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Russia Wants Severodonetsk, Zelensky v. Kissinger, Dark Plot Twist

Russia Wants Severodonetsk, Zelensky v. Kissinger, Dark Plot Twist

In Armenia, demonstraters gathered Wednesday night to protest

Emma Albright and Meike Eijsberg

👋 Sannu!*

Welcome to Thursday, where Russian troops have unleashed an all-out assault on the strategic city of Severodonetsk, Ukraine’s president lashes out at Henry Kissinger for “Munich” stance and the writer of a notable “How to” essay is convicted of murder. We also look at how the plague of school shootings is not exclusive to the United States.

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• Russia hones in on Severodonetsk: Fighting is increasingly concentrated in the industrial city of Severodonetsk, reports the Ukrainian presidential administration, with Russian shelling of the town having “increased exponentially” in the past few hours. Moscow appears intent on encircling the city with tactics similar to those in the siege of Mariupol in order to secure that last major city in the eastern Luhansk region.

• World Bank president warns of global recession: The head of the World Bank, David Malpass, has warned that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine will continue to cause soaring food and energy prices, making a global recession more likely. Malpass also said that the strict lockdowns in China due to the Covid-19 pandemic are increasing the chance of a recession.

• Fire in Senegal kills 11 newborns: Eleven newborn babies in the western Senegalese city of Tivaouane died in a fire that broke out in the neonatal department of a local hospital.

• Texas shooting update: The gunman responsible for the school shooting that killed 21 in Uvalde, Texas, sent out messages on social media just prior to his attack. U.S. President Joe Biden announced that he will be traveling to Texas “in the coming days” to visit the families mourning the loss of loved ones, who included 19 children and two teachers.

•BoJo defiant after government report on lockdown parties: Boris Johnson insisted he will remain Britain’s Prime Minister despite Sue Gray’s report on the parties held in Downing Street during the Covid pandemic. Several members of Johnson’s own Tory party have demanded his resignation.

• Probe finds slain Palestinian journalist was likely targeted by Israeli forces: An in-depth CNN investigation has found evidence that the West Bank killing earlier this month of Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh was not an accident. Israeli forces shot Abu Akleh, a veteran correspondent, in the head, but claimed she was caught in crossfire. CNN gathered videos, along with testimonies from eyewitnesses, that suggest that Abu Akleh was shot dead in a targeted attack by Israeli forces aware that there were journalists in their cross-hairs.

• How to murder your husband author convicted of murdering her husband: A jury in the U.S. state of Oregon has found the author of a self-published essay titled “How to Murder Your Husband” guilty of second-degree murder for shooting her husband to death four years ago.


The Manila Times dedicates its front page today to the proclamation of Ferdinand Marcos Jr. as the new president of the Philippines after winning this month’s election with an impressive 59% of the vote. The son of the country’s late former dictator, Ferdinand Marcos, was flanked at Wednesday’s ceremony at the national Congress by his family, including his controversial mother Imelda Marcos.



Latin America is confirmed as the world’s prime “crime hotspot”, with 62 of the world’s 100 most dangerous cities located in the region, according to risk analysis firm Verisk Maplecroft. The data of their Cities@Risk Security Index, which ranks 579 urban centers with a population over 1 million on their exposure to a range of threats, shows that Kabul, Afghanistan is the riskiest city overall. Joining Kabul at the top of the list are Mogadishu, Somalia and Cali, Colombia.

Eight of the 62 cities located in Latin America record the highest possible risk scores. These include Chihuahua, Mexico, San Salvador, El Salvador and Medellín, Colombia. Although believed to have turned a corner, a recent crime surge in Medellín is what helped Latin America reach the top of the list, according to the Guardian


Uvalde And The World: School Shootings Spread Beyond The U.S.

The killing Tuesday of 19 children and two adults at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, adds to the United States’ long, sad list of mass shootings. It is the deadliest school attack in the country since the Dec. 2012 Sandy Hook shooting that left 20 children and six adults dead — and comes just 10 days after a gunman killed 10 at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York.

🇺🇸 🪦 There is no doubt that mass shootings, particularly at schools, is a distinctly American plague. According to the independent organization Gun Violence Archive, 200 mass shootings have occurred so far this year in the U.S., with 27 school shootings resulting in deaths or injuries.

🌎 🏫 Still, the rest of the world is not immune to the phenomenon. Is this global spread of these senseless shootings associated with the influence of American culture, media coverage and social media, inspiring copycats to commit similar crimes? Are school shootings linkable to places with lax gun-control laws? While research on this phenomenon continues, we take a look at places around the world that have grappled with comparable tragedies in recent years.

🇷🇺 🇧🇷 🇨🇦 Worldcrunch gathered reports of some of the recent school shootings that occurred around the world, from Russia to Brazil to Canada.

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It seems that Mr. Kissinger’s calendar is not 2022 but 1938, and he thought he was talking to an audience not in Davos but in what was then Munich.

— Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky lashes out at former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger’s comments made at the Davos summit earlier this week, suggesting that Kyiv should cede territory to Russia in order to bring the war to an end.

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Inside Ralston College, Jordan Peterson's Quiet New Weapon In The Culture Wars

The Canadian-born psychologist Jordan B. Peterson is one of the most prominent opponents of what's been termed: left-wing cancel culture and "wokism." As part of his mission , he serves as chancellor of Ralston College in Savannah, Georgia, a picturesque setting for a unique experiment that contrasts with his image of provocateur par excellence.

Photo of Canadian clinical psychologist Jordan B. Peterson greeting someone at Ralston College, Savannah

Jordan B. Peterson at Ralston College

Sandra Ward

This article was updated Sept. 21 at 5 p.m. with corrections*

SAVANNAH — Savannah is almost unbelievably beautiful. Fountains splash and babble in the well-tended front gardens of its town houses, which are straight out of Gone with the Wind. As you wander through its historic center, on sidewalks encrusted with oyster shells, past its countless parks, under the shadows cast by palm trees, magnolias and ancient oaks, it's as if you are walking back in time through centuries past.

Hidden behind two magnificent façades here is a sanctuary for people who want to travel even further back: to ancient Europe.

In this city of 147,000 in the U.S. state of Georgia, most locals have no idea what's inside this building. There is no sign – either on the wrought-iron gate to the front garden or on the entrance door – to suggest that this is the headquarters of a unique experiment. The motto of Ralston College, which was founded around a year ago, is "Free Speech is Life Itself."

The university's chancellor is one of the best-known figures in America’s culture wars: Jordan B. Peterson. Since 2016, the Canadian psychologist has made a name for himself with his sharp-worded attacks on feminism and gender politics, becoming public enemy No. 1 for those in the left-wing progressive camp.

Provocation and polemics, Peterson is a master of these arts, with a long list of controversies — and 4.6 million followers on X (formerly Twitter), and whose YouTube videos have been viewed by millions. Last year on Twitter he commented on a photo of a plus-size swimsuit model that she was "not beautiful," adding that "no amount of authoritarian tolerance is going to change that."

A few years ago he sparked outrage with a tweet contesting the existence of "white privilege," the idea that all white people, whether they are aware of it or not, have unearned advantages. "There is nothing more racist," he said than this concept. He was even temporarily banned from the platform for an anti-trans tweet.

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