Three news stories summarized & contextualized by analytic journalist Colin Wright.Lego ditches oil-free brick in sustainability setbackSummary: The largest toy company in the world, Lego, has announced that it will be abandoning a previously touted effort to remove all oil-based plastics from its product line by 2030, citing years of research that indicates transitioning to recycled plastic would actually produce more carbon emissions than if they changed nothing.Context: This is being seen as one more example of how complex and circuitous the process of decarbonizing can be, as while replacing their oil-based bricks with plastic made from recycled bottles would dramatically reduce the amount of emissions on the company's ledger, replacing all their existing equipment to perform this changeover would have produced more total emissions, overall, not less, so taking the totality of the consequences of this shift into account has resulted in a counterintuitive finding, and that, in turn, means the company will instead focus on attempting to reduce the carbon footprint of the plastic it currently uses, while also expanding efforts it began in 2018 to swap-in plant-based plastics for some products, and to remove single-use plastic from all of its packaging by 2025.—Financial TimesOne Sentence News is a reader-supported publication. To support my work, consider becoming a free or paid subscriber.SAG-AFTRA members vote in favor of video game strike authorizationSummary: The SAG-AFTRA actor's union has voted to authorize a strike against 10 major video game companies, with 98.32% of the union's voting members casting ballots in favor of the authorization.Context: This authorization was announced the day after it was announced that the WGA writer's guild has reached a tentative deal with Hollywood studios, though most film- and TV-making activity won't be able to continue at its usual clip until those same studios reach a deal with the actors (and recent reports indicate they haven't even met up with each other, recently); this new strike authorization is focused on similar concerns held by actors in the film and TV space, specifically that actors in the video game industry aren't getting their fair share of profits, that higher-ups are doing a lot of firing, which results in more profits for industry higher-ups, but less power and more work for the workers, and that AI may be used exploitatively against said workers, further reinforcing this power and compensation imbalance; the video game industry has expanded by leaps and bounds over the past decade, and is now substantially larger than the film and music industries, combined.—VarietyLibya's top prosecutor orders eight officials arrested after flood disasterSummary: The chief prosecutor of Libya has ordered the arrest and detention of eight officials who have been deemed potentially responsible for the recent flood that killed thousands of people in the eastern portion of the country.Context: The core of this disaster is attributable to the collapse of two dams outside the city of Derna, and though the rainfall was torrential, the resulting inland tsunami from those dams collapsing is what washed several neighborhoods full of people out to sea; the latest official death toll is at 3,800 people, with 10,000 or more still missing, and seven current and former officials from the agencies responsible for managing these dams, and the city's mayor, have been apprehended and are being questioned by Libyan law enforcement.—Al JazeeraIn the US, women (at every age) pay more out-of-pocket than men, even when they have the same health insurance—and that's true even when you exclude maternity-related expenses from the numbers; this is thought to be the consequence of women requiring relatively more expensive treatments and screenings compared to men, and the fact that women tend to use health care more often (in part because of additional gynecological checkups and exams).—Axios$82.60Cost of NCM811 battery cells per kWh, at the moment.This is important because these are the sorts of battery cells typically used in electric vehicles, and that's around the price necessary to assemble $100-per-kWh EV battery packs—a tipping-point figure for reaching EV price-parity with gas-guzzling vehicles.For context, when the original Nissan Leaf EV was released in 2011, the typical price for a kWh was around $1000, so a lot of price-relevant progress has been made in this space in a relatively short period of time.—JalopnikTrust Click Get full access to One Sentence News at onesentencenews.substack.com/subscribe
Given our need for courage, this year, we've centered the entire Colson Center National Conference around the theme of Courageous Faith. Please plan by saving the date and registering today. The conference is May 30-June 2 at the Loews Hotel in Arlington, Texas. To learn more, go to colsonconference.org. ______ In 2020, January Littlejohn's daughter came home confused about her sexual identity after three of her close friends at school began identifying as transgender. Littlejohn, herself a licensed mental health counselor, did her best to support her daughter, opening the door to conversation and seeking out a mental health counselor. But as she relates, the real surprise came later: "When school started, my daughter got into the car and said, “Mom, I had a meeting today at school and they asked me which restroom I wanted to use.” … What we learned that the school had done was socially transitioned our daughter without our notification or consent. And then they did something particularly nefarious: They asked our daughter what name they should call her when speaking to her parents, and that was to effectively deceive parents that these gender support transition plans had ever taken place." Along with thousands of parents across the U.S. and Europe, Littlejohn found herself in a battle for her child's life. Parents of kids struggling with gender dysphoria are often completely alone, braving attacks from schools, counselors, medical professionals, and other parents. They even face the possibility of being legally separated from their kids unless they go along. Too many acquiesce. But Littlejohn chose a different path. In her words, "We know and love our children more than anyone in the world. We would die for our children 10 times over. So, the school has no right to then make critical decisions with minor children without parental involvement." In 2021, Littlejohn and her husband filed a lawsuit against her county's school board for encouraging their daughter's transition without parental permission. She is now a parental advocate at Do No Harm, a nonprofit that aims to return healthcare to evidence-based practices and medicine to its original purpose of healing, ensuring to not isolate parents in the process. You can listen to her full story on their website, donoharmmedicine.org. This story is just one of many reminders of the kind of courage Christians will need. As C.S. Lewis said, “Courage is not simply one of the virtues but the form of every virtue at the testing point, which means at the point of highest reality.” I think we've hit a cultural moment where many of us will face that testing point at a new level. It's where the rubber hits the road in finding out where our faith really is. Given our need for courage, this year, we've centered the entire Colson Center National Conference around the theme of Courageous Faith. Too many Christians have a privatized understanding of faith, believing it is enough to keep our heads down and avoid controversy at all costs. In some circles, controversy itself is a sign that we're doing something wrong. But this is not the life or kind of opposition that Jesus warned us about. We need to remember that doing the right thing is seldom popular and never easy. From William Wilberforce and the Clapham Sect to Egyptian Coptic martyrs kneeling on a Libyan beach, the commitment to a Gospel faith that impacts every part of life is going to cost us something. Courage is the commitment to both speak and live the truth about God, the world, people, and His plan for redemption—no matter what the consequences are for us. Without it, we'll end up with a shriveled and ineffective faith, one that has no power to impact the wider world. Most importantly, courage doesn't just happen. Courage is a virtue, and virtues have to be cultivated. Our next annual conference is all about what it takes to cultivate courage. You'll be connected with likeminded believers who, just like you, are committed to living out their faith courageously in our time and place. Together, we can step into that same trajectory as that list of heroes in the book of Hebrews. We will be able to, as the author of Hebrews describes, spur one another on to “love and good works.” The lineup of speakers this year shows the same courage in the public square. From palliative care physician Dr. Margaret Cottle to apologist Sean McDowell to U.K. Anglican deacon Father Calvin Robinson, each of these individuals has demonstrated living out their faith in the public square while still treating others with decency and respect. We will host an optional Worldview Intensive Thursday night on courageous citizenship, an important emphasis for the coming election year. On Saturday night, we'll present the 2024 Wilberforce Award to someone who exemplifies the same courage, principles, and passion exemplified by the great William Wilberforce. Please plan by saving the date and registering today. The conference is May 30-June 2 at the Loews Hotel in Arlington, Texas. To learn more, go to colsonconference.org. For more resources to live like a Christian in this cultural moment, go to breakpoint.org.
Rudy joins Matteo Capasso, author of Everyday Politics in the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya for a discussion on Libya with a focus on the period from 1969 to 2011. We delves into Matteo's research on Libya, exploring the myths and stories surrounding Libya's history, aiming to dispel the notion of Qaddafi's authoritarianism and the concept of statelessness among the Libyan people. The conversation takes a historical journey, discussing the antecedents of the Libyan revolution, the formation of the "Jamahiriya," and Qaddafi's rise to power. They analyze the authoritarian nature of Qaddafi's rule, Libya's anti-imperialist role in the world, and key events that marked the decline of the revolution. The podcast also examines the role of Saif al-Islam, the framing of opposition in Islamic terms, the economic benefits of the revolution, and the surprising insights gained from conversations with refugees. Finally, the discussion delves into the complexities of the 2011 Libyan revolution and its enduring impact on Libyan politics, especially present with the recent floods.
In the aftermath of the devastating floods in Derna, following the collapse of two dams, we hear from Sara Alhouni, outreach officer for BBC Media Action's platform for Libyan audiences, about their response to the catastrophe and how they are providing lifesaving information for those affected. India or Bharat? Could India be officially renamed “Bharat”? The idea was reported in the press this week after invitations to G20 summit members asked them to join the “President of Bharat”, not India, for dinner. So what is Bharat and why might it replace India? Zubair Ahmed of BBC Delhi explains. Indigenous protests in Argentina Large protests have been taking place in the northern province of Jujuy as indiginous groups oppose lithium mining there. For the BBC Berta Reventós spent a week with protesters in the village of Purmamarca, high up in the Andes mountains, to find out more. Africa Eye: Operation Dudula vigilantes in South Africa South African anti-migrant group, Operation Dudula, has become notorious for targetting people they suspect are foreign nationals, forcing their businesses to close, and evicting tenants from their homes. Ayanda Charlie for BBC Africa Eye gained rare access to members of the country's most-prominent anti-migrant street movement. (Photo: Arabic poster saying “do not go to Derna without coordination” from BBC Media Action. Credit: BBC Media Action for Libya)
William Law's guest this week on the AD podcast is the Libyan analyst Anas El Gomati. As the warlord Khalifa Haftar and his sons spin a web of deceit and attempt to shirk responsibility for the massive flood that killed thousands, El Gomati strips away their lies to reveal how the Haftars' greed and incompetence are at the heart of the disaster and how the support of foreign players has enabled the family to plunder Libya. Sign up NOW at ArabDigest.org for free to join the club and start receiving our daily newsletter & weekly podcasts.
