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THE HIGHLIGHTS

Those protests in Cuba are escalating. 

 

THE BACKGROUND. 

Cuba’s not exactly known for being a place where its citizens go head-to-head with the gov. In other words: there’s not a lot of open dissent, or protesting, or activism, or...you get the idea. But lately, the country’s been dealing with things like the collapse of the economy, food and medicine shortages, price hikes, and a coronavirus outbreak. Scene, set. 

 

THE HAPPENINGS. 

Over the past couple of days, thousands of people have been taking to the streets of Cuba to protest all of the above. Some have chanted “Freedom” and “Death to the dictatorship.” They’re the biggest demonstrations in Cuba in about 30 years. Yes, really. 

 

THE REACTION. 

Arrests. Dozens of them. A brutal police response, with security forces appearing to beat and pepper-spray some protesters. Internet blackouts across Cuba. A statement from the island’s prez in which he told his supporters to “fight” the protesters. Oh, and the prez also pointed fingers at the US for the protests - and alleged the protesters are mercenaries hired by the US to destabilize the island. Prez Biden responded by saying the US stands with Cubans. 

 

THE TAKE. 

This is some of the worst turmoil seen in Cuba in decades. TBD on what it leads to. 


THE ACTION

CORONAVIRUS: Recently, more than 40 people were killed after a coronavirus isolation ward in Iraq went up in flames. The fire has already been brought under control. It’s not yet clear what caused the fire, but some say it began after an oxygen tank exploded. Now, rescue teams are searching for survivors. In other news, Prime Minister Boris Johnson is going ahead with his plans to lift nearly all coronavirus-related restrictions in England next week. This comes as cases there are surging. Also making headlines in Europe: France will require that all health workers get the coronavirus vaccine. And in the US, the Food and Drug Admin added a warning about a rare nerve syndrome to the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. About 100 cases of the syndrome out of 13 million recipients have been identified. 

 

WORLD: ICYMI, the other day, England lost the Euro 2020 final to Italy. The key moment? When three of England’s players - Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, and Bukayo Saka, all of whom are Black - missed penalty kicks. Since then, the players have received an explosion of racist comments - leading London’s Metropolitan Police to open up an investigation. In other news, South Africa has deployed the military in response to unrest over the jailing of ex-prez Jacob Zuma. At least 6 people have been killed during the chaos, with nearly 500 people arrested. And the protests and riots only seem to be intensifying as shops have been looted and buildings have been set on fire. Stay tuned. 

 

USA: Recently, it was revealed that 43 bodies were found in Arizona’s border region last month. It’s not uncommon for the bodies of migrants to be uncovered near the border, but that number is unusually (and tragically) high. It comes amidst record heat and extreme temps. Meanwhile, Texas Dems ditched the state in an attempt to stop the Republican-controlled Legislature from passing a restrictive new voting law. You read that right. Their plan: head to Washington, DC, to bring national attention to their cause. And in other US news, the Trump Organization just cut its chief financial officer, Allen Weisselberg, from every single leadership position he held atop dozens of its subsidiaries. Not a typo. Quick refresher: about a week ago, state prosecutors in Manhattan indicted the Trump Org and Weisselberg as part of a tax scheme. 


WHAT TO KNOW

$1.56 million:” how much a rare copy of ‘Super Mario 64’ sold for. What a bargain.


SAY WHAT?

“Appearance: Santa’s evil twin” - a reporter, describing Richard Branson. Naughty, not nice. 


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