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Hello! For decades, space travel has been the privilege of only a handful of elite nations. No more. Today you will meet a South African innovator who is helping Africa become the next space power. As America grapples with voter restriction laws, find similar battles elsewhere that teach lessons. Take a look back at the forgotten events of past Olympics and pack your bags for travel… it could make you rich too.

Charu Sudan Kasturi, editor, and Liam Jamieson, journalist

1. Tesla’s test

The family of a 15-year-old who died when a Tesla car on autopilot struck his van are now suing the electric vehicle maker. This is the latest lawsuit to challenge the safety standards of Tesla cars, which the company says are safer thanks to the autopilot feature. (Source: NYT)

2. The great threat of big technologies

Major tech giants including Google, Facebook and Twitter have threatened to leave Hong Kong if the city goes ahead with planned changes to privacy laws that could hold companies accountable for doxxing, the practice of exposing someone’s personal data online to harass them. Hong Kong has recently seen an increase in cases of doxxing. (Sources: WSJ, Reuters)

3. Digging into diversity

A leaked audio recording in which ESPN analyst Rachel Nichols, who is white, suggests black colleague Maria Taylor is getting better assignments due to the company’s efforts to improve her “crappy long-standing record for diversity ”sparked a storm in sports media. For many African American pros, it’s a reminder of the passive-aggressive gybes they endure as they climb. Do you think Nichols’ comment reflects a deeper issue? Vote here Or on Twitter. (Sources: NYT, Fox, Ebony)

4. Sneaky Delta

The distribution of the Delta variant of COVID-19 first discovered in India significantly reduced the effectiveness of Pfizer’s vaccine in preventing infections from over 91% to just 64%, data from Israel suggests. (Sources: Haaretz, FT, PA)

5. Bolsonaro blues

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, already facing a congressional probe into his handling of the pandemic and corruption allegations over a vaccine deal, has now been touched by claims that as a lawmaker he would levy money from the salaries of its staff. (Sources: Guardian, Al Jazeera)

1. Jessie Ndaba

Lower costs make it easier for African countries and businesses to launch their satellites. Ndaba is the co-founder of Astrofica Technologies, a fully black-owned South African satellite maker that meets the continent’s growing demand for access to the cosmos. Space has been Ndaba’s calling ever since she saw a photo of a rocket engine in a manual given to her by her grandmother. In a generation, South African students may well find Ndaba’s photo in their textbooks.

2. Lucas fonseca

Growing up in the 1980s, Fonseca devoured classic sci-fi movies, HEY at Aliens. Now he has his eyes set on the future of the Brazilian space industry, which originated in 1960 but is still small compared to the United States, Russia, China, India and the United States. Europe. His startup Airvantis works with the International Space Station on zero gravity experiments. It is also an incubator for the first commercial lunar mission proposed by Brazil, an ambitious project that could place the Brazilian space program among the main extraterrestrial initiatives in the world.

3. Neha Satak

The 37-year-old Indian engineer with cropped hair and a ready smile is challenging the giants of the private space industry, promising something Musk and Bezos cannot yet deliver. Its startup, Astrome, is building satellite transponders that have 11 times the capacity of traditional transponders, and could revolutionize Internet access in remote parts of the world. Learn more about OZY.

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1. India

Even the world’s largest democracy faces voter suppression. In state and national elections, many Muslims, women and low caste Dalits meet absent from official voters lists despite having an appropriate identity document. Voting rights groups have emerged, including Missing Voters, an election monitoring smartphone app that tracks marginalized voters. It estimates that 120 million names of citizens were missing from the electoral rolls in India’s 2019 national elections.

2. Uganda

No battle for voting rights can be as serious as that of this East African nation. Ahead of the January presidential elections, opponents of authoritarian President Yoweri Museveni faced intimidation, arrests and even death. The government blocked social networks – disproportionately used by younger, urban voters more aligned with his opponent, popular singer Bobi Wine – two days before the vote. Museveni won the controversy a sixth term; Uganda’s already fragile democracy has been lost.

Olympics: lesser-known acts of protest

We all know the Hail from the black power at the 1968 Mexico Games. Here are some of the often forgotten but also important protests from past Olympic Games. Will we see something similar at the Tokyo Games later this month?

1. Reporting the rebellion

On his way to the 1906 Games in Athens, wearing a green blazer and cap decorated with shamrocks, long Irish sweater Peter O’Connor was forced to compete for Great Britain due to a technical issue. He won silver, but was unwilling to stand under the Union Jack on the medal podium. Instead, O’Connor protested in an act of athletic defiance, scaling the flagpole with Irish flag Erin go Bragh to replace his British counterpart.

2. Silence against the Soviets

Black Power salutes from Tommie Smith and John Carlos were not the only acts of protest at the 68 Games. After Soviet forces invaded Czechoslovakia, crushing the “Prague Spring” earlier in the year, the gymnast Czech Vera caslavska protested at the medal stand in a seemingly small but surprisingly powerful way: turning his head away from the Soviet flag as the invaders’ anthem played.

3. Guilty accomplice

It’s hard to imagine New Zealand as a provocateur today, yet it was once just that. Violating global sports sanctions against apartheid-era South Africa, the Kiwi rugby team toured the country. After the International Olympic Committee refused to punish New Zealand, 28 African countries boycotted the 1976 Montreal Games a few days before the start of the competition.

Travel to win

After a year of lockdowns and economic hardship, we could all use up a little extra money and travel. How about bringing the two together?

1. Malta

You shouldn’t need a lot of motivation to travel to this Mediterranean archipelago located between Sicily and Libya. But if you do, how about some hard cash to thank you for visiting? As of June the Malta Tourism Service has been pay hundreds of dollars to travelers for three-day stays at the hotel, hotels matching this amount to give you double the joy.

2. Barbados

If you want to save money while enjoying the sun and sand of the Caribbean, Barbados is the place to be. Amid the pandemic, the country launched a 12 month visa for nomadic workers and their families. Of course, you have to pay $ 2,000 up front (or $ 3,000 for a family), but youare exempt from income tax while you are there.

3. Maldives

The government of the Indian Ocean island nation offers the the world’s first rewards program for visitors. Launched at the end of last year, it allows you to accumulate points with every visit, and more if you are traveling for a special occasion. You can then use those reward points discounts to make your trip to paradise even more special.

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