In this episode, we will hear from Mohamed Abu Breeg about the recent flooding in and around the Libyan coastal city of Derna. In the early hours of Sept. 11, residents of Derna woke up to loud explosions before floodwaters swept through the Mediterranean city. This was due to heavy rain fall and the breeching of two dams releasing 3 million cubic litres of water. This wall of water was up to two stories high and swept entire neighbourhoods out to sea. The deluge proved deadly for thousands in just seconds, uprooting apartment buildings and washing away roads and bridges. Libya's Red Crescent has said at least 11,300 people have been killed and an additional 10,000 are missing. After earlier reporting that same death toll, U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs is now citing about 11000 people killed and 9,000 missing. Joining us to give insights on the ground is Mohamed Abu Breeg. Mohamed is originally from Sirte in Libya, following the 2011 civil war he actively collaborated with Save the Children to contribute to post-war recovery efforts. In 2013, during the challenging period of Ansar Al Sharia's control in Sirte, Mohamed worked in security operations with a French company at the city's main power plant. He has seen the emergence of ISIS in Sirte and the subsequent arrival of Derna ISIS in 2015. In August 2015, as a result of ISIS, Mohamed become an internally displaced person (IDP) within Libya. He became an integral part of the LTI4 project, where our collective efforts were dedicated to post-conflict rehabilitation. He currently serves as a security consultant for the region. You can find more out about Mohamed here
The World Health Organisation is warning of a potential disease outbreak in the eastern Libyan city of Derna, after the disastrous floods that hit the area on September 11, leaving thousands dead. Meanwhile, the United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres has called on the leaders of the wealthiest nations to face the existential threat of climate change that created an 'awful hellscape' in Libya.
The port city of Derna, Libya, has been devastated by flooding, with thousands of people killed. Mediterranean Storm Daniel brought torrential rain to the region last week, but it was the collapse of two dams that caused some of the worst damage, with entire sections of Derna washed away. Now, as rescue turns to recovery, we speak with Anas El Gomati, director of Sadeq Institute, a Libyan think tank, about the political situation in Libya since Moammar Gadhafi was ousted, and how that may have contributed to the scale of the disaster. For transcripts of this series, please visit: https://www.cbc.ca/radio/frontburner/transcripts
Hundreds of Libyan protesters gathered on Monday for a demonstration at a mosque in flood-stricken Derna. They are demanding that authorities need to be held accountable for the disaster that left thousands dead, even calling for their arrest.
From the BBC World Service: It’s the sexual abuse scandal that’s rocked Japan, now the BBC’s Mariko Oi reports on the major brands that are cutting ties with the country’s biggest talent agency, Johnny and Associates. Plus, was the Libyan dam disaster caused by nature or neglect? The BBC’s Anna Foster is in Derna.
From the BBC World Service: It’s the sexual abuse scandal that’s rocked Japan, now the BBC’s Mariko Oi reports on the major brands that are cutting ties with the country’s biggest talent agency, Johnny and Associates. Plus, was the Libyan dam disaster caused by nature or neglect? The BBC’s Anna Foster is in Derna.
Daniel 10–12 Daniel 10–12 (Listen) Daniel's Terrifying Vision of a Man 10 In the third year of Cyrus king of Persia a word was revealed to Daniel, who was named Belteshazzar. And the word was true, and it was a great conflict.1 And he understood the word and had understanding of the vision. 2 In those days I, Daniel, was mourning for three weeks. 3 I ate no delicacies, no meat or wine entered my mouth, nor did I anoint myself at all, for the full three weeks. 4 On the twenty-fourth day of the first month, as I was standing on the bank of the great river (that is, the Tigris) 5 I lifted up my eyes and looked, and behold, a man clothed in linen, with a belt of fine gold from Uphaz around his waist. 6 His body was like beryl, his face like the appearance of lightning, his eyes like flaming torches, his arms and legs like the gleam of burnished bronze, and the sound of his words like the sound of a multitude. 7 And I, Daniel, alone saw the vision, for the men who were with me did not see the vision, but a great trembling fell upon them, and they fled to hide themselves. 8 So I was left alone and saw this great vision, and no strength was left in me. My radiant appearance was fearfully changed,2 and I retained no strength. 9 Then I heard the sound of his words, and as I heard the sound of his words, I fell on my face in deep sleep with my face to the ground. 10 And behold, a hand touched me and set me trembling on my hands and knees. 11 And he said to me, “O Daniel, man greatly loved, understand the words that I speak to you, and stand upright, for now I have been sent to you.” And when he had spoken this word to me, I stood up trembling. 12 Then he said to me, “Fear not, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand and humbled yourself before your God, your words have been heard, and I have come because of your words. 13 The prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me twenty-one days, but Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I was left there with the kings of Persia, 14 and came to make you understand what is to happen to your people in the latter days. For the vision is for days yet to come.” 15 When he had spoken to me according to these words, I turned my face toward the ground and was mute. 16 And behold, one in the likeness of the children of man touched my lips. Then I opened my mouth and spoke. I said to him who stood before me, “O my lord, by reason of the vision pains have come upon me, and I retain no strength. 17 How can my lord's servant talk with my lord? For now no strength remains in me, and no breath is left in me.” 18 Again one having the appearance of a man touched me and strengthened me. 19 And he said, “O man greatly loved, fear not, peace be with you; be strong and of good courage.” And as he spoke to me, I was strengthened and said, “Let my lord speak, for you have strengthened me.” 20 Then he said, “Do you know why I have come to you? But now I will return to fight against the prince of Persia; and when I go out, behold, the prince of Greece will come. 21 But I will tell you what is inscribed in the book of truth: there is none who contends by my side against these except Michael, your prince. The Kings of the South and the North 11 “And as for me, in the first year of Darius the Mede, I stood up to confirm and strengthen him. 2 “And now I will show you the truth. Behold, three more kings shall arise in Persia, and a fourth shall be far richer than all of them. And when he has become strong through his riches, he shall stir up all against the kingdom of Greece. 3 Then a mighty king shall arise, who shall rule with great dominion and do as he wills. 4 And as soon as he has arisen, his kingdom shall be broken and divided toward the four winds of heaven, but not to his posterity, nor according to the authority with which he ruled, for his kingdom shall be plucked up and go to others besides these. 5 “Then the king of the south shall be strong, but one of his princes shall be stronger than he and shall rule, and his authority shall be a great authority. 6 After some years they shall make an alliance, and the daughter of the king of the south shall come to the king of the north to make an agreement. But she shall not retain the strength of her arm, and he and his arm shall not endure, but she shall be given up, and her attendants, he who fathered her, and he who supported3 her in those times. 7 “And from a branch from her roots one shall arise in his place. He shall come against the army and enter the fortress of the king of the north, and he shall deal with them and shall prevail. 8 He shall also carry off to Egypt their gods with their metal images and their precious vessels of silver and gold, and for some years he shall refrain from attacking the king of the north. 9 Then the latter shall come into the realm of the king of the south but shall return to his own land. 10 “His sons shall wage war and assemble a multitude of great forces, which shall keep coming and overflow and pass through, and again shall carry the war as far as his fortress. 11 Then the king of the south, moved with rage, shall come out and fight against the king of the north. And he shall raise a great multitude, but it shall be given into his hand. 12 And when the multitude is taken away, his heart shall be exalted, and he shall cast down tens of thousands, but he shall not prevail. 13 For the king of the north shall again raise a multitude, greater than the first. And after some years4 he shall come on with a great army and abundant supplies. 14 “In those times many shall rise against the king of the south, and the violent among your own people shall lift themselves up in order to fulfill the vision, but they shall fail. 15 Then the king of the north shall come and throw up siegeworks and take a well-fortified city. And the forces of the south shall not stand, or even his best troops, for there shall be no strength to stand. 16 But he who comes against him shall do as he wills, and none shall stand before him. And he shall stand in the glorious land, with destruction in his hand. 17 He shall set his face to come with the strength of his whole kingdom, and he shall bring terms of an agreement and perform them. He shall give him the daughter of women to destroy the kingdom,5 but it shall not stand or be to his advantage. 18 Afterward he shall turn his face to the coastlands and shall capture many of them, but a commander shall put an end to his insolence. Indeed,6 he shall turn his insolence back upon him. 19 Then he shall turn his face back toward the fortresses of his own land, but he shall stumble and fall, and shall not be found. 20 “Then shall arise in his place one who shall send an exactor of tribute for the glory of the kingdom. But within a few days he shall be broken, neither in anger nor in battle. 21 In his place shall arise a contemptible person to whom royal majesty has not been given. He shall come in without warning and obtain the kingdom by flatteries. 22 Armies shall be utterly swept away before him and broken, even the prince of the covenant. 23 And from the time that an alliance is made with him he shall act deceitfully, and he shall become strong with a small people. 24 Without warning he shall come into the richest parts7 of the province, and he shall do what neither his fathers nor his fathers' fathers have done, scattering among them plunder, spoil, and goods. He shall devise plans against strongholds, but only for a time. 25 And he shall stir up his power and his heart against the king of the south with a great army. And the king of the south shall wage war with an exceedingly great and mighty army, but he shall not stand, for plots shall be devised against him. 26 Even those who eat his food shall break him. His army shall be swept away, and many shall fall down slain. 27 And as for the two kings, their hearts shall be bent on doing evil. They shall speak lies at the same table, but to no avail, for the end is yet to be at the time appointed. 