(March 21 to April 19)
Professionally speaking, you have become a beacon for others around you. You may have noticed in the last two weeks that some people — despite having argued against your ideas — are now listening to you more. It's a blessed sky to start new projects, which will be released in the coming months. There will be new stories for singles and new projects for couples. If doubts remain, soon the way will be clear! Have courage!
TEMPO: vivacissimo al galoppo
(April 20 to May 20)
Doubts about the future re-emerge, especially mid-week when a conflict in the workplace stalls optimism. It's not for a lack of collaboration opportunities or projects, but for not meeting economic expectations. Because of this, try especially hard to enjoy the weekend and relax, but also flirt and talk about love.
TEMPO: adagietto incalzando
(May 21 to June 21)
The sky is still full of fraught nerves, but if nothing else this Full Moon brings back clarity and dialogue with your partner. You will be looking for solutions, new shared places or roles between the two of you, but it's not always a simple mediation. A moment of tension will come during the weekend; those already in crisis may not make it. An interesting phone call or email will come in relation to work in the middle of the week. For some, this will be something that could change their career prospects.
TEMPO: lento moderato
(June 22 to July 22)
Despite the stars speaking to me about professional roadblocks continuing for you, this also happens to be a good week to start meditating about solutions that can lead to something so much more fulfilling. And in love: Mars and Venus continue to push us closer to love. All you have to do is want it!
TEMPO: allegretto gioioso
(July 23 to August 22)
What could prove to be a dead weight in work is actually lighter than usual. The change that you're about to undergo is a bearer of the new, with wit and enthusiasm. And right now, after facing the preparatory hardships, you're becoming aware. Rusty singles are getting back in the game, for now with some entertaining encounters. Although, just between us, maybe it's time to get back to love. For those already in love, around Feb. 3 or 4 a surprising proposal will come.
TEMPO: marcia appassionato
(August 23 to September 22)
This Full Moon, alas, brings back reflection and isolation. As I said before, work continues to absorb a lot of energy. In particular, you're taking on responsibility beyond your expertise and you can't do otherwise. In some cases, it's your family weighing down the mood. But, you're tough and I'm sure you'll come through just fine. Love waits until the spring to be resurrected.
TEMPO: largo calando
(September 23 to October 23)
The professional sphere is always on top, but it's from there that some interesting knowledge could come out. This Moon expands the range of collaborations and people moving around your new projects. In other words: more support, but also for any projects that could be developed in the future. And it's not just there — someone you've recently met, or are going to meet, could also broaden the range of your heart.
TEMPO: allegro marziale
(October 24 to November 20)
Around Feb. 4, work-related issues will finally be discussed. You should put the brakes on anything that isn't gratifying — whether that's family or financial matters. But, don't panic: A solution will come on Feb. 6. Despite everything, your feelings are in a recovery phase. Those who have the same old story continue without putting stakes down. New knowledge stimulates passions, although they're fleeting. Couples will struggle with questions about home life.
TEMPO: marcia moderato
(November 21 to December 22)
This Full Moon definitely brings a "dreamy" week. You have been given a new way to project your desires, but above all to better understand the goals of your love life. Often these things converge — especially if you can find a wall on the other side. Late February will be a better time to think about things in pairs. Job prospects remain good, but remember: It's not just desires and goals, you also need a lot of patience.
TEMPO: adagio sognante
(December 23 to January 20)
You're definitely in a period of great change. These certainly relate to work, but more than anything your finances. Some choices will be unavoidable, especially for those who have changed jobs. But right now you're noticing the first positive results. In this sense a day of strength will be Feb. 6. New discoveries over the weekend will be interesting for singles, while couples, with a little anxiety, will plan a more concrete future.
