WORLD: The other day, armed militants attacked a village in Burkina Faso, burning buildings and killing more than 130 civilians, including 7 kids. It’s the worst militant attack in the African nation in years. So far, no group has claimed responsibility. Meanwhile, the United Nations is warning that famine is imminent in the Ethiopian region of Tigray. Quick refresher: for months, Ethiopian and Eritrean troops have been trying to take further control of Tigray, leading to thousands of deaths and hundreds of thousands of displacements. Stay tuned. In other news, recent research just revealed that China’s actions against Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang could cut between 2.6 million and 4.5 Uighur births in the next 20 years. That’s a third of the region’s projected minority population.
ELECTIONS: Yesterday, Mexico headed to the polls in its midterm elections. Voters decided on 500 seats in the lower house, 15 state governorships, and thousands of local leadership positions. The elections - largely seen as a referendum on the country’s prez - were marred by violence, with 35 political candidates murdered ahead of the vote. Expect to keep hearing about this as results continue to come out. Speaking of which, yesterday, Peru had its presidential election. The two candidates? Pedro Castillo, a leftist union activist with no gov experience, and Keiko Fujimoro, the right-wing daughter of a jailed ex-prez. Voters were apparently not too happy about either option, but as of now, it looks like Fujimoro may have the lead. Suspense, thick.
USA: Say hello to Sen Joe Manchin (D-WV). He’s a Dem who’s been known to side with Republicans on some key votes (think: Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation). That’s especially significant right now, when Dems and Republicans each have 50 votes in the Senate - with Vice Prez Kamala Harris serving as a tiebreaker. Case in point: recently, Manchin announced that he won’t vote for the For the People Act, which would expand voting access. Manchin’s move pretty much ensures that the act won’t pass. Intro backlash from other Dems. In other news, the US is set to donate 750,000 coronavirus vaccines to Taiwan. The country used to get a lot of applause for its pandemic response, but in the past few weeks, cases have skyrocketed.