28 And he shall return to his land with great wealth, but his heart shall be set against the holy covenant. And he shall work his will and return to his own land. 29 “At the time appointed he shall return and come into the south, but it shall not be this time as it was before. 30 For ships of Kittim shall come against him, and he shall be afraid and withdraw, and shall turn back and be enraged and take action against the holy covenant. He shall turn back and pay attention to those who forsake the holy covenant. 31 Forces from him shall appear and profane the temple and fortress, and shall take away the regular burnt offering. And they shall set up the abomination that makes desolate. 32 He shall seduce with flattery those who violate the covenant, but the people who know their God shall stand firm and take action. 33 And the wise among the people shall make many understand, though for some days they shall stumble by sword and flame, by captivity and plunder. 34 When they stumble, they shall receive a little help. And many shall join themselves to them with flattery, 35 and some of the wise shall stumble, so that they may be refined, purified, and made white, until the time of the end, for it still awaits the appointed time. 36 “And the king shall do as he wills. He shall exalt himself and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak astonishing things against the God of gods. He shall prosper till the indignation is accomplished; for what is decreed shall be done. 37 He shall pay no attention to the gods of his fathers, or to the one beloved by women. He shall not pay attention to any other god, for he shall magnify himself above all. 38 He shall honor the god of fortresses instead of these. A god whom his fathers did not know he shall honor with gold and silver, with precious stones and costly gifts. 39 He shall deal with the strongest fortresses with the help of a foreign god. Those who acknowledge him he shall load with honor. He shall make them rulers over many and shall divide the land for a price.8 40 “At the time of the end, the king of the south shall attack9 him, but the king of the north shall rush upon him like a whirlwind, with chariots and horsemen, and with many ships. And he shall come into countries and shall overflow and pass through. 41 He shall come into the glorious land. And tens of thousands shall fall, but these shall be delivered out of his hand: Edom and Moab and the main part of the Ammonites. 42 He shall stretch out his hand against the countries, and the land of Egypt shall not escape. 43 He shall become ruler of the treasures of gold and of silver, and all the precious things of Egypt, and the Libyans and the Cushites shall follow in his train. 44 But news from the east and the north shall alarm him, and he shall go out with great fury to destroy and devote many to destruction. 45 And he shall pitch his palatial tents between the sea and the glorious holy mountain. Yet he shall come to his end, with none to help him. The Time of the End 12 “At that time shall arise Michael, the great prince who has charge of your people. And there shall be a time of trouble, such as never has been since there was a nation till that time. But at that time your people shall be delivered, everyone whose name shall be found written in the book. 2 And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. 3 And those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the sky above;10 and those who turn many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever. 4 But you, Daniel, shut up the words and seal the book, until the time of the end. Many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase.” 5 Then I, Daniel, looked, and behold, two others stood, one on this bank of the stream and one on that bank of the stream. 6 And someone said to the man clothed in linen, who was above the waters of the stream,11 “How long shall it be till the end of these wonders?” 7 And I heard the man clothed in linen, who was above the waters of the stream; he raised his right hand and his left hand toward heaven and swore by him who lives forever that it would be for a time, times, and half a time, and that when the shattering of the power of the holy people comes to an end all these things would be finished. 8 I heard, but I did not understand. Then I said, “O my lord, what shall be the outcome of these things?” 9 He said, “Go your way, Daniel, for the words are shut up and sealed until the time of the end. 10 Many shall purify themselves and make themselves white and be refined, but the wicked shall act wickedly. And none of the wicked shall understand, but those who are wise shall understand. 11 And from the time that the regular burnt offering is taken away and the abomination that makes desolate is set up, there shall be 1,290 days. 12 Blessed is he who waits and arrives at the 1,335 days. 13 But go your way till the end. And you shall rest and shall stand in your allotted place at the end of the days.” Footnotes  10:1 Or and it was about a great conflict  10:8 Hebrew My splendor was changed to ruin  11:6 Or obtained  11:13 Hebrew at the end of the times  11:17 Hebrew her, or it  11:18 The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain  11:24 Or among the richest men  11:39 Or land as payment  11:40 Hebrew thrust at  12:3 Hebrew the expanse; compare Genesis 1:6–8  12:6 Or who was upstream; also verse 7 (ESV)
US imperialist hypocrisy and the Libyan flood / Autoworkers demand all-out strike while UAW conspires with Biden to sell out struggle / Yes marches in Australian Voice referendum promote big business Labor governments
It's a week since Derna Wadi, a dry riverbed most of the year, burst the dams built to hold it back when rains pour into the hills, and swept away much of the city below. As rescuers struggle in the flooded city, four Greek rescue workers and three Libyans have been killed on their way to start work.
*) Türkiye rejects attacks on Muslim values in name of freedom: Erdogan Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has slammed recent attacks on the Quran, saying if hostility towards Islam is not prevented, perpetrators will become more reckless. Erdogan called these actions “provocations that aim to incite people” at a dinner event organised by the Turkish American National Steering Committee in New York. He said Türkiye will not accept the justification of these attacks on the sacred values of two billion Muslims worldwide under the guise of freedom of thought. *) Four Greek aid workers killed in accident in flood-stricken Libya Four members of a Greek humanitarian aid team, sent to Libya after the devastating floods that hit Derna, have been killed in a road accident. The eastern-based government's health minister said the accident took place when a vehicle carrying the team collided with a car carrying a Libyan family. Three people in the car died and two were seriously injured, he added. This comes a week after a tsunami-sized flash flood devastated the Libyan coastal city of Derna, sweeping thousands to their deaths. The true death toll remains unknown. *) Flames engulf central Khartoum as war rages across Sudan in its 6th month An 18-storey building in the centre of Sudan's capital was engulfed in flames, and paramilitary forces attacked the army headquarters for the second day in a row, witnesses reported. Battles between the Sudanese army and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces intensified on Saturday, resulting in key buildings in central Khartoum being set alight. Since civil war erupted on April 15 between the forces, millions of people have been displaced – fleeing the relentless air strikes, artillery fire and street battles. *) Klishchiivka village near Bakhmut recaptured — Ukraine general In the latest in the Ukraine war, the general in command of Ukraine's ground forces has said that Ukrainian forces recaptured the eastern village of Klishchiivka. Russians claimed control of the village on the southern flank of Bakhmut in January. Ukraine's interior minister also confirmed on Telegram that the village was recaptured in heavy fighting. *) UN designates Palestine's Jericho in West Bank as World Heritage Site A UN conference has voted to list prehistoric ruins near the ancient occupied West Bank city of Jericho as a World Heritage Site in Palestine. The listing refers to the Tel es-Sultan archaeological site, which contains prehistoric ruins dating back to the ninth millennium BC and is outside the ancient city. In response, the Israeli Foreign Ministry has renounced the decision. It said the decision is an indication of Palestinians' use of UNESCO and the politicisation of the organisation.
#DarienGap: Afghans, Iraqis, Libyans, Algerians,, Chinese, Africa Arabic speakers, Africa French speakers from Burkina Faso, more, enroute to the Mexican border. @Michsel_Yon https://x.com/michael_yon/status/1702037813749813499?s=61&t=p8MRaatq9pVVjBrMnwK2iA 1927 Darien
An official in eastern Libya has denied allegations that many of those killed in devastating floods were told to stay in their homes. Othman Abdul Jalil, a spokesperson for the Benghazi-based government, says soldiers warned people in the city of Derna to flee. He denied that people were told not to evacuate but conceded some may have felt the threat was exaggerated. Death tolls that have been provided vary from around 6,000 up to 11,000. With many more thousands still missing, Derna's mayor has warned that the total could reach 20,000. Correspondent Isaac Lukando spoke to Ingrid Hipkiss
Patrick Ryan is the infamous former priest who sourced money, weapons and materials for the IRA during the troubles and even personally met with Libyan dictator Mummar Gaddafi to buy guns for the Republicans.I spoke with author and journalist Jennifer O' Leary about her interviews with Patrick Ryan resulting in a book, "The Padre".Jennifer shares her insight in Patrick Ryan the man, whether he feels any regret about his actions and how the project came about.We spoke about the moulding of Ryan by his family and area into an IRA sympathizer, his high-level of competency when it came to any of Patrick's endeavors and the extent to which Patrick Ryan aided the republican movement.***PLEASE SUBSCRIBE & LEAVE A REVIEW IF YOU ENJOY THE EPISODE******TIMESTAMPS**00:00 Intro & how Jennifer met Patrick Ryan “The Padre”3:35 Patrick's family influences & his timer in East Africa as a missionary 10:15 The extent of Patrick Ryan's work for the IRA (Gaddafi, b*mb timers, guns)16:54 Spy work for Libyans intel services 19:40 Patrick Ryan's mistrust of IRA command 21:45 Does Patrick Ryan differentiate between civilian and military targets for IRA B*MBS? 24:47 How did Patrick Ryan leave the movement? 29:14 Is Patrick Ryan still a Christian ? BUY THE BOOK: https://amzn.to/3RkZ2QkJENNIFER'S TWITTER: https://twitter.com/Jen_O_Leary
Italy's prime minister Georgia Meloni has warned that uncontrolled migration is putting the future of Europe at risk. She was speaking alongside Ursula Von der Leyen on a visit to the island of Lampedusa, which has seen thousands of arrivals in recent days. The European Commission President offered help with the crisis. The Libyan government says a quarter of the buildings in the city of Derna have been destroyed or damaged by last week's flooding. And we hear the prison songs compiled by a Grammy award winning producer. (Photo credit: Reuters)
The European Commission president promises a detailed plan on a visit to the Italian island, which has seen thousands of migrants arrive. Also: Rescue teams are still recovering bodies in the flood stricken Libyan city of Derna as the international aid effort gathers pace and, the Grammy-award winning producer who has made an album with prisoners in a notorious US jail.