TEMPO: moderato deciso
(January 21 to February 21)
It is not a difficult period for love, but at work you will be put under a little bit of pressure. There are contractual agreements to be reassessed, problems with a partner-collaborator, or the general sense that goals are not being achieved. It's better to take a break over the weekend of Feb. 6-8 — perhaps with a trip. Love will be put in a stand-by period: new couples may have second thoughts, while singles are content with passions of the moment.
TEMPO: andantino stressato
(February 22 to March 20)
The Full Moon this week will give an extra punch to your work projects. Still there is no clarity on the objectives, but at least you have the opportunity to take a step forward, despite everything seeming tiring. Those who have fought with their partner can now reconcile; those in crisis may find themselves in a secret tryst. For strong couples there is a moment of grace, while for certain singles this weekend, an old friendship might prove to be something more.
TEMPO: allegretto affettuoso
Welcome to Tuesday, where violence erupts after Sudan's military coup, Australia finally gets onboard with climate change goals, and Harrison Ford stars in Raiders of the Lost Credit Card. From Bogota, we also see what the capture of drug kingpin Otoniel means for Colombia, a country long stained by cocaine trafficking.
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Saving the planet is really a question of dopamine
The elite of the ecologically minded are set to descend on Glasgow next week for the Cop 26 conference on climate change. But beyond debating policy prescriptions, French daily Les Echos explores the role our own brains have on making the right choices for the planet:
Almost every week, a new scientific study alerts us to the degradation of the environment. And yet, we continue not to change anything fundamental in our systems of production and habits of consumption. Are we all suffering from blindness, or poisoned by denial?
In his popular books Le Bug humain (The Human Bug) and Où est le sens? (Where is the Sense?), Sébastien Bohler, a journalist in neuroscience and psychology, provides a much more rational explanation: The mechanism responsible for our propensity to destroy our natural environment is in fact a small, very deep and very primitive structure of our brain called the striatum.
This regulator of human motivation seems to have been programmed to favor behaviors that ensure the survival of the species.
Since the dawn of humanity, gathering information about our environment, feeding ourselves, ensuring the transmission of our genes through sexual intercourse and asserting our social status have all been rewarded with a shot of dopamine, the "pleasure hormone."
Nothing has changed since then; except that, in our society of excess, there is no limit to the satisfaction of these needs. This leads to the overconsumption of food and addictions to everything from sex to social media — which together account for much of the world's destructive agricultural and energy practices.
No matter how much we realize that this is leading to our downfall, we can't help but relapse because we are prisoners of the dopamine pump in the striatum, which cannot be switched off.
According to Bohler, the only way out is to encourage the emergence of new values of sobriety, altruism and slowness. If adopted, these more sustainable notions could be recognized by the striatum as new sources of dopamine reward. But there's the challenge of promoting inspiring stories that infuse them with value.
Take the photo-collage exhibition "J'agis ici... et je m'y colle" ("I'm taking action here... and I'm sticking to it"), a collection of life-size portraits of residents committed to the energy transition, displayed on the walls of the French coastal city of La Rochelle.
Backed by the French National Center for Street Arts, photographer Martin Charpentier may be employing artistic techniques, but he's also tinkering with neuroscience in the process.
— Stefano Lupieri / Les Echos
• Sudan in chaos following military coup: After Sudan's military seized power from the transitional government, defiant anti-coup protesters have returned to the streets of the capital city Khartoum, for a second consecutive day. At least seven people have been killed and 140 injured. Coup leader General Al-Burhan has announced a state of emergency across the country, while the military cut off access to the internet and closed roads, bridges, and Khartoum's airport. Washington condemned the coup and suspended aid, and the U.N. Security Council was expected to discuss Sudan behind closed doors later today.
• Egypt lifts state of emergency in force since 2017: Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, announced the end of a four-year-old state of emergency, undoing powers that had given the government sweeping authority to quash protests, make arrests, search people's homes without warrants, and control everyday life in the most populous Arab country.
