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Good morning! Every four years, I set my alarm clock to wake up often at unearthly hours to catch a glimpse of the summer Olympics. This time, I had to wait five years but it’s already proving to be worth it. Starting today, we’ll bring you a daily Tokyo Tracker on the big news from the Games. Meet Brazil’s richest woman as she transforms that nation’s retail landscape with a bit of heart, check out radical shifts in birth control science, figure out why Taiwanese are flocking to Guam and try a royal Burmese sunscreen.
Tunisia’s president has dismissed the country’s prime minister and suspended Parliament amid growing protests over the nation’s mishandling of the COVID-19 pandemic, sparking joyous scenes on the one hand and allegations of a coup on the other. In 2011, Tunisia lit the fire for the Arab Spring and became the only affected country to truly adopt democracy. A decade later, those gains are unraveling. (Sources: BBC, Al Jazeera)
2. Taliban Test
The U.S. is ready to continue airstrikes on the Taliban even after its ongoing formal withdrawal from Afghanistan, said Marine Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, who leads American forces in the region. The United Nations has warned of “unprecedented” Afghan civilian casualties as the Taliban’s offensive intensifies. Should the U.S. stop airstrikes too? Vote here or on Twitter. (Sources: WaPo, France24)
3. Teaching a Lesson
You might be teachers, but the Chinese Communist Party knows best. That’s the message from Beijing, which is now cracking down on the country’s booming tutoring industry through new regulations unveiled over the weekend, which have sparked a selloff in stocks of affected companies. (Sources: WSJ, FT)
If you missed them the last time around, the sneakers we can’t get enough of are back — the perfect transitional sneaker as summer rolls around! These all-season low-tops are OZY’s favorite look for dressing up or down. But don’t wait around — these comfy kicks fly off the shelves and won’t be here for long.
Traditional contraceptive pills rely on the release of hormones that react adversely in the bodies of some women. EnterPhexxi, a first-of-its-kind non-hormonal contraceptive gel that wasapproved by the FDA last year. It’s applied in the vagina right before sex. Instead of slowing sperm, as traditional “spermicide” does, it changes the pH level — a measure of acidity — of the vagina to a level where sperm can’t survive.
2. Reversible Vasectomy
Sujoy Kumar Guha has been working on a male contraceptive for four decades. Now the veteran Indian scientist is on the cusp of a game-changing breakthrough: his injectable, non-surgical vasectomy treatment is one of two male contraceptive solutions that are under clinical trials globally. The injection effectively plugs the path of the sperm using a polymer Guha has developed. A solvent injection can reverse it. Read more on OZY.
Laugh out loud with German internet sensation Flula Borg. The comedian and musician shares how being true to himself and keeping it “loosey goosey” helped him land breakthrough roles in Pitch Perfect 2 and the star-studded Suicide Squad. Watch today.
Most countries and territories won’t let tourists enter unless they’re fully vaccinated. But some are embracing those who haven’t been inoculated — and vaccinating foreign visitors.
Fly to Moscow, visit Red Square, walk along the Moskva, take a train to St. Petersburg and enjoy its stunning architecture. Oh, and while you’re in Russia,get both shots of the country’s Sputnik-V coronavirus vaccine. Russia is planning to launch a vaccine tourism program — three-week package tours cost between $1,500 and $2,500, including inoculation.
If you don’t want to give your face a colored hue, you can always rely on aloe vera. Originally from the Arabian desert and now a global cosmetic favorite, it acts as an active ingredient that you can use to makeDIY sunscreens at home. What’s more, if you forget to apply cream, applying aloe verahelps to treat sunburn too.
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