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Happy Tuesday!!! Blue Ivy Carter won her first Grammy Award earlier this year at the age of just 9. But that accomplishment pales in comparison to a musician you’ll meet today, who cut her first album while she was still in her mother’s womb! As the economy recovers, pick up investment tips from the tennis pro-turned-Brazilian-tycoon behind Burger King. Learn about forgotten genocides, sip on some smooth coconut cocktails and remember to vote for your favorite newsletter in the Webby Awards!
Charu Sudan Kasturi, Senior Editor, and Isabelle Lee, Reporter
U.S. regulators are preparing to approve Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for adolescents in the 12-15 age group, a move that could dramatically expand America’s immunity cover against the virus. In India, however, the world’s largest manufacturer of vaccines has warned that the country’s shortage of doses could stretch for several months, even as the nation battles a debilitating health crisis. (Sources: NYT, FT)
2. Reluctant Refuge
President Joe Biden on Monday raised the cap on refugees that America will legally accept to a figure that’s more than four times what his predecessor Donald Trump had set. The move followed weeks of criticism over Biden’s initial plan to stick with Trump’s cap. Are you disappointed with Biden’s approach to refugees? Vote on Twitter or here. (Sources: WaPo, CNN)
3. Death From Above
At least 20 people were killed and 70 injured when an elevated Mexico City subway train track collapsed, sending carriages crashing to the street below. Meanwhile, experts are warning that an uncontrolled Chinese rocket returning from outer space could crash anywhere, so keep your eyes on the sky if you’re outdoors. (Sources: Bloomberg, Guardian)
4. Gates Divorce
Bill and Melinda Gates announced their divorce after 27 years of marriage, but said they would both continue driving their philanthropic foundation, the largest in the world. (Sources: BBC, WSJ)
It’s behind by just a decade. A century-old Japanese clock that stopped working following the country’s 2011 earthquake has started chiming again after a fresh temblor jogged it back into action.
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The 54-year-old businessman who’s often compared to Buffet is a bellwether in more ways than one. One of China's richest men and biggest investors, he was brieflydetained in 2015 amid fluctuations in financial markets. Six years later, Guo’s experience is increasingly reflective of President Xi Jinping’s crackdown on private sector tycoons, most famously Alibaba founder Jack Ma. Yet Guo, the founder of Fosun International, survived that 2015 incident and has expanded his portfolio to include even aBritish soccer club. As tensions rise between China and Taiwan, he’s nowpitching a dose of vaccine diplomacy as the cure, offering to share COVID-19 shots with the self-governing region.
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Sounds of Tech
You know technology has transformed music. Now you’re going to find just how much.
Kim Kwang-seok’s been dead a quarter century. But in January the South Korean folk rock legend released a new song cover for his millions of fans. An artificial intelligence system learned 20 of his songs to master his voice, then re-sung a modern classic in Kim’s unique style.
3. Album ... From the Forest
About to lose your mind sitting at home all day for months on end? Now technology allows you to hear the sounds of nature from anywhere in the world. From Namibia to New Mexico, Argentina to Armenia and Japan to Jamaica, people have recorded the sounds of their forests, which you can now listen to here. I got a dose ofEl Salvador andIbiza this morning. Where do you want to go?
Today on ‘The Carlos Watson Show’
Meet the man Carlos predicts will be the Democrats’ next House speaker. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries speaks about his harrowing experience during the Capitol riots, collaborating with “unusual suspects” on criminal justice reform and the event that sparked his passion for politics. Watch later today.
President Biden recently recognized the Armenian genocide, triggering tensions with Turkey. It’s not the only horrific 20th-century genocide that the world has largely forgotten.
1. Herero and Namaqua
Tens of thousands of people of the Herero and Namaqua Tribes were killed between 1904 and 1908 in modern-day Namibia while under German colonial rule. The tribes rebelled against German rule, and as a result, the Germans wanted them annihilated. Now more than a century later, the Herero are suing Berlin for reparations.
One of the 20th century’s worst massacres was also a low point in America’s stance as a human rights champion. Called East Pakistan at the time, the region’s Bengali population had been ignored and persecuted culturally and politically, sparking a struggle for freedom from Islamabad. Dominant West Pakistan (which is all of Pakistan today) responded with a brutal wave of terror, killing millions of Bengalis. More than 10 million refugees fled to India. The U.S. kept silent, standing by Pakistan, its Cold War friend. Through that bloodbath, Bangladesh was born 50 years ago.
Starved to death by Stalinist Soviet Union’s forced collectivization policies, Ukraine lost up to 10 million people — a third of its population — between 1932 and 1933. In 2006, the Ukrainian government recognized the deaths as a genocide. Though Russia calls the deaths a “tragedy,” it has rejected calls for restitution.
Cool Coconut Cocktails
Whether you want to get high, stay sober or drink without a hangover, the coconut is the friend you’ve been looking for.
It means“shaken,” soyou know 007 will approve.As will you, once you’ve had a sip ofBrazil’s second-most-famous cocktail, a cousin to the caipirinha, made with coconut milk, passion fruit and the national alcohol, cachaça.
2. Coconut Licuado
When the fruit itself contains a rich blend of juice and flesh, you don’t need additions to gin up a cocktail. This delicious blend of those two natural coconut ingredients whipped together is the freshest coconut smoothie you’ll find.
3. Two Birds
What if you could both hydrate and prevent a hangover even as you’re drinking a cocktail? All you need to do is add coconut water to your drink. Try Martha Stewart’s recipe for vodka and coconut water and sneak some electrolytes into your night out (or in).
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