• Platforms take down Bolsonaro video linking vaccine and AIDS: Facebook, Instagram and YouTube have removed an anti-vaccine video from their respective platforms posted by Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro. Beyond blocking the video, in which Bolsonaro falsely linked the COVID-19 vaccine with developing AIDS, YouTube went further and suspended the far-right leader for a week.
• COVID update: The U.S. will launch a new travel system on November 8, imposing new vaccine requirements for most foreign national travellers and lifting severe travel restrictions over China, India and much of Europe. Meanwhile, authorities in northern China are reimposing lockdown, and other emergency measures as COVID-19 infections spread to 11 provinces.
• Australia pledges net zero emissions by 2050: As one of the world's largest emitters of greenhouse gases per capita and a major exporter of fossil fuels such as coal, Australia has finally committed to becoming carbon-neutral by 2050. This is a target already adopted by most nations heading to next week's COP26 international climate conference, but that Australia had so far refused to pledge.
• Japanese princess loses royal status over wedding: Japan's Princess Mako married her boyfriend Kei Komuro, giving up her royal status. Under Japanese law, female imperial family members lose their status upon marriage to a "commoner" although male members do not.
• Raiders of the Lost Credit Card: A tourist returned the credit card of American actor Harrison Ford, who had lost it in Sicily while shooting scenes for the latest Indiana Jones movie.
"Out of control," titles German daily Süddeutsche Zeitung, reporting on the release of a series of articles by a consortium of 17 U.S. news outlets, called the "Facebook Papers," that reinforce whistleblower Frances Haugen's claims that the social media giant is prioritizing profits over the well being of its users and society.
After striking a deal to sell 100,000 electric vehicles to car rental firm Hertz, Elon Musk's Tesla has joined Apple, Microsoft, Amazon and Google's Alphabet in the club of companies that have reached a $1 trillion valuation.
What the capture of a drug kingpin means for Colombia
While the capture of Otoniel, Colombia's most wanted drug trafficker, made global headlines, Bogotá daily El Espectador writes about the significance of the news for a country that has battled narcotrafficking for decades.
👮 The arrest of the Colombian mobster Dairo Antonio Úsuga David, a.k.a. "Otoniel," is a victory for Colombian intelligence, law-and-order forces and the broader fight against crime. Details of the eight-year-long pursuit of the head of the Gulf Clan, of the tireless and meticulous work, testify to the capabilities that the police and army have managed to develop in the fight against the narco-trafficking that has long been a stain on Colombia.
🇨🇴🇲🇽 Otoniel is responsible for a criminal organization with more than 3,800 members and influence on 12 departments and 128 districts in Colombia (though data from the Bogotá-based Peace and Reconciliation Foundation counts 211 districts). The Gulf Clan sends half the drugs going out of Colombia, and is the main exporter to Mexico. Its ties to the Mexican cartel chief Joaquín "el Chapo" Guzmán are well-documented — and Otoniel had aspired to fill the power vacuum left by Guzmán's capture.
⚖️ Some have observed that the ensuing power vacuum will engender more violence, which is true. But we are, in any case, far from eliminating drug trafficking in Colombia or cutting its tentacles across public life. That shows the limitations of the hard-line response to drugs, when we have seen it is not enough. Still, it is essential in any fight against crime for the state to show its operational capabilities. The message is clear: not even drug overlords are above the law in Colombia.
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"I love Mako. I would like to spend my one life with the person I love."
— Kei Komuro said during a news conference after his wedding with Japan's Princess Mako, the niece of the current emperor and the sister of the likely future sovereign. The princess lost her royal status as a result of her marriage with Komuro, a "commoner."
An art installation "Greetings From Giza" by French artist and photographer JR faces the pyramids of Giza in Egypt, as part of the 2021 exhibition "'Forever Is Now," the first international art exhibition to take place there — Photo: Balkis Press/Abaca/ZUMA
✍️ Newsletter by Anne-Sophie Goninet, Jane Herbelin and Bertrand Hauger
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