CORONAVIRUS: ICYMI, over the past few months, farmers in India have been protesting a set of new laws that would apparently devastate their livelihoods and let big, private bizes come in and exploit the country’s agriculture sector. In recent weeks, mass protests took a bit of a pause due to harvest season and a deadly second wave of the virus. But now, it looks like they’ll be starting up again. Cue warnings from India’s gov about the risk of a “super-spreader.” In other news, Moderna just announced that its coronavirus vaccine is safe and effective in kids aged 12 to 17. This comes as Americans under the age of 24 are lagging with vaccinations, despite potential long-term health effects from the virus.
WORLD: US Sec of State Antony Blinken has his mind on Israel-Palestine. Reminder: over the last couple of weeks, there’s been a massive escalation in violence that led to hundreds of deaths, the vast majority of whom were Palestinian. Last week, Israel and Hamas reached a truce, but there are serious concerns that the rocket attacks and air strikes could start up again. Enter: Blinken, who’s pledging US support to address the Palestinian humanitarian crisis and rebuild Gaza. Meanwhile, at least 16 people - including 2 kids - were just killed in a rebel attack in Peru. Far-left guerilla group Shining Path has claimed responsibility. The group apparently left pamphlets at the scene ordering people not to vote in the upcoming election.
PEOPLE: All eyes are on Belarus. Quick refresher: the other day, Belarusian authorities diverted a Ryanair plane heading to Vilinus, Lithuania to Minsk, Belarus. When the plane landed, authorities arrested Raman Pratasevich, a 26 year old Belarusian opposition activist-slash-journalist on board the flight. Pratasevich has since made an appearance in which he applauded the Belarusian gov and admitted to organizing “mass riots” - leading to concerns he was forced to make those statements. In response, the European Union has slapped sanctions on Belarus and banned the country from using the airspace and airports of any of its 27 member states. In other news, the United Nations is calling for the immediate release of Mali’s prez, who was recently detained by the country’s military. Stay tuned.