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BULLETIN: SAME OL’ G(20)
• The Background
While most of us were drinking Caesars in Adirondack chairs, world leaders were gathering in Osaka, Japan for the annual G20 summit. The gathering, which ran through Friday and Saturday, gave politicians an opportunity to discuss some of the biggest issues plaguing the international community today (trade wars, protectionism, and nuclear weapons to name a few). Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe opened the two-day meeting, advocating for a “free and open economy,” which he believes is “the basis for peace and prosperity.” He also took aim at China (which has been in the midst of its own internal sh*tstorm), telling President Xi Jinping to leave Hong Kong the eff alone (not in those words, but you get the point). CBC News
• What Else You Need to Know
China wasn’t the only country to get a finger wagging. Russian President Vladimir Putin got some heat for his comments on liberalism (he said it was “obsolete”) and that it conflicts with the “overwhelming majority” in many countries. European Union Council President Donald Tusk said Europeans “firmly and unequivocally defend and promote liberal democracy” and that he finds “authoritarianism, personality cults, and the rule of oligarchs” to be “really obsolete.” Obviously Putin didn’t say much, but did take time to praise POTUS for trying ” to stop the flow of migrants and drugs from Mexico,” and doubled down on the rhetoric that migrants can “kill, plunder and rape with impunity.”
• What’s Next?
On Saturday, Trump and Xi announced that they had agreed to pause their trade war and get back to the negotiating table. Neither side has said when they expect talks to begin.
• Cartoon Hero
A New Brunswick editorial cartoonist lost his job after a contentious illustration he drew of the U.S. President went viral. The cartoon shows Donald Trump hovering over two drowned migrants (a depiction of this real-life harrowing image), saying “do you mind if I play through?” as he stands beside his golf cart. Just one day after the illustration went viral, the cartoonist Michael de Adder, took to Twitter to announce that he had been let go of his contract with a number of New Brunswick newspapers. News of the firing spurred other cartoonists, journalists and readers to jump to his defense and share overwhelming support. CTV News
• A Little “Extra” Over Extradition Bill
Protests over China’s extradition bill in Hong Kong took a nasty turn yesterday. Hundreds of protestors stormed the city’s government buildings in the Financial District, smashing paintings and covering the walls in anti-extradition graffiti. The Hong Kong government has criticized the protests, stating that participants “seriously jeopardized the safety of police officers and members of the public.” Despite police action, protestors appeared unfazed, though they eventually dissipated as the evening wore on. The protestors left the buildings heavily damaged; one group destroyed the building’s reinforced glass doors, and removed many steel pole reinforcements. Also under attack was Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Carrie Lam, whose image appeared on posters depicting her in bamboo cages at the protest, despite the fact that she suspended the bill on June 15. Global News
• U.S.: New Ground
President Trump made history over the weekend (and not for bad behaviour). On Sunday, the commander in chief became the first sitting U.S. president to visit North Korea when he took 20 steps into the rogue nation, before sitting down to meet with Kim Jong Un in the demilitarized zone. The two sat down for “nearly an hour” where they “revived” the talks that had fallen apart after their last summit in February. Neither side made any commitments during the chat, but Trump said negotiating teams would begin meeting shortly. CNN
📣 QUOTE OF THE DAY
“This is a sad day for whale protection globally.”
