Scenes of Scotland, as It Weighs Independence From the U.K.
by Andrew Testa and Stephen Castle on 2021-05-07 in Referendums, Scottish National Party, Johnson, Boris, Salmond, Alex, Sturgeon, Nicola, Scotland, Secession and Independence Movements, Great Britain Withdrawal from EU (Brexit)
If the pro-independence vote surges in Thursday’s elections for the Scottish Parliament, momentum for an another referendum on independence may become unstoppable.
‘Belonging Is Stronger Than Facts’: The Age of Misinformation
by Max Fisher on 2021-05-07 in Rumors and Misinformation, Social Media, Twitter
Social and psychological forces are combining to make the sharing and believing of misinformation an endemic problem with no easy solution.
‘It’s Not Quite Like Riding a Bike’: Pilots Get Ready to Fly Again
by Ceylan Yeginsu on 2021-05-07 in Aviation Accidents, Safety and Disasters, Coronavirus Risks and Safety Concerns, Quarantine (Life and Culture), Pilots, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), Airlines and Airplanes, Travel and Vacations
As airlines ramp up service, pilots who have been furloughed or laid off need to be retrained in everything from dealing with the control tower to ‘volcanic ash’ scenarios.
Japan Extends Emergency Measures Before Tokyo Olympics
by Makiko Inoue on 2021-05-07 in internal-essential, Japan, Tokyo (Japan), Osaka (Japan), Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)
The expanded restrictions come 11 weeks before the scheduled start of Tokyo’s Summer Games, as a fourth wave of coronavirus infections continues.
A Giant Wood Moth Surfaced at an Australian School
by Maria Cramer on 2021-05-07 in Butterflies and Moths, Indigenous Australians, Museums, Australia, Queensland (Australia)
A giant wood moth, the heaviest of all known moths, appeared on the side of a school building in Queensland, Australia, enthralling students who are used to diverse wildlife.
Here We Go Again: Another Covid Case Brings More Uncertainty
by Yan Zhuang on 2021-05-07 in Australia, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), Travel Warnings, New South Wales (Australia), Vaccination and Immunization
These outbreaks should be getting less significant as more Australians get vaccinated. But that has been a slow, ungainly process.
U.K. Conservatives Win Hartlepool Parliament Seat
by Stephen Castle on 2021-05-07 in Politics and Government, Elections, Voting and Voters, Legislatures and Parliaments, Conservative Party (Great Britain), Hartlepool (England), England, Johnson, Boris
Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s recent troubles didn’t seem to bother voters in Hartlepool, a struggling town in the northeast of England.
Hong Kong Pushes ‘Fake News’ Label as Media Face ‘Worst of Times’
by Austin Ramzy on 2021-05-07 in Politics and Government, Law and Legislation, Rumors and Misinformation, Hong Kong Protests (2019), Political Prisoners, Human Rights and Human Rights Violations, News and News Media, Apple Daily, Radio Television Hong Kong, Lai, Jimmy, Wong, Joshua (1996- ), Choy Yuk-ling, Hong Kong
The police distributed a magazine denouncing “rumors and lies,” and have warned news outlets against undermining national security.
U.K. and France Send Navy to Island of Jersey in Fishing Dispute
by Mark Landler and Stephen Castle on 2021-05-07 in Politics and Government, International Trade and World Market, Fishing, Commercial, Great Britain Withdrawal from EU (Brexit), Johnson, Boris, Channel Islands, Great Britain
French fishing crews dropped their threat to blockade a port on the island of Jersey, but a standoff over post-Brexit fishing rights augured a future of similar disputes.
Patent Waiver for Covid Vaccines Will Be Considered, E.U. Says
by Matina Stevis-Gridneff on 2021-05-07 in Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), Vaccination and Immunization, von der Leyen, Ursula, Brussels (Belgium)
The European Union said it was considering the proposal but did not endorse it. Germany said that the move could undermine the production of vaccines, deterring E.U. consideration of the plan.
Somalia Defuses Tensions at Home, Restores Kenya Ties
by Abdi Latif Dahir on 2021-05-07 in Somalia, Kenya, Diplomatic Service, Embassies and Consulates, Mohamed, Mohamed Abdullahi, Qatar, Kenyatta, Uhuru Muigai, Territorial Disputes
The Somali leader dropped his divisive bid to extend his term, and the country moved to mend fences with its neighbor Kenya, restoring diplomatic relations.
25 Dead After Shootout in Brazil During a Police Raid
by Flávia Milhorance and Ernesto Londoño on 2021-05-07 in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), Police Brutality, Misconduct and Shootings, Deaths (Fatalities), Drug Abuse and Traffic, Brazil, Comando Vermelho (Red Command)
Police officials and human rights activists called Thursday’s operation in a district controlled by drug traffickers the deadliest in the city’s history.
