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Wednesday, May 4 2022


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We have not yet received a response and we are still insisting… I fear that Putin cannot, and does not, want to have this meeting at this time. But how can you not stop so much brutality?

That’s Pope Francis acknowledging that he’s been dissed by Russian President Putin—who is refusing to respond to repeated requests for a meeting. He also took aim at the head of Orthodox Russian church—who has backed the war—saying he “cannot become Putin's altar boy.” Ouch!

 

Check out the awesome Vir Sanghvi AMA: Last month, we hosted a brilliant conversation with the author—who spoke at length and with great insight about anti-Muslim politics, food writing, Indian media and so much more. Be sure to watch it here.


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Big Story

Roe reversal: Will America lose abortion rights?

The TLDR: A leaked draft of a Supreme Court ruling on a key abortion case indicates that American women may no longer have the constitutional right to an abortion—established fifty years ago by Roe v. Wade. Will abortion become illegal in the US—or a privilege afforded to some and not for others?

 

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In today’s edition

Headlines That Matter

  • Raj Thackeray booked for hate speech
  • India sinks in press freedom index
  • Grindr caught selling user data
  • Teenagers just don’t wanna hear it!
  • Vastu gets a scientific nod
  • Say hello to ‘smart’ screws
  • Met Gala: the Oscars of fashion

 

Sanity Break

  • 'Kebabiyana' by Debdatta Chakraborty that won the prize for Food Photographer of the Year

 

A list of curious facts

  • A new record in the world of competitive M&M stacking
  • Tropicana latest offering: breakfast cereal made to be eaten with… orange juice! 
  • Millions of South Koreans may soon be up to two years younger! 
  • A rare 1631 edition of the Bible that encourages adultery 

 

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