POLITICS: Puerto Rico has a new governor. Quick refresher: a few weeks ago, Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló’s convos with other gov officials - filled with misogynism and homophobia - were leaked to the public. Cue protests. So last week, Rosselló handed in his resignation - and nominated Pedro Pierluisi to take his place as governor. Fast forward to this past weekend, and Pierluisi was sworn in. Problem, since some are questioning Pierluisi’s legitimacy as governor. Hint: the island’s House of Reps and Senate didn’t hold a vote to approve him. Speaking of which, the other day, John Ratcliffe said ‘okay okay, message received’ and withdrew his nomination for the next US intelligence director. Because, controversy.
PROTESTS: All eyes are on Hong Kong. Reminder: months ago, China intro’d a bill that’d make it easier to hand over people accused of crimes in Hong Kong...to mainland China. Raising concerns that it’d also make it easier for China to punish journalists and activists. So yesterday, protesters in Hong Kong staged a strike - leading to over 200 flight cancelations, among other things. Stay tuned. In other news, over the weekend, hundreds of people were detained in Moscow during anti-gov protests. Then, yesterday, Russia’s gov announced they’d be opening up an investigation into Alexei Navalny - the country’s opposition leader. See: these allegations of money laundering.
WORLD: Recently, Sudan’s military - along with the opposition - signed off on a constitutional declaration, setting the stage to create a transitional gov. Reminder: months ago, the military kicked out Sudan’s leader and took over the gov. Intro the protests, since Sudan’s citizens wanted a civilian-run gov. Now, it looks like the military’s finally listening. Meanwhile, yesterday, Iran said ‘here we go again’ and seized an Iraqi oil tanker in the Persian Gulf - apparently for “smuggling oil.” This comes after Iran seized a British oil tanker. And in other news, Indonesia just faced a massive, 9-hour power outage - affecting tens of millions of people.