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Poland Missile Strike Was Accident, Trump’s Back, NASA’s Moon Shot

People hold their phones to record the successful launch of Artemis by the NASA as the rocket leaves a trail of smoke behind
Renate Mattar, Bertrand Hauger and Anne-Sophie Goninet

👋 Ello!*

Welcome to Wednesday, where Poland says it has no indication the deadly missile near Ukraine's border was sent intentionally, Donald Trump announces he’s running in 2024, and NASA makes one not-so-small step toward returning to the Moon. In Buenos Aires-based daily Clarin, Mara Resio also looks at the recent legal landmark for the country’s multi-parental families, and what it means for parents and children.

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• Missile that killed two in Poland was not intentional attack: Polish officials say that the missile that killed two in Poland near the Ukrainian border was probably an air defense missile that originated in Ukraine. Early reports of the strike had set off fears that it could lead to an escalation of the war, forcing NATO to respond. Also the G20 in Bali concluded with a declaration calling for an end to the war in Ukraine, but not all countries blamed Russia.

• Trump announces 2024 run: Former U.S. President Donald Trump announced entry in the next race for the White House. Talking to a crowd of supporters, just a week after disappointing midterm results for Republicans, Trump said he wants to make “America great and glorious again.”

• Hunger strike ends in Egypt: Jailed Egyptian activist Alaa Abd el-Fattah confirmed that he has ended his weeks-long hunger strike. El-Fattah, who has been behind bars for almost a decade over his role in the Arab Spring uprising, had started his hunger strike ahead of world leaders gathering in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, for the COP27 climate summit.

• Amazon mass layoffs: E-retail giant Amazon is planning to lay off some 10,000 workers (3%) of its workforce, the largest job cuts in its history. This follows recent announcements from Meta and Twitter of massive layoffs or hiring suspensions.

• NASA shoots for Moon return: NASA successfully launched its unmanned Artemis spacecraft from Florida, after a series of technical and weather-related setbacks had delayed the launch. The mission is meant to pave the way for astronauts to return to the Moon.

• Kevin Spacey to face more sexual assault charges: British authorities are set to charge American actor Kevin Spacey with a further seven sexual offenses in the UK, allegedly committed against one man, between 2001 and 2004. The U.S. actor now faces a total of 12 charges in the UK, having been charged in May for similar offenses on three men between 2005 and 2013. In October, a New York jury found Spacey not guilty of battery, ending a civil case brought by actor Anthony Rapp.

• Lonely Planet’s top destinations: Famed travel guide Lonely Planet just unveiled its 18th annual “Best Travel” list. In short: If you’re looking for good food, go to Lima (Peru) or Montevideo (Uruguay) — and if you’re in the mood for meeting nice people, Boise (Idaho) and Accra, (Ghana) are where it’s at!

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The New York Daily News devotes its front page to the announcement made by Donald Trump that he would run again for a third bid for the White House, while featuring past covers of the former president’s controversial moments. “I will ensure Joe Biden does not receive four more years,” he said to a crowd at his Mar-a-Lago private club in Palm Beach, Florida. The move comes as Trump is facing some criticism from fellow Republicans who blame him for the party’s underwhelming results in last week’s midterms.

#️⃣  BY THE NUMBERS

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After receiving nine Grammy nominations this year, Beyoncé has become the most-nominated artist ever, tying with her husband Jay-Z at 88 total. She has now overtaken musical greats like Sir Paul McCartney and Quincy Jones, and if she wins another four awards next February, she will also beat conductor Sir George Solti's all-time record of 31 Grammys.

📰  STORY OF THE DAY

Three-parent families emerging from legal limbo in Argentina

Multi-parent families or triple parenting are not yet enshrined in the law in Argentina, a continental pioneer of innovative social rights, but so far and in spite of legal challenges, court rulings have recognized the reality of children with "three parents," reports Mara Resio in Buenos Aires-based daily Clarín.

👪 A woman writes to her children before dying, unwilling to keep a painful secret any longer. On reading her letter, the children realize that the father who had raised them, wasn't their biological father. Before such situations, Argentina's judiciary usually determines a state of “triple filiation,” meaning that a person can have two mothers and a father or two fathers and a mother. There are 25 such multi-parent families, found in and around Buenos Aires, as well as several provinces including Santa Fe, Tucumán and Córdoba. Each one is quite different.

🤝 The main principle for recognizing that three people can legally share maternal and paternal bonds is socio-affective or emotional in nature. This consists of “an affective tie that is strong, solid and sustained, between an adult that wants to be considered a parent and a minor who would be his or her child, without displacing the existing parents,” the jurist and Buenos Aires University lecturer Marisa Herrera told Clarín. Another jurist and expert in family law, Andrés Gil Dominguez, says three-way parenthood is “one more way of building a family and is not about breaking the binary system.”

⚖️ The juridical path is not simple, as advocates and prosecutors have repeatedly obstructed multi-parenting initiatives. Gil says “they have to defend legality but they also oppose the full exercise of rights. They thus refuse to recognize the constitution and international treaties, giving priority to their own ideology.” Legislative proposals have been made by one senator, to modify articles 558 and 578 of the Civil Code and regulate triple-parenting.

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📣 VERBATIM

Brazil is back on the world stage.

— Two weeks after his tight victory in the Brazilian elections, President-elect Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva was in Sharm-El-Sheikh to attend the COP27 climate summit, and propose a location in the Amazon forest for a future COP.

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Sexual Violence In War: Listening And Healing — And Never Again

Three women who were victims of sexual violence during the Colombian Civil War recount their stories of struggle and survival. They speak up in the hopes that the judiciary will open a new case to bring justice to them and many more survivors of sexual abuse perpetrated during the conflict.

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Feminists protest against Colombian president Ivan Duque Maraquez and the police brutality that killed at least 45 during demonstrations in Bogota, Colombia on May 28, 2021.

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BOGOTA – Jennifer, Ludirlena and Diana suffered a living death at the hands of their aggressors. It was their self-love and resilience that saved them, after experiencing sexual violence during the nation’s civil war.

The Colombian government forgot about these women. But now, they are champions in a battle towards justice and dignity. With different perspectives, they manage to find a connection, something that will unite them forever: advocating so that no one else experiences what they endured.

All sides in the war perpetrated sexual violence. But in the case of these three women, it was specifically the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and United Self-Defences of Colombia (AUC) paramilitary groups who exerted power over their bodies, through the cruelty of their crimes.

These were not isolated incidents and, to the shame of our society, they remain a massive, forgotten outrage.

According to official records, during the war in Colombia there were 15,760 victims of sexual violence. Of that total, 61.8% were women, and another 30.8% were young girls and teenagers. Unfortunately, underreporting plays a significant role in these numbers. Organizations such as the Network of Women Victims and Professionals, the collective Focal Groups - Men Victims of Sexual Violence and the British organization All Survivors Project estimate that the real number may be as much as three times higher.

The three protagonists in our story show how armed conflict has marked the lives of thousands of women in Colombia. They are three voices among many that have come together to demand the opening of a "macro-case," or investigation into sexual violence through Colombia’s Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP), which would uncover the patterns of sexual and gender-based crimes among armed groups which have devastated entire communities.

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