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Friday, May 13 2022


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The visible stonework, wooden door, and the stainless-steel door hinges and coat hook on the back of that door... all looked quite familiar. It appeared that the camera was mounted on the ledge or ridge on the wall just above the back of the toilet.

That’s what an opposition party leader in Canada said—while calling out a member of the ruling Liberal party—who was caught attending a parliamentary debate… from a toilet stall! Shafqat Ali has apologised and promised to “never to repeat this error.” Well, we guess it is still better than watching porn in the Parliament—which seems to be a global affliction these days (see: Karnataka, the UK).

 

Stuff to check out: On the latest episode of the splainer podcast ‘Press Decode’, the splainer team looks at why the South loves to hate on Hindi—and why India is so crap at meeting the needs of the differently abled. Be sure to head over to the IVM website, Spotify or Apple Podcasts to listen to it.


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Big Story

The killing of a journalist in West Bank

The TLDR: The world was shocked by the death of Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh—who was shot in cold blood while covering an Israeli raid. The tragedy spotlights Israel’s strategy of deliberate targeting of journalists working in the occupied West Bank and Gaza.


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In today’s edition

Headlines That Matter

  • Sri Lanka gets a new PM
  • The bad news about long Covid
  • Another mosque controversy in UP
  • A big cryptocurrency crash
  • Elon Musk maybe headed for trouble
  • The big unveil of the Pixel watch
  • Hotstar scores big for Disney+
  • A Taco Bell TikTok musical 

 

Sanity Break

  • Did you know Jane Goodall did an ad for an Australian underwear brand?

 

Weekend Advisory

  • Good stuff to watch this weekend
  • A list of good reads

 

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