Your Wednesday Briefing
by Natasha Frost on 2021-07-28
Olympic superstars crumple on the world stage.
I.M.F. World Economic Outlook Forecasts 6 Percent Global Growth
by Alan Rappeport on 2021-07-28 in United States Economy, Inflation (Economics), International Trade and World Market, Economic Conditions and Trends, Vaccination and Immunization, Third World and Developing Countries, International Monetary Fund, Gopinath, Gita
The gap between the rich and poor countries will widen as the United States and other advanced economies expand faster than expected, according to new projections.
Assam-Mizoram Border Clash Leaves at Least 5 Dead
by Hari Kumar and Emily Schmall on 2021-07-28 in India, Territorial Disputes, Deaths (Fatalities), Assam State (India)
Two Indian states have been arguing since the 1980s over where exactly the line falls on a 193-square-mile strip of land dividing them. On Monday, guns and hand grenades came out.
As China Boomed, It Didn’t Take Climate Change Into Account. Now It Must.
by Steven Lee Myers, Keith Bradsher and Chris Buckley on 2021-07-28 in Floods, Global Warming, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Weather, Communist Party of China, China, Zhengzhou (China), Urban Areas, Area Planning and Renewal
China’s breathtaking economic growth created cities ill-equipped to face extreme weather. Last week’s dramatic floods showed that much will have to change.
Critics Pounce on Naomi Osaka After Loss, Denting Japan’s Claim to Diversity
by Motoko Rich on 2021-07-28 in Olympic Games (2020), Race and Ethnicity, Mental Health and Disorders, Tennis, Black People, Osaka, Naomi (1997- ), Tokyo (Japan)
The tennis star, who lit the Olympic cauldron, took a drubbing on social media, with some questioning her identity or right to represent the country.
Tunisia’s Democracy Verges on Collapse as President Moves to Take Control
by Vivian Yee on 2021-07-28 in Tunisia, Saied, Kais (1958- ), Demonstrations, Protests and Riots, Middle East and North Africa Unrest (2010- ), Ennahda Party (Tunisia), Middle East, Politics and Government, Coups D’Etat and Attempted Coups D’Etat, Mechichi, Hichem, Ghannouchi, Rachid al-
The effort by President Kais Saied threatened the only democracy to emerge from the Arab Spring protests a decade ago, and his opponents called it a coup.
The Olympic Mascots Aren’t Winning Any Medals
by Mike Ives and Hikari Hida on 2021-07-27 in Olympic Games (2020), Mascots, Japan, Paralympic Games
In Japan, mascots typically play a major role in branding campaigns. But Miraitowa and Someity have been a subdued presence at the very event they were made for.
With Gatherings Banned Amid Turmoil, Tunisians Can Only Watch. And Wait.
by Vivian Yee on 2021-07-27 in Tunisia, Saied, Kais (1958- ), Coups D’Etat and Attempted Coups D’Etat, Politics and Government, Appointments and Executive Changes, Ennahda Party (Tunisia), Tunis (Tunisia), Legislatures and Parliaments
Days after their president staged a power grab, threatening their young democracy, many Tunisians are banking on the hope that things cannot get much worse.
The Travel Industry’s Reckoning With Race and Inclusion
by Tariro Mzezewa on 2021-07-27 in Black People, Travel and Vacations, Race and Ethnicity, Road Trips, Monuments and Memorials (Structures), Historic Buildings and Sites, Museums, United States
Tourists, particularly Black travelers, are paying close attention to how destinations and travel service providers approach diversity and equity after a year of social justice protests.
Your Wednesday Briefing
by Melina Delkic on 2021-07-27
Biles’s withdrawal at the Tokyo Games.
Taekwondo Is Path to Medals for Countries That Rarely Get Them
by Hannah Beech on 2021-07-27 in Olympic Games (2020), Taekwondo, Refugees and Displaced Persons, Martial Arts, Alizadeh, Kimia (1998- )
Ivory Coast and Jordan won their first-ever Olympic golds, thanks to taekwondo, as did Taiwan. Afghanistan’s only Olympic medals, a pair of bronzes, came from it, too.
After Years of Chinese Influence, U.S. Tries to Renew Ties in Southeast Asia
by Sui-Lee Wee on 2021-07-27 in United States International Relations, Austin, Lloyd J III, Biden, Joseph R Jr, China, South China Sea, Philippines
Lloyd J. Austin III, the American defense secretary, became the first high-ranking official in the Biden administration to travel to a region that has long received close attention from Beijing.
