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Texas School Shooting, Stakes In East Ukraine, World-Class Slacker

Texas School Shooting, Stakes In East Ukraine, World-Class Slacker

Families wait for news of their missing relatives following the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas on Tuesday

Lisa Berdet, Lila Paulou and Bertrand Hauger

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Welcome to Wednesday, where 21 are killed in a school shooting in Texas, Davos focuses on Ukraine, and a vertigo-inducing world record is broken at Mont-Saint-Michel. Die Welt also offers a psychoanalyst’s perspective on how war survivors pass trauma onto their children.



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• Narrowing Battles In The East Will Determine Fate Of Ukraine War: The battles taking place in eastern Ukraine could determine the fate of the war and the country, Ukraine’s Defense Ministry said. According to the US think tank the Institute for the Study of War (ISW), Russia has abandoned efforts to complete a single large encirclement of Ukrainian forces in the region and are instead attempting smaller encirclements.

— Read all the latest at War in Ukraine, Day 91

• Texas school shooting: An 18-year-old gunman killed at least 21 people — including 19 children — in a shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, making it the deadliest school shooting in the U.S. since the 2012 Newtown massacre. The gunman was shot to death by law enforcement officers. U.S. President Joe Biden called for actions on gun control, saying “When in God’s name are we going to stand up to the gun lobby?”

• North Korea launches missiles: According to military officials in Seoul, North Korea fired three ballistic missiles, including an intercontinental missile, from the Sunan area in Pyongyang. This came just one day after U.S. President Joe Biden ended his first Asia tour.

• Report on rule-breaking “culture” in UK government: British senior civil servant Sue Gray delivered the report of her probe into 10, Downing Street lockdown parties, highlighting a culture of rule-breaking within Boris Johnson’s administration, adding that the UK government must “bear responsibility.”

• Monkeypox outbreak update: Monkeypox cases are spreading around the world, with the virus detected in three more countries: the United Arab Emirates, the Czech Republic and Slovenia after popping up in Europe and the U.S. According to the UN Health Agency, “the risk to the general public appears to be low.”

• Deadly police raid in Rio: Brazilian authorities announced that at least eleven people were shot dead during a police raid in a Rio de Janeiro favela on Tuesday night. The police operation was targeting leaders of the country’s largest drug gang Comando Vermelho and at least ten victims were gang members.

• New line in London Tube opens: London’s $25-billion new subway line officially opened after years of delays. The massive Elizabeth line — named in honor of the Queen — will connect far-reaching towns with London’s central tunnels and serve nine stations.


The Houston Chronicle depicts the horror at the school shooting that killed 19 children and two teachers at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, a city of 16,000 inhabitants.


2.2 kilometers

Nathan Paulin, a 28-year-old French slackliner, walked 2.2 kilometers (1.36 miles) on a wire suspended 110 meters in the air, between a crane and the famous Mont-Saint-Michel abbey, in northern France. Despite (safely) falling just a couple meters away from reaching the abbey, he did beat the world record for the longest tightrope walk, which he himself held with a 1.6 km tightrope crossing of the Cirque de Navacelles in the south of France back in 2017.


The trauma of war: a poisoned guide to parenting

As a psychoanalyst, Wolfgang Schmidbauer has researched the psychological effects of war on children — and in the process, also examined his own post-war childhood in the 1940s. In this article for German daily Die Welt, he warns that parents tend to use their experiences of suffering as a method of education, with serious consequences.

🛡 Traumatized parents make their own experiences of suffering a core principle of education. They steel their children against their own past and pass this off as preparation for the future. The power of sensory impressions is almost limitless for a child. The people in their world are the only ones who exist. So if a child is brought up surrounded by stories of trauma, their childhood is snatched away. For a long time, I thought that children shared a basic feeling: To them adults were something like joyless giants who had no idea what it meant to have fun. Born in 1941, I gradually came to realize that my childhood was much more deeply marked by the war than I knew.

🖤 German war and post-war children grew up in a vacuum of values filled by educated bourgeois or religious traditions. Too much was expected of children: To heal the wounds of their parents and to compensate for their mental limitations. Parents were so preoccupied with survival and material reconstruction that they focused on caring for their children physically. Otherwise, they wanted to know them or talk to them as little as possible. Children worried the parents because they stood for emotional diversity, vulnerability and openness, qualities which aroused envy and signaled a reality that the parents had lost through mental injuries and unconscious guilt complexes.

💪 For the children of the traumatized, it does not make much difference whether their parents suffered psychological limitations in a just or a criminal war. Extreme situations such as fear of death, witnessing life-threatening injuries, hunger, thirst, dirt and cold damage the survivors' abilities to relax and enjoy themselves. Thus, a shadow falls on the next generations. It is easy to arouse hatred, to set groups against each other, but it takes a lot of effort, time and strength to go the other way. Every hour of war is one too many. It not only costs lives and destroys cities, it also poisons souls and contributes to the emotional coldness that all murderers possess.

➡️ Read the full article on Worldcrunch.com


The truth is, one nation under guns.

In a series of tweets, U.S. poet Amanda Gorman reacted in poem form to the shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, that left 19 children and 2 adults dead, the deadliest school shooting in the U.S. in a decade. She blamed the U.S. government’s inaction when it comes to gun control by writing, “It takes a monster to kill children. But to watch monsters kill children again and again and do nothing isn’t just insanity—it’s inhumanity.”

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Why Crimea Is Proving So Hard For Russia To Defend

Ukraine has stepped up attacks on the occupied Crimean peninsula, claiming Monday that a missile Friday killed the head of Russia's Black Sea fleet at the headquarters in Sevastopol. And Russia is doing all within its power to deny how vulnerable it has become.

Photograph of the Russian Black Sea Fleet headquarters in smoke after a Ukrainian missile strike.​

September 22, 2023, Sevastopol, Crimea, Russia: Smoke rises over the Russian Black Sea Fleet headquarters after a Ukrainian missile strike.

Kyrylo Danylchenko

Russian authorities are making a concerted effort to downplay and even deny the recent missile strikes in Russia-occupied Crimea.

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Media coverage in Russia of these events has been intentionally subdued, with top military spokesperson Igor Konashenkov offering no response to an attack on Russian Black Sea Fleet headquarters in the Crimean city of Sevastopol, or the alleged downing last week of Russian Su-24 aircraft by Ukrainian Air Defense.

The response from this and other strikes on the Crimean peninsula and surrounding waters of the Black Sea has alternated between complete silence and propagating falsehoods. One notable example of the latter was the claim that the Russian headquarters building of the Black Sea fleet that was hit Friday was empty and that the multiple explosions were mere routine training exercises.

Ukraine claimed on Monday that the attack killed Admiral Viktor Sokolov, the commander of Russia's Black Sea Fleet. "After the strike on the headquarters of the Russian Black Sea Fleet, 34 officers died, including the commander of the Russian Black Sea Fleet. Another 105 occupiers were wounded. The headquarters building cannot be restored," the Ukrainian special forces said via Telegram on Monday.

Responding to reports of multiple missiles strikes this month on Crimea, Russian authorities say that all the missiles were intercepted by a submarine and a structure called "VDK Minsk", which itself was severely damaged following a Ukrainian airstrike on Sept. 13. The Russians likewise dismissed reports of a fire at the headquarters of the Black Sea Fleet, attributing it to a mundane explosion caused by swamp gas.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has refrained from commenting on the military situation in Crimea and elsewhere, continuing to repeat that everything is “proceeding as planned.”

Why is Crimea such a touchy topic? And why is it proving to be so hard to defend?

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