Le Weekend ➡️ Aerial photo for Iran’s women, Ukrainian lion cubs, BTS People’s Choice

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Le Weekend ➡️ Aerial photo for Iran’s women, Ukrainian lion cubs, BTS People’s Choice

December 10-11

  • Turkish alphabet
  • Germany’s enigmatic chancellor
  • Lion cubs and snow
  • … and much more.


What do you remember about the news this week?

1. Twenty-five people were arrested on Wednesday on suspicion of plotting to overthrow which country’s government?

2. Why was Peru’s ousted president detained by the police in Lima after his impeachment?

3. What surprising prohibitions on personal conduct did Indonesia’s new criminal code include?

4. Remains of an extinct species that had gone missing were found in the cupboard of a museum. What species was it? A Dodo / A Tasmanian Tiger / A Saber Tooth Cat

[Answers at the bottom of this newsletter]


A Cuban singer went viral on Twitter because of his name: the musician, who lives in Venezuela, is called Pedro Castillo, like Peru’s recently ousted president. “Can Mr. Elon Musk make Peruvians understand that I am not the president? You can’t imagine how many notifications I receive,” Castillo tweeted this week. The singer then responded to the news of the accusation against Peru’s president, saying he was “relieved” and that his account had “calmed down a bit.” The artist already faced a similar situation in 2021 when his namesake was elected, which forced him to paste a tweet on a profile that read “Peruvian friends. Read well: I am not the president of Peru not.”


• Zelensky named TIME’s person of the year: Time magazine has named Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky as its 2022 Person of the Year, along with the “spirit of Ukraine.” The magazine’s editor said the decision was “the clearest in memory.”

• French artist offers support for Iranian women: French photographer and street artist, JR, organized a protest in New York to show support for the Iranian protesters. Protesters gathered on New York’s Roosevelt Island to recreate a portrait of 16-year-old Iranian Nika Shahkarami, who died after a protest in Tehran.

• Europe’s largest Middle Eastern bookseller to close: London bookshop, Al Saqi Books, Europe’s largest Middle Eastern specialty bookshop will close following the rise in prices of Arabic language books, as well as the economic turmoil following Brexit. The bookstore opened in 1978 and sells books in Arabic, as well as books about the Middle East and North Africa in English.

• Google pays tribute to Kuwaiti actor: Google paid tribute to esteemed Kuwaiti actor, singer, playwright and comedian Abdulhussain Abdulredha. The media giant, the seventh of 14 children, celebrated his 83rd birthday with a doodle illustrated by guest artist Ahmed Al-Refaie from Kuwait.

• BTS wins big at 2022 People’s Choice Awards: K-pop group BTS took home three awards at this year’s People’s Choice Awards, the entertainment awards show based on public popularity. The South Korean group beat out other big stars like Bad Bunny, Billie Eilish, Dua Lipa, Ed Sheeran, Harry Styles and Lady Gaga.


Waste and pollution are not merely an earthly matter. Currently, there are between three and four thousand decommissioned satellites still in orbit around our planet that are now classified as space junk. To see the abandoned pieces of technology around us, the Norwegian company SINTEF is developing a super performing 3D camera robot can identify and remove them. It will be several years before it is sent into space, but with the increasing number of low-tech satellites being launched by companies like Elon Musk’s Starlink, space environmental awareness should spread to Earth.

News quiz answers:

1. The 25 suspects were apparently involved in a violent overthrow of the German state, with the intention of appointing a former member of a German royal family as national leader.

2. Peru’s former president Pedro Castillo was arrested for tried to illegally dissolve Congress after facing an impeachment trial, in a last ditch effort to cling to power.

3. Indonesia’s parliament approved a new criminal code that includes a ban on sex outside of marriage and living together, which also applies to foreign residents and tourists.

4. The remains of the last known Tasmanian tiger were found in the cupboard of a museum in Tasmania, after going missing in the 1930s.

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*Photo: JR Artist

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