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Good morning! The question that hung like a cloud over America yesterday has been answered. But can the country use the landmark conviction of Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd to embrace real change? Today’s cocktail offers surprising ways to rebuild broken bridges. Meet bold judges challenging authoritarian leaders, get smart about COVID-19 conversations and enjoy great children’s games. You have a new reason to show your love for this newsletter (read on). And check out the winners of last week’s caption contest.
Charu Sudan Kasturi, Senior Editor, and Pallabi Munsi, Reporter
Jurors on Tuesday convicted former police officer Derek Chauvin for the murder and manslaughter of George Floyd in Minneapolis last May, in a verdict that President Joe Biden said could pave the way for police reforms. Officers weren’t even charged in more than 98 percent of police killings in America between 2013 and 2020. Does Chauvin’s conviction signal fundamental change? Vote here or on Twitter. (Sources: NYT, WaPo, NPR)
2. More to Be Done
Or should America be prepared for more of the same? Also on Tuesday, an officer shot dead aBlack teenage girl in Columbus, Ohio, igniting protests there. (Sources: USA Today, Columbus Dispatch)
3. Vax Is Back
European regulators have allowed the use of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines, with a warning that they can lead to rare blood clots. Argentina has become the first Latin American nation to locally produce Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine. But New Delhi hospitals could run out of oxygen within a few hours, as India battles a dramatic surge in cases and deaths. (Sources: Reuters, France 24, Business Standard)
4. Great Survivor No More
Chad’s president for 30 years, Idriss Déby, has died from wounds suffered in a rebel attack, a day after the leader known as the “Great Survivor” won a sixth term in office. His son has taken over a transitional government. (Sources: Al Jazeera, BBC)
Dribbling past the who’s who of soccer was never going to be easy. A rebel European soccer movement collapsed Tuesday after six top British clubs walked away, following pressure from angry fans and threats from the sport’s top authorities.
When you’ve got a colonial-era mindset six decades after gaining independence, winning credibility isn’t easy. So Kenya’s Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) is turning to a storytelling genre that the world can’t get enough of: true crime. On Twitter, a dedicated team of officers uses Shakespearean language and lurid details of colorful cases to showcase that the force isn’t only filled with killers. For years, it was notorious for the mounting toll of dead bodies it left in its wake. Now it’s the DCI’s Twitter following — 741,000 — that’s climbing.
2. Honduran Cleanup
In 2012, the Central American nation had the world’s worst homicide rate. Yet in five years it halved its murder rate through steps that included, among other reforms, a conscious weeding out of thousands of “bad apples” from the police force. The cop cleanup meant the streets are safer. Read more on OZY.
3. Listen to the Deaf
Three decades after the passage of the Americans With Disabilities Act, deaf people continue to be assaulted and killed by law enforcement. Now a wave of local reforms is promising change. From apps that help officers connect with an American Sign Language interpreter when they encounter a deaf person — and rules mandating that they actually do find a certified translator — to cards that help deaf people prove to officers that they’re deaf. Read more on OZY.
The jury held Derek Chauvin guilty, but in most places around the world, it’s the judge who must decide. Meet judges who are standing up to some of the most powerful people in the world.
Supporters of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro hate him, and an online petition to impeach him has drawn nearly 2 million signatures. But to others, Moraes is a beacon of hope against Brazil's tilt toward authoritarianism under Bolsonaro. The federal judge last yearbanned social media accounts linked to Bolsonaro that were spreading fake news. Then he got Facebook and Twitter to remove those accountsglobally. And in December, heoverruled Bolsonaro's assertion that the president didn't need to testify in a case where the Brazilian leader is accused of interfering with a federal investigation.
2. Andrew Nyirenda
The outcome of Malawi's national elections in February 2020 was in keeping with a pan-African trend: Incumbent President Peter Mutharika was declared winner amid serious allegations of fraud. But what followed was a distinct break with the norm. Under Chief Justice Nyirenda, the country's Supreme Court ordered a fresh election. A furious Mutharika tried to forcibly retire Nyirenda, ostensibly so he could “write his biography.” But the nation's judicial community stood up against that move. Mutharika lost the reelection, Malawian democracy won, and Nyirenda is still chief justice. The biography will have to wait.
3. Swati Bidhan Baruah
Supreme Court judges have genuflected before Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi,calling him a “visionary.” Baruah, the first trans judge in the eastern Indian state of Assam, is doing the opposite. The 29-year-old is taking on India's controversial new citizenship law that discriminates against Muslims, and as Baruah points out, sexual minorities. Those who can't prove their Indian parentage risk deportation. But many trans Indians have been disowned by their families, making it difficult for them to get that documentation.Read more on OZY.
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We don't really know yet for how long a vaccine guarantees immunity or how long antibodies last within us once we've been infected. That's why Oxford scientists are reinfecting people who've recovered from COVID-19 in new clinical trials to test the immune system’s reaction.
3. Don't Burst This Bubble
You don’t want to go on vacation if you're going to have to quarantine in a room. Countries that institute travel bubbles, like Australia and New Zealand did this week, or those that waive quarantine if you're vaccinated, like Greece, Nepal and Israel, could emerge as the future of tourism.
Timeless Childhood Games
In tough times, let the child in you remind you how to have some fun.
It’s badminton — with your feet. This much-loved Chinese game is played with a homemade shuttlecock using feathers and rubber bands. The goal is to keep the shuttlecock in the air as long as possible. You’re sure to get a kick out of it.
3. Skippyroo Kangaroo
This Australian game trains kids to become better listeners. Children sit in a circle, then the first Skippyroo kangaroo stands up, eyes closed. Others shout out: “Skippyroo, kangaroo, dozing in the midday sun, comes a hunter, run, run, run.” Someone touches Skippyroo and speaks. Skippyroo must identify the voice.
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