HILLARY’S IN, AND THE WORLD REACTS
Hillary Rodham Clinton's Sunday announcement that she's running in the 2016 presidential race, her second bid to become the first female U.S. president, drew news coverage from around the world, with one German newspaper even using the English headline, "The Very First Lady." Via a short video on her campaign website, the former First Lady and ex-Secretary of State made her long-expected candidacy official, seven years after losing the Democratic Party nomination to Barack Obama. Here are some front pages from around the world.
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“In the past century, our human family has lived through three massive and unprecedented tragedies. The first, which is widely considered ‘the first genocide of the 20th century,’ struck your own Armenian people.” Pope Francis has raised hackles in Turkey after comments he made during a Sunday Mass at Peter's Basilica, attended by Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan. Turkey recalled its Vatican envoy after the Pope’s made reference to the mass killings of Armenians under Ottoman rule during World War I, the Turkish daily Hürriyet reports. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu called the remarks “null and void for the Turkish people and Turkey,” underlining that genocide is a “legal concept” and should not be invoked by religious authorities.
OPPOSITION BOYCOTTS SUDAN “VOTE”
More than 13 million Sudanese are set to vote in general and presidential elections beginning today, though opposition parties are calling the polling a “charade,” Al Jazeera reports. Incumbent President Omar al-Bashir is the world’s first and only sitting president wanted by the International Criminal Court for genocide in Darfur, yet he is expected to hold on to power, extending his 25-year rule over the country. He is being challenged by 14 little-known candidates who have reportedly benefited from little to no media coverage. In the early hours of today’s voting, security forces outnumbered voters in polling stations, The Guardian reports. Election results are expected on April 27.
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ISIS CLAIMS LIBYAN EMBASSY ATTACKS
ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attacks Sunday and Monday on the South Korean and Moroccan embassies in Tripoli, Libya, AFP reports. A bomb exploded early Monday outside the Moroccan embassy, and just hours earlier, gunmen fired shots at the South Korean embassy, killing two security guards and wounding another person. According to the SITE Intelligence Group, ISIS fighters claimed responsibility for the attacks via Twitter.
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OPPOSITION DEATH SPARKS GABON VIOLENCE
Violence broke out in Libreville, Gabon, Sunday evening after the announcement that 57-year-old opposition figure André Mba Obame had died in unknown circumstances. Opposition supporters accused the government of being behind his death,France 24 reports. The Benin embassy and several cars were burned, Reuters reports. In 2011, Obame declared himself the presidential election winner, disputing the victory of Ali Bongo. For the past three years, he has rarely been seen in public because of significant health problems.
As Le Monde’s Marlène Duretz reports, Cyber crime is skyrocketing and experts are panicking. One billion digital data records were stolen last year, and half of those attacks have been linked to identity theft. And yet, more than half of French Internet users protect their online lives with passwords that are pet names and birthdays. “In 2001, British psychologist Helen Petrie, a specialist of man-machine interaction at City University London, was studying how 1,200 users were creating their passwords,” the journalist writes. “She concluded that our choices are our personality in a nutshell, a sort of ‘21st century Rorschach test.’”
Read the full article, What Your Passwords Say About Your Psychology.
PARIS BIDS FOR 2024 OLYMPICS
The French capital is bidding to host the 2024 Summer Olympics, the Council of Paris announced today. The City of Light joins Hamburg, Boston and Rome in the list of cities officially angling for the honor. Durban, Melbourn, Nairobi, Casablanca, Doha and Istanbul are also potential candidates.
German author and 1999 Nobel Prize winner Günter Grass has died.
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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
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