1. Israel, Hamas renew hostilities despite new government
It’s the end of an era, but it was never going to be a new dawn. Two days after Benjamin Netanyahu’s ousting after 12 years as head of Israel, his new coalition government led by right-wing nationalist Prime Minister Naftali Bennett launched airstrikes in the Gaza Strip. It was the first violence since the 11 days of conflict last month, and it came after Israel said Hamas sent incendiary balloons into southern Israel. Tensions were already high yesterday over a far-right Israeli procession in East Jerusalem where protesters shouted “Death to the Arabs”. The UN warns the two sides against “a new round of confrontations”.
Sources: NYT, Al Jazeera, The Guardian
2. The foot on the gas: the judge gives a hard blow to Biden for the climate
President Joe Biden’s environmental agenda just hit a major stumbling block as a federal judge spoke out against his suspension of new oil and gas leases on public land, saying only Congress had that authority and that Biden “had exceeded his powers.” It is a blow to the president’s attempts to conserve public lands and reduce fossil fuel pollution, although he has made inroads in his climate change program in recent months by suspending drilling leases in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska and cancellation of Keystone XL pipeline permit. Oil industry groups are calling on the government to immediately restart leases.
Sources: Washington post, NYT
3. South Korean women fight skyrocketing digital sex crime
Secretly filming women and sharing explicit images online is so prevalent in South Korea that there’s even a name for it: molka. A new report from Human Rights Watch has found that many women and girls are traumatized and some are considering suicide for digital sex crimes like upskirting, which police take lightly because there is no contact physical. Report author Heather Barr said many “avoid using public restrooms and feel anxious about hidden cameras in public.” Activists say there were 11 times as many lawsuits against molkas between 2008 and 2017, arguing that Seoul needs to do more to tackle gender inequalities in the country.
Sources: The Guardian, BBC
4. Biden appoints technical critic to head trade committee
Bad news for Facebook, Google, Amazon and Apple. Yesterday, President Biden appointed Lina Khan, a vocal Big Tech critic, as head of the Federal Trade Commission. The Columbia University Law School lawyer has made technological antitrust and anti-monopoly concerns a priority and was upheld by the Senate in a rare display of bipartisanship. “I look forward to working with my colleagues to protect the public from corporate abuse,” Khan said. As chair of the committee, she will also be dealing with whether companies have effectively secured their customers’ data and will vote on whether to bring antitrust cases against them.
Sources: ABC, TechCrunch, CNBC
5. Important too …
The US Senate passed a bill making June 19 or juinteenth, which marks the end of slavery, a national holiday. Southern Baptists, a powerful conservative evangelical group, elected a moderate pastor from Alabama as president, thus avoiding a right-wing takeover. And President Biden and the Russian President Vladimir Poutine are scheduled to hold talks in Geneva today.
Coronavirus Update: New York and California are lifting almost all remaining restrictions on coronaviruses, as large numbers of people in both states have now been vaccinated. The number of Americans who have died from COVID-19 has passed the mark 600,000 mark, the highest number of deaths of any country during the pandemic to date.
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1. Bridging the gap: Peruvians rebuild the ancient Inca passage
We all had travel issues during the lockdown, with borders blocked and flights blocked. But imagine if your only way to see your neighbors was a precarious rope bridge over a steep gorge. The Incas built the Q’eswachaka Bridge in Peru 500 years ago to connect communities divided by the Apurimac River, and it is maintained by locals with traditional weaving techniques. But during the pandemic, the crossing collapsed. Villagers from the Huinchiri community undertake the perilous task of repairing the 100-foot-long bridge. The local governor described the reconnection of villages as a symbol of the world emerging from the pandemic.
2. Georgia cashier killed in customer mask battle
America’s cultural war on masks has claimed another victim. A customer shot and killed a supermarket worker in Decatur on Monday after an argument over face coverings. DeKalb County Sheriff Melody Maddox said: “There was a confrontation, an argument … in reference to the wearing of masks, as the subject pulled out a gun and shot the cashier.” The suspect, Victor Lee Tucker Jr., 30, also allegedly shot and injured a security guard before being arrested. Masks have become an even more sensitive topic since authorities relaxed the rules, letting retailers enforce their own mask policies.
Sources: USA today, BI
3. Arctic scientist issues chilling warning about global warming
We may have passed the point of no return. That’s what Markus Rex, who led the largest expedition ever to the North Pole, reports after his team of 300 researchers from 20 countries found ocean ice receded faster in the spring of 2020 than ever before. . The researchers, who spent 389 days collecting 150 terabytes of data, say summer sea ice is also disappearing. Rex said: “Only an assessment in the coming years will tell us whether we can still save the Arctic sea ice year round … or whether we have already passed this important tipping point in the climate system.”
Sources: Al Jazeera, AFP
4. Jon Stewart under fire for saying COVID is lab-made
“Maybe a bat flew into a turkey’s cesspool, then sneezed into my chili, and now we all have coronavirus.” So the old one joked Daily show host when he joined Stephen Colbert on The late show Monday evening. Stewart explained that he believed it was from a Wuhan lab, prompting Washington Post columnist Paul Waldman to say the public shouldn’t rely on celebrities for information about COVID-19 . While the theory, promoted by former President Donald Trump, was widely rejected at the start of the pandemic, President Biden has since called for an investigation into the origin of the virus.
Sources: Daily mail, The hill, Washington post
5. MLB sticks to foreign substance launchers
They see what sticks. Major League Baseball announced Tuesday that it is cracking down on pitchers who add sticky substances to balls to improve their grip. In a season that saw record strikeouts and the league’s lowest batting average in 50 years, commissioner Rob Manfred said the practice has become an “unfair competitive advantage that creates a lack of ‘action and an uneven playing field’. Although sticky stuff is already technically prohibited, it is estimated that at least 75% of pitchers use it. As of June 21, referees will conduct spot checks and offenders will be expelled and suspended for 10 games.
Sources: ESPN, Yahoo Sports
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