Barack Obama wins Emmy for narrating series on national parks

Barack Obama is halfway to an EGOT. The former US president won an Emmy Award on Saturday along with his two Grammy Awards. Obama won the Emmy for best narrator for his work on the Netflix documentary series “Our Great National Parks.” The five-part show, featuring national parks from around the world, is produced by Barack and Michelle Obama’s production company, “Higher Ground.” He was the biggest name in a category full of celebrity nominees for Saturday night’s Creative Arts Emmy award, including Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, David Attenborough and Lupita Nyong’o. Barack Obama is the second president to have an Emmy. Dwight D Eisenhower received a special Emmy Award in 1956. EGOT refers to a special category of artists who have won an Emmy, a Grammy, a Oscar and a tonium. To date, 17 people have done so.
A beer woman headlines Oktoberfest in the West Bank
This weekend’s annual Oktoberfest at the Taybeh Brewery in the occupied West Bank is a beer festival like no other. Since 1994 it has operated under challenging circumstances. The Palestinian brewery is now run by a woman, Madees Khoury, which adds an extra layer of complication. Khoury says she is the first, and perhaps only, female brewer in West Asia, and she heads a brewing dynasty that has turned the small Christian town of Taybeh in the Israeli-occupied West Bank into a global beer brand. Launched in 2005, Oktoberfest in Taybeh is about Palestinian identity, beer and politics. Khoury is a woman in an industry dominated by men. “Women in the brewing industry have it very hard,” she said. “But I think it’s more difficult for me to be in a country dominated by men, an Arab country and under occupation, so it’s four or five times more difficult than anywhere else.”

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