Wednesday Briefing – The New York Times


Israeli army Air raids on the Gaza Strip Early Wednesday, in response to incendiary balloons sent by Hamas to southern Israel. There were no immediate reports of injuries.

The day of escalating tension began after the Israeli government allowed a far-right Jewish rally to pass through Palestinian areas of Jerusalem on Tuesday night, despite the objections of the Arab and left-wing parties in the coalition, and despite threats by Hamas to retaliate.

Gaza is barely starting to recover fighting last monthAt least 250 Palestinians and 13 people were killed in Israel and more than 16,000 homes were damaged, according to the United Nations. Over the course of 11 days, Gaza militants fired more than 4,000 rockets into Israel.

details: Incendiary balloons tend to be less destructive than rockets, although they sometimes burn large areas of farmland and land near homes. The new Israeli Prime Minister, Naftali Bennett, had previously said that those who launched the balloons are “terrorists” who should be killed.

President Biden will Meeting with President Vladimir Putin Russia in Geneva today. The summit comes days after Biden notably referred to Putin as a “worthy adversary,” in what some analysts interpreted as a crucial show of respect.

Russian officials see a renewed opportunity to improve relations between the United States and Russia in Biden’s emphasis on predictability and stability. Although there is little expectation that the meeting will fundamentally reshape relations, there is hope in Russia among Putin’s supporters and critics that it will at least stop the downward spiral.

“Putin’s goal is to move to a respectful, hostile relationship from the one we live in today,” said Vladimir Frolov, a columnist on Russian foreign affairs. “This appears to be in line with Biden’s goals for a predictable and stable relationship.”

Citeable: “This is a different man,” Putin said of Biden. “I very much expect – there are pros and cons – that there will be no such rash moves on the part of the current president, that we will be able to observe certain rules of interaction, that we will be able to agree on things and find some points of contact.”

Related: Russia has been a space power for decades. but now The future of the country’s program rests with ChinaAn emerging partnership that reflects today’s geopolitics.

Across Asia Pacific, countries that have led the world in containing the coronavirus They are now in the race to put it behind them.

While the United States and some other Western countries are cramming planes with vaccinated passengers, countries lauded for their early handling of the pandemic are stuck in cycles of restrictions and isolation, with their borders often firmly shuttered.

Endurance of restricted lives is waning, and one major factor contributing to the uncertainty: the lack of vaccines, with campaigns underway in many countries. “It’s like we’re waiting in glue or mud,” said a vaccine expert in Melbourne, Australia.

details: The roots of the leather saw go back to decisions made months ago. In the spring of 2020, the US and European countries bet big on vaccines, quick approval, and spending billions, while places like Australia, Japan and Taiwan, with lower case numbers, felt less urgency to buy.

In numbers: Less than 25 percent of people in India, Japan, Australia and New Zealand received at least one dose of the vaccine, compared to 53 percent of Americans and more than 60 percent of people in Britain.

Here Latest updates And the pandemic maps.

In other developments:

Even before the pandemic, Amazon was losing about 3 percent of its hourly partners each week, with turnover close to 150 percent annually. But over the past year, with orders soaring, the company has burned workers, relying on a faltering system that does hiring, monitoring, and firing without much human contact.

An examination by The Times of how the epidemic is spreading at the Amazon JFK8 Center in New York I found that the crisis revealed the strength and dangers of the Amazon recruitment system نظام. Here Five takeaways from the investigation.

At the end of last year, a decades-long conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan erupted into six weeks of fierce fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh, which was finally interrupted by a Russian-brokered peace agreement. As the President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, is visiting Nagorno-Karabakh this week, Milena Delkić, who is writing our report on Asia, met our correspondent Andrew Kramer, who covered the conflict.

When we stopped closely observing the area, there was a fragile peace. Most of the Armenian-held territory of Nagorno-Karabakh was returned to Azerbaijan. where is she now?

The settlement mostly held. There were some limited skirmishes on the border. Several people were killed in a shootout along the Line of Actual Control established by the settlement around what remained of Nagorno-Karabakh.

What is the significance of Erdogan’s visit?

The settlement promised a land link all the way to Azerbaijan and, in theory, across the Caspian Sea by boat to Central Asia. All these Turkish speaking countries will be connected by this transfer from Turkey directly. The idea of ​​a pan-Turkish sphere of influence emerged in the immediate post-Soviet period. Turkey’s influence and obvious role in aiding the Azerbaijani victory probably prepares them to revive the idea of ​​a Turkish national area.

Are there any other long-term geopolitical consequences?

When the Soviet Union disintegrated, it created 15 new states. There were also enclaves that became de facto independent states that were not recognized by the outside world, including Nagorno-Karabakh. It was the only frozen conflict zone that was not under Russia’s control. What this settlement did is enter Russia.

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