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Russia Wants a W

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It’s Victory Day in Russia. The West is on edge.

Tell me.

Russia’s annual celebration — which comes a day after the US and UK’s anniversary — marks the defeat of Nazi Germany in WWII. In Moscow’s Red Square, Russians will attend a parade to celebrate Russian military strength. The event has only grown more extravagant under Russian President Vladimir Putin. But things are different this year as Russian tanks roll through Ukraine. It’s been over two months since Putin invaded the country, but he’s faced loss after loss, including in Kyiv. Now, the Russian president said the West didn't want an "honest dialogue," and defended invading Ukraine as "fighting for the motherland."

How's that going?

Over the weekend, a Russian bomb flattened a school in Luhansk, eastern Ukraine. About 90 civilians were sheltering there. Authorities say there were 27 survivors but dozens of others are believed to be dead. In Mariupol, Russian forces are closing in on the port city, a strategic location which would allow the Kremlin to link the city with annexed Crimea. But the remaining Ukrainian fighters — bunkered in a besieged steel plant — say surrendering “is not an option.” It all comes as G7 world leaders had a conference call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. 

What’s the update?

The G7 leaders are pledging to phase out — or ban — the import of Russian oil. President Biden says the move will “hit hard at the main artery of Putin’s economy” and make it hard to fund his war. It came amid a batch of other new sanctions and a surprise visit to Ukraine by first lady Jill Biden.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has more losses than wins in his war in Ukraine. Now, all eyes are on the Russian leader as he tries to find something to celebrate — potentially at the cost of Ukrainian lives. 

And Also...This

What’s turning back time…

The Taliban. On Saturday, the Afghan gov declared that women only leave home when necessary. And that they must be covered head-to-toe in public. It’s the most restrictive set of laws against women ever since the extremist group regained control of the country last year. Other crackdowns have included preventing teen girls from attending school and barring women from working or traveling alone. Now, the latest decision puts the onus on male relatives who could be jailed if a woman is not fully covered in public. The Taliban maintains the rule would help women “live with dignity.” A UN mission said the decision goes against promises regarding “respect for and protection of all Afghans’ human rights.”

 

What’s 20 going on 30…

The US median age for giving birth. A Census Bureau analysis has found that women are giving birth later. For some, starting a family is (still) a choice. Fertility issues, life circumstances, or other factors can play a role in when people have kids. But between 1990 and 2019, the median age for first-time births rose from 27 to 30 — the highest age on record. It came as many are increasingly choosing to parent in their 30s and 40s (but less so in their 20s). A sociologist says education also plays a role: more than half of college grads are women. And that some may want to be financially secure before giving birth. It's reminding everyone of the latest on....

  • SCOTUS v Roe: Over the weekend, hundreds of Americans protested outside the homes of two justices following last week’s leaked draft decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. Some called the protests disrespectful. Protesters chanted “no uterus, no opinion.”

  • The next stage: States are moving quickly to anticipate the end of the constitutional right to abortion. Last week, Louisiana advanced a bill that would treat abortion as a homicide. Meanwhile, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell says a nationwide ban is “possible.”

 

Where there’s a new leader…

Hong Kong. Yesterday, John Lee was elected as the city’s new chief executive. Running unopposed, an election committee voted the Beijing loyalist into office — a sign that China is securing its grip on the city. In 2019, Lee oversaw the crackdown on pro-democracy protests. In his new role, he’s expected to continue pushing Beijing’s agenda. Lee is replacing the outgoing chief executive Carrie Lam, who had served since 2017. Her legacy was marked by the pro-democracy protests, controversial national security laws, and a deadly COVID-19 outbreak.

 

Who struck gold…

Rich Strike.

 

Who’s just what the doctor ordered…

Ncuti Gatwa.

The Fight Against Anti-Asian Hate Isn’t Over

Photo credits from left to right: Doug Howell, Babyhouse NY, and Ars Magna | Design: Camille Rapay

It’s Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. As many celebrate, others are speaking out about hate incidents against the AAPI community. Meet: Chelsea Peng, Michelle Li, and Patricia Park. They’re sharing their stories. From feelings of helplessness to hopes for the future. Plus, their tips on how you can be an ally to the AAPI community and stop Asian hate. 

PS: Here’s how orgs like Stop AAPI Hate are working harder than ever to create change.

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3. A language-learning app that’ll help you impress everyone you know. Prepare to turn heads after just three weeks with this app. It’ll teach you words and phrases you’ll actually use IRL. With expert-led lessons, podcasts, games, and more. Psst…here’s 60% off your subscription.*

4. Silk loungewear you can throw in the wash. We’re serious. This brand’s silk sets are internet-famous for a reason. They’re not only cute, luxe, and thermo-regulating. They’re also easy-as-pie to take care of. Brb, filling our carts.*

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