It’s Thursday, my dudes.
Happening in the World: A report by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute identifies 100 more detention camps for Uighurs in China’s Xinjiang Providence than previously reported. This is despite the Chinese government’s claim that their “re-education” efforts (which include shocking human rights violations) are being rolled back. 60 sites have been constructed in the past year, while 14 are still being constructed (BBC).
Happening in the US: A grand jury indicted the (fired) police officer who killed Breonna Taylor on three charges of reckless endangerment; the other (still employed) two officers involved in the shooting were not charged. The charges for the officer who shot Taylor are not actually holding him accountable for her death were for firing recklessly into her neighbor’s apartment. It took 100 days of protests for accountability for charges to be brought in this case. Two police officers were injured during the largely peaceful protests in Louisville calling for stronger chargers (NYT).
Happening in NYC: The Metropolitan Opera, the largest performing arts organization in the United States, announced the cancellation of its entire 2020-21 season, meaning that the lights won’t come back up until fall 2021 at the earliest. The decision was made on advice from health officials who told Met Opera leadership that it wouldn’t be safe to resume a regular rehearsal schedule until a COVID-19 vaccine is widely available and masks/social distancing are no longer required. To make up for the cancellation, the Met also announced an ambitious and diverse 2021-22 season, including the Met putting up its first opera by a Black composer: Terence Blanchard’s Fire Shut Up in My Bones (Gothamist).
Happening in Our Community: From 1 – 2:30 pm, Etienne Balibar, Adam Tooze, Souleymane Bachir Diagne, and Emmanuelle Saada will join moderator Bernard Harcourt in a conversation entitled “2020 Vision in Times of Crisis.” They will be discussing the various crises of our time (COVID-19, economic collapse, the fight for racial justice, the climate crisis) and attempt to make sense of our current historical moment. We at Bwog wish them all the best in this endeavor; register for the Zoom webinar here and let us know what they come up with!
Short Story of the Day: Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers by Alyssa Wong; a gory, dark fantasy story about a woman who feeds on evil, meets a woman who wants to help her foster that dark side, and her growing feelings for her roommate.