Enemy at the Gates

The first migrant caravan arrived at the U.S. border, GM is closing its Oshawa plant in December 2019, and Donald Glover and Rihanna are making movie magic.

Enemy at the Gates

The first migrant caravan arrived at the U.S. border, GM is closing its Oshawa plant in December 2019, and Donald Glover and Rihanna are making movie magic.

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✨  Good morning! Today is Monday, November 26, 2018 and the king is back on top.


• The Background

The moment the world, POTUS and of course, Twitter, was waiting for finally arrived over the weekend: A portion of the caravan of South American migrants arrived at the U.S.-Mexico border. As expected, the situation quickly escalated into complete and utter chaos. American border officials released tear gas and fired rubber bullets, and were even forced to temporarily shut down the (very busy) San Ysidro Port of Entry near Tijuana, Mexico. (The pedestrian border crossing re-opened four hours later, while vehicle crossing opened more than five hours after it was shut down.) At least 30 migrants breached the border and were immediately detained by U.S. authorities. In all, the clash between the migrants and border officials lasted two hours before the remaining asylum-seekers retreated to the Mexican stadium they’ve been squatting in. BuzzFeed News

• What Else You Need to Know

This was just the first of what’s bound to be weeks of intense face-offs at America’s southern border. There are thousands of South and Central American citizens who are trying to seek refuge in the United States, and will stop at nothing to get it. (A 26-year-old woman even impaled herselfon steel bars after trying to scale the fence.) Though Mexican police seem to be cooperating with the U.S. — they attempted to block the vehicle border crossing with a large metal gate — they’ve been no match for the thousands of migrants determined to find a better life in America.

• What’s Next?

The caravan in Tijuana has grown to 5,157 people — but is just one of several that are making their way to the U.S. border. As more migrants arrive, the situation will likely escalate, especially with American active-duty troops in the area.


• Unsafe Passage

Big bully Russia is picking on Ukraine once again. Yesterday, three Ukrainian gunboats were shot at and seized by Russia’s coast guard following a standoff in the Black Sea. Two Ukrainian crew members were wounded in the attack. In a separate incident the same day, Russian vessels had blocked those same Ukrainian ships from passing through the Kerch Strait, which separates the annexed Crimean Peninsula from the Russian mainland. Ukrainian officials say their vessels intended to travel through the strait to other ports in Ukraine — but Russia says they were in Russian waters illegally and it has “irrefutable evidence that Kiev prepared and orchestrated provocations.” It has vowed that “These materials will soon be made public.” The European Union and NATO are calling on Moscow to simmer the eff down (our words, not theirs) and restore Ukrainian access to the strait. CBC News

• Calm After the Storm

The Camp wildfire that has been ravaging Northern California and left the town of Paradise devastated is finally contained, now that two weeks have passed and dozens of people have died. Relief came after a few days of rain which allowed the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection to surround the area and get the fire (mostly) under control. The Camp fire is the deadliest American wildfire in more than a century and has left over 19,000 buildings destroyed. However, most of those who were evacuated have now started to return to their homes to see what’s left. CTV News


• U.S.: Friends in Low Places

Not everyone is on board the current Trump Train — including members of his own political party. After the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the hands of the Saudi Arabian government, President Trump announced last week that he plans to remain buddy-buddy with the country. (Forget the U.S. government-imposed sanctions.) But that announcement didn’t go over so well with several Republican senators. Senators Joni Ernst and Bob Corker both voiced their displeasure with the president’s stance on the matter, and Sen. Mike Lee made his opinion known on NBC’s Meet the Press yesterday where he noted the contradictions between the facts and Trump’s decision. (The interview will likely be labelled “fake news” soon.) Reuters

• World: Last Chance

After a particularly tumultuous week for Britain and its plans for Brexit, things seemed to have turned a corner. Yesterday, the European Union accepted the U.K.’s “divorce terms” at a special meeting in Brussels, and made their position known: if British politicians continue to give Prime Minister Theresa May a hard time over her deal, it’s going to be the U.K.’s loss. EU leaders have said their days of negotiating are over. According to Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, if there was any better deal to be had, “[May] would have gotten it,” while Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said this is now a “take-it-or-leave-it-situation.” May’s now hoping that she can push the deal through British Parliament (the vote will happen before Christmas) and if she fails, she may just straight-up quit as PM. BNN Bloomberg


They are breaking bones, being knocked unconscious and being taken away in ambulances.

