Unmissable Stories for the Curious-Minded

  • Israeli Teen Jailed for 30 Days: 18-year-old Tal Mitnick has served thirty days in a military prison and is expected to serve thirty more for refusing to enlist. In a statement, the teenager said: ‘none of us are free until we’re all free.’
  • Storm Isha Pummels the UK: Plains were diverted from Ireland to Bristol earlier this week, trees uprooted, and roads flooded as Britain saw its eighth major storm in less than three months.
  • Trump Woos Voters: Donald Trump secured another major campaign victory this week, winning nearly 55 per cent of the vote in New Hampshire. Some are calling it ‘unstoppable momentum.’ Joe Biden commented that: ‘the stakes could not be higher.’
  • Ireland’s Asylum Debate: The number of asylum seekers has risen to 13,000 per year in the last two years, while social housing remains scarce. Mis- and disinformation on social media have sparked rumours that asylum seekers are to blame for the housing shortages. One culprit, however, is Ireland’s controversial asylum policy of Direct Provision which rewards private contractors who provide bed and board to asylum seekers.
  • Do You Have ‘Picasso Fatigue’? An exhibition at Gagosian of Pablo Picasso’s art promises to give a new narrative of the painter. ‘A Foreigner Called Picasso,’ looks at the artist as a 19-year-old immigrant in France, political radical, and experimentalist. Many of his paintings have what today could easily be called a ‘gender fluid’ style, says Gagosian director Michael Cary.
  • A Sleepless Sexual Frenzy Before Death: Meet the male marsupial that chooses to forgo sleep for sex. The Australian antechinus is a rare mammal that mates for just one cycle before it dies. Every year around August, male antechinus begin a lustful three-week breeding period at the expense of food and sleep before dying en masse.
  • Miners vs the Yanomami: Illegal gold mining in the Amazon is destroying the lives and livelihoods of its indigenous inhabitants: the Yanomami of Brazil. Brazil’s health ministry reports that 308 Yanomami died last year from malnutrition, violence and miner-introduced diseases such as malaria. Fifty per cent of the deaths were children under four. Illegal gold miners argue that they are poor and need the income to feed their families.

 

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