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Happy Monday!!! Whenever I’m feeling a little unsettled, my go-to drink is a deep purple Indian concoction called kanji that’s made from black carrots (sorry, whiskey and coffee). Whatever your politics, this past week has been stressful. Taste the world’s best non-alcoholic fermented drinks today for a fresh start, meet Costa Rica’s saxophone-playing “Kamala Harris,” dive into an unlikely Bitcoin-Halloween love affair and visit England’s wittiest soccer club. Read to the end for the answer to Thursday’s teaser.
The divide’s growing. Former President George W. Bush congratulated President-elect Joe Biden Sunday. He’s the latest among a slow stream of Republicans looking to move oneven as President Trump’s campaign reasserted unproven claims of voter fraud from the parking lot of Four Seasons Total Landscaping, a business situated next to a cremation home and a sex shop in Philadelphia. Across the world in Myanmar, Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi’s party is expected to retain power after Sunday’s national elections. (Sources: CNN, WaPo, Philadelphia Inquirer, NYT)
2. Best Deal for Business?
A predictable president-elect in Biden … and a Republican Senate and conservative judiciary to control the leftist instincts of his agenda: Has Wall Street got its dream outcome? Vote on Twitter. The tumult of the U.S. election hasn’t impacted China though — the country’s exports grew at their fastest rate in 19 months. (Sources: WSJ, Reuters)
3. Fire and Fury
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has sacked his army chief, reshuffling his military brass as fighting intensifies in the northern Tigray region amid tensions with the local government there. Meanwhile, nature is unloading its own ammunition, with Tropical Storm Eta killing dozens in Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala and Cuba and triggering landslides across the region. It’s now headed toward Florida. (Sources: BBC, FT, Al Jazeera)
4. Beating Shame
Chinese students have set up sanitary pad dispensers in nearly 250 university campuses across the country to tackle period shaming and shine a light on stigmas surrounding menstrual health that the country continues to grapple with. (Source: Guardian)
Missing a luxury cruise or the feeling of flying? Trust Asia’s pandemic-scarred travel industry to find you a fix. Singapore last Friday started two-day “cruises to nowhere.” Ships will sail into international waters and then return to the city state. And airlines in Taiwan, Hong Kong and India are offering rides where you strap in, enjoy the in-flight experience, complete with chef-prepared cuisine and pampering, before flying back home.
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America’s first female vice president-elect, Kamala Harris is a potential future front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination. But she’s not alone. Meet some of the world’s most powerful female vice presidents who could take the top job.
She’s been compared to Michelle Obama — for her grace, poise, and for lifting the profile of Black women in Costa Rica, a country with deep-seated racism. But she also shares parallels with Serena Williams for fighting to bridge the gender wage gap. Yet Campbell Barr has gone where neither Obama nor Williams has — as Latin America’s first Afro Latina vice president. She played the saxophone and flute growing up. Now she’s making Costa Rica move to her political rhythm. Defying death threats, she forced the removal of a racist textbook from the national curriculum. In the book, a Black boy who speaks with monkeys falls in love with a blonde, blue-eyed girl. In reality, Costa Rica has fallen for this brown-eyed champion.
For years, cryptocurrencies were synonymous with wild fluctuations. Now for the first time, analysts at J.P. Morgan are pitchingBitcoin as the new gold — a safe investment guaranteed to rise in value with time. Meanwhile, groups like PayPal have recently started allowing users to buy cryptocurrencies.
2. Talkin' Bout a Revolution
More like funding a revolution, actually. Thousands of young Nigerians who’ve taken to the streets in recent weeks to demand an end to police brutality are financing their revolution using cryptocurrency. By Oct. 22,bitcoin accounted for 40 percent of the $387,000 collected by one of the leading groups behind the protests.
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I know it’s hard to believe, but America’s harrowing 2020 election has also inspired humor in the form of epic memes. Here are my favorites.
Remember those ridiculously slow computer processor speeds, when copying anything from one folder to another could take hours? Nevada’s snail-paced counting of votes has drawn comparisons with the 1990s when we were patient enough to endure that sluggish process without switching to TikTok in frustration.
What’s the best election meme you’ve come across — or made? Share with us!!
It has more names than a secret agent. Also called mahewu, mageu and amarhewu, this gluten- and dairy-free maize-based beverage is popular across South Africa, Zambia, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Botswana, Namibia and Mozambique. It has a slightly sour taste and muddy color — but it’ll clear your mind.
2. Pu Erh
Like the best wine, this black tea with an earthy flavor from Yunnan, China, ages well. This fermented brew has for centuries worked as a cure-all for everything from weight loss and stress to cholesterol and blood cleansing.
This one’s easy to crack. Made from corn and cacao, this Mexican drink was a historic favorite of indigenous communities, seen as a source of nutrition and sustenance, and continues to be popular in southern Mexico today. Salud!
On Thursday, we asked if you could match words that mean “total mess” to countries where you might hear them. The correct answer? Klerezooi — the Netherlands; Despelote — Argentina; Kosa Kubwa — Kenya.