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THE HIGHLIGHTS

The US is ditching Syria. 

 

THE BACKGROUND. 

Months ago, Prez Trump said ‘Syria’s lame, let’s leave’ and announced via Twitter that he’d be pulling US troops out of the country. Hint: over the years, the US has had a military presence in Syria to help fight ISIS - until last year, when Trump declared ISIS had been defeated. Enter: the Kurds. They’re a minority group that’ve helped the US fight ISIS. Problem, since Turkey sees the Kurds as terrorists - and has been launching attacks against them for forever. Scene, set. 

 

THE HAPPENINGS. 

ICYMI, the US ultimately...did not end up pulling troops out of Syria - in part because Turkey kept threatening to attack the Kurds. But fast forward to last night, and the Trump team said ‘change of plans’ and announced that they’ll officially be ditching Syria. Officially. See: the gov immediately started withdrawing troops from the country. Mind, blown. 

 

THE REACTION. 

The Pentagon and the State Dept aren’t fans. And reportedly recommended that the US stick with Syria. Meanwhile, Turkey has big plans. Case in point: the country’s apparently organizing a military offensive against the Kurds in northern Syria. All of this comes after Prez Trump had a chat with Turkey’s prez, Tayyip Erdogan. 

 

SO…?

After years of allyship, it looks like the US is leaving the Kurds on their own. TBD on how this affects everything. 


THE ACTION

POLITICS: No one can stop talking about that whistleblower. Quick refresher: a couple weeks ago, it came out that a phone conversation between Trump and Ukraine’s prez - Volodymyr Zelensky - sparked a whistleblower complaint. The call’s topic of discussion: whether Zelensky would open up an investigation into the Bidens. Not a typo. Since then, it’s been revealed that Trump had similar convos with multiple other foreign countries - including a verrrry public one with China. Then, over the weekend, a second whistleblower with “first-hand knowledge” of the allegations came forward. And he’s apparently chatted with the inspector general. Plot twist. Meanwhile, Bernie Sanders is recovering from a heart attack. Stay tuned. 

 

WORLD: All eyes are on Hong Kong. The other day, the city passed a law banning people from wearing face masks in public. Cue backlash. As in thousands of people took to the streets to protest - protests that turned violent. Demonstrators attacked and vandalized subway stations and bizes with links to China, while a driver ran into a crowd of protesters with a taxi cab - and was subsequently attacked and beaten by a group of people. Not yet clear if there’s an end in sight. In other news, recently, talks between General Motors and the United Auto Workers union took a “turn for the worse.” This comes as workers have been on strike for 21 days over plant closures. And meanwhile, Pope Francis is feeling progressive

 

USA: Over the weekend, at least four people were killed during a shooting in a Kansas City bar. Police have arrested one suspect - Javier Alatorre - and are currently searching for a second suspect. The gunmen reportedly had an argument with other people at the bar, left, returned with handguns, and opened fire. Now, it looks like Alatorre’s being charged with four counts of first-degree murder. Speaking of which, recently, a homeless man in New York City - Randy Rodriguez Santos - was arrested in the killings of four other homeless men after reportedly hitting them on the head with a metal pipe. So far, it looks like that attacks were random. 


WHAT TO KNOW

3 hours:” how long passengers were stranded on Disney World’s new Skyliner gondola. The happiest place on earth…?


SAY WHAT?

“No one should have that much money” - Mark Zuckerberg on billionaires. Mark, we’ll accept your apologies via cash, check, or transfer. 

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