WORLD: A couple months ago, Finland and Sweden launched bids to join NATO (as in the military alliance) - strengthening the alliance amid Russia’s war on Ukraine. Fast forward to this week, and the US Senate just voted overwhelmingly to admit Finland and Sweden to NATO. The two countries need to get the thumbs-up from the other NATO members before they can join. Meanwhile, the United Nations secretary general is not happy with oil and gas bizes. The why: the world is currently dealing with an energy crisis that has caused oil and gas prices to skyrocket - putting more money in the pockets of bizes like Exxon Mobil and Chevron. The UN secretary general says it’s “immoral” for these bizes to be profiting from the energy crisis - and is urging govs to “tax these excessive profits.” Stay tuned.
USA: Earlier this week, multiple states headed to the polls in midterm primaries. Now, it’s come out that Trump-backed candidates who deny the 2020 election results won several key races - bringing them one step closer to overseeing elections in battleground states. In other news, Alex Jones (as in the far-right conspiracy theorist behind InfoWars) just conceded that the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting is “100% real.” This comes as Jones faces a defamation lawsuit for alleging that the shooting was staged by the gov and that the families of the victims were complicit in the hoax. Meanwhile, California Governor Gavin Newsom is asking film bizes to “walk the walk” on abortion rights and LGBTQ+ protections by ditching states like Georgia and Okhaloma, which are home to many film and TV productions.
PEOPLE: ICYMI, recently, after months of protests over Sri Lanka’s economic crisis, Prez Gotabaya Rajapaksa resigned. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe sort of also agreed to step down…but soon took over as prez and vowed to crack down on protesters. Now, it looks like he’s following through on that promise. See: the Sri Lankan gov just arrested several demonstration leaders, hit others with travel bans, and ordered the clearing of the last remaining protest tents. In other news, Kenyan police just arrested a man suspected of links to a transnational wildlife and drug trafficking syndicate who had previously been indicted in a US court. This comes after US and Kenyan officials teamed up to make a public appeal for info that could lead to the man’s arrest.