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THE HIGHLIGHTS

There’s unrest in Tanzania ahead of its election. 

 

THE BACKGROUND. 

Meet Tanzania’s prez, John Magufuli. After snagging the presidency in 2015, he started doing things like barring opposition parties from holding most public gatherings and cutting the number of major independent election observers. All of which has contributed to the feeling that the upcoming presidential election...might not be all that legit. Scene, set. 

 

THE HAPPENINGS. 

The other day, soldiers in the semi-autonomous island region of Zanzibar allegedly began distributing pre-marked ballots to polling stations. Residents didn’t take too kindly to that bit of voter fraud, so they attempted to stop them. In response, police opened fire and killed at least nine people. Multiple others were wounded. Dozens more people were arrested and accused of damaging properties nearing polling places. Over in northeastern Tanzania, another two people were killed when local officials began firing at a campaign rally. 

 

THE REACTION. 

People took to the internet to express their outrage. To which the gov said ‘bye, Twitter, Facebook, and SMS’ and blocked the platforms. Meanwhile, Tanzanian officials are outright denying that people were killed - while the United Nations human rights office says it’s “alarmed” by “the shrinking of democratic space.” 

 

THE TAKE. 

As many headlines focus on the US election, Tanzania is facing extreme election unrest. Stay tuned. 


THE ACTION

CORONAVIRUS: Germany and France are going back into partial lockdowns. In Germany, more bizes are shutting down and restrictions are being placed on gatherings for a month. And in France, the gov is closing all non-essential bizes and banning intercountry travel for five weeks. This comes as cases continue to skyrocket throughout Europe. That’s not the only place facing a rise in cases. India just surpassed 8 million infections, becoming the only country other than the US to do so. In Mexico, coronavirus deaths hit the 90,000 mark. Meanwhile, hospitalizations from coronavirus are up by 46 percent in the US compared to last month. Not a typo. 

 

USA: Speaking of the US, the Supreme Court just let election officials in Pennsylvania and North Carolina accept absentee ballots for several days after the election. Yes, really. That marks a huge win for Dems, especially since Pennsylvania and North Carolina are key battleground states. But it also marks a big loss for Republicans, who aren’t big fans of mail-in voting due to concerns about voter fraud (hint: there’s currently no evidence to support this). In other news, the CEOs of Google, Facebook, and Twitter were just grilled in a Senate hearing. For Dems, it was all about hate speech and the spread of disinformation. For Republicans, it was all about an alleged liberal bias. And meanwhile, Hurricane Zeta slammed into the US Gulf Coast as a Category 2 storm yesterday. At least 2 people were killed. 

 

WORLD: Hours ago, three people were killed in a knife attack outside a church in the French city of Nice. A suspect was shot and killed not long after. Already, French Prez Emmanuel Macron is denouncing the stabbing as an “Islamist terror attack.” This comes as France is still grappling with the killing of Samuel Paty - and as Muslims are grappling with the resulting rise in Islamophobia. Case in point: France has conducted dozens of raids against suspected Islamist extremists, closed a major mosque, and shut down Muslim aid groups - while Macron’s faced allegations of encouraging anti-Muslim sentiment. Cue protests and calls to boycott French products. Speaking of which, tens of thousands of people took to the streets in Poland after the country took steps towards a near-total abortion ban. 


WHAT TO KNOW

Vampire bats:” what social distance when they get sick. They vant to...be smart and stay safe. 


SAY WHAT?

“I surprised my closest inner circle with a trip to a private island where we could pretend things were normal” - Kim Kardashian West in part two of relatable facts about rich people. 

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