Nearly a week after a torrent of water ploughed through the centre of the the Libyan city of Derna, officials from the Eastern Libyan government felt for themselves the wave of public anger... when they visited Derna today. More than 11,000 people are known to have died in the catastrophic flooding that followed the collapse of two dams last weekend. Thousands more are still missing in the port city where bodies are still being washed back from the sea. In a country divided between rival governments - we hear a call for unity in Tripoli. Also in the programme: On an Italian island, residents say they can't cope with the surging number of migrants; and we'll savour a last curry at London's first refuge for Indian food fans. (Photo shows a car submerged in water following floods in Derna, Libya, September 16, 2023. Credit: Amr Alfiky/Reuters)
A BBC team in Derna, in eastern Libya, says international aid agencies still have to arrive in force to help the victims of last weekend's deadly floods. Our correspondent there, Anna Foster, says Libyan rescue workers are bringing clean water from other parts of the country to the destroyed city. Earlier, local authorities denied reports that many of those killed by the floods had been ordered not to evacuate but to shelter in their homes. Also in the programme: we discuss what might have happened to China's Defence Minister, Li Shangfu, who has not been seen in public for more than two weeks, which is unusual for such a high profile figure; and protests in the remote Arctic islands of Svalbard, as residents express their concern over the settlement warming at nearly twice the rate of other places in the Arctic. (Photo: A view shows the aftermath of floods in Derna, Libya. Credit: Reuters)
Three news stories summarized & contextualized by analytic journalist Colin Wright.Note: I'll be visiting family in Seattle all next week, so I won't be publishing normal editions of OSN—instead I've pre-scheduled visual-focused emails (similar to what paid subscribers get on Saturdays, but with two visuals instead of four) for the days I'll be away. Sorry about the change-up, but things will be back to normal Monday the 25th and I hope you enjoy those in the meantime :)Libyan rivals 'coordinating over flood relief'Summary: In the wake of heavy rainfall that caused floods which burst dams, which then triggered more, heavier flooding, the two rival governments that run the eastern and western portions of Libya have told the United Nations they're coordinating with each other to deploy relief efforts throughout the region; more than 5,300 people have been confirmed killed by these floods, so far, and officials have said the death toll could reach 20,000 in the coming days.Context: In addition to those confirmed deaths and the number of people still missing, tens of thousands of people have been displaced, their homes completely destroyed or washed out to sea, and there are concerns that disease could become an issue, too, due to the large number of bodies that have yet to be recovered from the rubble; Libya has been split between these two governments since the fall of the previous ruler, Muammar Gaddafi, in late-2011; these rival groups were at all-out war with each other until 2020, at which point tensions eased, but there are still periodic skirmishes between them, and this discordance in leadership has resulted in all sorts of issues, including difficulties responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, and difficulties maintaining public infrastructure, like the aforementioned collapsed dams.—BBC NewsOne Sentence News is a reader-supported publication. To receive new posts and support my work, consider becoming a free or paid subscriber.Unity seeks to clarify new game engine charges amid outrage from developersSummary: Unity, the tech company behind a popular video game engine that allows game-makers to more rapidly create in-game physics, characters, and landscapes, among other assets, recently announced changes to their business model that will require game companies using their engine to pay Unity every time a game is downloaded, sparking protests from pretty much every game company that uses the engine.Context: The pushback against this announced change, which is scheduled to go into effect on January 1, 2024, has been substantial and vitriolic, and though Unity has since stipulated that the fee would only go into effect after the game has made $200,000 over the course of a year and has had at least 200,000 lifetime installs, and that downloads from charity bundles wouldn't accrue fees, nor would downloads from demos or subscription services, many of the folks behind companies big and small are still contending that this will upend aspects of the gaming industry at a moment in which it's experiencing a bit of a renaissance, especially on the indie side of things, in large part because of these sorts of engines, which have dramatically reduced the time and money required to make and release games have become so fundamental; the company continues to try to reassure their customers, but the reputational damage from this announcement seems to have been done, and the major concern being voiced by those customers, at this point, seems to be Unity's decision to retroactively change the terms and conditions on existing products and sales, which is a concern the company has yet to address. —The GuardianMGM ‘cybersecurity issue' shuts down slot machines and ATMs in Las Vegas casinosSummary: MGM Resorts, which owns casinos and hotels in Las Vegas, Atlantic City, and other gambling tourism hotspots, has announced that it's facing a cybersecurity issue that has resulted in the shutdown of some of its systems, including its casino machines, website, and other digitally connected assets like on-site ATMs, room keys, and food services.Context: Unconfirmed insider accounts have suggested that MGM is suffering from a ransomware attack, which would make it the second of two casinos-hotel companies—the other being Caesar's—to be targeted by such an attack in recent months, the latter having paid about $30 million to the hackers earlier this summer to keep their systems operational and their customer data from being released; MGM is reportedly working with the FBI on investigating who's to blame for these issues, and though many of their electronic assets are back online, customers have reported staff having to keep track of things with pencils and paper in recent days.—The VergeThe European Commission President recently said that the EU will need to rethink its place in the world, and in Eurasia, due to Russia's invasion of Ukraine and the changing world, more broadly; in particular, it would need to expand, and potentially quite soon, which raises the possibility of bringing more Central European states (like Ukraine and Moldova) into the fold, alongside Balkan nations like North Macedonia and Serbia.—Bloomberg76Current age of Republican Senator Mitt Romney (of Utah) who recently announced that he will not be seeking reelection in 2024 because, in essence, he's too old to stay in politics and wants to make way for younger leaders.This is being seen as a thinly veiled attack on presidential candidates Trump and Biden who are 77 and 80, respectively, and who are (in both cases, though by slightly different measures) historically aged candidates.—The New York TimesTrust Click Get full access to One Sentence News at onesentencenews.substack.com/subscribe
Comprehensive coverage of the day's news with a focus on war and peace; social, environmental and economic justice. Thousands of UAW workers walk off the job at auto assembly plants in the Midwest. New England and Eastern Canada prepare for the arrival of Hurricane Lee. Libyan first responders continue recovery and rescue efforts following flood. California cities awarded state grants to fight organized shoplifting. Most Americans back Biden's federal medication price negotiation plan. The post The Pacifica Evening News, Weekdays – September 15, 2023 appeared first on KPFA.
This what happens when a failed state meets global warming. An estimated one-tenth of Derna's population is still missing after last Sunday's failure of two 1970s-era dams in the Libyan city. Libya has been divided in half over the past decade by rival factions, meaning that no authority issued warnings over Storm Daniel, which drew on record water temperatures in the Mediterranean to pummel the country with rainfall. Libya's disaster came a day after Morocco's biggest earthquake in a century.
This week we our featured country is Morocco - we also look at the Canadian Catholic Schools murder hoax; BBC Verify verified? Marica Langton and the Voice; Duck hunting in Victoria; Putin and Kim; Libyan floods; Woke Museums; Djokovic - again!; Scottish football; Ben Stokes; the Rugby world cup; Christian Jazz band wins the Mercury Prize; The return of Neighbours; Van Gogh painting returned; Dundee Contemporary Arts centre; Where the wild things are; SEEK - Abortion; Oliver Anthony evangelises Jordan Peterson; and we finish with an incredible song from the dying Bruce Guthro - other music from RunRig, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, the Ezra Collective, Don McClean and the Troggs.