Why Are India and the U.S. Sparring Over a $110 Million Mumbai Mansion?
by Jeffrey Gettleman, Suhasini Raj and Lara Jakes on 2021-07-27 in United States International Relations, Politics and Government, United States Politics and Government, Indian-Americans, India, Mumbai (India), Poonawalla, Adar (1981- ), Blinken, Antony J, Modi, Narendra, Serum Institute of India
For years, the Indian government has blocked the sale of a former U.S. consulate to a family of vaccine tycoons, but it’s not clear why. The Americans are getting annoyed.
India Landslides and Floods From Monsoon Rains Kill Scores
by Karan Deep Singh on 2021-07-27 in Landslides and Mudslides, Floods, Weather, Rain, Deaths (Fatalities), Monsoons, Global Warming, Maharashtra (India), Himachal Pradesh (India)
Every monsoon season poses risks to the country, but this one is shaping up as especially destructive as climate change turbocharges rainfall.
Uganda Detains Weight Lifter Who Went Missing in Japan
by Abdi Latif Dahir on 2021-07-27 in Uganda, Kampala (Uganda), Ssekitoleko, Julius, Olympic Games, Museveni, Yoweri
Ugandan authorities said they were looking into possible fraud in the case of the 20-year-old who went to Japan hoping to compete in the Olympics even though he failed to qualify, and has since returned.
Fears of Toxic Smoke After an Industrial Explosion in Germany
by Christopher F. Schuetze on 2021-07-27 in Fires and Firefighters, Explosions (Accidental), Accidents and Safety, Waste Materials and Disposal, Cologne (Germany)
An explosion and fire at a waste plant in Leverkusen was declared an “extreme threat.” At least one person was confirmed dead, 16 workers were injured and four more were missing.
Floods, Heat, Then Floods Again: England Is Battered by Wild Weather
by Isabella Kwai on 2021-07-27 in Floods, Weather, Rain, Rivers, Heat and Heat Waves, London (England)
Thunderstorms in London flooded hospitals’ emergency rooms and submerged streets for the second time this month.
The Fisherwomen, Chevron and the Leaking Pipe
by Ruth Maclean and Yagazie Emezi on 2021-07-27 in Niger Delta (Nigeria), Oil Spills, Chevron Corporation, Women and Girls, Nigeria, Water Pollution, Fishing, Commercial, Demonstrations, Protests and Riots, audio-neutral-immersive, audio-negative-sad
Big Oil has a filthy legacy in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria. One prominent environmentalist said: “They are moving out and leaving all the mess behind.”
Debate Continues Across U.S. About Requiring Covid Masks
by Azi Paybarah, Daniel E. Slotnik and Jesus Jiménez on 2021-07-27
As the Delta variant of the coronavirus spreads, a debate is raging among government officials and business leaders not only about requiring vaccinations, but about reimposing indoor mask rules.
Hong Kong Protester Is Convicted in First Trial Under Tough Security Law
by Austin Ramzy on 2021-07-27 in Hong Kong, China
Tong Ying-kit, 24, who struck police officers with his motorcycle while carrying a banner, could be sentenced to life in prison.
‘Dune’ and Princess Diana Biopic to Debut at a Starry Venice Film Festival
by Alex Marshall on 2021-07-27 in Movies, Venice International Film Festival, Villeneuve, Denis, Larrain, Pablo, Dune (Movie), Spencer (Movie)
Hollywood blockbusters are back on the program after a less celebrity-driven edition last year, but the event will still be far from business as usual.
Liberals Who Don’t Retire
by David Leonhardt on 2021-07-27
Conservative justices retire by their 80s. Some liberals don’t. Why not?
As virus cases rise, another contagion spreads among the vaccinated: anger.
by Roni Caryn Rabin on 2021-07-27
‘They Have My Sister’: As Uyghurs Speak Out, China Targets Their Families
by Austin Ramzy on 2021-07-27 in Xinjiang (China), China, Political Prisoners, Deaths (Fatalities), Uighurs (Chinese Ethnic Group), War Crimes, Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity, Radio Free Asia, Liu Xia
Activists overseas who denounce China’s repression in Xinjiang have found that relatives back home were imprisoned, or worse.
Lockdowns ease in parts of Australia, but Sydney’s outbreak swells.
by Yan Zhuang on 2021-07-27