How the Military Behind Myanmar’s Coup Took the Country Offline
by Hannah Beech and Paul Mozur on 2021-02-25 in Myanmar, Censorship, Defense and Military Forces, Computers and the Internet, Telephones and Telecommunications, Coups D’Etat and Attempted Coups D’Etat, Data Centers, Demonstrations, Protests and Riots, Aung San Suu Kyi, Politics and Government, Computer Network Outages
As the military seized power again, the generals moved quickly to take the country offline, criminalize online dissent and block social media.
Italian Cliffside Cemetery, and Its Coffins, Carried Away by a Landslide
by Emma Bubola on 2021-02-25 in Landslides and Mudslides, Cemeteries, Italy
Scuba divers are working to retrieve coffins from the sea, but many more are buried under the debris of the landslide.
Nursing Home Deaths Plummet
by David Leonhardt on 2021-02-25
And what else you need to know today.
Facebook Takes a Side, Banning Myanmar Military After Coup
by Paul Mozur, Mike Isaac, David E. Sanger and Richard C. Paddock on 2021-02-25 in Social Media, Coups D’Etat and Attempted Coups D’Etat, Censorship, Defense and Military Forces, Politics and Government, Computers and the Internet, News and News Media, Facebook Inc, Instagram Inc, Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar, Corporate Social Responsibility
The move puts the social network squarely on the side of Myanmar’s pro-democracy movement after years of criticism over how the military has used the site.
This Website Puts Boisterous Children and Noisy Neighbors on the Map
by Tiffany May and Hisako Ueno on 2021-02-25 in Japan, Children and Childhood, Maps, Noise, Parenting, Suits and Litigation (Civil)
The crowdsourced guide collects anonymous gripes and pins every grievance on an interactive map, creating a record of the irritating sounds and sights of Japan.
‘V.I.P. Immunization’ for the Powerful and Their Cronies Rattles South America
by Mitra Taj, Anatoly Kurmanaev, Manuela Andreoni and Daniel Politi on 2021-02-25 in Corruption (Institutional), Vaccination and Immunization, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), Argentina, Ecuador, Peru, Brazil, Suriname
A wave of corruption scandals is exposing how the powerful and well-connected in South America jumped the line to get vaccines early. Public dismay is turning into anger.
For Travel, a Sustainable Comeback?
by Elaine Glusac on 2021-02-25 in Carbon Capture and Sequestration, Wildlife Trade and Poaching, Travel and Vacations, Eco-Tourism, Bicycles and Bicycling, Electric and Hybrid Vehicles, Africa, California, Colorado
From a newly certified Whale Heritage Site to scenic byways for electric cars, five new initiatives suggest the travel industry may be envisioning a more responsible future.
Brittany Higgins Files Police Report on Parliament House Rape Claim
by Livia Albeck-Ripka on 2021-02-25 in Higgins, Brittany, Morrison, Scott (1968- ), Reynolds, Linda (1965- ), Sex Crimes, Politics and Government, Women’s Rights, Women and Girls, Australia
Brittany Higgins has filed a formal police report against a former government employee who she said raped her in Australia’s Parliament House in 2019, roiling the government.
Fading Sri Lankan Hopes for Justice Rest on U.N. Rights Council
by Mujib Mashal on 2021-02-25 in Sri Lanka, Rajapaksa, Mahinda, Rajapaksa, Gotabaya, Bachelet, Michelle, Human Rights and Human Rights Violations, Politics and Government, Discrimination, War Crimes, Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity, Political Prisoners, Minorities, Missing Persons
The government, strongly tied to the military, is blocking inquiries into wartime atrocities, undermining efforts to learn the fates of thousands of missing people.
Hong Kong’s Lesson to Schoolchildren: Love China, No Questions Asked
by Vivian Wang on 2021-02-25 in Politics and Government, Hong Kong Protests (2019), History (Academic Subject), Demonstrations, Protests and Riots, Education (K-12), Communist Party of China, Hong Kong
Through new lesson plans and expensive publishing projects, the government hopes to teach future generations a curated lesson about the city’s past.
On the Front Lines of Diplomacy, but at the Back of the Line for a Vaccine
by Lara Jakes on 2021-02-25 in Diplomatic Service, Embassies and Consulates, United States International Relations, United States Politics and Government, State Department, Vaccination and Immunization, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), Biden, Joseph R Jr, Blinken, Antony J, Kosovo
State Department officials overseas expressed anger and disappointment that diplomats in Washington were being vaccinated before those in more perilous posts.
Your Thursday Briefing
by Natasha Frost on 2021-02-25
A global vaccine-sharing program begins.
F.D.A. Analyses Find Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Works Well
by Carl Zimmer, Noah Weiland and Sharon LaFraniere on 2021-02-25 in internal-essential, Johnson & Johnson, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), Vaccination and Immunization, Food and Drug Administration
F.D.A. studies show the shot strongly protects against severe illness and may reduce spread of the virus. But the drugmaker has fallen short of initial production goals.
