Skimm for April 21st
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"...read a book" -- John Travolta's advice to all the Scientology haters out there. The book he suggested is really out of this world.
Yesterday, the US sent a warship to meet all the others already hanging out off the coast of Yemen.
Yes. Yemen is still on the brink of a civil war. Earlier this year, a rebel group called the Houthis forced the president to skip town. Then Iran and Saudi Arabia each stepped in to 'help'. Meaning this is really a proxy war between the top dogs in the Mideast, with Yemen stuck in the middle.
Saudi Arabia recently began airstrikes against the Houthis. Not one to be outdone, Iran sent warships for security reasons. But many suspect the ships are holding weapons to aid the Houthis. Now the US, who supports Saudi Arabia in all of this, is stepping up its game in these waters. Gang's all here.
This is a real life version of Battleship. And the timing couldn't be worse. The US and Iran are working towards reaching a final nuclear deal. And for kicks, al-Qaeda's used all this chaos to gain more ground in the area.
That escalated quickly. Within three years, Mohamed Morsi has gone from being Egypt's first democratically elected president to locked in a cage to serving time in prison. Today, an Egyptian court sentenced him to 20 years for violence against protesters in late 2012. Earlier that year, he was elected president following Arab Spring protests. Then he got kicked out during new protests over things like the economy and his support of an Islamist agenda as a leader of the Muslim Brotherhood. They're the ones with a long history in Egypt, who the country now considers a terrorist group. Now, Morsi's sentenced to 20 years, along with other Muslim Brotherhood leaders, in the first verdict to be brought against him. But this is less of a sentence than many of his supporters have seen. Hundreds of Muslim Brotherhood members have been sentenced to death in the past, often in speedy trials with sketchy evidence.
This isn't helping. This week, EU officials are planning on filing anti-trust charges against Russian gas company Gazprom. This comes as Russia's also been dealing with sanctions from its meddling in Ukraine. This is bad news for Russia, whose economy's been looking nyet so hot. Gazprom is a major natural gas supplier, and the EU says it's been abusing its power for years by overcharging customers in central and eastern Europe. In other neighborhood news, the EU is considering doubling the size of its migrant rescue program, after a migrant shipwreck earlier this week killed hundreds. Good idea.
Baltimore. Last week, a 25-year-old black man named Freddie Gray was arrested in Baltimore. Police say it was because he ran when they approached, and had a knife on him when he was stopped. A bystander video of the arrest shows Gray being dragged into a police van. A few minutes into the ride, the officers called an ambulance to pick up Gray from the police station. When Gray got to the station, police say he couldn't talk or breathe. Earlier this week, Gray died of his injuries. Yesterday, an autopsy revealed that he died from a severe spinal injury. Baltimore's working on figuring out what the F happened and have suspended the arresting officers.
Hi, Oskar Groening. Today, the 93-year-old known as the "accountant of Auschwitz" goes on trial in Germany. He faces 300,000 charges of accessory to murder for his time as a Nazi guard and bookkeeper at the concentration camp. Even though Groening admits to working there, he says he didn't commit any of the crimes himself. Dozens of Holocaust survivors or their relatives are serving as co-plaintiffs in the case.
Is that natural? Now Kraft can say 'yes.' Spoiler alert: the company's bright orange Mac & Cheese is not natural. But yesterday, Kraft announced that it's dropping all artificial preservatives and synthetic colors from the recipe. As of next year, artificial is out, and things like turmeric and paprika are in. This is Kraft responding to the whole people-not-wanting-to-eat-chemicals trend. And realizing that Orange is not the New Cheese.
This. The New York Times found that there are 1.5 million black men missing, in a sense, from everyday life. Meaning they're either in jail or died very young. Where is this a really big problem? A little place you might have heard of called Ferguson, MO. Seriously, read.
"All the Light We Cannot See": Anthony Doerr's novel just won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction yesterday. It's about two kids who grow up on opposite sides of WWII, whose paths eventually cross. "The Goldfinch" won the Pulitzer last year. Hint: now you'll be hearing about the book a lot.
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