As the world marks the first anniversary of Mahsa Amini's death, we hear from journalist Farzad Seifikaran, who gained an exclusive interview with her mother, Mojgan Eftekhari, for BBC Persian. Farzad, who's from Mahsa's home town in Kurdistan, tells us what he learned from Mojgan about the young woman whose death led to protests that shook Iran. Job-hunting in Africa and “full-time children” A growing number of young people in China, especially recent college graduates, are struggling to find jobs. There's fierce competition in the domestic market, and many of those who succeed in finding work get disillusioned with the long hours and constant pressure. Sylvia Chang from BBC Chinese has been talking to some who've opted for different solutions. Vast destruction and vast need: Libya and Morocco Rescue teams in Morocco are still struggling to get help to some of the areas worst affected by last week's earthquake in the Atlas Mountains. Meanwhile more details are emerging of devastation caused by flooding in the Libyan city of Derna. BBC Arabic's Saida Badri tells us about the challenges of these stories for the news team, and reflects on the aftermath of the Moroccan earthquake. Her own town was affected, and she shares the same Amazigh heritage as the people of the Atlas Mountains. Kim Jong Un's famous train Earlier this week, the North Korean leader Kim Jong Un travelled on his private train to the Vostochny space centre in Russia's Far East for talks with President Vladimir Putin. BBC Korean's Yuna Ku tells us that the old Soviet-style green train has been the subject of much intrigue over the years, and we also hear from Suping from BBC Monitoring about the late Mao Zedong's passion for train travel. (Photo: Protest sign showing Mahsa Amini at the Iranian consulate on October 24, 2022 in Istanbul, Turkey. Credit: Ozan Güzelce/Dia Images via Getty Images)
Marianna Spring sits in for Adam. Rishi Sunak has pledged to ban American bully XL dogs, following a spate of attacks. Marianna is joined by the BBC's Navtej Johal, who's been following the story all week and a has spoken to a young victim. Dog law specialist Trevor Cooper is also on. And thousands of people are still missing in the city of Derna in north-east Libya, after two dams burst. The death toll could reach 20,000. We speak to Ayat Mneina, a Libyan writer and researcher whose family are from the city. You can join our Newscast online community here: https://tinyurl.com/newscastcommunityhere Today's Newscast was presented by Marianna Spring. It was made by Chris Flynn with Stephanie Mitcalf. The technical producer was Dafydd Evans. The assistant editor is Chris Gray. 00:00 XL bully dog ban 16:19 The latest from Libya
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In this episode I speak about watching two Broadway Musicals: MJ and Back to the Future! I also speak about watching the HBO series, Succession and wrap it up with another addition to our legendary segment “GOATs doing GOAT $hit” where we celebrate the true champions of greatness and highlight the phenomenal achievements of extraordinary individuals. The Spun Today Podcast is a Podcast that is anchored in Writing, but unlimited in scope. Give it a whirl. 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Welcome to the Spun Today podcast, the only podcast that is anchored in writing, but unlimited in scope. I'm your host, Tony Ortiz, and I appreciate you listening. This is episode 243 of the Spun Today podcast. And in this episode, I speak about two Broadway musicals, which I can't believe I took this long to mention them, especially for one in particular. So definitely stay tuned for that. I also speak about watching the Succession Series. An HBO series that I was definitely late to, but had the added benefit of being late in that it allowed me to binge the entire series. And lastly, I wrap it up with another addition to our legendary segment goats doing goat shit where we celebrate the true champions of greatness and highlight the phenomenal achievements of extraordinary individuals. Stay tuned for all that good stuff. But first I wanted to tell you [00:01:00] guys about a. Quick way that you can help support the spun today podcast. Your support is greatly appreciated. Not only can it help out financially to help keep the lights on in good old spun today studios, but it definitely adds fuel to the motivational fire that I rely on to continue putting out episodes. And even more importantly, finding time to write. Nay, making time to write. So thank you. Thank you. Thank you to each and one of you, to each and every one of you that have shown your support to date. And thank in advance to each of you that will show support in the future. Here is one quick way that you can help support the Spun Today podcast. Definitely stay tuned for the outro of the episode where I'll tell you about a bunch of other ways that you can show your support. But here is one of those ways. And we'll jump right into the episode. The first musical that I wanted to tell you guys about was MJ, the [00:02:00] musical. Here is the official synopsis. He's one of the greatest entertainers of all time. Now, Michael Jackson's unique and unparalleled artistry has finally arrived on Broadway in a brand new musical centered around the making of his 1992 dangerous world tour. And created by Tony award winning director, choreographer, Christopher And two time Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage, MJ goes beyond the singular moves and signature sound of the star, offering a rare look at the creative mind and collaborative spirit that catapulted Jackson into legendary status. I went to check this out with my best friend, Steven. Shout out to Steven's Spun Today alumni, who has been on the pod several times in the past. We thought it would be cool to check out. You know, kid touching and molestation and all that, which has obviously [00:03:00] tarnished Michael Jackson and how we view him, all that aside. And I know in and of itself, it's like a controversial topic where some folks are like, no, they're all 100 percent rumors and nothing like that ever happened. Nothing was ever proven in court. And then the other folks on the other side where say. You know, the rumors have been rumors for decades for a reason. It's all true. It was even worse. I know the audience is split when it comes to that. From an artistic body of work perspective, he's obviously, as the little synopsis says there, one of the most legendary entertainers of all time. Now from attending and, you know, watching this musical, And for someone who likes going to like Broadway plays and musicals and enjoys that genre of art and acting and singing and stuff like that as a consumer, from that perspective, [00:04:00] we had a great time. And Michael Jackson in his heyday, I was a kid for that, a little kid, but I obviously know his music and his body of work and I think you'd be hard pressed not to find. Or to find someone that wasn't aware of any of it, but I obviously never saw him live or anything like that going to see this play, though, the way they did it, you definitely get that experience, albeit at a much smaller scale, but you definitely get the, like, you feel you're watching Michael Jackson. That's how good of a performance, not just the Michael Jackson characters did with it. But just the entire cast and the world that they built and created around it. And from a storytelling perspective, it was interesting how they did it. Because it is this very, and I guess, makes sense. In terms of it being like a deliberate conscious [00:05:00] move to do it this way. So you don't have to bring in a lot of like the things we know about Michael now. The allegations and court cases and... Drug abuse and, and stuff like that. So they didn't have to bring too much of that into the story because again, from a storytelling perspective, it's a very myopic focused view of his time around his 1992 dangerous world tour, which is his biggest tour ever. One of the biggest tours ever. And it was chronicling, the buildup to that, all the practice sessions. And how he was as an artist getting ready for that performance. And in the play, there is an MTV crew that was given access to chronicle this whole thing to do a, a piece on, you know, this very much anticipated world tour, which was based on true events that MTV [00:06:00] piece. Actually exists and I'll link to it in the episode notes for you guys to check out. So we got to see this interesting view of. That MTV camera crew. Trying to put together their creative vision of this documentary. While also getting close enough. Access to Michael Jackson to see his inner workings and stuff like that and picking up on. Certain things like. The beginnings of his drug addictions, which we know now ultimately led to his death in that he had a private doctor giving him shots or like IVs of trim butyral or something like that. I forget the exact medication name of what he ultimately died of, but it's supposed to be a strong ass, sleep aid. And so much so that he was getting that shit [00:07:00] injected on a nightly basis just to be able to try to get some sleep. And ultimately that's what he died of. And the doctor that was prescribing him the medication wanted him to go to jail for a few years and losing his medical license, I believe. But in the play, it shows him getting drugs from his manager or other folks like that were part of the stage team. I think it was his manager. And you get some insight into the all too common story of, you know, people in positions of power, whether it's in our music, politics, whatever, just having a circle of yes men and women around them that do what they want and don't really check them. And we saw that through the lens of, again, the beginnings of his drug addiction. And we also saw that same dynamic playing out with his financial team and how he wanted to pay for [00:08:00] this over the top concert and do like never before happened things like him being shot out of not a cannon, but something that shoots, shoots him out and onto the stage and him running out of money. And then Pushing his accountant and his financial team to mortgage Neverland Ranch, where he lived just to continue funding this artistic vision that he had, even though all the financial folks around him, lawyers, accountants, financial advisors warned him against it, he still ultimately got his way, i. e. via these yes men. So that was definitely interesting to see. They also showed. A direct correlation between his abusive childhood with how Joseph Jackson, the father was always depicted as, you know, being super, super hard stage dad, forcing them to practice [00:09:00] all the kids when they were the Jackson five for hours and hours on end, no breaks, didn't really have a childhood. You know, they had fame when they were young. So they didn't have a, you know, especially Michael being the youngest. Of them, of the Jackson 5, or second youngest, I believe. But never really having a childhood, or traditional childhood. They showed correlations of that, instilled hard work ethic. And they kind of papered over the, physical abuse in the play. With how hard Michael Jackson was on his crew and the choreographers and everything. And the dance team around him and how they were all exhausted and he would force them to to work hours on end just like his dad did to him and kind of showing that traumatic shift, trauma shift of, you know, him being the recipient of that and then dishing it out as he got older in the same exact way [00:10:00] and then seeing himself as, you know, becoming his father in that sense. But the play did a great job in also showing different. Stages within Michael Jackson's life, they showed him as a child, you know, as a flashback scene, because the entire thing again takes place around him working up to this dangerous world tour and being interviewed by the MTV crew and them filming and interviewing him in between rehearsals, etc. But while they were interviewing him, he would flash back and tell stories of childhood, of his mother and his father, Jackson 5, transitioning, going solo. And you got to see different actors, which did a phenomenal job of playing Michael Jackson. Now we did go on an off day, I think it was like a Tuesday or Wednesday. So every cast member, including Michael Jackson, wasn't necessarily the best. Number ones, if you will. I believe the young Michael [00:11:00] was, but I don't believe the middle Michael that they showed as well as the older Michael Jackson that's being interviewed. I think he was also the understudy, but I mean, these are all top tier phenomenal actors, right? All did an amazing job. And we got to hear all the hits, all Michael Jackson's hits, all Jackson five hits. And it really did feel like a Michael Jackson concert experience as a narrative choice. Again, it does seem to me to have been a deliberate choice to tell this story from a specific point in time. And in doing so not have to, or I guess they had the ability to paper over all the negatives that we know of Michael, like the drug abuse and child molestation allegations, so on and so forth. So you definitely lose something historically. From that perspective, but as a piece of [00:12:00] entertainment, we do wind up enjoying a shitload of music and just how they put the musical together. It was definitely an entertaining watch. And I definitely recommend it. MJ the musical, check it out back to the future. The musical, if you guys know anything about me, I am a huge, Back to the Future fan. I've spoken about the movie multiple times. I've highlighted how the screenplay for Back to the Future 1 is considered a perfect screenplay and I