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Good morning! On long road trips, I always watch out for bizarre street signs to liven up my drive. Start the week with a fun guessing game on weird road signage and check out new alternatives to Twitter that are exciting conservatives globally. Meet a Nigerian sex doctor who treats patients in imaginary relationships … and the world’s most dangerous chef. And watch some forgotten Golden Globe-winning films from past years.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has apologized over comments he thought were “funny” but now acknowledges“may have been insensitive” following allegations of sexual harassment from two former aides. He has also approved an independent probe into the accusations, to be overseen by state Attorney General Letitia James. Should Cuomo step down? Vote on Twitter or here. (Sources: NBC, NYT)
2. Trump Tease
Former President Donald Trump hinted he might run again in 2024 in a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference where he ruled out starting a new party but doubled down on false claims that the 2020 election was rigged against him. Trump remains a favorite among Republicans for the next election. (Sources: WaPo, WSJ)
3. Myanmar Massacre
At least 18 people were killed in the bloodiest day of protests since last month’s coup in the Southeast Asian nation, but opponents of the military junta that grabbed power aren’t showing any signs of giving up and plan to continue their actions. Tensions also continue to rise in the Persian Gulf, where Iran rejected an invitation for talks from President Joe Biden, demanding that Washington withdraw sanctions against Tehran first. (Sources: Reuters, CNN)
4. Vaccine Waiting
Production challenges could complicate the delivery of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine, approved by the Food and Drug Administration over the weekend. Meanwhile, Chile has emerged as an unlikely regional leader in inoculating its people against the virus and hopes to cover 80 percent of its population by June. (Sources: FT, Guardian)
“You did me dirty,” exclaimed Daniel Kaluuya, after realizing that he had been muted for part of his Golden Globes acceptance speech for Judas and the Black Messiah. A series of glitches marred the virtual Golden Globes ceremony Sunday where The Crown, Borat 2, Nomadland and Schitt’s Creek were among major winners.
Her Morse code isn’t about dots and dashes — it’s about unraveling the secrets of a flavorful, fun sex life. With only $4,000 left in her account and multiple loans exhausted, Morse's fledgling career as a sex consultant was on the rocks when she finally broke through with a radio show in 2013. Since then, the self-declared ”doctor” in human sexuality has rapidly built an empire in sex therapy, with a chart-topping podcast, a MasterClass and books. Hit her up on Instagram for tips. Don't be shy. That's the point.
2. Pragati Singh
What if your worry isn't about having great sex — but about not having any sex at all? Around 75 million people around the world identify as asexual: They feel no sexual attraction. Singh, an Indian doctor, is helping those among them who are looking for intimacy … through a special dating app. Back in school, she was the naughtiest girl in class yet scored top grades. She’s now taking the less-traveled route in the field of sexuality. Read more on OZY.
3. Joro Olumofin
You think you have relationship problems? Wait until you hear about the woman who planned a lavish wedding … to an imaginary fiance. That's where Joro “Love Doctor” Olumofin comes in. The bearded Nigerian psychologist is a go-to authority on freakish and fabulist sex worries in Africa's most populous country. And for the rest of us, his Instagram feed guarantees entertainment.
And check out OZY's very own Eugene S. Robinson as he answers bizarre queries from the world of love and lust every week, in his Sex With Eugene column.
On ‘When Katty Met Carlos’
At the height of the pandemic, COVID-19 killed Native Americans at twice the rate of white Americans. Inequalities have grown in health, housing, education and wealth. Could the potential historic confirmation of Rep. Deb Haaland as the nation’s first Native American in a Cabinet secretary role change things? Listen now on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, iHeart Radio orwherever else you get your podcasts as Jonodev Chaudhuri, ambassador for the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, and Amber Crotty, a tribal council delegate in the Navajo Nation in Arizona, join Carlos and Katty.
Parler is back. But it’s not the only social media platform conservatives around the world are embracing as they look beyond Twitter.
It’s a favorite with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s ultra-right supporters, upset with Twitter’s frequent crackdowns on their — often lie-spewing — accounts. The irony? Gab itself maintains a Twitter account that went offline last week amid a Bitcoin scam. But the app is growing like never before in the wake of Parler’s recent struggles and a new high-profile user: former U.S. President Trump.
Backed by the government of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, it’s the new kid on the block. With the Modi administration locked in a tense standoff with Twitter over the latter’s refusal to block accounts of critics during the ongoing farmer protests, government ministers and pro-Modi celebrities have jumped to this year-old startup, driving millions of new downloads.
It has played a pivotal role in helping pro-democracy activists from Belarus to Iran. But the app — traditionally a favorite of liberals suspicious of Facebook and Twitter — has recently also emerged as a playground for alt-right groups peddling conspiracy theories. And you'll never guess the barely democratic country where it's most popular. Read more on OZY.
Driving Test: Weird Signs
Can you match the street signs above to the country where you’ll find them?
a. China b. New Zealand c. St. Kitts and Nevis d. South Africa e. Poland
As Moscow moves Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny to a notorious penal camp, dive deep into the lesser-known Russian moves and characters you need to know about.
1. Cooking up Chaos
The FBI’s list of most-wanted criminals is usually a roll call of murderers and drug kingpins. Now, there’s a chef joining them. The U.S. has offered $250,000 for information on catering businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin, widely known as President Vladimir Putin’s “chef.” Prigozhin is accused of sponsoring the Internet Research Agency that drove online influence campaigns during the U.S. elections.
New York Rangers’ Russian star Artemi Panarin publicly supported Navalny last month. Now, the ice hockey player finds himself accused by a Russian tabloid of having hit a Latvian woman a decade ago. Experts think this is Putin’s latest strategy to counter critics.
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A young Afghan girl dresses up as a boy to find work under the Taliban regime in the 1990s. Smile and let this 2003 classic fill your heart with hope.
2. ‘The Official Story’
What if your adopted child was the daughter of one of the many who disappeared during Argentina’s military dictatorship between 1976 and 1983? This is a story of parental love unlike any you’ve seen.
An out-and-out political thriller set in Cold War-era 1960s Greece, this Algerian-French stunner will leave you feeling like you’re watching a Bond film one moment, and a classy House of Cards version another.
What’s your favorite Golden Globe-winning film from previous years?