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Good morning. I’ve never felt more scared in a national capital than I did in 2014 in Naypyitaw, Myanmar’s military-built, gleaming new political center that’s eerily empty. So I’m not surprised that a dramatic coup is playing out there today. Join me on a Myanmar deep dive; meet the movie-loving Chinese fintech founder behind Australia’s fastest-growing unicorn, taste unique spices, learn a Bolivian trick to raise smart kids who don’t cry — and read to the end to see if you got Thursday’s “spot the difference” puzzle right!
Myanmar’s army has arrested the country’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi and grabbed power for a year, accusing Suu Kyi’s ruling National League for Democracy party of winning last November’s election by fraud. (Sources: BBC, The Hindu)
2. Mood for Compromise
Ten GOP senators led by Rep. Susan Collins of Maine, will meet President Joe Biden today to pitch an alternative to the Democrats’ $1.9 trillion planned coronavirus stimulus deal. They’re opposed to a proposed raise in the minimum wage as well as other cuts to the Democrats’ plan. Should Biden compromise? Vote on Twitter or here. (Sources: WaPo, Chicago Tribune)
3. ‘Hurricane is Coming’
That’s the warning from top epidemiologist Michael Osterholm about the likelihood of dangerous new COVID-19 mutations hitting America. Meanwhile,Ghana has reintroduced a ban on parties and other social gatherings amid a surge in COVID-19 cases, and Israel and Argentina have extended restrictions. (Sources: NBC, NewsGhana, Jerusalem Post, The Rio Times)
The CEOs of two of the world’s largest oil companies, Exxon and Chevron, discussed a merger last year. If they move ahead, it could create the world’s second-largest crude firm after Saudi Arabia’s Aramco. (Source: WSJ)
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Sending remittances back home has been a pain point for the vast African diaspora: money transfer firms charge massive commissions and take time. MaxiCash, the Congolese entrepreneur’s virtual wallet startup, is dismantling those barriers, allowing you to send money back home in minutes on your phone. The mother of three has also dipped her toes into the fashion world, with her own accessories line. What’s next for Mukwamu? Read more on OZY.
2. Cristina Junqueira
The Brazilian entrepreneur was signing agreements with investors from a hospital bed as she was about to go into labor. And she’s nurtured Nubank like her own child — one that’s rapidly shot up to become a $10 billion giant, making it the world’s largest fintech firm outside China. Nubank’s now expanding beyond Brazil. But Junqueira is also proud of how she’s building this powerhouse: 40 percent of the staff is women and 30 percent identify as LGBTQ.
3. Lucy Yueting Liu
When she started out, it was little more than a “garage band.” Today, the 26-year-old entrepreneur is the ace behind one of the Asia-Pacific region’s fastest growing fintech firms, Airwallex, which last year became the quickest company to reach unicorn status ($1 billion valuation) in Australia. Amid the lockdown, Yueting has kept herself busy in her kitchen while dreaming of a Bali vacation. We wonder what’s cooking next.
Today on ‘The Carlos Watson Show’
Jim Cramer, the larger-than-life host of CNBC’s Mad Money, speaks with Carlos about sports, stock picks, his advice for Black entrepreneurs and mental health struggles with a temper he's inherited from his father. What crazy connection does he have with Kobe Bryant? Watch later today.
Deep Dive: Decoding Myanmar
It’s the theater of the world’s latest coup. But it’s also home to a cocktail of cultures and conflicts with few parallels.
While the Rohingya conflict has grabbed most global attention, Myanmar is home to multiple other ethnic wars. Among the most prominent of those is the Kachin conflict in northern Myanmar. And Khon Ja, a bespectacled Kachin peace activist is the most powerful voice of the predominantly Christian community, as it seeks greater autonomy. Read more on OZY.
3. Dancing Away Demons
It’s possible, even in a deeply divided nation like Myanmar. Meet the stunning street dancers of Yangon, the country’s largest city. Muslims and Buddhists, boys and girls, they’re coming together to create a new cultural identity for their nation. Read more on OZY.
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Parents, aunts, friends … Everyone offers suggestions on how to bring up kids. Explore fascinating parenting approaches that you’ve probably never been told about.
1. Don’t Look Into My Eyes
Making eye contact is widely seen as a sign of confidence. Kenya’s Kisii community believes that could easily stray into overconfidence. Kisiis never make eye contact with babies so that children don’t think they can dictate terms to their caregivers.
2. Sounds of Silence
Speaking to babies has long been viewed as important for their cognitive and linguistic development. But researchers have found that needn’t be true. The Tsimane, a pre-industrial Amazonian community in Bolivia, speak a tenth of what an American mother would say to her babies. Yet Tsimane children grow up to be fully functional members of society, learning multiple languages. And the babies cry less!
3. Whistle Away Those Diapers
It’s more fun, environmentally friendlier and decidedly more effective than the West’s obsession with diapers. Vietnamese mothers whistle at their babies when they’re about to poop, so over time, they associate the sound with the action. By the time they’re nine months old, Vietnamese babies are toilet-trained and no longer need diapers. Read more on OZY.
Add flavors to your cooking that you would never have imagined possible.
In India, mangoes are eaten as fruit, in juices, pickles, sauces … and as a spice. Dry thin raw mango slices in the sun, then blend them in a mixer till you have a fine powder that adds a sweet and tangy taste to everything from kebabs to curries.
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We asked you to spot the four differences in two images last Thursday. Here are the first 35 of you who got the answer right. Read us tomorrow and later this week too to see if you got it right — and check out the correct answer on Thursday!
John M., Cindy L., David D., Sam B., Cassie J., Sylvia C., Robert S., Betty P., Janet P., Karen D., J. Dale S., Travis E., Lori J., Ken B., Andrew B., Richard V., Jacqui L.F., Mary B.H., Diane S., Cornelius J., Julie C., Eric S., Don A., Vanessa H., Markela E., Kim S., Kurt S., Mark G., Vanessa W., Betsy G., Nan B., Heide B., Edward M., Jack T., Andrea S. — congratulations!