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THE HIGHLIGHTS

Those Myanmar protests are getting increasingly dangerous. 

 

THE BACKGROUND.

A few months ago, Myanmar headed to the polls and re-elected incumbent Aung San Suu Kyi and her party in an overwhelming victory. The military-backed opposition party didn’t take that too well. So last month, the military detained a bunch of gov leaders (including Suu Kyi), declared a one-year state of emergency, and took control of the country in a coup. Since then, tens of thousands of people have raised their voices in protest. 

 

THE HAPPENINGS. 

The protests just keep getting bigger and bigger. But so has the gov’s response. See: yesterday, at least 38 protesters were killed, with video footage depicting the brutal crackdown. One video showed security forces shooting a person at point-blank range. Another showed security forces chasing down and viciously beating protesters. Despite the violent response, more protesters are already taking to the streets today. 

 

THE REACTION. 

Between the coup and the gov’s response to protesters, pretty much the whole world was already very very alarmed by what’s happening in Myanmar. Now, thanks to those graphic videos, they’re appalled. Enter: the United Nations, which is holding a meeting to discuss a coordinated response to the gov crackdown. 

 

THE TAKE. 

The situation in Myanmar just keeps escalating. TBD on if there’s an end in sight. 


THE ACTION

WORLD: The International Criminal Court has its mind on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Recently, the court’s chief prosecutor announced plans to launch a formal investigation into alleged war crimes by Israel in the Palestinian territories and alleged war crimes by Palestinian groups like Hamas. You read that right. Already, the investigation is receiving a very mixed response, with Israel’s prez calling it “scandalous” and the Palestinian Authority foreign minister calling it a “long-awaited step” toward “justice.” Meanwhile, meet Justice Sharad Bobde. He’s a member of India’s Supreme Court. And he’s facing major backlash over recent comments about rape. Think: telling a man who raped a 16 year old girl, “If you want to marry her, we can help you.” Cue growing calls for him to step down. 

 

CORONAVIRUS: Texas and Mississippi are waving goodbye to their mask mandates. Not a typo. The move got immediate pushback from people like Dr. Anthony Fauci, who called it “inexplicable,” and Prez Biden, who dubbed it “Neanderthal thinking.” Speaking of Biden, his $1.9 trillion stimulus package is getting a slight trim. Because, moderate Senate Dems. The new proposal will limit eligibility for the $1,400 stimulus payments, with individuals earning over $80,000 a year and families earning over $160,000 a year being entirely cut off. In other news, India’s coronavirus vaccine reportedly shows promise in new trials. That’s extremely good news, especially since millions of people in India have already been given the vaccine. 

 

WASHINGTON DC: All eyes are on the Capitol. ICYDK, today is a big day for the QAnon conspiracy theory, which claims that Trump will use the day to...take back the presidency. Washington is extremely tense as a result, especially since there’s intelligence to suggest that an unidentified “militia group” is planning to target the Capitol building. In response, the House of Reps sent members home a day early. Stay tuned. In other news, while testifying to Congress, the head of the DC National Guard revealed that he had the authority to deploy troops against protesters last summer - but that authority was suddenly axed in the days before the Capitol attack on January 6. Yes, really. 


WHAT TO KNOW

Mannequin:” what this guy tried to use to sneak into the carpool lane. He’s no dummy. 


SAY WHAT?

“BBC Apologizes for Interview With Cory Booker Impostor” - an actual headline. Pardon? 

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