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Happy Monday!! Exactly 100 years ago, a wealthy Black community was burned down and hundreds were killed. Today, we look back at horrific racist massacres we still bear the scars from a century later. We meet the surprising 45-year-old leader behind Europe’s most successful fight against COVID-19. On Memorial Day, we explore a radical new fix for homelessness among veterans. And as summer kicks in, we have some lesser-known drinks to keep you cool.
Charu Sudan Kasturi, Senior Editor, and Pallabi Munsi, Reporter
Democrats have temporarily blocked a controversial Texas bill that would have made voting significantly more difficult. Lawmakers walked out of the state’s House of Representatives to prevent its passage. The GOP said the bill would eliminate voting fraud, but Democrats insist it’s aimed at discouraging blue-leaning Black and Brown voters. Should Congress pass a federal law against voter restriction efforts? Vote here or on Twitter. (Sources: WaPo, NYT)
2. Wanted: Three Kids
China will allow couples to have up to three children, amid mounting evidence of an aging workforce. The country followed a one-child policy for decades and more recently allowed two kids. (Source: Guardian)
3. Bibi to Bennett?
Far-right Israeli politician Naftali Bennett agreed to a deal with centrist Yair Lapid on Sunday that could see them dethrone Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the country’s longest-serving leader. But don’t expect peace in the region. Bennett, who would be prime minister for the next two years under the deal, has advocated annexing most of the West Bank. (Sources: Jerusalem Post, Guardian)
4. Scandinavian Spying
Something’s rotten in the state of Denmark. The European Union member reportedly helped the U.S. spy on German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other politicians between 2012 and 2014. It’s a script even Shakespeare would have struggled to envision. (Sources: Deutsche Welle, BBC)
5. Brazil Boom
Markets are surging in Latin America’s largest nation amid increasing global demand for Brazil’s commodities exports, despite growing anger against President Jair Bolsonaro’s mishandling of the pandemic. (Sources: Forbes, Reuters)
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Tanzania’s first female president used her inauguration speech to reassure doubters, asserting she is ready for the job. Thrust into the position by the sudden death of former President John Magufuli in March, Hassan insists she’s loyal to her mentor’s legacy. But Magufuli’s critics areoptimistic about a reset for a nation that the deceased leader steered toward authoritarianism. Where Magufuli was known as the “bulldozer,” Hassan is conciliatory. And she has already broken with Magufuli’s COVID-19 denialism, acknowledging that Tanzania was vulnerable to the pandemic.
Today on ‘The Carlos Watson Show’
Watch proud Texan and Hollywood star Matthew McConaughey talk about a future in politics, his new book, Greenlights, wife Camila Alves and the family they’ve built together.
Karaoke With Fauci
We asked you to guess Dr. Anthony Fauci’s favorite karaoke song. The answer — and it shouldn’t be surprising — is “Stayin’ Alive!” Watch Fauci tell Carlos so himself.
From Armenia to Namibia and Rwanda, recent days have brought a fresh spotlight on some of the 20th century’s worst genocides. But what about brutal, racist massacres that, unlike genocides, are swift and short yet have left wounds that remain unhealed a century later?
A Black man tripped at the entrance to an elevator and stumbled on a white woman. A day later, on May 31, 1921 — exactly 100 years ago — a mob of vigilantes nearly lynched the man then pillaged and burned down a city district that was home to one of America’s wealthiest Black communities. Up to 300 people were killed in the pogrom that devastated what was known as Black Wall Street, yet few schools teach kids about this dark chapter in U.S. history.Read more on OZY.
This massacre lasted just 20 minutes. The security forces of South Africa’s white rulers shot dead nearly 200 members of a Xhosa community called the “Israelites.” The May 1921 killings followed years of disputes over land and allegations of “illegal” squatting — yes, you read that right — by the colonizers against the locals.
3. Jallianwala Bagh
Unarmed Indian civilians had gathered in this walled public park on Sunday, April 13, 1919 to celebrate the spring festival. Brigade commander Reginald Dwyer directed the British Indian Army to block exits and fire at the civilians indiscriminately, killing 379 people and wounding 1,200 as they tried to escape and forever turning even pro-British Indians into nationalists. Britain has yet to apologize for the massacre.
Many of America’s nearly 38,000 homeless veterans suffer from post-traumatic stress, which makes it hard for them to adjust in traditional shelters. Now “villages” of tiny furnished homes, each measuring 240 square feet, are emerging as transitional housing solutions for former soldiers. They’re guaranteed a roof and a sense of community with fellow vets. Read more on OZY.
2. Granny Flats
For years, single-family zoning laws in America’s hottest real estate markets have denied young people and poorer families affordable housing. Now, from Pasadena to Dallas, accessory dwelling units — also known as granny flats — are emerging as a quick-fix solution. These units, essentially built in the backyard, don’t violate single-family zoning rules, yet create more affordable housing while helping elderly individuals gain a support system. The trend has grown during the pandemic. Read more on OZY.
3. Crypto Power
Nearly three decades after the end of apartheid, South Africa is still struggling with a shortage of affordable housing. The country also faces frequent power blackouts. Cape Town’s first private, low-cost housing project might have the answer. Houses are powered by solar panels that are leased to residents at prearranged, affordable prices. You can help subsidize housing and offset your own carbon footprint by buying these solar panels on an exchange from anywhere in the world.
This margarita gets fiery as the ice melts. Chop Fresno chiles, add grenadine and water, blend well and pour the mix into ice cube trays to freeze. Dunk the chile pepper ice cubes into your regular margarita for aspice bomb.
2. Royal Beer
No, the British monarchyisn’t too sophisticated to drink beer. In fact, Queen Elizabeth is launching a beer brewed from plants grown on her Sandringham estate — in memory of beer-enthusiast Prince Philip.
3. Malawi Shandy
Try this refreshing Malawian take on a classic summer drink. Made from equal parts lemonade and ginger ale and topped with a splash of Angostura bitters, this is a taste of Malawi you can create in your home bar.
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