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Good morning! Have you noticed something? We haven’t heard crazy threats from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un of late. The problem? A potentially even more dangerous adversary for America is slowly taking charge in the East Asian nation. Meet her today, discover why Jordan’s first billionaire is also dabbling in soccer, learn about societies where it’s OK to have multiple husbands and pick up some of the world’s most offbeat tourist guidebooks. Don’t miss this week’s spot the difference contest.
Isabelle Lee, Reporter, and Charu Sudan Kasturi, Senior Editor
News in a Minute
1. Gunning for Control
Who’s the “bad hombre” now? Mexico is suing U.S.-based gun manufacturers, accusing them of allowing 2.5 million firearms to flow across America’s southern border over the past decade because of poor regulation. Will American gun-makers be able to dodge this bullet? And does America owe its neighbors an apology? Vote here or on Twitter. (Sources: WaPo, BBC)
2. Paying for Past Sins
Meanwhile, Australia is building a $280 million fund to compensate some Indigenous families that were forcibly separated when more than 100,000 children — known as the “stolen generation” — were taken from their relatives against their wishes. The decision comes days after New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern apologized for a 1970s crackdown on immigrants from the Pacific Islands. (Sources: CNN, Reuters)
3. Booster Battle
The U.S. and the WHO are locked in a war of words over plans by western nations to offer booster shots of vaccines at a time when many poorer nations have barely received any shots. Less than 0.1% of Congo’s population has been inoculated. Meanwhile, the U.S. is considering a plan to allow in foreign visitors only if they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. (Sources: FT, Guardian)
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Fist raised toward the July sky, the Chilean son of a Croatian-origin engineer (pdf) declared war on his nation’s long embrace of U.S.-backed neoliberal economic policies. “If Chile was the birthplace of neoliberalism, it will also be its grave,” declared the 35-year-old bearded legislator, who won the primary of the country’s left-wing coalition last month. Boric, a lawyer, cut his teeth in politics as a leader of the student movement that over the past decade has driven Chile’s shift to the left. Now the country is rewriting its constitution to dump a statute book that’s a legacy of the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet, and Boric could be its new face.
3. Kim Yo Jong
Arguably the most powerful 33-year-old in the world, the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is increasingly emerging as both the power behind his throne and the regime's public face. She first grabbed the global limelight as the North’s representative at the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympic Games in South Korea in 2018. Since then, she has only further entrenched her position as her brother’s likely successor. Whenpropaganda leaflets flew into the North from the South last year, and when Seoul and Washington recently held talks, it was Kim Yo Jong who deliveredPyongyang’s stern warning to its enemies.Read more on OZY.
Sneak Peak Into ... Jordan
What this small Arab nation lacks in oil it makes up with its rich history and quiet drive toward the future.
1. Hasan Abdullah Ismaik
Jordan’s first billionaire has his eye on the ball. A former board member of Arabtec, the construction giant behind Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, Ismaik owns a German soccer club and has shown interest in buying English teams too. But the 44-year-old is also a respected thought leader, who is now warning the U.S. that its obsession with the region’s conflicts is allowing China to emerge as the Gulf’s leading partner.
Into America is a podcast about being Black in America told by people with the most at stake. On episode 118, “Black Joy in the Summertime,” Trymaine Lee explores the traditions and legacy of Black summer communities like Oak Bluffs on Martha’s Vineyard, Idlewild in Michigan, Bruce’s Beach in California and Sag Harbor Hills on Long Island that became a refuge of freedom and joy.
Where Polyandry Is Normal
South Africa recently declared that it is contemplating legalizing polyandry, the right of a woman to have multiple husbands. Check out societies where polyandry has traditionally been accepted.
You literally “marry into a family.” Traditionally, multiple brothers married one woman. Any children of the marriage would inherit the land. The practice was common in peasant families to avoid them having to divide their land among heirs. And while polyandry is now banned by law in Tibet, it’s still practiced occasionally.
What if you could marry an entire village? If you’re a part of the Lele community in Congo, you can. The “village wife” is married to several men in the village. She gets a six-month honeymoon where she doesn’t do any work. Eventually, the village wife can kick men to the curb and consolidate her favorites, The Bachelorette-style.
As you start planning your post-pandemic vacations, do something truly fun. We’ve got you covered with these unusual guidebooks.
1. Kisses in Paris
Paris is a city for lovers. And there’s nothing more essential for love than the perfect kiss. “The Best Places To Kiss in Paris” will help you and your love find all the right places to make out over the world’s best croissants.
2. Danish Delights
If you visit the beautiful city of Copenhagen, you’ll need a guide to get through all the seriously good eats the city has to offer. Luckily, the team behind the Michelin-starred restaurant Noma and the Danish travel website Momondo offer just that with Copenhagen from Noma + Momondo. Savor everything from the fancy to the dive-y in the city of the Little Mermaid.
3. Mexican Magic
Mexico City is filled with secrets that most guidebooks don’t capture. Secret Mexico City does, taking you everywhere from the cafe where Fidel Castro and Che Guevara would meet to the largest roof garden in Latin America.
Spot the Difference
Can you identify the four differences between the images above? Check here for last week’s answers and winners.