New year, same fear

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Happy new year from our family to yours! © E.A. Crunden

Happy new year from our family to yours! © E.A. Crunden

Around the Globe

Africa. DRC forces killed more than 30 Burundian refugees. Flooding in DRC is also wreaking havoc and driving up casualties. Dozens of arrests were made in Zanzibar over alleged homosexuality. A suicide bombing killed 15 people in Nigeria. Kenya continues its election follow-up (and rebuttal.) 

Americas. A gay conversion therapy decision prompted outrage in Brazil. Mexico suffered another crushing earthquake, with over 273 casualties reported. Asylum seekers are still fleeing the U.S. for Canada. Puerto Rico, slammed by Hurricane Maria, could be without power for months. The U.N. General Assembly kicked off this week in New York. Protests raged across St. Louis, Missouri after yet another white police officer was acquitted in the murder of a Black man. The U.S. is getting set to scale back national monuments. Protests continued to rage across St. Louis. Once again, Sen. John McCain of Arizona has killed Trump's health care dreams -- for now.

Asia. India's misogynistic WhatsApp groups. A typhoon left several dead in Japan. Cambodia's spat with the U.S. is deepening. Debates over the Kurdish independence referendum are intensifying. Burmese leader Aung San Suu Kyi failed to condemn military violence against the Rohingya. Japan has two million residents over the age of 90. Brb googling "dotard." 

Europe. France has been pushing the U.S. not to withdraw from the Paris climate accord. The country also has its own drama, over labor reforms. Drama over Catalan independence efforts is going about as well as you might imagine. Chancellor Angela Merkel is set to win re-election in Germany -- but the real story is the rise of a terrifying far-right party. Uber is getting kicked out of London.


Spoken & Written

" to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now, he’s fired?’” -- President Donald Trump, referring to Colin Kaepernick. 



Journalism: Hate crimes skyrocketed last year. Back-and-forth on DACA is making life even harder for DREAMers. Trump's U.N. speech was riddled with inaccuracies. Burma's leader tried to blame both sides for the Rohingya genocide. Linguistic mastermind Sergey Lavrov was really excited about Trump's speech. U.S. Jews are anxious and paranoid as the holidays arrive. Earthquake preparedness: a fun topic you should become familiar with!

Anything Goes:

I'm out of town this weekend (PIC's birthday falls between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, which has made planning anything hard, so we took the one shot we got) with not a lot to say -- I love being in the South, even the very near South, and I'm especially happy to be in Southern Queer Spaces. There is a lot else to say -- I'm terrified about my thesis, my future, the world, sad for Mexico, Puerto Rico, and so many other places, and really just a mess of emotions as usual -- but for now I am trying to find vegan brunch so I will just say a happy new year to you and yours, even if it isn't new year for you, and I hope you go forth to do good deeds this day.