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Photos of Ugandan President Sitting Roadside in a Foldout Chair Spawns Viral #M7Challenge

Ugandans had absolutely no chill.

Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni apparently had an important phone call that just couldn’t wait as he left a World Population celebration in Isingiro district Tuesday.


His motorcade screeched to a stop in Kyeirumba village and out came a padded foldout chair placed on the side of the road. Museveni plopped down to chat for 30 minutes. Afterward he greeted residents who had gathered.

Museveni’s impromptu stop didn’t go unnoticed, especially after his press secretary shared photos on Facebook.

And Ugandans had absolutely no chill. Some speculated whether Museveni was trying to stop the release of his political rival Kizza Besigye from being released on bail.  They made memes and created the #M7Challenge, (a play on Museveni’s nickname), sharing photos imitating the 71-year-old leader.

Their reactions are too funny:

So. dead.

Photo by Meztli Yoalli Rodríguez

Dying Lagoons Reveal Mexico’s Environmental Racism

In the heart of a traditionally Black and Indigenous use area in Southwest Mexico, decades of environmental destruction now threatens the existence of these communities.

On an early morning in September 2017, in a little fishing village in the Pacific coast of Oaxaca, called Zapotalito, thousands of dead fish floated on the surface of the Chacahua-Pastoría lagoons. A 7.1-magnitude earthquake, which rattled Mexico City on September 19, was felt as far down as Zapotalito, and the very next morning, its Black, Indigenous and poor Mestizo residents, who depend on the area's handful of lagoons for food and commerce, woke up to an awful smell and that terrible scene of floating fish.

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