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THE HIGHLIGHTS

A recent truck attack in Canada targeted Muslims. 

 

THE BACKGROUND. 

The other day, a man in a pickup truck reportedly drove up on a curb and ran into a family standing on the sidewalk as they waited to cross the street in London, Ontario. A 74 year old woman, a 46 year old man, a 44 year old woman, and a 15 year old girl were killed. A 9 year old boy was taken to the hospital with serious (but non-life threatening) injuries. 

 

THE HAPPENINGS. 

The suspect is apparently a 20 year old man named Nathaniel Veltman. Not much is publicly known about Veltman, except for this: the attack was planned, the victims were targeted because they were Muslim, and Veltman didn’t appear to know any of the victims. As of now, he’s been charged with four counts of first-degree (aka premeditated) murder and one count of attempted murder. Authorities are also considering terrorism charges. 

 

THE REACTION. 

Horror. Outrage. And déjà vu. See: the killings are reminding people of a 2018 attack on Toronto sidewalks that left 10 people dead and a 2017 attack in a Quebec City mosque that left 6 people dead. All this comes as hate crimes against Muslims in Canada have been on the rise in recent years. 

 

THE TAKE. 

The killings are a tragic reminder that Islamophobia continues to be high in Canada. 


THE ACTION

ELECTIONS: Here’s your update on those elections we talked about yesterday. In Mexico, Prez Andrés Manuel López Obrador failed to win a super-majority in the country’s midterm elections - but still snagged a majority in the lower house of Congress. The prez said he was “happy, happy, happy” with the results. Over in Peru, the race for prez is still too close to call. You read that right. Quick refresher: the two candidates are Pedro Castillo, a leftist union activist with no gov experience, and Keiko Fujimoro, the right-wing daughter of a jailed ex-prez. Voters were apparently not too happy about either option, but as of now, it looks like Castillo may be pulling into a veeeeeery thin lead. Breath, bated. 

 

WORLD: Recently, it came out that the amount of carbon dioxide in Earth’s atmosphere reached 419 parts per million in May. Aka the highest level in more than four million years. Not a typo. This comes as greenhouse gas emissions have begun to skyrocket as economies in many countries have opened back up. In other news, yesterday, people from all over the US gathered in the forests of Northern Minnesota to protest an expansion of Line 3, a pipeline that’d carry hundreds of thousands of barrels of oil through tribal lands. The protesters were met with police, who arrested dozens of people. Stay tuned. Speaking of which, the US Justice Dept just declared that US law enforcement agents must wear body cameras when serving an arrest warrant, executing a search warrant, or during other pre-planned operations. 

 

DISASTERS: Yesterday, two passenger trains in southern Pakistan collided, killing at least 40 people and injuring dozens more. Officials say a train apparently derailed and landed on another track, where a second train hit it and overturned. This comes amidst a string of deadly train accidents in Pakistan. In other news, everyone’s talking about the Colonial Pipeline attack. ICYMI, last month, a Russian hacking group shut down the pipeline’s computer systems, leading to fuel shortages across the US East Coast and South. The pipeline operator paid millions of dollars in cryptocurrency to the hackers as a ransom. So fast forward to yesterday, and it was revealed that the Justice Dept seized $2.3 million of the ransom from those hackers. Plot twist. 


WHAT TO KNOW

Jeff Bezos:” who’s set to go to space on Blue Origin’s first human flight next month. Out of this world. 


SAY WHAT?

“McDonald’s chicken nugget shaped like Among Us character sells for $100,000” - an actual headline. What a bargain. 


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