Tim Roache, general secretary of the GMB Union which represents Amazon workers in Europe, speaks out against the retailer’s alleged inhuman working conditions amidst strike protests this weekend. TechCrunch


• Out of Gas

Canada’s car industry may soon be in crisis. Today, General Motors announced this morning that it’ll be shuttering down all operations at its Oshawa, Ont. plant as of December 2019. The closure will affect thousands of jobs — the plant currently employs about 2,500 union workers plus 300 more salaried staff — and is part of a global restructuring, with several other plants around the world also facing closures. CTV News


• Bring On the Bitcoin

Bitcoin and business owners should consider moving to Ohio (if they’re cool with the whole President Trump thing). As of today, Ohio will be the first state to accept Bitcoin towards corporate taxes. The new program is called OhioCrypto.com and was created by state treasurer Josh Mandel, who wants to cultivate the image of Ohio as a tech-friendly state. The payments are made through BitPay, a startup that converts Bitcoins into dollar amounts. The move comes on what might be the tail-end of the crypto-currency high, however, as the market seems to be collapsing. (Better late than never?) TechCrunch


• Hoisting the Cup

Canada has a new Grey Cup champion. Last night, in front of a sold-out crowd of 55,000 at The Brick Field at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, the Calgary Stampeders defeated the Ottawa Redblacks 27–16 to take the 106th Grey Cup title. The win was even sweeter for the Stampeders, who, despite making it to the championship game in both 2016 and 2017, haven’t won a Grey Cup since 2014. Sportsnet


• Last Tango

Italian filmmaker Bernardo Bertolucci, director of the erotic drama Last Tango in Paris and who won two Oscars for The Last Emperor, died Monday. He was 77. A spokesperson for the director confirmed he had cancer, and died at his home in Rome. Bertolucci began his career as an assistant director in 1961, and directed his first feature, La Commare Secca, the following year at the tender age of 21. But it was Last Tango, released in 1972, that brought him worldwide fame. The controversial film, about a middle-aged man who engages in a complicated sexual relationship with a much younger woman in a Paris apartment, was banned in several countries, including Italy, upon its release. In 1987, Bertolucci had his greatest success with The Last Emperor. The film, the first Western feature to be allowed to shoot in Beijing’s Forbidden City, won all nine Academy Awards it was nominated for the following year. Bertolucci received a lifetime achievement award at the Cannes Film Festival in 2011. His last feature film was Me and You, which debuted at Cannes in 2012. NBC News

• Guava for Glover

Donald Glover, a.k.a. Childish Gambino, just announced his film collaboration with Rihanna, and frankly, we’re here for it. The trailer for Guava Island premiered at Glover’s second annual Pharos festival in New Zealand over the weekend and portrayed Glover as a dancing captive on an island in paradise; Rihanna portrays his girlfriend. (Does anyone else ship this?) Letitia Wright, of Black Panther fame, will also star in the action-adventure, and the director behind Glover’s “This Is America” video, Hiro Murai, will return as director. A release date has not yet been announced. Stereogum



• Nightmare Neighbour

An ad posted by a U.K. woman looking for a housemate has gone viral, but its online popularity certainly won’t help her in her search. The poster lists 12 rules her potential new roommate must follow that she says are “pretty much about common sense,” but in reality should serve as a major red flag for any apartment hunter in their right mind. Among them: Roommates must be out of the flat Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm so she has complete solitude while working from home (“I don’t want my new flatmate to assume that just because I spend so much time here, it’s OK for them to do the same.”); no using Skype or talking on the phone “a lot” even “quietly,” or listening to podcasts, movies or music without headphones (“I don’t want to hear noise coming from your room all the time”); no cooking before 8:30am or after 11pm, and definitely no “preparing elaborate meals and baking.” (Don’t most people move out to get away from nagging mothers?) Mirror


• More than 500 were hurt when a 6.3-magnitude earthquake hit Sarpol-e Zahab in Iran’s Kermanshah province (near its border with Iraq).

• The man who was killed last week by the Sentinelese tribe may have found his final resting place — Indian authorities have no idea how to retrieve his body.

• Though the rising interest rates haven’t seemed to level Canada’s housing market, they are having an effect on the country’s businesses: insolvencies are up 4.6%.

• Aeroplan’s parent company Aimia Inc. is looking for a new president. Nathaniel Felsher has left after less than three months on the job.

• Actor Tom Baker is continuing on his Doctor Who journey. In January, he’s releasing a new novel called Doctor Who: Scratchman, based on a script he wrote while starring on the BBC series.


• Making Contact

NASA’s Mars InSight spacecraft is due to touch down on the Red Plant at about 3pm EST today after a six-month journey through space. The first-of-its-kind robotic probe will use seismic monitoring and underground drilling to study how the planet was formed.


• Grinchly Jabs

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