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Happy Tuesday! Bangalore’s best cheese, I discovered this weekend, isn’t the finest burrata imported from Italy, but olive-stuffed bocconcini made by a little-known set of Benedictine monks on the city’s periphery. Taste some of the world’s other exotic cheeses today, meet a Sherlock Holmes-loving Kenyan diplomat who could soon be the world’s trade boss and learn about asteroid-eating spaceships. Hear Jeb Bush on today’s episode of The Carlos Watson Show, take a tennis test and check the answers to Friday’s crossword at the end of the email.
That’s effectively how President Donald Trump described his own military leadership on Monday, in a stunning attack amid a controversy over reports that he disparaged America’s war dead that the president has denied. “They want to do nothing but fight wars so that all of those wonderful companies that make the bombs and make the planes and make everything else stay happy,” Trump told reporters.
2. Clean Break?
Trump has threatened to “decouple” the American economy from China’s. Such a breach between the world’s two largest economies would cement Cold War-like trading blocs amid a pandemic and recession. Tell us on Twitter who you think would suffer more. Meanwhile the president has said a COVID-19 vaccine might be ready by October, but Democratic leaders have accused him of undermining the credibility of any such breakthrough. And India has overtaken Brazil as the second-worst hit country after the U.S., with more than 4.2 million cases.
3. Shampoo Shocker
Angry protesters thronged stores of South African pharmacy chain Clicks, forcing it to shut shop temporarily over aracist ad that described a Black woman’s hair as “dry” and “damaged” and a white woman’s as “fine” and “flat.” The incident underscores the global spread of the racial justice protests roiling the U.S.
4. Making Dissent Disappear
The methods are different — the chilling message is the same. Masked men abducted key Belarus opposition leader Maria Kalesnikava in capital Minsk Monday as protests against the rule of President Alexander Lukashenko intensified. In Riyadh, a Saudi Arabian court commuted the death sentences of five men convicted of killing dissident Jamal Khashoggi in 2018. All while Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny recovers from poisoning.
5. Serena's Serene and Novak’s Whack
Tennis star Serena Williams marched into the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open, even as 17 Grand Slam-winner Novak Djokovic was booted out of the tournament after firing an angry shot that struck a female line judge. There’s more sporting drama coming: The pandemic NFL season kicks off Thursday.
If you’re searching for a dose of hope in these tumultuous times, just call out — you might hear a howl of joy in response!
They thought it was extinct in the wild. But scientists last week reported evidence that shows that the New Guinea Singing Dog still survives — as does its unique howl. The dog has been found on the island of New Guinea that’s divided between Papua New Guinea and Indonesia. The researcher behind their rediscovery also studies intersex pigs in Vanuatu. But that’s a story for another day ...
He saved goals for a career. Now he might be tasked with saving Peru, among the countries hit worst by the pandemic. The 38-year-old former ace soccer goalkeeper is leading early polls for the nation’s April 2021 presidential elections. He’s currently the mayor of a major Lima municipality, and crime has dropped under his leadership. Can the 6’2” son of a diplomat reach even greater heights?
They call her “Crusher Collins” for her tough talk. The 61-year-old conservative leader of the New Zealand National Party is the principal challenger to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in the country’s upcoming elections. Ardern, widely credited for her handling of the virus crisis, is leading polls comfortably. But Collins, who twice lost bids to win her party leadership before succeeding, isn’t known for giving up.
And while we’re on politicians, get ready for a powerhouse of an interview.
Today on The Carlos Watson Show
Former Florida Governor and presidential candidate Jeb Bush pulls back the curtain on the Bush family, discusses his uncommon love story, and shares his surprising opinion about Andrew Yang. Will he endorse Biden? Watch to find out. Subscribe to the OZY YouTube channel to know when it's live. New subscribers could win an invitation to a Zoom taping with a celebrity guest!
If you’re dreaming of a getaway, why limit your thoughts to earth? These innovations could define humankind’s future interaction with outer space.
1. Reusable Rocket
China on Sunday successfully landed a reusable spacecraft that had taken off two days earlier. It’s a secretive project, but as satellites crowd into space, reusable satellites — the U.S. has tested the technology too — could be the future of sustainable space travel.
2. Solar Sailing
Imagine a sailboat — except in space. That’s the concept behind LightSail2, a spacecraft with sails that drive the vehicle not using wind, but the sun’s photons. The technology could take satellites beyond Mars. Read more.
3. Living Spaceships
There’s another way spacecraft can travel really far: if they learn to feed themselves, without depending on rocket fuel. European scientists are building spaceships that adapt like living creatures do, and feed on minerals available on asteroids along the way. Read more.
Speaking of eating, are you ready for that exotic cheesy treat I promised?
The high-altitude Andean village of Salinas will make your nose bleed … and your mouth salivate. It’s home to Ecuador’s finest cheeses, some soft and stuffed with pesto, others creamier or with darker rinds. Make sure you have enough luggage space to bring plenty back. Read more.
2. Uzbek Cheese Balls
Once you flirt with Kurt, you will fall in love. These hard cheese balls stay fresh for several years, so that nomads can carry them on their travels. In the hot and dry summers of Central Asia, they go perfectly with beer. Cheesy cheers! Read more.
This Ethiopian cottage cheese is easy to make — and perfect as an accompaniment to the East African nation’s delicious cuisine. It cuts the spice in dishes you pair it with, such as teff salad, the meat-based kitfo or collard greens.
What’s your favorite cheese? Tell us on Twitter or below.