POLITICS: A lot is going on in Hong Kong. Quick refresher: ever since China intro’d a new extradition bill, hundreds of thousands of people in Hong Kong have been taking to the streets to protest. Yesterday, these protests continued to escalate. As in thousands of protesters headed to Hong Kong’s airport - leading the airport, one of the busiest in the world, to ground all flights. So far, it looks like these protests haven’t turned violent. Stay tuned. Speaking of which, China’s apparently been arresting teachers who aren’t originally from the country for minor crimes - reportedly to create a “cleaner, more patriotic” school system. Hmmm. And in other news, the Trump team’s cutting back on the Endangered Species Act. By a lot.
WORLD: All eyes are on Russia. Reminder: last week, a failed missile test on Russia’s White Sea led to an explosion that killed 5 atomic scientists. The test apparently caused a quick spike in radiation - making world leaders just the teensiest bit suspect. Then, yesterday, Russia announced that the scientists who died were testing a new weapon that involved a “small nuclear power source.” Leading to claims that the weapon was the SSC-X-9 Skyfall - a new nuclear-powered cruise missile that Prez Putin’s been chatting about for about a year. Reassuring. Meanwhile, recently, it came out that two new Ebola treatments have a 90% success rate. Now, it looks like they’re being offered to all Ebola patients in Congo.
BIZ: Everyone’s talking about Argentina. Spoiler: over the weekend, the country headed to the polls in its primary election. Big deal, since the current prez (Mauricio Macri) was defeated by Alberto Fernández - his rival to the center-left. The whole world was shocked. Leading Argentina’s stock market - plus its currency - to...crash. See: the Argentine peso fell 15% against the US dollar, while some stocks lost half their value. You read that right. The rest of the world was affected, too. Looking at you, Asia. Speaking of which, the US stock market’s also having some problems. Yesterday, the Dow drop drop dropped nearly 400 points. This comes as investors are still stressing about the trade war with China.