WORLD: Brazil is on fire. Over the past week, massive wildfires have hit the country’s Pantanal wetlands - one of the most biodiverse places in the world. The fires are reportedly “bigger than anything” the gov’s seen, with the situation being described as “critical.” Already, nearly 125,000 acres have burned. This comes as the region’s faced more fires this year - 8,500 - than any other year since 2007. In other news, all eyes are on the Keystone Pipeline. Recently, part of the pipeline was shut down after around 383,000 gallons of oil leaked out into the environment. 2,500 square yards of land were apparently affected. Stay tuned. And speaking of which, the Kincade Fire is at 65% containment - but Southern California’s fires are worsening.
POLITICS: A lot is going on in Iraq. Reminder: for weeks, people there have been taking to the streets to protest the gov. The protests were sparked by rising unemployment rates, gov corruption, and shortages of clean water and electricity. So far, around 200 people have been killed in these protests, with thousands injured. Now, it looks like Iraq’s prime minister is agreeing to step down - as long as the country figures out his replacement first. Meanwhile, six female lawmakers have quit the UK’s Parliament this week alone - reportedly due to “vicious abuse and intimidation.” And in other news, ISIS just confirmed the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi...and named a new leader.
USA: Everyone’s talking about the Chicago teachers strike. Quick refresher: Chicago teachers have been on strike since October 17th over things like higher pay, smaller class sizes, and more nurses and social workers. Around 25,000 teachers participated, with school being cancelled for about 300,000 students. Now, after 11 days, it looks like school will be starting up again - with the city agreeing to give teachers everything they asked for, plus 5 extra school days at the end of the year to make up the days lost in the strike. A+ in protesting. Meanwhile, the October jobs report dropped today. Spoiler: the US economy added 128,000 jobs - but lost 36,000 manufacturing jobs, largely due to the General Motors strike.