SPOTLIGHT: THE WORLD TUNES IN TO VEGAS
Itâ€™s a favorite trope in U.S. presidential campaign coverage to say â€œthe world is watching.â€ In this campaign, it comes with a heavy dose of close-the-shades embarrassment, between Donald Trumpâ€™s treatment of women and Hillary Clintonâ€™s treatment of her emails. But as the two candidates prepare for what promises to be a fiery final debate, tonight in Las Vegas, itâ€™s worth remembering that specific things will change for countries and people far away when a new tenant arrives at the White House:
- Starting, of course, with Mexicans. As economist Fernando Chavez noted in a piece for América Economia (translated here by Worldcrunch), their contribution to the U.S. economy is huge. But a Trump president is determined to deport scores to the other side of a wall Mexico will be asked to pay for. For Muslims, itâ€™s a matter of whether theyâ€™ll be banned from entering the U.S. (or is it â€œextremely vettedâ€?).
- Which side China is on is anybodyâ€™s guess, but perhaps the correct answer is: none. From Beijingâ€™s perspective, theyâ€™re either faced with someone who threatened to â€œring China with missile defenseâ€ and increase U.S. presence in the South China Sea, or with someone who threatens to unleash an all-out trade war.
- In Europe, a quiet but diffused preference for Clinton is countered by those who are clearly rooting for Trump, hoping that his victory will spell a wave of anti-establishment successes across the continent. With crucial elections in France, the Netherlands and Germany next year, Marine Le Pen, Geert Wilders and the Alternative für Deutschland party respectively, all see Trump as a model to emulate. His victory, on top of the Brexit referendum, would put wind in all sails heading sharply to the right.
- Perhaps the foreign leader with the most at stake in this election is Vladimir Putin. Between Clinton, an interventionist who saves her toughest words for Russian foreign policy, and Trump, an isolationist who boasts that he can work together with the Kremlin, the choice appears quite clear for the Russian president. For further proof of where Putin stands, one need only look at the number of reports in the Russian media about risks of nuclear war between Moscow and Washington if Clinton wins.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR TODAY
- Las Vegas hosts the third and final U.S. presidential debate.
- Yemen 72-hour ceasefire goes into effect at midnight.
- The European Space Agencyâ€™s Schiaparelli spacecraft to land on Mars.
- Tesla unveils mysterious new product.
RETAKING MOSUL WILL TAKE TWO MONTHS, GENERAL SAYS
Fighting is intensifying around the Iraqi city of Mosul, as Iraqi forces have made key progress in the battle to retake the city from ISIS. But despite widespread shows of confidence that the offensive will succeed, a brigadier general of Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga forces told CNN that it would take two weeks to enter Mosul, and two months to liberate the city, warning that bad weather could delay the process. The UN refugee agency said that 900 civilians had fled Mosul to cross into Syria. Many jihadists have followed the same itinerary over the past few weeks and days, and some fear they may wind up in Europe.
ECUADOR CUTS OFF ASSANGEâ€™S INTERNET
Ecuadorâ€™s Foreign Ministry has confirmed that the government had decided to â€œtemporarilyâ€ restrict Julian Assangeâ€™s Internet access at the Ecuadorian embassy in London, in the wake of the WikiLeaks release of documents from Hillary Clintonâ€™s presidential campaign. The statement said that the leaks have had a â€œmajor impactâ€ on the U.S. presidential elections, which contradicted Ecuadorâ€™s â€œprinciples of nonintervention in the affairs of other nations.â€ Assange sought refuge in the embassy in 2012 to avoid questioning in Sweden linked to rape allegations, which the WikiLeaks founder denies. Read more from The Washington Post.
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Any John le Carré fans out there? Time for your 57-second shot of history!
â€œChemical castration, if we enforce it consistently, will reduce sex crimes and wipe them out over time,â€ Indonesian President Joko Widodo told the BBC, justifying legislation passed earlier this month that allows chemical castration for pedophiles.
CHINAâ€™S GDP ON TARGET
Chinaâ€™s economic growth remained stable and on target in the third quarter with the countryâ€™s GDP rising 6.7% from last year. But the Financial Times reports that several analysts are worried over the levels of debt and the housing bubble fueling the growth.
Versailles, the German Pavilion in Barcelona, Phillip Johnsonâ€™s Glass House â€¦ More and more famous buildings around the world are hosting so-called â€œephemeral art exhibitionsâ€ in a bid to â€œrebootâ€ their significance. For Argentine daily Clarin, Norberto Feal writes: â€œSuch interventions on architectural landmarks risk becoming more and more common, as artists and curators are finding museums and public spaces too restricted for their shows now. And so some of the world's finest building are subject to these kinds of â€˜reboots.â€™ ... Why are masterpieces of architecture treated this way? One wonders, what would happen if Velásquez's Las Meninas in the Prado were covered with Kusama's polkadots?â€
Read the full article, When Art Tarnishes A Masterpiece Of Architecture.
â€" MY GRAND-PEREâ€™S WORLD
Buddhist Birdhouse? â€" Bangkok, 1993
MH370 UNDERSEA SEARCH DELAYED
The underwater search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, which was supposed to be completed by the end of this year, will be delayed by at least two months due to bad weather in the Indian Ocean, Reuters reports. Investigators have already searched 42,500 of the 46,000 square-mile designated area.
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LETâ€™S BE FRANK
You can grab a pork-less halal hot dog on the streets of Muslim-majority Malaysia. But the Malaysian Islamic Development Department, a religious government body, wants to change the name â€" to avoid â€œconfusion.â€ Director Sirajuddin Suhaimee explains: "In Islam, dogs are considered unclean and the name cannot be related to halal certification." Weâ€™ll take two hot cows, hold the mustard.
The incident at the cemetery
There are so many incidents that get little to no media attention.
The grave of Jewish musicologist Max Friedlaender
Crimes against Jews are rising
Jewish life needs to be allowed to step out of the shadows.
Germany needs to take its antisemitism seriously
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