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THE HIGHLIGHTS

Russia is cutting gas flow to Europe. 

 

THE BACKGROUND. 

Russia is the world’s largest exporter of natural gas. It has the second largest coal reserves and the sixth largest oil reserves in the world. So you could probably see how Russia’s petroleum industry provides a major stream of money for the gov - and its efforts to take over Ukraine. 

 

THE DEETS. 

ICYMI, Russia supplies 40 percent of the gas used in the European Union. In some countries, like Germany, that number is even higher. That’s led to some big problems. The EU doesn’t want to put more money in Russia’s pocket, but heavily relies on Russian fossil fuels. But eventually, after weeks of negotiations, the EU agreed to cut off most Russian oil by 2023. And over the past month, EU leaders have urged member countries to start conserving gas ahead of winter. The why: Russia could decide to create artificial shortages threatening heat and power generation. 

 

THE HAPPENINGS. 

Yesterday, the night before an EU emergency meeting on cutting natural gas consumption, Russia announced that it would slash gas deliveries to Germany to just 20 percent of capacity. Yes, really. In response, the European Commission prez said “Putin is trying to push us around this winter.” 

 

THE TAKE. 

Russia’s cuts to Germany’s gas flow have raised fears that it’s weaponizing fuel. TBD on how this impacts the European Union over the coming months. 


THE ACTION

PEOPLE: Meet Alex Jones. He’s the far-right conspiracy theorist behind InfoWars. For years, he’s spread lies about the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, alleging that it was all staged by the gov and that the families of the victims were complicit in the hoax - causing those families to face accusations and threats. Fast forward to today, and a jury will now decide how much Jones must pay for the suffering he caused. Meanwhile, yesterday, a gunman killed two people and injured two others in the Canadian province of British Columbia. Police said the suspect, who was believed to have been targeting homeless people, had been shot dead at the scene. In other news, a sixth teenager who was wrongfully charged with the rape of a Central Park jogger in 1989 was just exonerated in Manhattan. 

 

WORLD: All eyes are on Myanmar. Last year, after Myanmar’s military took control in a coup, thousands upon thousands of people took to the streets in protests. The military responded by violently cracking down and detaining as many as 10,000 political prisoners. Now, it’s come out that the military has executed four democracy activists following a closed-door trial. The news sparked global backlash. Meanwhile, Tunisia just held a controversial referendum on a new constitution that would majorly increase the prez’s powers. It’s widely expected to pass. This comes a year after the prez suspended Parliament, waved goodbye to the prime minister and other officials, and granted himself a wide range of powers. 

 

USA: Yesterday, the Biden team declared that it plans to expand and preserve anti-discrimination protections for gay and transgender people in the Affordable Care Act - reversing a Trump-era policy that took a red pen to those protections. The proposal is especially relevant as multiple states pass bans on providing gender-affirming care, particularly to transgender kids. Not yet clear how these protections will play out in medical practice. Also making headlines in the US: 6 staffers were just arrested in Congress for staging a sit-in at Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s office over a lack of climate action. 


WHAT TO KNOW

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SAY WHAT?

“Czech police turn seized Ferrari into patrol car” - a recent headline. Wheel would you look at that. 




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