BELatina’s Weekend Recap: Roe v. Wade, Ukraine, And More

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Happy Monday, dear readers!

We start the week full of energy and ready to bring you the best stories from our community, but also with an eye on the most important events of the weekend.

From the anniversary of Roe v. Wade to the tense situation in Ukraine, these are the most important news of the weekend.

This weekend marked what could be the final anniversary of Roe v. Wade

This weekend marks the 49th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court decision protecting abortion rights. It could be the last time reproductive rights advocates celebrate the anniversary of Roe.

The Supreme Court’s upcoming decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization weighs heavily on this year’s anniversary, which fell on Saturday. The case centers on a Mississippi law that bans abortion at 15 weeks of pregnancy, a direct contradiction to Roe, making it a constitutional right to access abortion until the fetus is viable, around 24 weeks. Mississippi’s law cuts that possibility nearly in half.

Puerto Rico bankruptcy agreement approved

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The U.S. government passed the law known as PROMESA (“promise” in English) to resolve a financial crisis. In 2017, Puerto Rico faced more than $70 billion in public debt, plus another $50 billion in pension obligations, and the island declared bankruptcy. Under PROMESA, the U.S. government appointed a board to find a solution. Puerto Ricans would have to live with it. Now, almost five years later, a federal judge has approved the board’s plan to reduce Puerto Rico’s debt and emerge from bankruptcy.

Chile’s new president, Gabriel Boric, appoints cabinet with a female majority

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Chile’s president-elect, Gabriel Boric, made political history on Friday by presenting the first cabinet in the Americas with more women than men.

“Today, we begin writing a new chapter in our democratic history. We don’t begin from zero. We know that there is a history that elevates us and inspires us,” the 36-year-old leftist who will become Chile’s youngest president when he takes office March 11 said.

Melissa Barrera on ‘In the Heights’ box office failure

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Melissa Barrera thought that it was “so unfair” how her breakout film, “In the Heights,” was received by critics and at the box office. 

Barrera, who portrayed the role of Vanessa in the musical adaptation released last year, told The Hollywood Reporter in an interview that she felt “shitty” after learning of the reception “In the Heights” received. 

“All the headlines that started coming out after we premiered were so brutal and horrible, and they felt very personal to me,” she said while promoting her latest film “Scream.”

“It just felt like the industry was blaming us for not doing well and was blaming the fact that we were all Latinos and was blaming the fact that it was a musical that not a lot of people knew,” she continued. “So it just felt very personal, and I remember feeling very shitty afterwards.”

Tensions rise in Ukraine

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Rising tensions over Russia’s increased military presence on the Ukrainian border did not decrease during talks between Blinken and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Geneva on Friday.

On Sunday, a senior Ukrainian government adviser said the country was reacting “seriously” to UK accusations that Moscow has plans to invade the country and install a puppet government and that Kyiv was resisting Russian efforts to destabilize its government and economy.