– Nicola Beynon of Humane Society International, after Japan resumed commercial whaling after a 30-year ban was dissolved. BBC News
• Three’s a Crowd
You’ve heard of Alexa and Siri, but Bixby has been feeling a little left out. (Who?) Samsung’s hoping it can up the popularity of its virtual assistant by launching Bixby Marketplace in the U.S. and South Korea, which will allow Samsung users to customize Bixby through “capsules” that users can set up to handle voice commands. For example, if users ask Bixby for a ride to the nearest bar (it’s patio season, after all), they can set up Uber (or their preferred rideshare app of choice) to handle those sorts of requests. While Bixby is nowhere near capable of handling everything Alexa or Siri can, keep an eye out for Samsung’s Galaxy Home, which might finally be hitting the market soon. Engadget
• Wild Weekend
It looks like the NBA’s Free Agency Live is off to a chaotic start. What used to take days or weeks is now a media-fuelled feeding frenzy, with Kevin Durant kicking things off on the first day with an Instagram announcement just minutes into proceedings that he’s signing a contract with the Brooklyn Nets, along with Kyrie Irving and DeAndre Jordan; Kemba Walker is heading to the Boston Celtics, and the New York Knicks picked up Julius Randle and Taj Gibson. Day two finally featured some Raptors action, with Matt Thomas signing a three-year contract with the team. The Celtics seem to be building a strong team, inking more deals on the second day, along with the Knicks, who have so far spent $165 million in deals. But alas, no news from the King of the North (a.k.a. Kawhi Leonard), who’s taking his time making a decision. In addition to the L.A. Clippers, it’s rumoured the Lakers also have their eye on Leonard while they build up a top-heavy roster of low-cost players. The biggest topic of conversation so far has been the chaos of the process, with some players being given a max of six minutes to make decisions (and many opting out of deals because of it).
• He Said, She Said
The soap opera that is Taylor Swift’s life has taken another devastating plot twist, this time with drama over pop talent manager Scooter Braun’s acquisition of Big Machine Records, which includes Taylor Swift’s (and Lady Antebellum’s and Sheryl Crow’s, to name a few) masters. Swift slammed Braun in a lengthy Tumblr post Sunday where she claimed she only learned of the deal when it was announced to the media and referred to Braun as an “incessant, manipulative bully.” Celebs all across Hollywood started taking sides, with Halsey, Todrick Hall, newfound friend Katy Perry, and former boyfriends Joe Jonas and Harry Styles supporting Swift, while Justin Bieber (who shared this post) and Braun’s wife and F—k Cancer founder Yael Cohen (who claimed that Swift passed on the opportunity to own her masters) speaking out to defend Braun. Eventually, Big Machine owner Scott Borchetta also spoke out to defend himself, his former business relationship with Taylor and the new deal with Braun. Swift’s fans also were quick to jump in, starting a petition for Taylor to re-record all six albums so she could own the new master recordings. Vox
• Wedding Scammer
Get ready for another bridezilla alert: According to a viral social media post, a bride picked out what she called the “perfect” dress for her bridesmaids, priced at an expensive $400 each. With many of the bridesmaids still in college or recent graduates, the maid of honour offered to put them on her credit card so the other ladies could pay her back over time. However, when one bridesmaid went for her final fitting, she learned from a salesperson that the dress actually cost $200 less than what the bride and MOH had told the rest of the wedding party (“apparently the bride and maid of honour plotted together to charge us double to help pay for the bride’s dress”). After sharing the sordid details with the rest of the bridesmaids, four dropped out of the wedding. (Talk about trying to have your cake and eat it, too.) Mirror
• The Right Move
On July 2, 1964, U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibited segregation in public places across the country.
⚡️ STRAIGHT TO THE POINT
• The Taliban launched a major attack in Kabul, killing 40 people and injuring 100 more. The strike comes as the U.S. and the insurgent group are carrying out peace talks.
• Iran has surpassed its limit on uranium set under the 2015 nuclear deal, sparking fears of inflaming already strong tensions between Iran and the U.S.
• Facebook’s office was evacuated after a toxic substance was found in a package sent to the company. The FBI is investigating the possible attack.
• From Sophie Turner’s column dress to Zoë Kravitz’s bridal biker shorts, here’s all the celebrity wedding wear from this weekend.
• Pretty Little Liars star Shay Mitchell announced that her and her boyfriend Matte Babel are expecting.
• Let It Snow
For those of you who thought Mexico was a vacation destination, think again. (Also, isn’t it supposed to be summer?!)