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Good morning! I like my coffee bitter — it wakes me up. Just like the provocative and perceptive global thinkers you'll hear from today on Wednesday’s Capitol attack. If building bridges seems tough, meet a volleyball coach who’s doing that between America and China. Speak with aliens to distract yourself. And if bitter flavors leave a bad taste in your mouth, try a silky cousin of the sweet potato.
Charu Sudan Kasturi, Senior Editor
News in a Minute
1. How Do You Solve a Problem Like Insurrection?
With the 25th Amendment? Impeachment? Or do you let it slide?That’s the dilemma dividing Democrats, who want action against President Donald Trump for provoking the storming of the Capitol last week. However, they are wary of letting a Senate trial define the initial days of the incoming Joe Biden administration. (Sources: NYT, WaPo)
2. Parler Games
Tech giants Amazon, Apple and Google have booted conservative social media app Parler from their platforms and servers, citing violent posts and sparking allegations from critics that they’re curbing free speech. Are they? Vote on Twitter or here. (Sources: NBC, FT, WSJ)
3. New Flying Flu
Japanese authorities have found an entirely new strain of COVID-19 in four passengers from Brazil. But as epidemiologist Dr. Anthony Fauci said on The Carlos Watson Show last week, there’s no reason COVID-19 vaccines wouldn’t work on fresh strains. (Source: Japan Times, OZY)
4. Boeing, Going, Gone
Divers have located the black boxes of an Indonesian Boeing 737-500 airliner that plunged into the Java Sea Saturday with 62 people on board. None of the passengers are expected to have survived. (Source: BBC)
Cops Over Crocs
Australian fishermen rescued a naked fugitive who was hanging from a tree branch over waters filled with crocodiles after he yelled out for help, having decided that the jaws of justice were better than those of the reptiles.
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Argentina is a nobody in world cricket. Kelly, a former British county cricketer, istrying to change that for Argentine women. She first visited the country on a study-abroad trip, but has since coached the national women’s team to the South American championships. She’s also helping Argentina develop the game among young girls — most of whom had previously never heard of cricket.
Capitol Crisis: What's the World Saying?
Some of the smartest — and wittiest — reflections on the mob assault have come from thinkers and ordinary folk around the world.
1. Winnie Byanyima
Winnie Byanyima is a Ugandan polymath — an aeronautical engineer, diplomat, political thinker and UNAIDS executive director — worried that Wednesday’s events are a warning shot for the entire world.
2. Pratap Bhanu Mehta
ArguablyIndia’s foremost public intellectual, Mehta said in a newspaper column: “It is also tempting to see America as a Hollywood movie writ large; a pantomime show full of guns, violence and cartoon characters that fundamentally change nothing. Its institutions have shown great resilience. But ... this storming of the Capitol may be part of a continuing nightmare, not an ephemeral bad dream.”
3. Ilona Szabó de Carvalho
The Brazilian political scientist thinks President Jair Bolsonaro — a Trump ally who has refused to condemn the attack — might want to emulate Wednesday’s incident ahead of the 2022 presidential vote in that country. “Have no doubts. That is the plan.”
But this tongue-in-cheek comment is my favorite, as it echoed across South America, in reference to the multiple coups the U.S. has fomented.
“One joke going around South America today is that the U.S. coup failed because there was no U.S. Embassy in Washington, D.C., providing logistical support.”
Today on ‘The Carlos Watson Show’
They broke the internet during the COVID-19 lockdown with their “Verzuz” Instagram livestreams pitching Alicia Keys against John Legend, DMX against Snoop Dogg and many other virtual matchups. Find out who music producer icons Swizz Beatz and Timbaland consider to be the most talented musician they've worked with — and why Swizz Beatz says COVID-19 made him a better husband and father. Watch later today.
Also this week, meet Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, actress Meagan Good, former Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein, and public intellectual Fareed Zakaria. Stay tuned.
Reaching for the Stars
From possible extraterrestrial life to the history of the universe, astronomy is in the midst of some of its most cutting-edge discoveries and innovations ever.
Elon Musk’s SpaceX already brings launch rockets back to earth in one piece so that they can be reused. Now, Musk is promising an even bolder idea — that SpaceX will catch returning rockets midair and then slowly bring them to the ground. Where’s the catch?
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There’s more to citrus fruits — though I love them — this season.
This Korean pear tastes best fresh off a tree (it doesn’t get sweeter with time, unlike other pears). Juicy, crisp and sweet, you can munch on it, use it in a salad or as a sweetener in Korean curries. It’s available in America, so pair up with this pear now!
Ever tried fruit-flavored beef? That’s just one of the magical ways in which you can use this fruit. Popularly known as the “horned melon,” its original homes are Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, South Africa, Malawi and Nigeria.
It tastes like a baked sweet potato, only creamier, sweeter and smoother. The Cuban fruit isn’t easy to cultivate though — it takes two years. But it’s worth it: just ask foodies in Miami, where it’s now increasingly popular.
On Friday, I asked which nation is likely to vaccinate its entire population first. The answer: Israel. Alex R., Zenovia K., Jane L., Alicia L., Tejnarine G., Marcia P., Marlene H., Cathie S., Myra F., Cheryl S., Patti B., Brenda, Dennis J., Teena K., Karen M., John T., Jean G. and Kathy L. — congratulations!!!