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Istanbul, Turkey. © E.A. Crunden

Istanbul, Turkey. © E.A. Crunden

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Africa. Kenyans went to the polls this week, cuing unrest when the country's opposition leader cried fraud. The UN is warning of early genocide signs in CAR. Violence continues to escalate in DRC. Uganda is facing an uptick in HIV transmissions. Jacob Zuma survived yet another attempted ouster -- the South African leader has avoided efforts to remove him for years. In the Niger delta, protesters stormed a Shell crude flow station.

Americas. The Venezuelan government repelled an attack on a military base. Venezuelans are attempting to claim asylum in Mexico. U.S.-Cuba relations get weirder by the day. A mosque in Minnesota was bombed early Sunday morning last week. U.S. journalists are concerned over recent moves by the Justice Department. The U.S. heavily escalated tensions with North Korea. White supremacists marched on Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend. 

Asia. Pakistan's former prime minister criticized the Supreme Court decision that ousted him. The U.S. is more deeply involved in Syria than most know. Israel wants to ban Al Jazeera. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's days may be numbered as a corruption probe builds. Young people in Gaza are unemployed and bored out of their minds. The Philippines could see drone strikes from the U.S. An earthquake in China left over 20 people dead and more than 200 injured. All the U.S.-North Korea drama you could ever want a very unhappy China. The Japanese are frantically buying bomb shelters. Tensions between Cambodia and Laos are growing.

Europe. Russia wants to deport a gay reporter to Uzbekistan. In Poland, a fight over a medieval forest now involves the EU. Britain is under fire for giving arms to the Venezuelan government. Spain is seeing triple the number of refugees as 2016.

Spoken and Written

"North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States. They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen...They will be met with fire, fury and frankly power the likes of which this world has never seen before." -- U.S. President Donald Trump


Journalism: Trump still hasn't weighed in on the bombing of a Minnesota mosque. St. Louis is being forced by Missouri to decrease its minimum wage 23 percent -- and activists are fighting back. Chicago and Attorney General Jeff Sessions are clashing over sanctuary cities. The Trump administration can't seem to agree on North Korea. And here's everything you need to know about escalating U.S.-North Korea tensions + with the update that if North Korea strikes first, it will do so without China's backing. SB4 suffered its first big setback in Texas. 

Anything Goes:

When I began grad school, it was with the hopes of furthering my ambitions in journalism. Years spent writing for free were getting me nowhere, and I wanted something tangible, some piece of paper indicating that, yes, I am qualified to do this thing. Almost two years later, the scene has shifted; here I am, a journalist, and my days are the news cycle and quick hits, churning things out and pressing publish as swiftly as possible. That's fine and it's what I wanted, but it does mean school has taken on a different meaning for me. If my job isn't creative writing, then it makes sense that my education might as well be. 

But when it comes to school, time will be up soon. The draft for my thesis is due in around three weeks. There will be a few months of editing and re-writing and anxiety and days spent in coffee shops (a cycle I thought I'd escaped but no, no that never ends, it seems) but then it will be over, finished, and there I'll be, done almost as soon as I started.

I've hated most of grad school, but I've appreciated the liberties it's given me. I wanted to write about home and freedom and anger, and I've been able to do that, even if not to the audience I might have preferred. How will I keep doing that afterwards, when this is done and there is just me and the news cycle and the ebb and flow of the day-to-day? I think about this a lot, more and more as the clock winds down. There are journalists and there are other types of writers, but there aren't many journalists multitasking the way I'd like to, or even making their newsletters the strange cluster that I've made mine. My online presence in general is this way; a friend told me earlier this week that it was a strange hodgepodge of things, just like me, and she was right. There is no rhyme or reason there, no sense of order. I lose followers as quickly as I gain them. I can only imagine the confusion -- when you come for one thing, you do not expect to see so many other, unasked-for offerings. 

Where I am going with this is: how to be everything at once?, and, is that even a possibility?