The Rogue Recap: December 8-14

Iraq takes its name back, Saudi Arabia takes its cinemas back, and the Philippines takes its promise back.

by Rogue


The Rogue Recap takes a look back at the good, the bad, and the bizarre of the past week in the realms of entertainment, politics, culture, and society. In this week’s edition:


BREAKING: martial law is merely a state of mind

Congress has voted overwhelmingly in favor of extending the declaration of martial law in Mindanao until December 31, 2018, with a vote of 14-4 in the Senate, and 226-23 in the House of Representatives. Majority agreed with President Rodrigo Duterte’s recommendation to extend the declaration. Duterte cited as rationale the threat of continuing terrorist movement in the region, even despite prolonged military operations and the liberation of the city of Marawi in October. Those who opposed the extension argued that there is no substantial evidence of rebellion or invasion in Mindanao to justify one more year of martial law. As Congress engages in fascinating philosophical discussions about whether or not the threat of violence is subjective, some very real people who actually live in Mindanao have raised their voices in protest. Here’s to hoping they get the justice and peace they deserve.


Rainbow shines over sunburnt country

In a familiar piece of news we could get used to seeing, Australia has become the latest country to legalize same-sex marriage. The Australian Parliament passed the bill on its third reading, following a long, difficult campaign. Pro-gay marriage Australians still find themselves opposed by more conservative citizens, who are threatening to attempt to legalize discrimination against the LGBT community. Still, Australia has historically been in favor of same-sex marriage, with the latest poll resulting in 61.6% in favor, out of 12.7 million respondents. The first gay weddings are expected to be held early in 2018, so get your visas now.


Iraq kicks ass and takes its name back

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has declared victory over the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). The announcement comes after a three-year-long civil war, beginning with an armed insurgency in 2014 and dotted with airstrikes and various conflicts involving multiple countries. The total number of deaths ranges from 80,000 to 117,000. Though ISIL remains a threat, the Iraqi government has vowed to remain vigilant and quell any future attacks by the terror group. Elsewhere, the Western world finally begins to understand that Iraq is not, in fact, synonymous with terrorism.


White people prepare awards speeches

The film awards season for 2017 has begun, with several notable film associations—the Broadcast Film Critics Association, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, and the Screen Actors Guild, among others—announcing their nominees for the year. Notable frountrunners include Orlando-based comedy-drama The Florida Project, horror film Get Out, and actors Timothée Chalamet, James Franco, Frances McDormand, Willem Dafoe, and Laurie Metcalf. The race this year is considered particularly tough to predict. But no matter what happens, a lot of white people are going to win some golden statues.


People from Saudi Arabia prepare awards speeches, too

Saudi Arabia announced that it would begin allowing the operation of commercial cinemas, after a ban that has lasted over 30 years. The culture ministry cites this as a watershed moment in Saudi Arabian culture, with the opening of cinemas acting as a catalyst for cultural and economic growth. The first cinemas are expected to open by March 2018. Despite the ban, the 2013 Saudi Arabian film Wadjda was one of the highest critically rated films of that year. We welcome the nation’s reentry into cinema, and we hope they can help more non-white people win golden statues for a change.