LGBTQ+ International: World Cup pressure, Buenos Aires pride – and the other news of the week
France on the left Release Thursday was already considering the Republican battle royale between Trump and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis for the 2024 Republican nomination.
from Portugal publiczeros in on the Democratic man of the moment, John Fetterman, the newly elected senator from Pennsylvania, whom they describe as having no “supporters”, but rather “fans”. public sees particular significance in the fact that Fetterman eliminated Trump’s hand-picked candidate, Mehmet Oz.
from Brazil O Globo gives Fetterman the front page treatment, at least in part because he is married to a BrazilianGisele Barreto.
With DeSantis’ midterm win, ‘Trump already has a rival’ for 2024 presidential election, Monterrey-based Mexican newspaper predicts Milenio.
Right-Wing Global Connections
European eyes remain worried. From Germany, security and foreign policy observer Marcel Dirsus jokes, “it would be a lot less annoying to see Americans voting from Europe if we weren’t so dependent on their choices.” No place is truer today than the war in Ukraine, where Washington is by far the largest contributor of military aid.
News site based in Kyiv Livy Beregnoted the results of exit polls which showed that Americans are primarily focused on the impact of a growing economic crisis and how it could affect US support for Ukraine in the war against Russia. Notably, 81% of Democrats supported giving more aid to Ukraine, compared to just 35% of Republicans.
For those based in Jerusalem Ha’aretzMoshe Gilad sees a dangerous connection between the American far right, the Israeli far right and “Birthright”, an organization that offers young American Jews a “discovery” trip to Israel.
Meanwhile, observers from the OSCE (Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe), which typically monitors elections in countries with weak or non-existent democratic institutions, lamented a state of “widespread misinformation” across the United States ahead of the election.
Which brings us to our next topic, misinformation, and what’s to come with Twitter.
🐦 Mr. Musk, then?
Occupying almost as much global attention this week as the US midterm elections is Twitter under its new master, Elon Musk.
As An Nahar summary of lebanonTwitter is seeing a flood of users leaving for other pastures as it “became the site of a noticeable increase in hate speech and racial slurs in the wake of Elon Musk’s takeover of the company”.
This is unlikely to change any time soon – as Germany Die Zeit reports, Musk fired the Twitter team who found that Twitter’s algorithm tended to amplify far-right content. “Now that this team has been terminated, it is even less likely that change will be possible – or even that these phenomena will be better understood within the company,” Die Zeit writing.
As a result, many are threatening to quit Twitter (1 million accounts have already been deactivated), and the platform vying to replace it isn’t based in the US: Mastodon was created in 2016 by software engineer German Eugen Rochko, who is the only employee of the company.
What’s special about Mastodon is that everything is hosted on a series of independently managed decentralized servers; there is no central enterprise or central organization behind it.
Our continent, our rules.
This week both Deutsche Welle and The worldpublished how-to articles, giving readers insight into how Mastodon works and how to create an account. But it remains to be seen whether or not the platform presents itself as a real alternative – as Publicos Karla Pequenino writes that Musk’s ultimate goal is to turn Twitter into a “super app” like there are in Southeast Asia – like WeChat in China or Grab in Singapore.
However, despite now being the sole owner of Twitter, Musk won’t necessarily be able to do whatever he wants with the platform. Twitter’s global reach is a strength and a constraint, as global regulators intend to make clear.
Stéphane Séjourné, the leader of the Renew Europe group – the third largest in the European Parliament – is demanding that Musk testify before the EU legislative body. “Whatever Mr. Musk chooses to do, our refrain remains the same: our continent, our rules,” he tweeted. “We need to make sure Twitter continues to take action against misinformation and hate speech.”
A crashing bird sings on the front page of a French daily Release.
🇪🇬 IN BRIEF
COP 27 is taking place in Egypt, and the United States, Canada and Australia are expected to contribute far less to climate finance than they should, given their share of historical emissions.
But in the case of the United States, it is not only much less, it is far, faaaaaaaar less. US is No. 1…to do the least, says Carbon Panties. And developing countries, who will bear the heaviest burden despite their lack of responsibility for the problem, are distraught.
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