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Zelensky In Kherson, Xi And Biden Meet, Paris Olympics Mascots

Zelensky In Kherson, Xi And Biden Meet, Paris Olympics Mascots

Zelensky taking a selfie with members of Ukrainian forces in Kherson

Sophia Constantino, Bertrand Hauger and Anne-Sophie Goninet

👋 Bula!*

Welcome to Monday, where Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is in Kherson after it was recaptured from Russian forces, suspects are arrested after an Istanbul blast kills eight, and the mascots for the 2024 Paris Olympics are … walking hats. Meanwhile, for Romanian magazine DoR, Oana Sandu focuses on the long-lasting impact witnessing domestic violence has on children.



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• Zelensky in Kherson: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky visited the key southern city of Kherson on Monday, three days after it was recaptured by Kyiv’s forces. Zelensky accused Russia of committing war crimes in the area, but also declared: "We are ready for peace, peace for all our country."

• Biden & Xi meet in Bali on sidelines of G20: U.S. President Joe Biden met Chinese President Xi Jinping for the first time in his presidency, speaking on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Bali on Monday. Biden said the encounter was to “show that China and the US can manage our differences.”

• Suspects arrested in Istanbul blast: Following the explosion in central Istanbul that killed eight and injured 81, Turkish police have arrested 46 people. Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu has blamed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) for the blast, though Turkish authorities are also not ruling out involvement of ISIS.

• After Democrats confirm control of Senate, Republicans hope to take House: Final results over the weekend in Arizona and Nevada have assured that Democrats keep control of the Senate. Georgia’s Senate race has been pushed to a runoff on Dec 6, and a Democratic victory there could broaden their narrow majority. Though several House of Representative races are still up for grabs, it looks as though Republicans are getting closer to reaching the 218 seats required for majority control.

• Slovenia elects first female president: Slovenia elected Natasa Pirc Musar, its first female head of state in its presidential elections on Sunday. Election commission data shows the 54-year-old winning 53.86% of votes in the runoff, while her rival, right-wing politician and former foreign minister Andze Logar, won 46.14%.

• University of Virginia shooting: Three are dead in a shooting at the University of Virginia on Sunday night. Authorities say the gunman, Christopher Darnell Jones, was still at large Monday morning, university officials are urging people on the Charlottesville campus to shelter in place.

• Man who inspired The Terminal dies in Paris airport: The man who inspired Steven Spielberg’s movie, The Terminal, died on Saturday in Charles de Gaulle, the Paris airport he lived in for 18 years. Authorities say Mehran Karimi Nasseri died from a heart attack in the airport's Terminal 2F around midday after medical teams were unable to save him.


Turkey’s Milliyet reports on the terrorist attack in Istanbul’s İstiklal Street. So far, 46 people have been detained in relation to Sunday’s bomb explosion which killed eight and injured 81.



The Organizing Committee of the 2024 Paris Olympic and Paralympic Games has unveiled their two mascots, the Olympic Phryge and the Paralympic Phryge, which were designed as small red Phrygian caps — a symbol of the French Revolution and freedom. The creative team of Paris 2024 said they wanted to break away from mascots of previous games, which tended to be animals, and to create a mascot that would “embody the French spirit” as well as carry a part of the country’s history.


Bystander victims: Facing the trauma of children who witness domestic violence

Children who live amid domestic abuse are at serious risk of long-term physical and mental health problems. It's imperative we start to look deeply at these long-term effects because violence is passed down from generation to generation. Oana Sandu led a close-up investigation from Romania for independent quarterly magazine DoR.

🤐 We don't talk enough about children witnessing domestic violence. I've always felt they were ghosts in my interviews with surviving mothers and I portrayed them as such in the stories I've written. But I'll never forget their glances. The way in which exposure to domestic violence shapes children should be our job as adults, through our role as advocates for these small people who can't speak up and say what hurts them.

🗨️ We've lived for too long with the assumption that little ones forget. As a society, we've believed that they can't comprehend the danger of a violent incident or, even worse, that they naturally recover from exposure to trauma because they are simply resilient. The assumption was wrong, as many studies over the last 20 years have shown. And we need to talk about it, because otherwise we perpetuate violence against children. Because violence is socially learned and passed on from generation to generation.

⚠️ The post-traumatic stress experienced by children raised in domestic violence, experts say, is a state of hypervigilance similar to what is experienced by war veterans. Developing under stress leaves its mark. Sometimes children grow less or have difficulty eating, don't sleep well, find it harder to relax and can fall behind on many acquisitions, whether physical, verbal or intellectual. "Children who go through this are more fragile in terms of physical and mental health," says Diana Vasile, a psychotherapist and president of the Institute for the Study and Treatment of Trauma.

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I feel betrayed.

— Portuguese soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo claimed in an interview with Piers Morgan for TalkTV, released on Sunday, that he is being forced out of Manchester United, a club where he won eight major trophies from 2003-2009 and that he rejoined in August 2021 from Juventus for a two-year deal. The five-time Ballon d’Or winner feels he has been sidelined since manager Erik Ten Hag took charge this year.

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"Collateral Benefit": Could Putin's Launching A Failed War Make The World Better?

Consider the inverse of "collateral damage." Envision Russia's defeat and the triumph of a democratic coalition offers reflection on the most weighty sense of costs and benefits.

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Demonstrators holding a doll with a picture of Russian President Putin

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PARIS — The concept of collateral damage has developed in the course of so-called "asymmetrical” wars, fought between opponents considered unequal.

The U.S. drone which targeted rebel fighters in Afghanistan, and annihilated an entire family gathered for a wedding, appears to be the perfect example of collateral damage: a doubtful military gain, and a certain political cost. One might also consider the American bombing of Normandy towns around June 6, 1944 as collateral damage.

But is it possible to reverse the expression, and speak of "collateral benefits"? When applied to an armed conflict, the expression may seem shocking.

No one benefits from a war, which leaves in its trace a trail of dead, wounded and displaced people, destroyed cities or children brutally torn from their parents.

And yet the notion of "collateral benefits" is particularly applicable to the war that has been raging in Ukraine for almost a year.

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