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THE HIGHLIGHTS

Tensions are rising on the Kosovo-Serbian border. 

 

THE BACKGROUND. 

Back in 2008, Kosovo declared independence from the southeastern European country of Serbia. Only a slight problem…Serbia (plus its allies, like Russia and China) stilllll hasn’t recognized Kosovo’s independence. That’s led to friction with the small Serb population who continue to live in Kosovo, some of whom haven’t been all too eager to follow Kosovo’s gov. Instead, they live as though they’re still part of Serbia. 

 

THE HAPPENINGS. 

One way that friction plays out is with license plates. Yes, really. See: many Serbs in Kosovo still use Serbian-issued plates, which Kosovo’s gov considers illegal. So recently, the gov passed a new law requiring Serbs living in Kosovo to switch from Serbian license plates to Kosovar ones in the next two months. 

 

THE REACTION. 

Major protests that escalated into violence. Case in point: over the weekend, unknown gunmen opened fire on Kosovo police officers along the border with Serbia. In response, Serbia’s prez said “we will pray for peace and seek peace, but there will be no surrender and Serbia will win.” NATO said its force on the ground in Kosovo is “ready to intervene if stability is jeopardized.” And Kosovo’s gov announced that it would delay the implementation of the license plate decision by one month. 

 

THE TAKE. 

After years of tension, the situation on the Kosovo-Serbian border is escalating. 


THE ACTION

USA: Kansas has its mind on abortion. Tomorrow, Kansas voters will decide whether to ax abortion protections from their State Constitution. The vote could lead to serious abortion restrictions or even an outright ban on the procedure. Stay tuned. Meanwhile, Prez Joe Biden is still testing positive for covid. While the Prez reportedly feels well, he’s continuing “strict isolation measures.” In other US news, a Northern California wildfire called the McKinney Fire has now burned 51,000 acres in two days, becoming California’s largest wildfire so far this year. Thousands of people have been forced to evacuate. More than 100 homes and buildings have been destroyed. As of this writing, the fire is zero percent contained. 

 

WORLD: Over the weekend, Russia fired missiles at the southern Ukrainian city of Mykolaiv, leaving a hotel, a sports complex, two schools, a service station, and countless homes in ruins. The full casualty count is still unclear, but one of Ukraine’s richest businessmen and his wife are reportedly among the dead. Prez Volodymyr Zelensky called it “one of the most brutal shellings” since the war began. Meanwhile, in eastern Ukraine, Zelensky ordered hundreds of thousands of civilians to evacuate. This comes as Russia destroys the region’s infrastructure, causing a near complete absence of electricity and gas supply. In other news, yesterday, clashes broke out between Iranian border guards and Taliban forces on the Afghan-Iran border, leaving at least one person dead. Both sides accused the other of opening fire first. 

 

PEOPLE: The other day, a criminal gang forced people inside three thatched roof houses in Madagascar - then set the houses on fire. At least 32 people were killed, including children. Now, Madagascar is deploying army helicopters to hunt down those responsible for the attack. Meanwhile, recently, at least one person was killed and 4 others hospitalized after they were stabbed while tubing on the Apple River in Wisconsin. One of the victims was a 17 year old who was pronounced dead after being taken to a hospital. The suspect is a 52 year old man who had left the scene but was soon taken into custody. Authorities have not yet identified a motive and don’t know if the suspect knew the victims. 


WHAT TO KNOW

Nichelle Nichols:” who passed away at the age of 89. Known for playing Lieutenant Uhura on ‘Star Trek,’ she was one of the first Black women to have a leading role in a TV series. 


SAY WHAT?

“Last Conviction in Salem Witch Trials Is Cleared 329 Years Later” - a recent headline. What a bewitching story. 




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