Monday, April 19 2021

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Our patient could die at any moment.

That’s the doctor of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who is on the third week of a hunger strike at a penal colony in Russia. Navalny was arrested in January when he returned to Russia after recovering from a Kremlin-sponsored assassination attempt—which involved poisoning him with a nerve agent. He is President Putin’s most visible and unrelenting critic. His death has the potential to become a serious catalyst for widespread protests.

Big Story

Editor’s note: The ‘kutti’ in our subject title is the Tamil word for ‘little one’—not the Hindi word for female dogs… just saying!


The not-so-epic battle for Tamil Nadu

The TLDR: Once the land of political giants, the state is witnessing an election populated with wannabes—each vying to fill far-too-large shoes of those who have gone before them.


In today’s edition

Headlines That Matter

  • The great pandemic: A dire shortage of oxygen
  • China refuses to leave
  • Reuters makes gender history
  • A volcanic problem in the Carribean


Smart and Curious

  • A very good essay on Disney’s ‘gay’ villains
  • What is ‘disenfranchised grief’?

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