Nothing quite like a rocket launch. Dateline, Cape Canaveral, Florida just before 6am local time. Elon Musk’s SpaceX and its reusable rocket launcher sending a crew of four to the International Space Station. He has talked about it being a golden age for space flight.
It is a grim reality unfolding in India. A world record-breaking 330 thousand new Covid infections in the past 24 hours with some two thousand deaths. Mass cremations taking place in the capital and elsewhere. A month ago, the government was still crowing about its crisis management, steadfastly refusing a repeat of last year’s lockdown. Many desperate families have been forced to turn to black market price gougers who have been able to buy hospital space from corrupt administrators. No national lockdown yet, migrant workers leaving same as last year like. Curbs finally decreed at campaign rallies in West Bengal where crucial regional elections are still ongoing. The Home Minister Amit Shah attending only one of three planned rallies and Narendra Modi addressing supporters virtually.
No one should be above the law. US president Joe Biden’s words after Derek Chauvin became the first white Minnesota police officer ever convicted of murder. The jury took only ten hours to deliberate. Last May’s death of George Floyd sparked worldwide outrage. The victory bittersweet. Thursday was the funeral of 20-year-old Daunte Wright, killed just a few miles from the courthouse when a police officer mistook her gun for a taser after a routine traffic stop.
You do not hear very often these days of world leaders mortally wounded on the battlefield. Chad’s strongman of three decades laid to rest this Friday after going to the front to quash an umpteenth rebellion. Paying their respects to Idriss Déby, African leaders along with the president of former colonial power France. France, which along with the United States, relies on Chad in its fight against jihadist insurgents across the Sahel region.
A failed palace coup was thwarted this week by a popular uprising. In London outside Stamford Bridge, Chelsea fans celebrating the quickly-aborted attempt to form a breakaway Super League, with similar relief expressed by supporters of the other 11 European powerhouses that were announced as ditching the Champîons League for a North American style no relegation closed circuit league.
Produced by Charles Wente, Juliette Laurain and Eva-Luna Tholance.
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