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Sep 09, 2021
Good morning! As the Taliban eliminate women from public life in Afghanistan, meet three brave Afghan female journalists who are risking it all to ask the questions that need answers. Decode the mysteries of green hydrogen, a clean fuel you’ll hear a lot about in the coming months and years. And for dog lovers, we bring you the quirkiest shelters, including one on Costa Rica’s spectacular hills. Check out the winners of the spot the difference contest!
It’s riches to rags for Elizabeth Holmes, founder of the blood-testing startup Theranos, as the trial on fraud charges against her begins. Holmes is accused of lying to raise billions of dollars from investors, claiming she had the technology to perform full blood tests from a single drop taken with a finger prick. During opening statements, her lawyers portrayed the one-time superstar as a hardworking but naïve entrepreneur. If convicted, the 37-year-old could face up to 20 years in prison. (Sources: WSJ, NYT)
2 - Tali-Ban
It didn’t take long for the Taliban to erase women from public life. An official from the newly formed government said women will not be allowed to play sports because their faces or bodies might be seen. Meanwhile, the interior ministry, led by extremist Sirajuddin Haqqani, who is on the FBI’s most-wanted list, banned all protests that are not officially sanctioned in response to escalating demonstrations in the country. (Sources: NPR, Guardian)
3 - Echoes of Horror
Local authorities in Ethiopia claim that rebel forces from the Tigray region have killed at least 120 people in a village in the Amhara area earlier this month. This would be one of the bloodiest points so far in the 10-month-long war. (Sources: AP, Reuters)
4 - Empty Treasury?
The U.S. Treasury Department issued a stern warning to Congress on Wednesday, urging it to either suspend or raise the federal borrowing limit — or risk running out of cash to pay government bills as of next month. (Sources: WSJ, FT)
5 - Carbon Cool
A facility that’s able to suck 4,000 tons of carbon dioxide from the air every year — equivalent to the emissions of 870 cars — and bury them deep underground began operations in Iceland. It’s the largest plant of its kind. Can this technology solve our climate crisis? Answer here or on Twitter. (Source: Bloomberg)
It’s time for #RealTalkRealChange. OZY and Chevrolet have teamed up for a discussion on racial disparities in America’s education system, taking on one of the most urgent questions we face today. Hosted by OZY co-founder and Emmy Award–winning journalist Carlos Watson, who is joined by key leaders from across the country, we’re having pointed conversations to identify problems and equip you with solutions. Put aside the shouting matches and talking heads and be an ally: Join us now on YouTube for a real conversation you won’t want to miss.
There was a brief moment after the Taliban took power last month when Afghanistan watchers might have believed the militants had changed. After the fall of Kabul, Tolo news journalist Arghand became the first woman ever to interview one of the group’s leaders on the air. But since then, the 24-year-old has fled the country, as the Taliban began targeting members of the media, including male reporters. Tolo is an independent commercial network and its CEO has vowed to keep women on the air for as long as possible. But it’s a gamble fraught with risk. Arghand is now in Qatar and scores of female journalists have left their media outlets.
2 - Khadija Amin
Female journalists at state-run Radio Television Afghanistan haven’t been able to work at all since the Taliban takeover. Amin, 28, tried to go to work but was ordered back home by her boss. “It was my very big dream to continue my job as anchor,” she tells OZY. “After I lost my job I lost everything as a woman.” Fearing the Taliban might kill her, she escaped to Spain and was forced to leave her children behind. “We know the future for women journalists won’t be the same.”
3 - Zahra Joya
This Afghan millennial firebrand used her personal savings last year to set up Rukhshana Media, an all-female news site focused on telling women’s stories. She even had enough money to hire five reporters, but she said she did not anticipate the Taliban seizing power this year. Rukhshana has been publishing the work of Afghan female journalists anonymously in collaboration with outlets like The Guardian. Joya remains in Afghanistan, where she has been tweeting about the new reality for women in the country. Follow her @ZahraJoya.
Green Hydrogen is produced by using electricity to split water into hydrogen gas and oxygen. It could cut 830 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions every year. Seven of the world’s leading pioneers in this sustainable energy have come together to form the Green Hydrogen Catapult Initiative, which aims to massively increase production of the futuristic fuel via electrolysis as soon as 2026.
2 - Early Movers
Germany and Chile are among a handful of nations at the forefront of this energy shift, and have signed an agreement to boost hydrogen production and trade. Germany is looking to cut down on its fossil fuel consumption and emissions, while Chile aims to expand its hydrogen industry. It’s a match made in entrepreneurial heaven.
3 - Neom
Picture this: A utopian city filled with flying cars and personal robots. It’s a dream for now. But if Saudi Arabia has its way, it could become a reality. The Middle Eastern oil giant is building a futuristic city it’s calling Neom powered by green hydrogen. The plant, designed to power the city, uses wind and solar energy to produce the sustainable fuel. Now that’s a future we can get behind.
You’ve never wanted to be a dog more than when you visit the mountainside of Territorio de Zaguates. The dogs housed at this shelter are given free rein of the beautiful, lush hills of Costa Rica and sport goofy names coined by the staff, who try and guess the mutt’s possible breeds. Ready to meet a “freckled terrierhuahua”?
2 - Tour de Doggo
What’s better than visiting a shelter? Visiting several on a tour of dog shelters! With Meow Tours in Cairo, Egypt, you can take a walking expedition of the cutest dogs the city has to offer. The organization is dedicated to showing people that these adorable creatures are safe, clean and worth adopting — all in one of the most historic cities in the world — with interludes of snuggling with friendly animals.
Jodi Andersen, author and creator of the website How I Met My Dog, is on a mission to convince people to pick their best friend for life based on personality, not looks. The site has you and the dog’s foster parent take a quiz, which matches you with an adoptable dog based on shared traits and needs. In other words, every dog gets a say. And its day.
Miami Mayor Francis Suarez might have a conservative background but he holds pretty progressive views on gay rights, climate change and immigration while being obsessed about cryptocurrencies. Will he run for president? Watch now to find out.
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