think it's taught in theater classes. It's my personal favorite trilogy of any genre, any movies, all time. And I've also said, controversial to some, that it's one of the rare occasions where the sequel, Back to the Future 2. is even better than the first movie. And I know that's blasphemous for some folks to hear. And even I myself go back and forth [00:13:00] between that thought from time to time. But just from the creativity of it alone to delve back into the first movie through the second movie and find ways to tie into the first movie, And make things that already existed within the first movie, make them that way because of the actions of the second movie, which was filmed and created. I think it was something like five years later. It's just fucking amazing from, from that standpoint. And I'm such a fan that my debut novel fractal Available now, SpunToday. com forward slash books, so you can find all the links of all the different places where you can find it. Back to the Future is an inspiration for that story. It is a time travel tale, as I like to say. Furthermore, I dedicated that book to my first [00:14:00] born Aiden, and the quote, the very first quote after the dedication section of the book, is a quote. From back to the future, part one from George McFly to Marty McFly, stating, if you put your mind to it, you can accomplish absolutely anything in him speaking to writing his first novel. So there's a complete tie in on multiple levels there. I fucking love it. I literally have a life size replica of the hoverboard immediately to my left right now. That said, I signed up, or, like, I follow all the different Back to the Future fan pages, official, unofficial. And I saw months before that they were developing the musical. I also subscribed to a bunch of different newsletters having to do with Back to the Future and the DMC newsletter, even from the DeLorean Motor Company. And I signed up to be alerted when the pre sales went on, [00:15:00] and I bought these tickets months in advance, I think something like seven months in advance. That's how much I was anticipating going. So I copped the tickets and my wife and I, shout out to Zoila, sponsored alum, went to go see it and had an amazing time. Being such a fan holding, I'm both holding the musical to a very high bar. I don't want them to fuck it up while at the same time being completely biased and knowing that I'll find a way to love it some way or another. So holding my love for the story. And the history of the film aside, as much as is humanly possible and attempting to be objective, I personally thought they knocked it out the park. Now they clearly didn't have, I'm not sure if Back to the Future, if it's old enough, I think it came out in 89, where the story itself is public domain or if they actually got the rights to [00:16:00] retell the story in this format. Because I don't believe that Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale were involved with the musical. I could be wrong, but I don't believe they were. And I wonder if certain choices that they made throughout the musical had to do with not having the full rights, or if they had to do with just trying to retell the story on the stage. Because although it was still very, very, very true to the original Back to the Future 1 film, which was another thing that I was curious about if they were going to try to encapsulate all three films within the musical, but it wasn't. It was just a retelling of the first one. But everything is not, you know, word for word, verbatim, although it does have a lot of the same key scenes. But then... Certain other key, certain other key scenes. For example, the famous skateboard [00:17:00] scene in front of the diner, when Biff and his crew chase Marty and wind up crashing into the manure truck and Marty's getting around the skateboard, they didn't redo that scene, but in its place, they kind of extend the scene of the lunchroom where. Marty first confronts Biff, you know, where they both kind of grab each other and make fists and they're about to punch each other, but then Strickland shows up and breaks it up, essentially. And Biff tells him, why don't you make like a tree and, and get out of here. They elongated that scene instead and made that the chase scene and made it so that Biff was chasing Marty throughout the lunchroom. He was jumping over tables and hitting him with lunch trays and running through the school. And they had an original musical number there. So they took certain liberties that way. I guess it was easier to do [00:18:00] it that way. If it wasn't a licensing issue or concern, it was easier, it must have been easier to put that together versus the actual skateboard scene and having multiple cars and etc. But it was something that I was curious about. It was kind of interactive in that, you know, like they had the enchantment on the the sea dance and during it when Marvin Barry and the Starlighters are playing Earth Angel there were in the actual theater there was Bubbles, there was a bubble machine or something. There was bubbles going all throughout so we were in the first few rows and you know, we could swat the bubbles and that kind of built the atmosphere around around the whole thing And of course he did the Johnny B. Good scene in terms of the cast, all phenomenal. The gentleman who plays doc killed it. Oh, and that was another thing also, they did not do the, you know, terrorist Libyan terrorist [00:19:00] shooting scene, which I guess to make it more PG they made it that doc was using the plutonium for the 1. 21 gigawatt reaction that he needs. Within the flux capacitor to make the time travel possible, but that he was using an old radiation suit, which wasn't completely insulated. And that's how he wound up dying initially versus getting shot by the terrorists. But yeah, the gentleman who played doc amazing, super funny, steals the show. The guy who plays Marty's spot on, did a great job. But the person who played Crispin Glover's character of George McFly dead on balls accurate to quote Marissa Tomei fucking amazing spot on like they could reshoot back to the future drop this gentleman in place of [00:20:00] Kristen Crispin Glover who legend has it was like an absolute asshole on set and that's why he wasn't in part two or three, but. Drop him into that role and you wouldn't tell the difference. He was amazing. Fucking awesome. The guy who played Biff was really good. Really looked the part. Which brings me to the number one star of the show. The DeLorean. They did it so ill that it looked like an actual real DeLorean that was up there. I guess they just, you know, it's just like the outsides or whatever, but it really looked like an actual replica real DeLorean. And it's obviously the moment that all the fans are anticipating the most, you know, when they first see the DeLorean, which they did the big reveal and like the same same way at Twin Pines mall, [00:21:00] which then becomes Lone Pines mall at the end when Marty runs over. Old Man Peabody's Pine Tree. Symbolizing how the littlest change in the past could affect have a ripple effect on the future. But they did an amazing job with the car itself and then with the actual time travel sequence. So the theater, the decor of it, can't also, this is how it also immersed the, the crowd aside from the bubbles thing from, from earlier. The decor. The balconies on the sides, on the left, on the left and the right, they were also part of the decor. Like there weren't people sitting in the seats there. Instead, they had this metal widgets and circuitry spanning all of the balconies. And during the time travel sequence, like when Marty accidentally goes back to 1955, all those start lighting up in different [00:22:00] colors and it's reminiscent of the flux capacitor and the lights around the actual DeLorean, which they also show and really immerse you and bring you into it in that way. And then at the end, which was even more amazing because they could have just done that again. They with like a crane or something, something you couldn't see, but some sort of lift, they lift up the DeLorean. For the scene where, you know, the clock tower scene when he's going back to the future. They lift up the DeLorean and push it forward into the crowd. So it's hovering above us almost. Like above, the first couple rows. Not completely, but just enough for it to be off of the stage. Can you imagine the fucking lawsuit that thing would have fallen or something? But obviously it was secure and it was just so ill the way they did it. And I couldn't have been happier with Back to the Future the musical. I definitely, definitely highly recommend.[00:23:00] If I have the chance to see it again, I definitely will. Tickets should be a lot more reasonable now. That's the only issue I had with it. Although I was willing to pay, so whatever. But apparently it's not doing well, or as well as anticipated. And the. Ticket prices. I checked the day of for my same seat and it Was like 40 percent less in terms of the actual pricing But that aside it was an amazing experience. I Loved every bit of it. If you're back to the future fan as I am you will too Back to the future the musical Check it out HBO's original series succession Is a series that ran from 2018 to 2023. Like I mentioned in the intro, I didn't start watching the series until 2023. Literally while the final season was, was airing. [00:24:00] So, that came with the benefit of being able to binge it and see it all the way through. But in terms of sharing some of my personal takeaways and tidbits here. It's it shows a bit out of the zeitgeist. And some references might be dated, but we'll share them nonetheless for posterity. Here is the official synopsis. The Roy family is known for controlling the biggest media and entertainment company in the world. However, their world changes when their father steps down from the company. And as we like to do here on the Spun Today podcast, I wanted to shout out each and every one of the writers, starting with the show's creator, Jesse Armstrong. Followed by Jamie Carragher, Susan Soon Hee Stanton, Alice Birch, Miriam Batty, She a Batty, she knows she a 10. Georgia Pritchett, Tony Roche, Nathan Elston, Callie Hirshaway, [00:25:00] John Brown, Will Tracy, Lucy Preble, Jonathan Glaser, Ted Cohen, Anna Jordan, Mary Laws, and Will Arbery. Shout out to each and every one of the writers on Succession who put together an amazing show. And I particularly want to shout out the, the writers in this particular series, because they took what is the embodiment of quote unquote evil rich people, you know, just like the vile borderline sociopathic Narcissistic archetype of, you know, the greedy, quote, unquote, greedy, rich people. And they made us, the viewers, through the strong characters that they created, that the writers created, and that the actors, which were phenomenal, and I'll speak to it in a minute, brought to life. They made us, as the audience, connect [00:26:00] with those characters, and in some cases, in a lot of cases, actually root for them to win. Which, if you take a step back and look at the ruthlessness with how they navigate the world with little to no care of who or how they affected others. When you look at it objectively through that lens, it's like, fuck these people. But since they're developed so richly as characters, and it's such a character driven show in my opinion. we still connect with them and root for them on a human level. And that I think is a testament again to just amazing writing. So shout out again to the writers there. Now the cast absolutely killed it. Kieran Culkin is one of my favorite characters. He plays Roman Roy, the youngest of the four children. Brian Cox is the matriarch, the Rupert Murdoch like character who [00:27:00] created this Conglomerate multi billion dollar company. He's just amazing. Tom Wombs Gans played by Matthew McFadden. Such a cool character. Very selfish. It turns out as, as all of them have traits of selfishness, but he was in it for himself from the jump and. He plays possum throughout, so much so that he's married to Shiv Roy, the daughter, played by Sarah Snook, also does a great job, but she's like a, you know, princess, always gets what she wants, kinda has the quote unquote trophy husband, cheats on him, and he just takes it all, and his character is such that you hate him at first, so. because he's such a pushover and you're like yo stand up for yourself you fucking pussy then you wind up rooting for [00:28:00] him then you wind up finding out that either he's been running a game the entire time or he just got caught up in it and began running a game somewhere along the line and became fed up great characters both in real life British I believe it's a good job with the American accents there Same as Logan Logan Roy's character, Brian Cox. And by British, that's just my dumb American interpretation of their accent. You know, it could be Australian, Zealand, or who knows. Conroy, the eldest half brother played by Alan Ruck. Shout out to Ferris Bueller's Day Off. Really cool character. Shout out to the Conheads out there. Jeremy Strong. Not the eldest, but the eldest of the full siblings of the three, you know, Kieran Culkin's character, Sarah Snook's character, and himself, Kendall Roy. He was the heir to the throne, if you will. And in the very [00:29:00] first episode, which sets the stage for the entire series, the first half of the episode is him going through The process of getting ready to take over the company because the father had announced his retirement. He was gonna step down Kendall Roy is gonna take over and in that very first episode the father winds up Literally