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Good morning! President Joe Biden has made it clear that he sees China as America’s biggest threat. Today you’ll meet the man who might hold the key to war or peace between the world’s two most powerful nations. Read about the next theaters of anti-police protests around the world, check out a bizarre Mongolian coin that’s a spooky tribute to JFK, try delicious sesame-based delicacies and read to the end for this week’s spot the difference quiz.
Charu Sudan Kasturi, Senior Editor, and Eugene S. Robinson, Editor-at-Large
A year after a wave of protests following George Floyd’s death sparked calls to defund the police, Democrats are increasingly pivoting in the opposite direction amid a rise in violent crime in America’s big cities. President Biden unveiled an anti-crime plan yesterday that called for increased resources for policing, while Eric Adams, a former police officer, is leading the Democratic primary for mayorship in New York City. Will Biden get policing right? Vote here or on Twitter. (Sources: NYT, BBC)
2. Heart Alert
U.S. health officials have warned of a “likely” correlation between the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines and a rare heart condition in teenagers and young adults, but have advised that the benefits from the shots outweigh the risks. Meanwhile, the U.S. will today send 3 million Johnson & Johnson vaccines to Brazil, which has the world’s second-highest pandemic death toll after America. (Sources: WaPo, Reuters)
3. Kabul Will Fall
American intelligence agencies, in their latest assessment, have determined that Afghanistan’s elected government could collapse within six months of the withdrawal of U.S. troops in September, as the Taliban continue to attack and gain territory in the country’s north. (Source: WSJ)
4. More Kids Found
A First Nation in Canada has discovered hundreds of unmarked graves at a former residential school for Indigenous children in Saskatchewan — after the remains of 215 students were found at a British Columbia school last month. Read more about the global horrors of such residential schools on OZY. (Sources: AP, CNN)
5. Gimme More
“I want my life back.” That’s what singer Britney Spears told a court yesterday during a hearing over her challenge to the conservatorship that allows her father to control her life, career and earnings. Read more on what’s at stake on OZY. (Source: NBC)
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They’re rarely in the photos where leaders are seen shaking hands. But without them, there would be no shaking of hands. Meet some of the world’s most influential diplomats, tasked with fixing the planet’s knottiest relationships.
The 54-year-old is widely expected to take over asChina’s next ambassador in Washington, replacing veteran diplomat Cui Tiankai. Qin and Cui couldn’t be more different. Where Cui was widely respected for his moderation even amid sliding relations between the U.S. and China, Qin belongs to a generation that’s more aggressive in its defense of Beijing. He recently described Western critics of China’s policies in Xinjiang as“evil wolves.” Though he has little experience directly dealing with America he has the most important asset of all: the trust of the Chinese leadership.
2. Carlos França
Brazil’s new foreign minister has a job as difficult as it gets: rebuilding ties with both the U.S. and China. President Jair Bolsonaro had aligned himselfclosely with former President Donald Trump, even publicly criticizing President Biden. And França’s predecessorErnesto Araújo had made it a habit to bash China — even though Beijing is Brazil’s biggest trading partner. França is known for steering clear of his country's divisive politics and previously served as ambassador to the United States. But does his boss even want to mend relations with Washington and Beijing?
John Stamos, the iconic star of General Hospital and Full House, joins Carlos to talk about his life-changing relationship with the Beach Boys, the mentors who shaped him and what he’s learned about love. Watch now.
New Police Protests
Biden might be backing the police, but a year after the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis officer sparked global protests, a fresh wave of agitations has erupted in different nations against police violence. Here’s why.
The North African nation’s capital Tunis is aflame with protests after footage emerged ofpolice stripping a 32-year-old man and beating him, while another man died in custody. This is the nation where the Arab Spring started a decade ago and led to the establishment of a democracy. Will the protests spark similar action in other Arab nations?
It’s Mongolian. It has a picture of U.S. President John F. Kennedy on it. And the 500 Tögrög coin, issued in 2007, plays a recording of Kennedy saying “Ich bin ein Berliner.” Don’t ask us why.
3. The Hungarian Pengő
Want to be a trillionaire many, many times over? Find a time machine and get back to Hungary, 1946. As a result of terrifying economic unrest and the worst hyperinflation in history, the pengő, the country’s currency, lost value so quickly prices doubled every 15.6 hours. The government issued 100 million billion pengő notes that were worth only 20 cents.
Great sesame dishes start somewhere. Let’s make it here.
With healthy handfuls of sesame seeds and palm kernels, this Nigerian soup — locally known as eka — is a healthy, non-cholesterol fueled meal. And the beef, crayfish, onion and roasted groundnuts you put in it mean you aren’t compromising on taste either.
2. Til Ladoo
If you’re a sesame seed fanatic you won’t be able to get more fanatical than Indian til ladoo. They’re sesame seed balls that take about 10 minutes to make but about an hour to cook. Sweet, saffron-y and eaten mostly during festivals ... or once you’ve tried them, all the time.
3. Sesame Tofu
OK. Stop with the faces. This vegan taste treat will totally change your mind every single time a forkful finds its way to your mouth. Don’t believe us? There’s only one way to find out.
Spot the Difference
Can you identify the four differences between the two above images? Check here for answers to last week’s contest and the winners.
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