Happening Around The World: Egypt’s government has heightened its crackdown on LGBTQ+ individuals, ordering café raids in Cairo and tracking dating apps to arrest those it finds deviant. More than 60 people have been arrested in the last month. The intensified scrutiny comes after a widely publicized incident in which rainbow flags were waved at a rock concert in the capitol. (Washington Post)
Happening In The US: For someone who’s always on his phone, you wouldn’t think President Trump would find it hard to make a call. After waiting nearly twelve days to call the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson, who was killed in action in Niger, Trump reportedly told Myeshia Johnson that her husband “knew what he signed up for”. Yikes. (The Guardian)
Happening In NYC: Saw the city lit up in orange and thought we were getting ~spooky~ for Halloween? You thought wrong: It’s DeBlasio showing his “desperation” for Amazon to put their new headquarters. Today’s the last day for cities to submit proposals, so here’s hoping we have something better to show Bezos than fancy lights. (Gothamist)
Happening At Columbia: ‘Tis the season…for srat charity events! Following Delta Gamma’s Anchor Splash and Alpha Chi Omega’s Runway Warriors is Alpha Omicron Pi’s AOKaraoke! According to AOII, it’s a “bracket-style competition in which fraternities and sororities sing karaoke songs on-stage and compete for a grand prize, with all tickets proceeds from the event going to our national philanthropy, the Arthritis Foundation.” Check it out tonight in Roone Auditorium at 7.
Overheard: “I’m not a Democrat.” *audible gasps*