Unmissable stories for the Curious-Minded

  • ‘I am a witness … and I cannot look away,’ said Goodwill Ambassador for UNHCR and Actor Kate Blanchett addressing the European Parliament and calls for a ceasefire in Gaza. Since October 7, an estimated 11, 200 Palestinians have been killed in the Israel-Hamas war. Globally, 114 million people have been displaced as a result of violent conflicts. Blanchett defended the 1951 Refugee Convention, calling it a ‘landmark human rights instrument’ that has been ‘foundational to common humanity.’
  • Wonka, starring Timotée Chalamet, based on Roald Dahl’s children’s classic Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is dividing opinion ahead of its December 6 release date. The Times calls it ‘a grim vision of the future of entertainment,’ while the casting of Hugh Grant as an Oompa-Loompa has been criticised by an actor with dwarfism on the grounds that people like him are being ‘pushed out of the industry.’ The 1971 and 2005 film adaptations of the book both cast actors with dwarfism to play the Oompa-Loompas.
  • Is press censorship the future? A British judge granted Prince Harry a continuation against the Daily Mail publisher, Associated Press, following claims that his privacy was breached via unethical methods of information gathering that included the hiring of private detectives and phone tapping. Associated Press denies these claims.
  • David Cameron’s return to government as foreign secretary sparks many questions. One of them concerns democratic accountability. The House of Commons and the House of Lords are governed by strict rules. A member of the House of Lords cannot enter the House of Commons. Having been made a Lord to fast-track his cabinet appointment, Lord Cameron is technically not accountable before other MPs in the House of Commons.
  • A groundbreaking study into the dating psychology of incels reveals that men who identify as involuntary celibates have a ‘low sense of their own mate value.’ Additionally, incels have a tendency to make false judgments about what women look for in a partner, overestimating the importance placed on looks and finances and underestimating such factors as loyalty and intelligence.

That’s all from us this week. See you next Friday!

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