USA: The US is still reeling from last weekend’s back-to-back mass shootings. Recently, Prez Trump called for “red flag” laws to help prevent gun violence. Red flag laws: laws that let law enforcement, family, or friends to petition a judge to take guns from anyone who might cause harm to themselves or others. These kinds of laws are fairly common in the US - but at varying degrees. Plus they tend to be supported by lawmakers on both sides of the aisle. Stay tuned. In other news, yesterday, Prez Trump announced a total economic embargo against Venezuela. Big deal, since this pretty much blocks any economic transactions with Venezuela’s gov. This comes as the world’s increasingly not a fan of the country’s prez, Nicolas Maduro.
WORLD: All eyes are on Kashmir. Reminder: for years, Pakistan and India have been fighting over Kashmir - which borders the two countries. And yesterday, the situation escalated. As in India deployed thousands of troops to Kashmir...and revoked the region’s special status - meaning it can no longer make its own laws. What’s also been trashed: a ban on property purchases by non-residents. ICYMI, this means Indians will now be able to buy land in Kashmir. To which Kashmir’s leaders said ‘shocking betrayal alert.’ No word yet on this from Pakistan. Meanwhile, last July was just confirmed as the hottest month ever recorded. Hi, global warming.
POLITICS: Recently, it came out that North Korea has generated around $2 billion (yes, with a b) from “widespread” cyberattacks on banks and cryptocurrency exchanges. And has been using the money to fund its weapons program. You read that right. The news came just hours before it was discovered that North Korea test-launched two more missiles - the country’s fourth missile launch in about a week. Reassuring. Speaking of which, the Hong Kong protests are getting violent. In the past couple days, over 80 people have been arrested, with multiple fights reportedly breaking out. Police have deployed teargas in at least 5 different locations - plus rubber bullets were apparently used. Unclear if there’s an end in sight.