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THE HIGHLIGHTS

Everyone’s talking about the Iran nuclear deal. 

 

THE BACKGROUND. 

Back in 2015, Prez Obama struck a deal with Iran that had the US lifting sanctions against the country in exchange for an agreement that Iran wouldn’t mess around with nuclear weapons. Only a slight problem...Trump was not a fan of this deal and formally ditched it in 2018. He also reinstated sanctions against Iran. Since then, the deal has pretty much fallen apart. 

 

THE HAPPENINGS. 

Before Joe Biden even took office, he made it very clear that he wanted to rejoin the nuclear deal. At first, Iran wasn’t into this, but eventually, the country agreed to indirect talks (aka negotiations through intermediaries in Vienna). Those talks kicked off this week. 

 

THE HAPPENINGS PT 2. 

Already, the two countries have shaken hands on a path back to the Iran nuclear deal. That path includes the US trashing those sanctions at the same time that Iran limits its enrichment of uranium. It also includes forming two working groups: one designed to help the US get back into the deal, and another designed to make sure Iran starts complying with the deal’s rules around nukes. A rep says the two groups have already gotten started. 

 

THE TAKE. 

Everyone seems to agree these talks ended in success. TBD on whether the rest goes as smoothly. 


THE ACTION

CORONAVIRUS: The US is ahead of schedule. See: Prez Biden just announced that allllll American adults will be eligible for the coronavirus vaccine by April 19, a couple weeks earlier than initially declared. Over in Brazil, the country recorded more than 4,000 single-day coronavirus deaths for the first time. India reported 115,000 daily coronavirus cases - a new record. And Chile totally delayed its elections for five weeks due to a big rise in cases. Meanwhile, a new study shows that up to a third of survivors of coronavirus suffer “brain disease.” Think: longer term mental health or neurological symptoms. Also making headlines: there was a $5 trillion (yes, with a tr) surge in wealth during the pandemic last year. 

 

USA: The murder trial of Derek Chauvin is still underway. Here’s your update. Yesterday, four witnesses - all law enforcement professionals - took to the stand. The general consensus? Chauvin used excessive force and violated training when he knelt on George Floyd’s neck for more than 9 minutes. In other news, recently, Arkansas legislators overrode the governor’s veto of a law that’d ban gender-affirming procedures for trans people under the age of 18. You read that right. Over in Georgia, Atlanta’s mayor issued an executive order that aims to cut back on the effects of those controversial new voting restrictions you’ve been hearing so much about. 

 

WORLD: Recently, Chile’s gov distributed birth control pills to women. It later came out that these pills were faulty - leading around 170 women to become pregnant. And, hint: abortion is only legal in Chile if the mother’s life is at risk, the fetus will not survive the pregnancy, or during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy in cases of rape. Now, a group of women - represented by a sexual and reproductive rights group - are prepping to file a class action lawsuit in Chile’s civil courts. Meanwhile, ICYMI, China thinks Taiwan is part of their country. Taiwan vehemently disagrees. So recently, China’s armed forces conducted simultaneous military exercises to the east and west of Taiwan. The move has been labelled a warning. Tension, high. 


WHAT TO KNOW

Oat milk:” what Starbucks is running out of. Uh oat. 


SAY WHAT?

“Does it solve a problem?” - will.i.am on why he decided to create a $299 face mask with Bluetooth connectivity. You know what they say...necessity is the mother of invention. 

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