Welcome to A Week in Review, a weekly feature where we give you a quick rundown on what’s been going on in the world of politics, activism, and feminism. Because why read the news when you can read a highly condensed summary that essentially tells you the same thing?
Every Friday, we’ll be giving you a quick overview of the major stories from the past week, so you can stay informed without getting sucked into a never-ending cycle of depressing Twitter moments, angry threads, and controversial Hot Takes.
Trigger Warning: This week’s roundup includes references to abortion and violent racism and homophobia.
Snow is falling, all around us
Look, we couldn’t do a weekly recap without talking about the fact that it’s f*cking freezing right now. Snow’s hit parts of the UK in varying degrees — some of us have had snow days, some of us have had slightly slippier walks to work, and some of us have ended up stranded on the A30. You know, standard British stuff.
Over in the US, things are even worse. The Midwest is currently gripped by a polar vortex that’s causing record-breakingly low temperatures. Temperatures in Chicago have plummeted to -29C, and 21 people across the country are reported to have died because of the weather.
Whether you’re in the UK, US or somewhere else, if the weather is cold where you are, wrap up warm, stay indoors if possible, and mostly importantly, stay safe.
Sarah Ewart challenges Northern Ireland abortion laws
Sarah Ewart, a Northern Irish woman and activist from Belfast who was denied an abortion in 2013, has begun her High Court challenge of the country’s abhorrent abortion laws.
Despite being part of the UK, Northern Ireland bans all abortions, unless the pregnant person’s life is at risk. Rape, incest or the diagnosis of a fatal fetal abnormality are not grounds for abortion in Northern Ireland, making its abortion laws some of the strictest in the world.
Sarah Ewart is challenging the country’s abortion laws in court after a previous Supreme Court appeal, led by he Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission, failed last year.
Actor Jussie Smollett suffers homophobic and racist attack
Jussie Smollett, who is best known for his role in the TV show Empire, was the victim of a hate crime in Chicago earlier this week.
The actor had homophobic and racist slurs shouted at him, was hit, had an “unknown chemical substance” poured on him, and a rope was wrapped around his neck like a noose.
Smollett took himself to hospital following the attack, and police are currently investigating the attack.
Elsewhere in the news…
Popular women’s online magazine The Pool has gone into administration following an increasing number of reports of freelancers and staff writers failing to get paid.
MPs voted on a series of Brexit amendments ahead of May’s visit to the EU, but the EU has said (again) that they won’t be reopening negotiations on the deal.
Trump has agreed a deal to end the historic US government shutdown for three weeks. The deal crucially does not include funding for his ridiculous wall.
New at The Nopebook
We’re not gonna lie, things have been quiet at The Nopebook this week. So here are some pictures of a dog dressed as Doctor Who instead:
Don’t be scared! The Doctor is here! She’s going to lick those Daleks into next week and snuggle those Cybermen like they’ve never been snuggled before! #dogvent day 20 #DoctorWho #vwooorp pic.twitter.com/wfRDRHSFsf
— Buffy (@BuffyThe_Dog) 20 December 2018