The Weekly Read #1: From Russia with Love

What is The Weekly Read (title might change)? It’s where I give you my take of the news of and share other things that have caught my attention this week.

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From Russia with Love?

Russia – and its relationship with the Trump administration – is a gift that keeps on giving. We know that the Russians tried to manipulate the outcome of the Presidential election in favor of Trump. We also know that Michael Flynn, the former national security adviser had contacts with Russian officials after election day and (allegedly?) reassured them that the incoming administration would be good to Russia. And now Jeff Sessions, the attorney general,  may have perjured himself by denying he had any contact with members of the Russian government after Election day when he did! Gosh. What chaos.

So what happens next? Sigh.

This is pretty scary stuff. As someone who’s always been on the side of America v Russia, I’d like to see an investigation taking place like yesterday. I’m hoping Republicans who are now in charge of Congress will grow a backbone and do what needs to be done. I am very happy about the loud voices of the likes of Sen. McCaine and Sen. Graham who seem to be the few who are worried. I suggest Republicans do what is right if they don’t want to be labelled at best cowards, and at worse unpatriotic.

I have so much more to say about this but I’ll stop here.

If you’re looking for a quick update of where we stand regarding ties between team Trump and Russia, check out this Washington Post’s article.

And if you have nearly 40 minutes to spare and you want to become a foreign policy nerd, I’d recommend listening to FP’s The Editor’s Roundtable take on this Russia drama “Is Russia Running Circles Around the United States?” 

And the Oscars goes to….

Okay. I know the Oscars were last weekend. But oh well.

Moonlight won Best Picture, despite the mix up with La La Land there. And…Casey Affleck won Best Actor for Moonlight by the Sea.

Have I seen the film? No, and as such I can’t judge his performance. What I can judge is the fact that an alleged sexual predator should lose his job, not be fawned over for his acting skills.

I wholeheartedly agree with Sady Doyle’s Elle article on the matter.

“By endlessly forgiving and validating abusive men, we tell women that the abuse they suffer is less important than some white guy’s right to get his point of view across. We lose those women’s stories, and their art, because we’ve told them they don’t count.”

Sady Doyle, Elle 

House of Lords v Theresa May’s Government

The British government had a major set back this week when the House of Lords voted to guarantee the rights of EU citizens in the UK. The Lords voted overwhelmingly for an amendment to the Article 50’s bill the government is trying to pass to give the PM the power to trigger Brexit officially.

I giggle happily. There have been plenty of EU citizens who have built their lives in the UK over the years. To wipe all of that just because seems absurd. I’m of course biased, but I think not warranting those citizens’ rights would be in contradiction with what Britain has been standing for – inclusiveness, diversity, and a land of opportunity where people from other European countries can live and pay their dues.

So what happens next? The Government will have to think again about the bill. The Lords have no power to stop a bill from going through. Let’s hope this will be a time of reflection and we’ll all live happily ever after.

Miscellaneous

1. Teen Vogue demonstrates to be one of the wokest voices out there by setting it straight. Sorry Washington Post but Sally Hemings was not Jefferson’s mistress. You need agency to be a mistress.

“A slave cannot be a mistress. This is not an “alternative fact” but rather the objective reality of being dominated, dehumanized, and disenfranchised against your will.”

– Lincoln Blades, Teen Vogue

2. The French Presidential election is getting closer and its outcome may lead to the collapse of the European Union and the Western alliance as we know it. Talk about pressure, folks. Thanks The Economist for making me even more anxious about what will be our future. Sigh.

3. Former President George W. Bush got interviewed alongside with his wife Laura by People.

He said: “I don’t like the racism and I don’t like the name-calling and I don’t like the people feeling alienated,” under Trump. “Nobody likes that.” I’m sorry but I think Trump and his friends very much like that.


Highlight(s) of the Week

Inside Alpha Kappa Alpha: The First African-American Sorority by Chioma Nnadi – Vogue


Podcast of the Week

Elizabeth Drew covered Watergate. Here’s what she thinks of Trump – The Ezra Klein Show

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