fucking him over and saying nah, I changed my mind. He's like, wait, what my You changed your mind. I'm supposed to take over next week. He was like now let's give it a couple more years I decided to stay on He was like, but we announced it to the world and the, you know, it's a publicly traded company and the stock and this and that and blah blah blah. He was like, yeah, that's all bullshit. Don't worry about it. And you have this tension within the family always throughout the entire series of the son trying to take over from the father, the father trying to maintain control, the father getting sick, the other siblings trying to vie for control, sometimes being on the same page with each other, most of the time not, and just like this complete [00:30:00] dysfunction. And it was such an interesting, family dynamic that really keeps you hooked. I also thought it was particularly interesting the way that the show was shot. And I got this from some of the, not behind the scenes, but the extras of the show where they, you know, interview different characters and they also have a podcast, et cetera. So I don't remember if it's from one of the extras or from the actual podcast, but one of the directors, I think the main one Mark Millard. Maybe it was Jesse Armstrong, the creator of the show, but they were breaking down how they shot in a way where they zoom in to the actual characters for emotional exclamation points. So they called it. And you notice that throughout the entire series where they'll, you know, they'll shoot a scene and then. For the character reaction, they'll zoom in to the character's face, which is pretty interesting. And he also mentioned that on set, they [00:31:00] always kept live cameras around so that the art, the actors themselves, they didn't know when they were being shot or not. So it forced them essentially to stay in character. And he likened it to filming theater, similar to when you go see a play. How all the characters, as long as they're on stage, they're in character, you know, that whether they're the main focus of a scene or not, or a background character, they're always doing something. They're always on, if you will, then I'm going to jump to in season two, episode 10, I jetted down here. There was a dope line that Logan Roy said again, the matriarch of the family played by Brian Cox, and he was speaking to money and wealth and how most things don't exist. Or companies rather. And he said that the Ford motor company hardly exists. He said that it's just a time saving expression for a collection of financial [00:32:00] interests. Again, all the Ford motor company was to this psychopath was just a time saving expression for a collection of financial interests. I thought that was such an interesting way, such a financially motivated lens to view the world through. And I just love the way that was phrased. All the four Ford Motor Company is, is just a time saving expression for a collection of financial interests. Jesus. There's a lot of double crossing in the show the siblings with each other, the father to the, to the kids, the kids to the father. There's a point in the season two finale where you think Kendall is going to rise to the occasion and, you know, be the heir to the throne that the father, [00:33:00] you know, wants him to be, that is grooming him to be. But he winds up double crossing his father again, as he did multiple times throughout the series. And I thought it was interesting that he had a lot of ups and downs, you know, he had addiction issues in the show. They reference all the time that he had a stint in rehab. And just from a mindset perspective, he was always either completely out of it and crying and in the dumps or completely manic and on the fucking ball. He reminded me a lot of Kanye. And or the public version of Kanye that we've been seeing in. You know, recent news and media cycles and all the drama around the Kardashians and all that shit and his manic episodes. That's what he was reminiscent of to me. I loved the relationship between two main characters, both outsiders of the family in their own right, which was Tom Wamskantz, which I [00:34:00] mentioned earlier, which was the husband of the daughter, Shiv Roy. His relationship with Greg Hirsch, played by Nicholas Braun, which is a second cousin, extended cousin to the family that they barely know, but that works his way into the fold and Tom brings him under his wing kind of because he sees himself in, in Greg in some ways, you know, being an outsider of the family, but also because he wants to have someone to have power over. And he finally found someone lower than him on the totem pole, if you will, within this family structure. And they just have a back and forth, funny, quippy, really interesting dynamic throughout the entire series. And I'll wrap it up with a, a line of dialogue from Alan Ruck's character, Connor Roy, when it spoiler alert, this happened in season four, episode seven. But Connor, who decides to run for president, out of all things, of the [00:35:00] United States, and Kieran Culkin's character, Roman Roy, hilariously tells him, don't you think you should try for something smaller first? You know, maybe like running a CVS or something? But Connor gets himself in a position where... essentially his actual, you know, the two rivals for, for president, the Democrat and the Republican running, they're neck and neck, like razor sharp, you know, 49 percent to 49 percent margins. And Connor is polling at like 1 percent or something like that. It's something, something sick that pretty much put him in a position to make a deal with one of the other guys where he would drop out of the race and His supporters would vote for that person, and that person would essentially become the, the president. And he's trying to see what he can get, you know, what position he could get from the person that would ultimately win. And one of them offers him to be the diplomat of Alman, which is a [00:36:00] country that I had never heard of. And he tells him that it's an interesting thought. He'll, he'll definitely mull it over. And that Oman is the poor man's Saudi Arabia and the rich man's Yemen. And again, I just thought what an interesting way to view the world and view things. But yeah, yo succession dope show. I definitely recommend you guys check it out if you're into that type of thing. It's supposed to be loosely based on Rupert Murdoch and you know, Fox news, that type of billion dollar conglomerate company and the tension and dynamics. Within his children, for example Rupert Murdoch, I think I've spoken about here on the past. One of them is like liberal, liberal leaning, which is kind of like Shiv's character in succession. And the other one is very conservative. Then they're both vying for succession of Fox, for example. So this show is loosely based on that, or at the very least, it's like one of those are imitates life imitates art type of things. [00:37:00] But that is my little recap and review on Succession, streaming now on HBO Max. Check it out. Goat doing goat shit. And I want to create a drop for, specific to this segment of the podcast because it is a recurring one. And I have some things that I've been tinkering with and working on. But speaking it aloud to see if I can hold myself to task because I've been meaning to do that, , forever. I just haven't gotten around to it, but the goats doing goat shit segment is a segment where I like to celebrate the true champions of greatness and highlight the phenomenal achievements of extraordinary individuals, especially when they do things that they do not have to do. And in this episode's edition of goats doing goat shit, I'd like to welcome none other Then Sean P. Diddy Combs to the list. Now, for the longest time, and still, [00:38:00] Puffy is known as being a ruthless businessman, if you will. Someone who hustled and busted his ass and built and created bad boy entertainment, which has brought us countless acts and music that we all love to this day. And many, many artists, but one thing that he did in building his empire from the ground up was recreate the, what some may say myself included, archaic, traditional, let's call them music artist deals, where the label that signs an artist winds up owning their publishing their masters, essentially making the lion's share of the money that is to be made from the art created by the actual artist. And the artist is often times in doing this type of bad business left fending for scraps. And music artists, [00:39:00] historically, this has happened to across different genres since the beginning of time. Some but few and far between have had more savvy, you know, teams and lawyers and sound financial advice around them and just the foresight of ownership. of your creation, being able to reap the benefits of it in perpetuity versus, you know, taking a bigger bag up front, but then never being able to profit from it down the line. So that's definitely been the biggest knock, in my opinion, on, on Puffy over the years in this respect. As of September of 2023, it became public that Puffy was returning his publishing rights. Which, by the way, he did not legally have to do. Returning the publishing rights to the artists and songwriters that helped him build Bad Boy Entertainment. Folks like Ma$e, which was the most vocal, [00:40:00] and actually recently dropped, and by recently I mean within the last year or two, diss tracks and did a lot of interviews and references to all of this, which are actually pretty good. Faith, The Locks, which is another vocal components of, you know, Puffy's business practices, 112, and the estate of Biggie, the Notorious B. I. G. They are all getting, or have gotten, their publishing back because the paperwork and agreements have all been signed and are actually finalized. And according to Puffy, in an interview that he gave to Billboard. He had a lot of offers back in like 2021 when, you know, like folks like Justin Timberlake and Shakira and a lot of folks were selling their, their publishing, their, their catalogs for like a hundred million dollars, $300 million, et cetera. He got an offer, an alleged nine figure [00:41:00] offer. To purchase his catalog, which included all the publishing that he owned, owned legally from all these artists. And that's when he supposedly decided to not sell and give the publishing back to the respective artists. It just took a lot of time between then and now to actually execute the legal documentation, etc. But I thought that was a dope move. It wasn't something that he had to legally do. Did Puffy make, over the decades, a shitload of money off everybody's catalog? Yes, of course he did. Was he legally correct to do so? Yes, he was. Whether it was ethical or moral or not, and hypocritical in some sense, those are all valid criticisms in my opinion, but he wasn't technically or legally... it wasn't something he had to do. So I definitely applaud him for doing [00:42:00] so. I'm always of the mentality of just own your shit and be of the mindset that if someone, a publishing company, a label, if you're in music, a publishing company, if you're in, you know, writing or creating different types of art, a platform, et cetera, if they're coming to you with a bag, To purchase outright, whatever it is that you created big bag, small bag, whatever. They would also pay you for just licensing it. It'll be a smaller bag, but in my opinion, and I'm not the fucking Messiah here, but in my opinion, if you're offering me a big bag to just own my shit outright, it's because you from a financial standpoint, believe that you're going to make that money back and more over time. So it would also be a sound business move from your perspective to license [00:43:00] it for a smaller bag for a shorter period of time, because you will also make your money back within that shorter period of time. And then some, and in that type of scenario, you keep your shit then afterwards, license it out to someone else, make money off of it yourself, maintain the ownership. So you could do whatever it is that you want with it in the future. Turn your book into a movie, turn it into a TV series after that, do both at the same time, turn it into a fucking VR spectacle that hasn't even been created yet, but will exist in 10, 15 years. And since you have the ownership of your IP, you could do that instead of handing it over for a bit bigger bag now, and then the company that purchased it from you. Maintains that ability moving forward. So again, with that said, I'd like to welcome Sean P. Diddy Combs officially onto the Spuntoday goats doing goat shit list. [00:44:00] And that folks was episode 243 of the Spuntoday podcast. Thank each and every one of you very much for listening. I really, really appreciate it. Before I let you go, just wanted to tell you guys about a Few quick ways that you can help support the spun today podcast. If you so choose, you continue support is amazing. I appreciate it very, very much. Whether you're using my affiliate link to shop on Amazon, which you can find that spun today. com forward slash support, or you're buying t shirts or coffee mugs or my books sponsored. com forward slash books, or using any of my affiliate links that all can be found that spun today. com forward slash support. Which will get you a discount on whatever said thing that it is that you're looking for that I have an affiliate link for. Whichever way you choose to support, it means a ton. I really, really appreciate it and just wanted to say thank you. Here's a breakdown of a few of the different ways you can help support the [00:45:00] Spun Today podcast if you so choose. And I'll check you all out next time. Peace.
