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THE HIGHLIGHTS

Jordan's not happy with the ex-crown prince. 

 

THE BACKGROUND. 

Meet Hamzah bin Hussein. He’s the half-brother of Jordan’s ruler, King Abdullah II. Back in 1999, Hamzah was thought to be the favorite to replace his father as the country’s leader...until he was suddenly passed over for Abdullah. Instead, Hamzah got the title of crown prince, but even that was revoked in 2004. So fast forward to last week, and it came out that Hamzah had been cut off from most forms of communication and forced into isolation. Yes, really. 

 

THE HAPPENINGS. 

Yesterday, Jordan’s gov finally gave some clarity on the whole Hamzah situation. Spoiler: they accused him of plotting to “destabilize” the country. Security officials apparently intercepted communications between Hamzah, his circle, and foreign parties about an alleged plan to undermine Jordan’s security. The gov also says Hamzah’s been trying to get Jordanians to rise up against Abdullah for some time.  

 

THE REACTION. 

Hamzah denies everything - and maintains he’s being punished for speaking out. The gov responded by saying the ex-crown prince is trying to “distort facts and gain sympathy.” So far, it doesn’t look like it’s working. A whole slew of countries - including the US - have already thrown their support behind Abdullah, while up to 18 people have been arrested over the alleged plot. 

 

THE TAKE. 

The investigation into this whole situation is ongoing. TBD on what’s revealed. 


THE ACTION

CORONAVIRUS: India just recorded its highest number of single-day coronavirus cases since the pandemic began. The rest of the world is dealing with a big rise in cases, too. See: it looks like Europe has missed its chance to stop its third wave of the pandemic, South Korea’s health minister is warning about a fourth wave, and Iran just entered its fourth wave. Over in the US, health officials are increasingly worried about a potential surge in cases. In some good news: Florida and Michigan are opening up vaccine eligibility to allllll adults today. And nationwide, the US vaccinated a total of 4 million people in one day - a new record. 

 

VOTING RIGHTS: A lot is going on in Georgia. Quick refresher: the law requires an ID for absentee ballots, limits the use of ballot boxes, lets state election boards take over county election boards, and criminalizes offering food or water to voters waiting in line. Cue serious backlash, including from Coca-Cola and Delta, which have their headquarters in Atlanta, and Major League Baseball, which decided to move its All-Star Game from Georgia. That last part is an especially big deal, since it means Georgia will lose out on an estimated $100 million in state revenue. You read that right. Now, it looks like Georgia Republicans are planning to retaliate. Hint: the state’s House Republicans just voted to revoke Delta’s tax breaks. Stay tuned. 

 

USA: ICYMI, the other day, an attacker rammed a car into a checkpoint near the US Capitol. The attacker then left the car and lunged at Capitol Police officers with a knife. One officer was killed and another was injured, with the suspect himself getting fatally shot. Not yet clear what the motive is, but the attack is prompting the Capitol Police union to plead for more security. Meanwhile, a reservoir in Manatee County, Florida (not far from Tampa) is apparently on the verge of collapse. The reservoir holds 300 million gallons of water contaminated with the byproduct of phosphate mining. If it does collapse, a “20-foot wall of water” could come crashing down on the surrounding neighborhood. Enter: a state of emergency declaration - not to mention hundreds of evacuations. 


WHAT TO KNOW

Mark Zuckerberg:” whose personal info got leaked in a recent Facebook data breach. How the tables have turned. 


SAY WHAT?

“22 Mummies Stop Traffic in Egypt” - an actual headline. What action movie is this?  

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