Hard Numbers: Quake hits Afghanistan again, Venezuela’s opposition field narrows, Oz rejects “The Voice,” antisemitic attacks on the rise
11: The field is narrowing slightly ahead of the opposition primary in Venezuela next week, the winner of which will face off with Nicolás Maduro in 2024. Freddy Superlano, of the Voluntad Popular party, withdrew from the race on Friday, throwing his support behind frontrunner Maria Corina Machado, a neoliberal from the Vente Venezuela party who supports privatization and reducing the size of the state. Machado is the leader of the remaining 11 candidates, and while she has been disqualified from running by Chavista-controlled courts, that isn’t stopping her – or her supporters.
60: Australians decisively voted “No” on Saturday to a proposal to amend the constitution to allow Indigenous people to create a body that represents them in government. Dubbed “The Voice,” the proposal was rejected by 60% of voters, while 40% voted yes. Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, while disappointed by the result and divisiveness of the campaign, said he respected the results and the democratic process.
50: With war raging between Hamas and Israel, there has been a shocking rise in antisemitic attacks around the globe. In the UK, there was a fourfold increase in antisemitic incidents between Oct. 7 and 10 – a total of 89 episodes – compared to 21 from the same period a year ago. In France, home to Europe’s largest Jewish community, there were 50 antisemitic acts last week, and in the US, where hate crimes have already been on the rise, there is fear of a spike in antisemitic attacks linked to the violence in the Middle East.