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THE HIGHLIGHTS

Chile is having a good day.

 

THE BACKGROUND. 

ICYDK, Chile is the richest country in South America on a per capita basis - but it’s also one of the world’s most unequal nations. So last year, around one million people took to the streets in protest. Things got violent. At least 19 people were killed over the course of the protests, and thousands of people were injured. By the end of it, thousands of protesters had been arrested. But Chile’s prez had also agreed to hold a referendum on whether to rewrite the constitution. 

 

THE HAPPENINGS. 

That referendum just took place. Spoiler alert: with nearly all of the ballots counted, about 78 percent voted yep on drawing up a new constitution. Almost the same amount voted in favor of the new constitution being rewritten by a body that will be entirely elected by a popular vote, rather than just Congress. It marked the highest voter turnout since the 1989 election, which trashed military rule in the country. 

 

THE REACTION. 

Lots and lots of celebrating. Plus praise from Chile’s prez - mostly since the vote was so peaceful. Now, all eyes are on the next steps in this process. Hint: voters are set to return to the polls in April 2021 to decide who exactly will help draw up the new constitution. There’s also the matter of what to include in this new constitution, which will likely include more protections and rights for Chile’s lower class. 

 

THE TAKE. 

This is a huge, huge deal for Chile. TBD on how it works out. 


THE ACTION

ELECTION: Everyone’s talking about the election. Think: around 60 million Americans have already voted -  more than the total number of early or absentee ballots that were cast in 2016. You read that right. So far, most of those votes appear to be from registered Dems. All those mail-in ballots are also raising some concerns about when the election result will be known. Enter: Facebook. The biz is prepping to use an internal playbook that it developed for “at-risk” countries like Myanmar and Sri Lanka, just in case there’s any election unrest. And in other news, the Senate is poised to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court today. Aka eight days before the election. 

 

CORONAVIRUS: The US just made a new coronavirus record. As in the country averaged 69,000 cases per day over the past 7 days - surpassing the previous record set back in July. Cue new concerns about strained resources. On that note: at least five of Vice Prez Mike Pence’s aides have tested positive for the virus over the past few days. At this time, it looks like Pence doesn’t have any plans to stop going out and campaigning. This comes as White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows declared that the US is “not going to control the pandemic.” Instead, the gov’s just going to focus on getting out a vaccine and treatments - even though it’s likely a vaccine won’t be widely available until next year. Meanwhile, China’s planning to test an entire city of millions of people after one person tested positive. 

 

WORLD: Recently, reports revealed that Russia airstrikes in northern Syria have killed more than 50 Turkish-backed militia fighters. Most of the deaths were in the rebel-held city of Idlib. Reminder: for about a decade, Syria’s been locked in a civil war that’s killed hundreds of thousands of people and pitted rebels (some backed by the US) against the Syrian gov (backed by Russia). Stay tuned. In other news, over the weekend, Turkish Prez Recep Tayyip Erdogan said French Prez Emmanuel Macron needed “some sort of mental treatment” over his attitude towards Muslims in France. Then added that Macron doesn’t believe in freedom of religion. In response, France recalled its ambassador to Turkey. And meanwhile, there’s outrage after women were strip-searched on a Qatar Airways flight in an attempt to find a baby’s mother.


WHAT TO KNOW

Murder hornet nest:” what scientists just destroyed in Washington state. Hold up…nest? 


SAY WHAT?

“They’re Hired to Run Elections. But They Shop and Watch Netflix” - an actual headline. Sounds promising. 

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