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Friday, July 1 2022


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As far as an Iron Curtain is concerned … essentially it is already descending.

That’s what Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said to reporters—finally making Cold War 2.0 official. Meanwhile, Ukraine scored a major victory in the war by retaking Snake Island—a critical Black Sea island off the southern coast near the city of Odessa. Moscow is calling its retreat a “goodwill gesture”—to permit Kyiv to export wheat.

 

Stuff to check out: On the latest episode of the splainer podcast ‘Press Decode,’ the team looks at how the idea of ‘rights’ plays out in India—be it the arrest of Mohammed Zubair or access to abortion. Be sure to head over to the IVM website, Spotify or Apple Podcasts to listen to it.  

 

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Big Story

The coup: Eknath Shinde becomes maharaja of Maharashtra

The TLDR: The rebel Sena leader was sworn in as Chief Minister yesterday—in a surprise move that shocked everyone including the now Deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis. But will Shinde’s spoils of war include the Shiv Sena party as well? We look at what happened—and what to expect next.

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In today’s edition

Headlines That Matter

  • Adani scores a big Sri Lanka deal
  • Aadhaar requirement for babies?
  • Coming soon: A urban population tsunami in India
  • This is a very bigoted robot
  • Indians are gonna to get ‘Nothing’
  • No neck floats for babies
  • It’s raining anchovies in San Francisco
  • An important correction to our Big Story

 

Sanity Break

  • The trailer for ‘Ticket To Paradise’ starring Julia Roberts and George Clooney

 

Weekend Advisory

  • Good stuff to watch this weekend
  • A list of good reads

 

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