Russian Spy Team Left Traces That Bolstered C.I.A.’s Bounty Judgment
by Charlie Savage, Eric Schmitt and Michael Schwirtz on 2021-05-07 in United States International Relations, Classified Information and State Secrets, Espionage and Intelligence Services, United States Defense and Military Forces, Afghanistan War (2001- ), United States Politics and Government, Central Intelligence Agency, Defense Department, GRU (Russia), Unit 29155 (Russian intelligence Group), Taliban, Afghanistan, Russia
But the U.S. lacked “evidence that the Kremlin directed this operation,” newly declassified information about the Russian team showed.
Article on Fourth Grader in ’60 Inspires Journalism Class
by Katie Van Syckle on 2021-05-07 in Journalism Schools, News and News Media, Newspapers, Archives and Records, Cold War Era, Books and Literature, Book Trade and Publishing, Freedom of Information Act, Federal Bureau of Investigation, NBC News, New York Times, State Department, Instagram Inc, University of Oregon, Las Vegas (Nev), Moscow (Russia), Nevada, Oregon, Roseburg (Ore), Russia
Sixty years ago, a Times article described one girl’s wish to find a pen pal. A journalism class investigated how the story ended.
Your Friday Briefing
by Natasha Frost on 2021-05-07
America’s next phase of the pandemic.
‘Are You Like This Doggy?’ U.S. Embassy Asked Chinese Students. It Backfired.
by Mike Ives on 2021-05-07 in China, Education, Foreign Students (in US), United States International Relations, Social Media, Visas, State Department
In a social media post about visa applications, the consular section in Beijing posed a question that some critics called racist.
‘Sesame Street’ Launches Vaccine Ad Campaign
by Remy Tumin on 2021-05-07 in internal-essential, Elmo (Fictional Character), Vaccination and Immunization, Advertising Council, Sesame Street (TV Program)
The ads are part of a promotional effort to combat Covid-19 vaccine skepticism.
India’s Covid Vaccinations Fall as Its Outbreak Reaches New Highs
by Sameer Yasir and Suhasini Raj on 2021-05-06 in internal-essential, Vaccination and Immunization, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), India
Colombia Police Respond to Protests With Bullets, and Death Toll Mounts
by Julie Turkewitz and Sofía Villamil on 2021-05-06 in Colombia, Deaths (Fatalities), Demonstrations, Protests and Riots, Duque, Ivan, Politics and Government, Income Inequality, Bogota (Colombia), Latin America, Economic Conditions and Trends, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)
The eruption of anger in Colombia, where at least 24 have died as the government cracks down on the protests, could spread to other countries in the region that share the same combustible conditions.
Three Months After Coup, Myanmar Returns to the ‘Bad Old Days’
by Hannah Beech on 2021-05-06 in Defense and Military Forces, Politics and Government, Coups D’Etat and Attempted Coups D’Etat, Desertion (Military), Elections, Interrogations, Civilian Casualties, Prisons and Prisoners, Censorship, Aung San Suu Kyi, Min Aung Hlaing, Kachin Independence Army, Tatmadaw (Myanmar), Telenor Communications SA, United Nations, Myanmar
Police are now stopping random people on the streets. A group of secret informers has reappeared. The killings continue, but so does the resistance.
From Fish to Warships: How a Small Britain-France Dispute Flared
by Daniel Victor on 2021-05-06 in Fishing, Commercial, Jersey, Isle of, France, Great Britain, International Relations, Politics and Government, Great Britain Withdrawal from EU (Brexit), European Union
A dispute over fishing rights ballooned, leading the countries to send ships to the island of Jersey in the English Channel. By day’s end, both sides had pledged to work it out.
Afghan War Casualty Report: May 2021
by Fahim Abed and Najim Rahim on 2021-05-06 in Civilian Casualties, Taliban, Afghanistan, Afghan National Security Forces, Kabul (Afghanistan)
At least 139 pro-government forces and 44 civilians were killed in Afghanistan during the past week.
Milva, Redheaded Italian Diva of Many Artistic Hues, Dies at 81
by Emma Bubola on 2021-05-06 in Milva (1939-2021), Deaths (Obituaries), Music, Theater, Italy
One of Italy’s best-known singers, she song pop songs and political anthems, and appeared at festivals and on theater stages.
Your Friday Briefing
by Melina Delkic on 2021-05-06
A hopeful moment for the U.S. in the pandemic.
Germany to Open AstraZeneca Vaccine to Everyone 18 and Older
by Christopher F. Schuetze on 2021-05-06 in internal-essential, Germany, Europe, AstraZeneca PLC, Pfizer Inc, Moderna Inc, Viruses, Vaccination and Immunization, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)
The government is also recommending that doctors be allowed to give a second dose before the recommended 12 weeks in order to speed up vaccinations.