Wednesday Briefing – The New York Times


With the spread of the most virulent delta type of corona virus around the world, masks are again أصبحت The focus of conflicting opinions الآراء About how best to manage the epidemic. The variant now accounts for one in five cases in the United States

The World Health Organization last week repeated its recommendation that everyone – including vaccinators – wear masks in many circumstances to stop the spread of the virus. It goes against US federal health guidelines released in May that say fully vaccinated people no longer need to cover up, even indoors.

Countries in the Asia-Pacific region with slow vaccination campaigns are scrambling to slow the spread It is changing by resorting to new lockdowns, including in four large cities in Australia, as well as in Bangladesh and Malaysia.

Context: Studies have shown that Covid-19 vaccines are still largely effective against the delta variant, although protection is much lower for those who have been partially vaccinated.

Eight months after the Ethiopian army attacked the Tigray region, the civil war took a turn when Tigrayan fighters took control of the regional capital, Mekele. Residents celebrated in the streets.

The rebel forces indicated a weak desire for a truce. Senior members of the rebels said that they will continue to fight and are ready to pursue the Eritrean forces that joined the Ethiopian forces on their soil.

This dramatic shift came as a blow to Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. He launched an offensive in November promising it would be over within weeks. The war now looks like it may be prolonged, after eight months of violence in which the Eritrean forces have been Accused of atrocities.

turning tide: The war began with Tigrayan forces clearly on the defensive. After the rebels I managed to regroup. In addition, the invasion and human rights abuses drove large numbers of recruits into the arms of the congregation.

outcome: approx two million people They were displaced from their homes. The region faces a long list of crises including lack of water and education, along with famine in which millions face starvation.

Six days after an apartment complex collapsed north of Miami Beach, rescuers say Don `t give up As they continue searching the giant pile of rubble for 149 missing people. 12 people have been confirmed dead. Here’s what we know about them.

Despite the rescuers’ efforts, many families waiting at a government-sponsored reunion center are left to them Navigating in an ugly and limiting place Where mourning can feel necessary and premature. People stood around the looming pile of debris and shouted to those still missing: “I love you.” “Please get out of there.” “we are waiting for you.”

Less than three months before the collapse, the head of the housing association warned in a letter to residents that damage to the building had “significantly worsened” since it occurred. Highlighted in 2018 inspection which found “significant structural damage” to the building.

News from Washington: President Biden and First Lady Jill Biden, He will visit the site of the collapse of the building She will meet with the families of the victims on Thursday.

A year later, Hong Kong’s National Security Law, which plunged the territory into a state of political shutdown with the Chinese Communist Party, put the very fabric of daily life under attack.

The law led to the arrest of activists, the confiscation of assets, the firing of government employees, the detention of newspaper editors, and the rewriting of school curricula. right Now, What was once an oasis of civil libertiesNeighbors are urged to report each other, and children are taught to look for traitors. Above, the flag-raising ceremony on Hong Kong’s National Security Education Day in April.

We live in a time of extraordinary abundance, and yet we work as much, if not more, than we ever did, even though we have long crossed income thresholds when former economists I thought we’d work 15 hours a week.

My colleague Ezra Klein spoke to anthropologist James Susman, who has spent the past 30 years studying hunter-gatherers Jo/Huansi people in South Africa. This is a slightly edited excerpt from their conversation. Listen to the full episode of “The Ezra Klein Show” Here.

The big illogical argument in your work is that humanity has already come up with a 15-hour work week, but advances in technology, income, and productivity are actually the things that are taking us further. Tell me about it.

James Susman: The hunter-gatherers like Joe/Hansi were far less than we do in the physical sense, and were severely poor by modern standards, yet they consider themselves wealthy and enjoy a degree of affluence as a result.

We seem caught up in this cycle of striving for more and more growth, greater wealth, and anything greater. It seems that our aspirations continue to grow indefinitely. And we’re so stuck in that kind of treadmill that we never stop and actually enjoy the rewards of what we’ve won.

Abundance does not come from endless production, but from efficient organization of what you want, because then you can already produce enough and achieve that level. How do you organize Joe/Hansi you want?

In the life of hunting and gathering, there was a real feeling that if anyone tried to accumulate resources or control the distribution and flow of resources, it was socially unhealthy. It produces tensions. produces anxiety. Result hierarchy or attempt hierarchy. It adds a whole level of risk and cost to the social life of the group.

This vegetable tabbouleh With chickpeas, only boiling water needs to be cooked to soak the bulgur. Use it as a main or side dish for fish and meat, or as a picnic dish.

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