California has passed the 50,000-death mark, the most of any state.
by Jill Cowan on 2021-02-25 in internal-essential
A bleak reminder that the recent progress the state has made against the pandemic may be fragile.
The Coronavirus Can Sicken Children in Very Different Ways, New Study Finds
by Pam Belluck on 2021-02-25 in internal-essential
Amid Shortfalls, Biden Signs Executive Order to Bolster Critical Supply Chains
by Jim Tankersley and Ana Swanson on 2021-02-25 in Biden, Joseph R Jr, Executive Orders and Memorandums, United States Politics and Government, United States International Relations, United States Economy, Economic Conditions and Trends, International Trade and World Market, Shortages, Stockpiling, Factories and Manufacturing, Computer Chips, Automobiles, 5G (Wireless Communications), Rare Earths, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), China, Taiwan, Schumer, Charles E, Law and Legislation
The order is intended to help insulate the economy from future shortages of critical imported components by making the United States less reliant on foreign supplies.
Facing Roadblocks, Vast Global Vaccination Effort Gets Underway
by Ruth Maclean on 2021-02-24 in Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), Third World and Developing Countries, United Nations, World Health Organization, United Nations Children’s Fund, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Accra (Ghana)
An operation to supply billions of coronavirus vaccine doses to poorer countries has started. But as rich countries buy most of the available supply, stark inequalities remain.
Over 160 Confederate Symbols Were Removed in 2020, Group Says
by Neil Vigdor and Daniel Victor on 2021-02-24 in Monuments and Memorials (Structures), Civil War (US) (1861-65), United States Defense and Military Forces, Black People, Black Lives Matter Movement, States (US), Symbols, United States Politics and Government, Capitol Building (Washington, DC), Names, Organizational, Race and Ethnicity, Flags, Emblems and Insignia, Demonstrations, Protests and Riots, Discrimination, Southern Poverty Law Center, Sons of Confederate Veterans, George Floyd Protests (2020), Confederate States of America, Military Bases and Installations
The Southern Poverty Law Center said more “symbols of hate” were removed from public property last year after the death of George Floyd than in the previous four years combined.
Israel Gives Vaccine to Far-Off Allies, as Palestinians Wait
by Patrick Kingsley on 2021-02-24 in Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), Vaccination and Immunization, Palestinian Authority, Israel, West Bank, Gaza Strip, Guatemala, Honduras, Czech Republic, Hungary
The donations will go to nations like the Czech Republic and Honduras that pledged to move diplomats to Jerusalem. Critics say Israel has an obligation to inoculate Palestinians under its occupation.
Head of McKinsey, Kevin Sneader, Voted Out as Firm Faces Reckoning on Opioid Crisis
by Michael Forsythe on 2021-02-24 in McKinsey & Co, Sneader, Kevin David, Appointments and Executive Changes, Opioids and Opiates, OxyContin (Drug), Purdue Pharma
Partners decided not to keep Kevin Sneader in the top job. Weeks earlier, McKinsey had reached a historic settlement agreement in the U.S. over its advice to drugmakers.
Your Thursday Briefing
by Jillian Rayfield on 2021-02-24
The global vaccine sharing program kicks off.
A Top Democrat Warns Against a Hasty Withdrawal of U.S. Troops From Afghanistan
by Eric Schmitt on 2021-02-24 in Terrorism, Afghanistan War (2001- ), United States International Relations, United States Defense and Military Forces, Afghan National Security Forces, Defense Department, North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Senate Committee on Armed Services, Biden, Joseph R Jr, Reed, Jack, Afghanistan, Taliban
Senator Jack Reed said he favored seeking an extension of the May 1 deadline for withdrawing troops that President Donald Trump and the Taliban negotiated last year.
Travel Quarantines: Enduring the Mundane, One Day at a Time
by Lauren Sloss on 2021-02-24 in Quarantine (Life and Culture), Travel and Vacations, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), Hotels and Travel Lodgings, Quarantines
Running a half-marathon in your hotel room. Hearing the sea, but not seeing it. Fixating on food. Here’s how some travelers passed the time during their mandatory quarantines.
New York Opens Brooklyn and Queens Vaccine Sites For Hard-Hit Areas
by Michael Gold on 2021-02-24 in internal-essential, Vaccination and Immunization, Hispanic-Americans, Medgar Evers College, York College, Brooklyn (NYC), Queens (NYC), Black People
Arrest of Opposition Leader in Georgia Raises Fear of Growing Instability
by Andrew E. Kramer on 2021-02-24 in Georgia (Georgian Republic), Political Prisoners, Melia, Nika, Legislatures and Parliaments, Elections, Boycotts, Georgian Dream (Political Party), United National Movement (Georgian Political Party), Politics and Government
Lawmakers from parties aligned against the government have vowed to continue a boycott of Parliament until Nika Melia is released from police custody.