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THE HIGHLIGHTS

The Hong Kong protests are getting more and more violent. 

 

THE BACKGROUND. 

Over the past couple centuries, Hong Kong’s been handed from empire to empire. Think: in 1842, China gave up Hong Kong to Great Britain...who then gave it up to Japan...who then gave it back to Great Britain...who then gave it back to China. The catch? Hong Kong would get to keep its capitalist economic system - plus its mostly-democratic political system - for 50 years. Problem, because lately, China’s been making moves to have more control over Hong Kong - something the city's not happy about. Scene, set.

 

THE HAPPENINGS. 

Tomorrow is the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. Aka communist China. Aka a very very big deal. So over the weekend, thousands of people took to the streets in Hong Kong to protest. Things got violent. As in protesters lit fires and threw bricks and petrol bombs - while police responded with tear gas, a live warning shot, and water canons that shot blue dye. And that’s not all. 

 

THE HAPPENINGS PT 2. 

More than 150 people were reportedly arrested during these protests. Meaning nearly 1,600 people have been detained over the course of the Hong Kong protests - which just marked their 17th consecutive week. And for many of these detained protesters, the sentence is life in prison. You read that right. 

 

SO…?

These protests keep escalating - with no apparent end in sight. TBD, TBD, TBD. 


THE ACTION

WORLD: Everyone’s still talking about that whistleblower complaint over Prez Trump. Quick refresher: a couple weeks ago, it came out that a phone conversation between Trump and Ukraine’s prez - Volodymyr Zelensky - sparked a whistleblower complaint. The call’s topic of discussion: whether Zelensky would open up an investigation into the Bidens. Not a typo. Fast forward to yesterday, and it was revealed that the whistleblower would be (privately) testifying before Congress. Not yet clear when that’d be happening. In other news, Forever 21’s going through some problems. Spoiler: recently, the biz filed for bankruptcy in the US. And speaking of which, Volkswagen’s facing a lawsuit. Big time. 

 

POLITICS: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince - Mohammed bin Salman - is opening up. Recently, he said ‘I take full responsibility but I didn’t do it’ and declared that he didn’t order Jamal Khashoggi’s killing - but the Saudi gov did. This comes after the CIA pointed fingers at him for the death of Khashoggi (a journalist who spoke out against the Saudi leadership). Meanwhile, recently, Houthi rebels in Yemen released hundreds of detainees, apparently as part of a United Nations peace initiative. And in other news, Afghanistan just headed to the polls. Hint: voter turnout was the lowest...ever. Because, the Taliban. 


CLIMATE: Over the weekend, hundreds of Indigenous Bolivians marched in protest of the gov’s lack of action over fires. Reminder: lately, massive fires have been burning forests, ranch lands, and farms in Bolivia - leaving many people without food and shelter. Now, it looks like protesters are demanding that the gov declares a national emergency. In other news, recently, Hurricane Lorenzo strengthened to a Category 5 storm - becoming the strongest hurricane on record in its area. Now, it looks like it’s heading toward the Azores. And speaking of which, Montana is covered in almost two feet of snow - just days after the start of fall. It’s not unheard of to have snow this early in the state - but this much snow is pretty unusual. Stay tuned.


WHAT TO KNOW

Spider-Man:” what’s sticking with Marvel. Welcome (far from) home. 


SAY WHAT?

“The highest in Europe” - Amsterdam is upping its tourist tax. A lot. BRB, taking Amsterdam off our bucket list.

 

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