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THE HIGHLIGHTS

A truck crash killed dozens of migrants. 

 

THE BACKGROUND. 

Lately, the US-Mexico border has been experiencing an influx of migrants from Central America. Think: Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador…to name a few. Many of these migrants face dangerous journeys to reach the border, with hundreds of asylum seekers dying each year. 

 

THE HAPPENINGS. 

Recently, a cargo truck packed with people rolled over and crashed into a pedestrian bridge over a highway in southern Mexico. At least 53 people were killed and dozens more were injured. About 21 of the injured had serious wounds and were taken to local hospitals. 

 

THE DEETS. 

Not much is known about the victims, but they appear to be migrants from Central America. Authorities estimate there were 8 to 10 young children in the crash. It’s also unclear just how many people were jammed in the truck, since some fled the scene due to fears of being detained by immigration agents. But it’s not uncommon for freight trucks like this to be carrying upwards of 100 people in migrant-smuggling operations in southern Mexico. Either way, the crash is one of the worst single-day death tolls for migrants in Mexico since 2010.

 

THE TAKE. 

Already, this year is the deadliest on record for migrants crossing the US-Mexico border. 


THE ACTION

CORONAVIRUS: Scotland’s first minister has some dire news: the country is facing a potential “tsunami” of Omicron cases, with at least 110 infections already recorded. She’s intro’ing new restrictions and urging people to cancel work Christmas parties. Scotland isn’t the only place cracking down. In Ghana, the gov is mandating that all arriving visitors be vaccinated against the virus. And over in Germany, the gov is planning a vaccine mandate for all medical staff. Speaking of vaccines, 16 and 17 year olds are now eligible for a Pfizer/BioNTech covid booster in the US. This comes after Pfizer announced that its booster is effective against Omicron. It also comes as the World Health Organization said the push for boosters could further undermine global vaccine equity

 

COURT: ICYMI, back in 2019, actor Jussie Smollett alleged that he was the victim of a racist and homophobic attack. Authorities first investigated the incident as a hate crime, but the story soon fell apart. Now, years later, Smollett has been found guilty on five counts of felony disorderly conduct for making false reports to police. In other news, all eyes are on Julian Assange. You know Assange as the founder of WikiLeaks. You also know him as the guy who’s wanted in the US for publishing thousands of classified docs - and has been hiding out in a variety of places in an attempt to avoid charges. Scratch that, because this week, a UK court ruled Assange can be extradited to the US. And last but not least, a judge just rejected Donald Trump’s bid to shield docs from the House committee investigating the January 6 Capitol attack. Trump apparently plans to take things to the Supreme Court. 

 

MONEY: Last week, weekly jobless claims in the US fell to 184,000 - the lowest level in more than half a century. Plus the unemployment rate is down from 6.7 percent last year to 4.2 percent today - which is close to “full employment.” This marks the fastest economic recovery in US history, though it also comes as the US is dealing with the highest pace of inflation since 1982. See: consumer prices rose by 6.8 percent in November. Cue concerns that this could pose a financial threat to lower income households. In other news, Starbucks workers just voted to join a union at a store in Buffalo, New York. Big deal, since this is the first and only unionized Starbucks location. 


WHAT TO KNOW

Ever Given:” the boat that got stuck in the Suez Canal…and is about to make the journey again. Oh ship. 


SAY WHAT?

“These meat-eating dinosaurs could sprint as fast as Usain Bolt” - an actual headline. Thanks, we hate it. 




ICYMI, Cramm This Book is coming on February 15, 2022! Cramm This Book is a dive into the history that’s shaped the world as it is today, looking at the wars, the movements, the disasters, and more. Pre-order your copy today!
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