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Friday, September 23 2022


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There doesn’t have to be a process, as I understand it. You’re the president of the United States, you can declassify just by saying it’s declassified, even by thinking about it.

That’s former US President Donald Trump rewriting American law in one fell swoop. Ever since raids on his Mar-A-Lago residence turned up highly classified documents taken from the White House, Trump has been claiming that he declassified them as president—but has never offered any proof of doing so. His latest defence: I simply ‘thought’ it. 

 

Last chance to talk to Ayaz Memon! We are delighted to announce our Ask Me Anything conversation with one of the most erudite observers of cricket. Ayaz’s many books include biographies of Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli—and most recently, he edited an anthology on the history of cricket— ‘Indian Innings’—which traces the journey of Indian cricket since 1947. So get ready to ask him your burning questions about the state of our national sport this Saturday, September 24, 2022 at 6:30pm. Be sure to sign up for your slot here


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Big Story

The death of Mahsa Amini: Why it matters

The TLDR: The death of a 22-year-old woman—arrested for wearing her hijab “improperly”—has unleashed angry protests across Iran. Yes, this is about gender rights—but also rage at the government in the midst of a severe economic crisis.


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In today’s edition

Headlines That Matter

  • A giant crackdown on a key Muslim organisation
  • Protests spread in Russia
  • Indian rupee is going down
  • Hitting that dislike button on YouTube does nothing
  • Bumble's voice prompt feature
  • Instagram wants to help you block unsolicited dick pics
  • New Zealand’s war on jargon 

 

Sanity Break

  • The hilariously bad official song of the US Space Force

 

Weekend Advisory

  • Good stuff to watch 
  • A list of good reads

 

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