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A Unesco conference and archeological summit in Saudi Arabia are the latest examples of the country's increasing focus on culture as part of the so-called Vision 2030 programme. We look at Saudi Arabia's unprecedented and lavishly funded focus on contemporary and ancient culture and how that relates to ongoing concerns about artistic freedom and human rights abuses in the kingdom. Alia Al-Senussi, a cultural strategist, and senior advisor at Art Basel and to the Saudi Ministry of Culture, joins host Ben Luke to discuss the contemporary art scene, and Melissa Gronlund, a reporter on the Middle East for The Art Newspaper, tells us about the push to reveal hitherto underexplored Saudi heritage. The Sierra Leone-born, London-based artist and poet Julianknxx this week unveiled a new project at London's Barbican Centre, Chorus in Rememory of Flight. The multi-screen installation features performers and choirs from the African diaspora who Julianknxx met on a 4,000-mile trip around European cities with colonial histories, from Lisbon via Marseille, Rotterdam and Berlin to London. We talk to him about this epic endeavour. And this episode's Work of the Week is among the greatest works on paper ever made: Michelangelo's studies in red chalk for the Libyan Sibyl, one of the most distinctive figures on his Sistine Chapel ceiling. The drawing features in Michelangelo and Beyond at the Albertina in Vienna and one of its curators, Constanze Malissa, tells us more about it.Art in Saudi Arabia: A New Creative Economy? by Rebecca Anne Proctor, with Alia Al-Senussi, published 30 November, Lund Humphries, £19.99.Julianknxx: Chorus in Rememory of Flight, The Curve, Barbican Centre, London, and online on WePresent, until 11 February 2024; Julianknxx is in A World in Common: Contemporary African Photography, Tate Modern, until 14 January 2024.Michelangelo and Beyond, Albertina, Vienna, 15 September-14 January 2024. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Days after Storm Daniel passed through Greece, Thessaly - Greece's agricultural heartland - is still under water, with locals describing apocalyptic scenes. With the plain accounting for 25 percent of Greece's agricultural production, the threat of shortages and price hikes now looms large. On top of that, with the waters still high, there are now warnings that this could turn into a major health hazard. In the midst of this catastrophe, Greece has announced emergency relief measures and is turning to its EU partners for aid. Nektaria Stamouli, Politico's Eastern Mediterranean correspondent, joins Thanos Davelis to assess the scope of the damage in Thessaly following Storm Daniel, and look at the questions this latest crisis raises about the challenges that lie ahead for Greece.Read Nektaria Stamouli's latest here: Supercharged storm wrecks Greece's breadbasket for years to comeYou can read the articles we discuss on our podcast here:Authorities on standby for potential disease outbreakEither we get serious or we will sinkSearchers race to recover bodies in Libyan city where 5,100 died in flooding after 2 dams collapsedLibya Buries Dead in Collective Graves as Estimated Storm Toll Tops 6,000Libya turmoil made Derna flooding even more deadlyDeath toll in Libya's Derna flooding could reach 20,000: MayorEU chief announces major review saying the bloc should grow to over 30 members
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Flooding in eastern Libya centered around the city of Derna has left about 6,000 dead and thousands more missing. With deep divisions between Libya's two rival governments, questions are being asked about how prepared Libya was for such a disaster. We speak to Libyans and a climate change expert to get the latest on the disaster. In this episode: Ayat Mneina (@AMneina), Libyan writer and researcher Malik Traina (@libyanmind), Al Jazeera Libya correspondent Ahmed Tarabolsi, doctor from Benghazi Tarek Megerisi (@Tmegrisi), EFCR Senior Policy Fellow Karim Elgendy (@NomadandSettler), Chatham House Senior Fellow Episode credits: This episode was produced by David Enders, Ashish Malhotra, Zaina Badr and our host Malika Bilal. Chloe K Li, Amy Walters and Sonia Bhagat fact-checked this episode. Our sound designer is Alex Roldan. Our lead of audience development and engagement is Aya Elmileik and Adam Abou-Gad is our engagement producer. Alexandra Locke is The Take's executive producer, and Ney Alvarez is Al Jazeera's head of audio. Connect with us: @AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook
At least 5,300 people are dead in the Libyan city of Derna after Storm Daniel on Sunday, which resulted in a dam bursting and a river of floodwater sweeping through the streets. With 10,000 people reported missing, the death toll is expected to rise. Today's Martha Kearney spoke to Libyan journalist Johr Ali about his friend, whose entire family was taken by the storm. Justin Webb also spoke to the BBC's International Editor Jeremy Bowen, who said getting aid to the people in need is made harder by the political tensions in the north African country, and to Dr Anas Barghathy, who travelled to the Derna region to volunteer.
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On September 8, 2023, a 6.8-magnitude earthquake devastated major cities in Western Morocco. The death toll is close to 3,000 and thousands more have been injured. Days later, heavy rainfall broke two dams in Libya leading to massive flooding killing over 2,000 people. Reset talks with an international relief organization about efforts to respond to these disasters.
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Nearly three days after catastrophic floods swept away a large part of the Libyan port city of Derna, the security forces are still recovering bodies from the sea. On land, rescue teams are digging through the rubble of collapsed buildings in the hope of finding survivors. We speak to a journalist in Derna and a doctor who is preparing to visit the affected areas. Also in the programme: the UN envoy to Sudan, Volker Perthes, has announced he is stepping down and warns the conflict risks becoming a full-blown civil war; and the largest newspaper chain in the United States has announced it will hire a full time Taylor Swift reporter. (Picture: Cars were damaged after a powerful storm and heavy rainfall in Derna. Credit: Esam Omran Al-Fetor/Reuters)
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First off I wanted to let everyone know that I am deep into researching and writing the upcoming season of “The Ancient World – Carchemish.” It's got lots of fun stuff: Tiglath-pileser III, Sargon II and - most importantly - the final demise of the Neo-Hittite and Aramean kingdoms. Just a really interesting period and I'm looking forward to sharing it with you. So keep an eye out for new Episodes starting around mid-October. I also wanted to update you all that there is a whole extra season of “The Ancient World – Carchemish” already available on the Patreon site. Over the past year I've produced 12 mini-Episodes – which basically equate to a full 6-episode season - running alongside the current series. They flesh out events in Babylonia, Phoenicia, Syria and the Zagros Mountains – and also include a fun 2-parter on the Libyan pharaohs of Egypt. The best part is you can have access to all of them at this very moment – along with new monthly mini-Episodes going forward – by signing up at the “Lugal” tier at www.patreon.com/TheAncientWorld. To sweeten the deal I'm doing a special Limited Time Offer: Sign up for a year at any level and I will shoot you a signed PDF script of your favorite episode from any season of the series. The offer's only good through September 30, 2023 so please join up now to take advantage. That's it for now. I'll see you all again in October and thanks again for listening! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices