We cover what awaits us in the Iran nuclear deal and the tense elections in Ethiopia.
Iran’s new president and the nuclear deal
Ebrahim Raisi, Iran’s ultra-conservative former judiciary, was elected president after a campaign widely seen as designed to secure his victory. His victory could give President Biden a chance to restore the 2015 nuclear deal.
US negotiators say the next six weeks before a major inauguration It could be a unique window to make a deal Reviving the agreement that Donald Trump tore up three years ago. The theory in Washington and Tehran is that Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has been running not only the elections but also the nuclear negotiations – and he doesn’t want to give up his best hope of lifting the crushing sanctions that have kept Iran in check. Oil is largely off the market.
analyzing: Longevity of the authoritarian government in Iran Challenge the assumptions of experts and foreign adversariesIts citizens are, apparently, the basic laws of history.
Challenges: US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said on Sunday that major challenges remain for the nuclear deal, including Iran’s nuclear sanctions and obligations, and that Iran’s final decision on the matter rests with the supreme leader, not the president.
The delta variable hampered global progress
The delta variant is proving to be a stubborn obstacle in the fight against the coronavirus.
As the United States heads into the summer of a second pandemic, President Biden has warned about it The variable is spreading In states with low vaccination rates. The chief scientist of the World Health Organization said on Friday that Delta has become the dominant alternative globally of disease, according to Reuters.
Russian virologists say that The Delta variant is now the most popular version in Moscow. The mayor, Sergei Sobyanin, told local media on Friday that 89.3 percent of all new coronavirus cases in the city include the variant. Case numbers have tripled over the past two weeks, and city officials have added 5,000 hospital beds.
In England, ‘Freedom Day’, as the last remaining coronavirus restrictions were due to end, Postponed until July 19 After a sharp rise in delta issues. Prime Minister Boris Johnson expressed confidence that restrictions would be lifted next month, but added that “at a certain point, we will have to learn how to live with the virus and deal with it as best we can”.
Ethiopia’s tense elections
Ethiopians are Heading to the polls on Monday in a long-delayed election By violence and boycotts, the Associated Press reported, though logistical problems mean some people won’t vote until September.
Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said it would be the country’s first free and fair elections after decades of oppressive rule. He won praise for allowing the return of opposition parties and releasing thousands of political prisoners.
But the war in Tigray has now drawn international scrutiny, with rights groups saying the government is rolling back freedoms. Humanitarian agencies recently warned that 350,000 people in Tigray are on the brink of starvation. The US State Department said last week that it was “deeply concerned about the environment in which these upcoming elections will take place.”
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Victoria’s Secret tries a new look
After years of declining popularity, Victoria’s Secret, the lingerie giant known for its sexy image, is undergoing a major rebranding.
Outside are the Angels, the tight-fitting supermodels like Heidi Klum and Tyra Banks who made an exclusive show for the company. In their place is a group called the VS Collective made up of seven women who advise and promote the brand, including soccer star Megan Rapinoe and actress Priyanka Chopra Jonas.
Victoria’s Secret has always summed up “a certain widely accepted stereotype of femininity”, Sapna Maheshwari and Vanessa Friedman Books in the Times. But this model is now outdated. Over the past decade, there has been a rise in “anti-Victorian secrets”, such as Rory Satran Written in the Wall Street Journal. Competitors such as ThirdLove and Cuup prioritize “comfort, gender and structure, and overall, subjective advertising imagery that showcases a variety of forms.”
Victoria’s Secret has been slow to adapt. “We needed to stop talking about what men want and be about what women want,” said Martin Waters, CEO of the brand. In stores, mannequins will now come in a wide range of shapes and sizes. The company will also start offering products such as bras and sportswear.
One question remains: do women buy it?
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