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Wednesday, July 20 2022


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Jafar has some rights as a citizen. There's due process. To imprison someone, they need to be summoned first. But to imprison someone who is protesting outside the jail raises a lot of questions. This is a kidnapping.

That’s what Tahereh Saeedi said about the arrest of her husband—the renowned Iranian film director Jafar Panahi—who has been sentenced to six years in prison. The crime involved dates back to 2010—when he was briefly arrested for supporting anti-government protests and then set free. But Panahi was thrown back in jail in July when he went to the local prison to ask about the arrest of two other directors. They have been imprisoned for penning an open letter criticising the government. 

 

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Big Story

The white saviours of wildlife conservation

The TLDR: In the first part of this series, we explained the controversy surrounding bestselling author Delia Owens—implicated in the killing of an alleged poacher in Africa. Today, we look at the roots of her white saviour complex—which is at the core of this kind of violence—and how it has been internalised by even brown folks like us.


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In today’s edition

Headlines That Matter

  • Sri Lanka gets ready for a new prez
  • Netflix declares its numbers
  • Heat waves, heat waves everywhere
  • Gautam Adani gets a Gates ‘assist’
  • Amazon targets Facebook groups
  • A verbal ‘slap’ in the face
  • Indians are ceding their passports

 

Sanity Break

  • Trailer for Mani Ratnam’s period action flick: ‘Ponniyin Selvan: I’.

 

A list of curious facts

  • A four-legged robot that can learn to walk in just an hour
  • Meet the awesome coconut octopus
  • Classic Greek sculpture recreated with their original hues
  • Did you know that Dubai is home to the largest vertical farm in the world?

 

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