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Sep 24, 2021
Happy Friday! We all love heroes — especially real-life ones. But on screen, some of the finest performers are often villains. Today, meet three of our favorite television baddies and a bold activist who’s using street art to challenge Europe’s last dictatorship. Check out a beachside cafe in Gaza that allows you to recycle your waste while you sip on coffee by the waves. And don’t forget to try this week’s caption contest!
If you want to visit Britain, it doesn’t matter what COVID-19 vaccine you’ve taken. What matters is where you got it. The U.K.’s latest entry rules treat those who received Pfizer or AstraZeneca shots in most of Asia, Africa and Latin America as unprotected while the same doses from Europe, North America or wealthy East Asian nations are considered legitimate. The controversial rules have sparked outrage in India, South Africa, Brazil and other nations. Meanwhile, the CDC has recommended booster shots for older and vulnerable Americans, but not for those in jobs that place them at higher risk of exposure. (Sources: Guardian, AP, NYT)
2 - Haiti Hit for Biden
America’s special envoy to Haiti has resigned, calling the Biden administration’s forced repatriation of migrants to the Caribbean country “inhumane” at a time when it’s battling the aftermath of natural disasters and a political crisis. Thousands of Haitian asylum-seekers have flooded into Texas in recent weeks. (Sources: Reuters, NBC)
3 - Debt Danger
The U.S. economy could receive a major blow if Congress fails to strike a compromise over Democrats’ proposal to lift the debt ceiling. Without that, the government could shut down — costing the country 6 million jobs and $15 trillion in wealth, a study by Moody’s Analytics has concluded. Who would you blame for a government shutdown? Vote here or on Twitter. (Sources: CNBC, WaPo)
4 - Team Trump Summoned
A bipartisan congressional committee probing the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol has subpoenaed four senior Trump-era officials — adviser Steve Bannon, chief of staff Mark Meadows, deputy chief of staff Dan Scavino and Defense Department official Kashyap Patel — seeking their records and testimonies. (Sources: WSJ, FT)
5 - War and Peace
China sent 24 fighter jets — including some capable of carrying nuclear bombs — into Taiwan’s air defense zone in the latest escalation in tensions between Beijing and Taipei. But usually belligerent North Korea is suddenly talking peace. Kim Yo Jong, the powerful sister of leader Kim Jong Un, has said Pyongyang is open to ending its seven-decade war with Seoul if South Korea drops its “hostile policies.” (Sources: Al Jazeera, Guardian, BBC)
Carlos Watson to Host Documentary Emmys
He’s turning the tables. OZY’s own Carlos Watson will be hosting Wednesday’s Documentary Emmy Awards. An Emmy winner himself, OZY’s CEO and host of The Carlos Watson Show said he was “honored to celebrate the tremendous achievements of these important storytellers.” Nominees include iconic figures like David Attenborough and Ken Burns and cover everything from election meddling to the careers and struggles of Miles Davis and Linda Ronstadt. (Sources: Awards Daily, The Emmys)
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Who else if not the young boy who loves to chop heads? He’s the worst of the worst: bloodthirsty and prone to betraying anybody who crosses his path while sitting high on that spiky throne everybody wants. Why else do we love this baddie? Because he’s played by Jack Gleeson, who is actually a great goodie (OZY Senior Reporter Josefina Salomon has interviewed him) who has now moved away from the industry to pursue education and theater.
2 - Aunt Lydia
Oh, she is evil — a former schoolteacher turned slave trade collaborator and torturer inHulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale, based on Margaret Atwood’s dystopian world in which women are human incubators. But Ann Dowd’s outstanding performance means we just cannot get enough of this baddie. And in recent seasons we’ve learned more about her complex backstory. Could she — like in Atwood’s sequel, The Testaments — actually help bring about the demise of Gilead?
3 - Johnny Lawrence
The best thing about this baddie from Karate Kid is finding out that he was not a baddie after all! This rich karate champion was once a bully who tormented younger students. Fast forward a few decades and it turns out he was actually having a terrible time at home, compounded by the fact that he lost his most important championship (and the girl) to his rival who was actually, well, a bit of a bully himself.
But tell us, who is YOUR favourite screen baddie and why?
The former Soviet republic is ruled by a man known as Europe’s last dictator. And he has shown just how brutal he can get. But as a refugee crisis builds along the country’s borders with neighbors like Poland, Belarusians are finding innovative ways to challenge authoritarianism.
Aleh Larychau has spent time in jail after his graffiti mocked Belarusian government officials and their unpopular policies in 2017. Today he’s at the forefront of efforts to use street art as a protest medium against the dictatorship of President Alexander Lukashenko, through Signal Project, an initiative he started in 2011. Unsurprisingly, the project has seen an uptick in popularity recently. “We see that a vast number of designers, artists who were not previously involved in politics, are now politicized, working, so to speak, in protest,” Larychau told Euronews.
2 - Silent Nationalism
“Solidarity is our weapon.” That’s been the motto of the anti-Lukashenko protests that have persisted over the past several months, a Belarusian expat tells OZY, requesting anonymity. But there’s another undercurrent to the movement: a desire for Belarus to embrace its own language and culture more than Russia’s. The pressure has been building for a while, but last year’s crisis was the trigger for an explosion.
3 - Mysterious Manor
For first-timers in Belarus, Valery Rastyazhenko, a Belarusian living in Kraków, recommends a visit to the Svyatopolk-Chetvertinsky Palace — a mysterious, now-abandoned manor — in the Grodno region. Built in 1908, it has the vibes of a haunted house but is a testament to Belarus’ tumultuous journey before, during and after Soviet times. “When you go up the central staircase to the second floor, look at the ceiling, there is a red star,” Rastyazhenko tells OZY.
They offer tea, coffee, cakes — and a conversation on climate change.
Our Climate Café is an online space where people can meet and talk about climate change and how it’s affecting their mental health — as well as how to address it. Based in Ontario, Canada, it’s an initiative of the Community Climate Council. Expect 90 minutes of personal stories, advice, joking around — and support. Check their website for upcoming events.
2 - Listen to Your Mother
The world might be falling apart, but northeast India’s rich biodiversity has survived. That might have to do with the region’s Mei-Ramew — Mother Earth — cafés, like this one in Khweng village. The initiative is spearheaded by women who, through generations of passed-down knowledge, cultivate Indigenous foods and cook them traditionally. Conserving Indigenous crops and vegetation is an age-old way to protect the environment.
3 - Lounging in Gaza
A beachside café in the Gaza Strip is serving up your morning brew while you recline in upcycled chairs — formerly tires. Part of the “Sea is Ours” cooperative, the café lets customers bring in items for recycling in lieu of payment, or volunteer an hour to help clean up the beach if they need to rent the space as a venue.
Fredrick Brennan, the creator of controversial imageboard 8Chan, joins the show. Brennan opens up about his difficult childhood in foster care, his experience with brittle bone disease, internet “incel” culture and his regrets. Hear him talk about who he thinks is behind QAnon, why former President Donald Trump fueled the fire and why he sees a fascist coup still to come.
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