PEOPLE: It’s now been more than 5 months since Russia invaded Ukraine and launched a brutal war that has claimed tens of thousands of Ukrainian lives (including countless civilians and children), displaced at least 12 million people, and led to the destruction of a number of Ukrainian towns and cities. Now, a new report from Human Rights Watch accuses Russia of further abuses against civilians. More specifically: Russian forces have tortured and beaten civilians in parts of southern Ukraine - which may amount to war crimes. Meanwhile, Pope Francis just traveled to Canada this week to apologize to Indigenous communities for the Roman Catholic Church’s role in the residential school system. This comes after mass graves containing the remains of hundreds of children were discovered at these schools.
WORLD: Recently, it came out that the Democratic Republic of Congo will be auctioning off large amounts of land. Its goal? Become “the new destination for oil investments.” Big deal, since the oil and gas blocks cut into the world’s most important gorilla sanctuary - not to mention tropical peatlands that store lots and lots of carbon. Whiiiich keeps it out of the atmosphere and stops it from contributing to global warming. Experts say that the auction could result in a “global climate catastrophe.” In other news, much of the US faced scorching temps this weekend. In particular, Newark, New Jersey, dealt with five straight days of triple-digit temps - a new record. On the other side of the US, a state of emergency was declared as a wildfire rapidly spread near Yosemite National Park. Stay tuned.
POLITICS: Meet Viktor Orbán. You know him as the prime minister of Hungary. You also know him for his right-wing politics and authoritarian leadership. The other day, Orbán gave a speech claiming that Hungarians “are not a mixed race … and we do not want to become a mixed race.” Then added that countries where Europeans and non-Europeans mingle were “no longer nations.” Cue major backlash from opposition parties and European politicians. In other news, it looks like Brazilian Prez Jair Bolsonaro has officially launched his reelection campaign. He’s currently way behind his main rival, left-winger Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, in opinion polls. This comes after Bolsonaro faced backlash for his lack of a response to the pandemic.