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Happy Monday! If you follow surfing even remotely, you’ll know it’s mostly about golden sand, blue waves and … white people. Today, meet the daughter of a catamaran sailor who’s — literally — changing the face of the sport. Visit a strategically vital Central African nation where slam poetry is emerging as a resistance movement. Pick up tips that’ll help you win arguments, visit nature’s greatest doorways … and ask Dr. Anthony Fauci a question!
Liam Jamieson, Reporter, and Charu Sudan Kasturi, Senior Editor
Usually it’sfuel that drives vehicles. Now vehicles will drive fuel. On Sunday, the U.S. declared a state of emergency to allow trucks to ferry oil from the Gulf Coast after a dramatic ransomware attack crippled the Colonial Pipeline system, which supplies 45 percent of the Northeast’s gas, diesel and jet fuel needs. (Sources: BBC, WSJ)
2. Jerusalem Jitters
Israel’s police banned far-right activists from marching through Jerusalem’s Temple Mount on Monday to mark the anniversary of the country’s occupation of the entirety of the historic city (the United Nations calls the annexation of East Jerusalem illegal). Tensions and violence have been growing over the proposed eviction of Palestinians from a neighborhood in the district. Security forces also clashed with worshippers at the Al-Aqsa mosque on Friday. Far-right Jewish groups were infuriated by the decision to block their parade. (Sources: Times of Israel, Jerusalem Post)
3. ‘Virus of Individualism’
That’s how Pope Francis described the reluctance of wealthy nations to make COVID-19 vaccines available universally, backing efforts led by South Africa and India for the waiver of patents during the pandemic. Meanwhile, Latin America is increasingly turning to Chinese vaccines to immunize its population. (Sources: Guardian, FT)
4. Bloody Birthday
A gunman shot dead six people at a birthday party in Colorado Springs on Sunday before killing himself, the latest in a spate of mass-shooting incidents that have bloodied America in recent months. (Sources: WaPo, Reuters)
5. Every Doge Has Its Day
And not just on Earth. Elon Musk’s SpaceX will carry a satellite entirely funded by the cryptocurrency Dogecoin (promoted by Musk) into space. Dogecoin’s value crashed on Sunday after Musk conceded it was a “hustle” in an appearance on Saturday Night Live. Do you think Dogecoin will survive the dog-eat-dog world of crypto? Vote here or on Twitter. (Sources: Bloomberg, Yahoo)
The Coca-Cola can had been chilling for a while. For more than half a century to be precise, when Japanese researchers in Antarctica found the Coke can and some chewing gumpacks that their predecessors left behind in the 1960s.
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A trio of young Black creatives, Justin “Brick” Howze, Gage Crismond and Tre'lan Michael started this surf and arts collective amid the pandemic last August to spread awareness about being Black in a predominantly white sport. Then a racist attack on Howze and Crismond at the Manhattan Beach Pier in Los Angeles this February turned them from advocates to activists. The attack underscored the anti-Black history of both the seaside town and the greater California surf culture. But the trio used the moment to their advantage, organizing a “Peace Paddle” at the location of the incident and drawing the support of dozens of surfers from all walks of life.
2. Gigi Lucas
If it’s tough being Black in surfing, it’s an even lonelier pursuit if you’re a woman of color. But Lucas, the daughter of a Gold Coast catamaran sailor, was “hooked” from the moment she tried surfing in Costa Rica while visiting for a friend’s wedding. Her father mentored her, and she’s now doing the same for a generation of female Black surfers through her nonprofit, SurfearNEGRA, which raises money to help them go to surf camp, and in the process diversify the sport. Read more on OZY.
3. Nasima Akter
Only 67 percent of Bangladeshi girls attend high school and roughly two-thirds are married by the age of 18. Akter — whose family pressured her to take to prostitution at the age of 7 to support them — decided to chase a different future … by chasing the waves of the Bay of Bengal. Now in her early 20s, Akter has ignited a growing turn to surfing among teenage girls born into poverty. They’re challenging social norms and expectations each time they step into the water and onto their boards.
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Last month, the country’s President Idriss Déby was killed at the age of 68 while on the frontline of a battle against a militant rebel group. Check out why Chad’s future matters to the world — and the people and trends shaping it.
The 37-year-old son of the late president has taken charge of an 18-month transitional military government. Chad’s fierce military is a key Western ally in combating terrorist groups in the Sahel. Now Mahamat, a battle-hardened soldier himself, will look to continue that tradition. But his authoritarian father was also notorious for human rights abuses during a 31-year rule that the West silently backed. Chad’s opposition forces worry that Mahamat will build on that legacy too.
2. Climate Frontier
A combination of extreme poverty, a large refugee population and decreasing rainfall in the agriculture-dependent society means that the landlocked central African nation is among the world’s most vulnerable to climate change — even more than low-lying countries threatened by rising seas. Lake Chad, its biggest source of water, is rapidly shrinking. But local water-saving practices and international help are offering a glimmer of hope. Read more on OZY.
3. Sahel Slam
Prose and verse are their weapons. An unlikely hotspot for the underground arts, Chad’s youths are using slam poetry to challenge the government’s suppression of the free press by spotlighting unemployment, inequality, corruption and women’s rights. Slam poetry festivals, competitions and radio shows are just a few outlets the young artists are using for their clever craft. Read more on OZY.
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Don’t tell people what you want them to believe. Put yourself in their shoes, understand what they want and persuade them using those objectives as the goalposts. Science shows this technique — known as“perspective taking” — works.
3. Powerful Stories
Remember your childhood? It was often through stories that our parents persuaded us to do certain things and avoid others. That power of storytelling is just as effective in trying to convince adults, research has concluded.
You could call it“the gateway” to the Pacific. Just off the northern Chilean coast in the country’s mining hub of Antofagasta, this arch is a gem of a natural wonder.
2. Tianmen Mountain
In southern China’s mountainous Hunan province, therereally is a stairway to heaven. Exactly 999 stone steps lead you to Heaven’s Gate, a giant gap in the Tianmen Mountain, where mist and clouds greet you at the top.
From a distance, it looks like a giant rhino or dinosaur. But the legend behind this ocean monolith in Iceland involves an entirely different creature: a scared troll that the sun turned into stone.