Dismantling the “Jungle”


October 24, 2016 

French authorities have begun moving thousands of migrants and refugees from the makeshift “Jungle” camp in Calais. Inside WikiLeaks: A former employee shares what he learned about Julian Assange (including his beef with Hillary Clinton). And an NFL player paid tribute to Harambe, the gorilla who died at the Cincinnati Zoo, on his cleats.



Authorities have started moving thousands of refugees and migrants from the “Jungle” camp in Calais, France.

More than 1,200 officers and security officials started the move from the makeshift camp on Monday morning. The process is supposed to take three days. On Sunday night, officers clashed with some of the roughly 7,000 inhabitants, who see staying in the northern French camp as their best chance of reaching the UK. 

Around 200 children left for Britain last week, according to French officials. Many of them were warmly greeted by volunteers in Croydon on Sunday.


Philippe Huguen / AFP / Getty Images



US presidential election: An adult film actress says Donald Trump asked her, “how much?”

Jessica Drake said Trump, or someone on his behalf, offered her $10,000 and the use of his private jet to come to his suite, becoming the 11th woman in recent weeks to accuse the Republican presidential nominee of an inappropriate sexual advance.

Drake said she declined the money and did not sleep with the billionaire, but she decided to tell her story publicly because of the other women who have accused Trump of sexual assault in the past, and his denial of the multiple claims.


“His words and actions are a huge testament to his character — that of uncontrollable misogyny, entitlement, and being a sexual assault apologist,” Drake said. Ryan Kang / AP Photo


A little extra 

At a conference for coastal elites, Silicon Valley talks Trump. The Republican nominee’s popularity is prompting the tech industry to wonder whether its massive success has left some Americans behind.

The Clinton camp thinks Native American voters could make a difference in Arizona. The campaign on Friday secured the endorsement of Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye, who had endorsed Bernie Sanders during the primary. About 100,000 Nation members live in Arizona.

And Miley Cyrus spent two hours at a Virginia college on Saturday, doing voter outreach. The star knocked on random dorm-room doors dressed as something approaching an American flag, and as she met with students, she took selfies, sipped tea, and encouraged them to vote next month — a traditional sort of celebrity get-out-the-vote effort.

A surreal exercise in voter outreach.

Molly Riley / AP Photo


Inside the strange, paranoid world of Julian Assange.

The WikiLeaks founder is out to settle a score with Hillary Clinton and reassert himself as a player on the world stage. BuzzFeed News special correspondent James Ball writes about his time working for Assange at WikiLeaks in 2010:

Every job has some weird parts, and the ones that make your day ridiculous. This is especially true when your job’s at WikiLeaks and your boss is Julian Assange. The daily experience could vary from being woken up by being prodded in the face with a cuddly giraffe by Assange, to his determination to make you sign a non-disclosure agreement, to trying to find out whether or not Assange’s friend had given confidential documents to a pro-Putin dictator.

This experience, though, means 2016 WikiLeaks — Clinton’s nemesis and darling of the alt-right — makes much more sense. Despite its fanbase changing, WikiLeaks is the same product it always was: a result of Assange’s ego, politics, paranoia, and desire to be a big player on the world stage. We’ll see how that goes on Election Day. —James Ball


  • Fighting ISIS: One week into the fight to take back Mosul, expectations for quick success have clashed with the reality of a bloody struggle ahead.

  • Australia: A family has spoken out publicly for the first time about their fears that one of their relatives was involved in the murder of an Aboriginal teen in the late 1980s.

  • Biz: AT&T has made a deal to buy Time Warner — owner of CNN, HBO, and Warner Bros. — in one of the biggest acquisitions ever.

  • LGBT: A former law professor now on the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and a transgender woman who just “knew it was wrong” when she lost a job offer have changed the course of transgender history. Here’s the first article in a BuzzFeed News series on transgender rights in the US.

  • In sports: The Chicago Cubs are heading to their first World Series since 1945 after beating the Los Angeles Dodgers. And an NFL player paid tribute to Harambe, the gorilla who died at a Cincinnati zoo, on his cleats.

  • Tom Hayden, a leader in the civil rights and antiwar movements in the US, has died at age 76, the New York Times writes.

  • Girl Scout cookie cereal (yes, that’s right) is coming out next year.
"Are they made from real girl scouts?"

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