WORLD: North Korea’s getting testy(er). As in yesterday, South Korea announced that the country launched an “unidentified short-range projectile” - twice. This comes juuust after North Korea launched two ballistic missiles. Speaking of which, yesterday, Japan said ‘we don’t trust you’ and kicked South Korea off its list of trusted trade partners - putting new trade restrictions on the country. Shade. And meanwhile, over the past week, hundreds of people have taken to the streets in New Zealand to protest “uplifting.” Aka when the gov’s child welfare agency takes kids away from their parents - something that disproportionately affects Pacific Islanders. No word yet on these protests from Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.
USA: Recently, the Senate gave the thumbs up to a new budget deal. The deal would raise spending $324 billion (yes, with a b) and hit the pause button on the debt ceiling until 2021. Debt ceiling: the amount of national debt that the Treasury Dept can take on. Now, the budget deal is on its way to Prez Trump - who’s expected to sign off on it. In other news, recently, Arizona’s attorney general asked the Supreme Court to pretty please force the Sackler family - which owns Purdue Pharma - to hand back billions of dollars to the biz so it has enough money to pay any future settlements. You know Purdue Pharma for making OxyContin - a very addictive opioid. Now, it looks like Arizona wants the Supremes to weigh in on the opioid crisis.
POLITICS: All eyes are on Sudan. Reminder: on Monday, protesters there took to the streets over poor living conditions and food shortages. Security forces responded by opening fire on the protesters, killing at least 6 people - 4 of which were students. In the days since, kids have held demonstrations to protest these killings. Now, it looks like the gov’s shutting down all schools in the country. In other news, Saudi Arabia just remembered it’s not 1300 BCE. As in yesterday, the country announced that women can now travel abroad without a male guardian’s permission. The new laws also give women the right register child birth, marriage, or divorce. And speaking of which, Facebook’s shaking its head to “Saudi Arabia propaganda accounts.”