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Happy Monday! From Silicon Valley to your television screens, the Indian diaspora has marked out rare success. But there’s an area where its stunning gains in recent years have gone mostly unnoticed: as heads of state. Meet South America’s first Muslim president today and learn about Hong Kong’s strange housing dilemma. As Canada grapples with the horrors of its history, read about the country’s original First Nations newspaper. And sail to some of the world’s lesser-known but great ports.
Charu Sudan Kasturi, Senior Editor
News in a Minute
1. Biden Bombs
Americanfighter jets bombed bases of Iran-backed militias on both sides of the border between Iraq and Syria, accusing the groups of launching drone attacks against U.S. installations in recent months. These are the second strikes against pro-Iran groups that President Joe Biden has ordered since coming to office. (Sources: Al Jazeera, BBC)
2. Condo Casualties Climb
At least nine people have been confirmed dead from last week’s collapse of a condo north of Miami Beach, with 150 others still missing and the window of hope to find them alive in the rubble rapidly closing. (Sources: USA Today, NPR)
3. Building Bridges
A $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure deal is back on track after President Biden withdrew his assertion that he’d only sign it if the GOP agreed to Democrats’ broader plan to increase spending on social services and benefits for working families. But the incident underscores the thin line Biden must walk to accomplish his goals in a divided Congress. (Sources: CNBC, WSJ)
4. Missing Vaccine Takers
More than 4 million Brazilians eligible for their second COVID-19 vaccine doses haven’t turned up for their shots, deepening a crisis in the country with the world’s second-highest pandemic death toll. Meanwhile, South Africa has introduced tough new restrictions amid a dramatic surge in cases driven by the Delta variant of the virus first discovered in India. Are you worried about the Delta variant forcing restrictions in the U.S. too? Vote here or on Twitter. (Sources: NYT, Guardian)
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Perseverance pays. No one knows that better than Ramkalawan. The Indian Ocean tourist paradise of Seychelles was long a democracy in name only. Amilitary coup in 1977, a year after the country gained independence, led to one-party rule that continued in effect even after others were allowed to run for office in 1990.Ramkalawan, a priest and the nation’s principal opposition leader, fought and lost the presidential vote five times before finally winning last year — in Seychelles’ first-ever peaceful transfer of power. Now he must win another battle: against a surge in COVID-19 cases even though the tiny nation is a leader in vaccinations.
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Eviction Threat: Lessons From Abroad
President Biden has extended the federal moratorium on home evictions until the end of July. But the White House has made clear this is the last such extension. Check out how other nations have fared on housing amid the pandemic.
The country normally has a winter ban on evictions from Nov. 1 through March 31. This year, that was extended until June 1. But with that safe window over, evictions have started again, and housing nonprofits say up to 66,000 people risk losing their homes.
Hong Kong’s bold pro-democracy newspaper Apple Daily shut down last week after police arrested its editorial leaders. Check out some of modern history’s other brave publications.
When Dr. Leonard Hanna, a Black American dentist, and his wife were turned away from the Trinidad Country Club tennis courts in 1969, the Trinidad Express splashed the news — and kept covering it. White advertisers pulled sponsorship, leaving the newspaper at the edge of a financial precipice. But Managing Editor Ken Gordon slimmed the Express down to cut costs while keeping it going, refusing to buckle under pressure. It worked. Read more on OZY.
2. The Native Voice
Canada’s first Indigenous newspaper was the dream of Haida Nation elder Alfred Adams. The newspaper reached far corners of the vast Canadian landscape, penned mostly by First Nations writers. It spread information about different Indigenous communities and connected them with each other.Read more on OZY.
3. Mada Masr
When Lina Attalah’s newspaper folded in 2013, she rallied colleagues to form a digital alternative. Eight years later, Mada Masr is Egypt’s only independent media outlet, fearless in the face of the authoritarian regime of President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi.Attalah has been arrested for doing her job. Yet with197,000 Twitter followers, Mada Masr has carved out a unique identity that won’t be easy to take away.Read more on OZY.
They’re lesser-known gateways to a world you don’t want to miss.
The Cambodian city that’s home to the iconic Angkor Wat temples is also where you start or finish mostMekong River cruises. Soak in the majesty of a river that’s the heart and soul of the region.
Most cruise ships visiting Croatia will take you to Dubrovnik or Split. But to escape the tourist crowd yet get the best of the country’s Dalmatian coast,head to Hvar, with its almost untouched coves, turquoise water and its whitewashed buildings with near-uniform red roofs.
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