Black women in white spaces. When an app knows you're pregnant, but not that you miscarried. They are all Breitbart now. Justice for California's farm workers. Shine theory in the White House. The 'now you know how it feels' moment that every person who has a less than desirable passport is probably experiencing towards Britain right now. What the impeachment of Dilma Rousseff means for other Brazilian women. BYE STOCKS. The 15 year-old campaigning for a hijab emoji. Monsanto merger. Amen, Diego. Colin Powell is like much of us in that he was honest in his emails. Toward new versions of a traditional family.


Regional Updates

South Asia:

Southeast & East Asia:

  • All hell broke loose in southern China early in the week, after police stormed Wukan, where protesters have been demonstrating against illegal land grabs. 
  • De facto leader of Burma Aung San Suu Kyi met with Barack Obama this week, culminating in Obama saying he is ready to lift U.S. sanctions on Burma. Not really discussed? Burma's ethnic cleansing of the minority Rohingya population, whose Muslim faith is at odds with majority-Buddhist Myanmar. 
  • After North Korea tested a nuclear bomb too close for South Korea's comfort, South Korean ally the US exercised its muscle in South Korea's airspace--a clear display meant for North Korea.
  • The Philippines' leader, Rodrigo Duterte, wants the US out of the southern region of the country, because of....Muslims.
  • Bitcoin is huge in Tibet. Fascinating.
  • A half Taiwanese woman is about to be elected to head Japan's leading opposition party.

Europe & Eurasia:

Middle East & North Africa:

Sub-Saharan Africa:

  • An earthquake in Tanzania killed around a dozen people and injured nearly 200.
  • A yellow fever outbreak in both Angola and the Congo has been brought under control, according to the WHO.
  • The UN has expressed concern as South Sudanese fighters flee to the neighboring Congo, threatening the country's stability. 
  • ...stability that is also threatened by things like the shuttering of newspapers after reporting on the misuse of funds.
  • South Africa banned American pastor Steven Anderson, noted for his homophobia, from entering the country.


  • Mexicans protested en masse this weekend against same sex marriage, but this boy was having none of it. Shortly thereafter, Mexicans in support of same sex marriage marched in its favor.
  • Brazil ejected its former speaker of the lower house for hiding money in a Swiss bank account.
  • Ecuador has finally set a date to question Julian Assange. 
  • A makeshift Native school is empowering children in the midst of the Dakota pipeline protests.
  • Edward Snowden is making the case to the US government that he should be pardoned. 
  • The US wants to turn a tropical paradise (part of the Northern Marianas) into a warzone because of course.
  • The mosque where Omar Mateen, the man behind the massacre of 49 people in Orlando, Florida in June, was set on fire. The arson coincides with Eid al-Adha, one of the most important festivals in Islam. 
  • The US is getting its first marine national monument
  • In other Islamophobic incidents involving fire, a Muslim woman seems to have been set on fire in New York City in what appears to be a hate crime.
  • Chelsea Manning ended her hunger strike after willing her gender surgery battle.


Quote of the Week:

Rick Perry's Dancing With the Stars debut was horrible and great and Texas as hell. His first-ever dance was to "God Blessed Texas," and he wore a black cowboy-embroidered suit and bolo tie. Strangely, the set design was heavy on State Fair symbolism, with a giant ferris wheel and a, uh, fully functional corn dog cart. Perry was paired with pro dancer Emma Slater, and though she looked pretty cool spinning around and stuff, Perry looked stiff, awkward, and he did that mouth-constantly-agape face that people make when they don’t know what they’re doing but they’re having way too much fun to notice. His daughter, meanwhile, looked on in what can only be described as pure horror. Here's a link to the full video—viewer discretion is advised. The judge's weren't impressed, and Perry and Slater finished last among the field of competitors with a score of 20, earning fives across the board. According to theSan Antonio Express-News, Judge Bruno Tolioli told Perry his routine was "bold, brash, not exactly subtle" and said he needed to work on his timing, which is probably the most poignant and concise description of Perry's political career we've ever heard. He's a long-shot to win—Vegas odds had him at 33-1 entering the competition—and it appears as though Perry's performance has made him a prime candidate for elimination in tonight's show. It certainly wouldn't be the first early exit for Perry on a national stage. -- TX Monthly morning email blast

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