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Trump Just Expanded the "Muslim Ban" to Include Chad

Trump expanded his highly contested Muslim ban on Sunday to include Chad, North Korea and Venezuela.

At the start of the year, the news was permeated by stories about President Trump's proposed "Muslim ban," several months later and the hasty executive order, which went into effect in January, is only expanding.

The highly contested executive order, originally prevented people from seven predominantly Muslim countries, specifically Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Syria, Libya, Yemen and Somalia from gaining entry into the United States.

While Sudan has been removed from the list of barred countries, a third African nation has been aded to the list. Chad nationals are now subject to travel restrictions as well. North Korea and Venezuela have also been placed on the list. In a proclamation released on Sunday, Trump claimed that the additional countries lacked adequate security measures.

According to the White House, though Chad has been a "valuable counterterrorism partner of the United States," the Chadian government did not share the required anti-terrorism and public information with the U.S., resulting in the suspension of tourist visas.

"Our Nation is safer as a result of this work," said Trump in the statement. "As President, I must act to protect the security and interests of the United States and its people."

The restrictions will take effect staring October 18, but will not impact those who already hold visas. Though with the addition of North Korea and Venezuela, the ban now includes two non-majority Muslim countries, the addition of those nations does not "obfuscate the real fact that the administration's order is still a Muslim ban," as stated by the The American Civil Liberties Union.

Trump's executive order sparked mass protests across the U.S. earlier this year, and is scheduled to be reviewed by the Supreme Court next month, reports the BBC.

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South African Filmmaker Carmen Sangion Unpacks Her Short Film 'Uncertainty'

Uncertainty, a film about a couple's emotional battles during lockdown, forms part of the global nine-chapter anthology project titled One(Nine).

During the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020, nine filmmakers isolating in various parts of the world came together for a collective experiment. The global team of female filmmakers worked on short films which formed part of the anthology One(Nine), a nine-chapter project of perspectives and experiences — real, unreal, fiction, non-fiction and everything in between.

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For this piece, South Africa's Carmen Sangion dissects Uncertainty, a film which interrogates Black men's vulnerability and mental health struggles through the lens of one couple's relationship battles during lockdown.

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