The Lost Days That Made Bergamo a Coronavirus Tragedy

The northern Italian province became one of the deadliest killing fields for the virus in the Western world. But a Times investigation found that faulty guidance and bureaucratic delays rendered the toll far worse than it had to be.

#bergamo-italy, #conte-giuseppe, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #hospitals, #italy, #medicine-and-health, #politics-and-government, #shutdowns-institutional, #tests-medical, #world-health-organization

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Jailed, Exiled and Silenced: Smothering East Africa’s Political Opposition

In several countries, entrenched leaders are taking advantage of coronavirus restrictions and a world distracted by the pandemic to clamp down hard on prominent political opponents.

#ahmed-abiy, #burundi, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #djibouti, #east-africa, #elections, #ethiopia, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #kyagulanyi-ssentamu-robert-bobi-wine, #lissu-tundu, #magufuli-john-1959, #mohammed-jawar, #museveni-yoweri, #political-prisoners, #politics-and-government, #tanzania, #tigray-ethiopia, #uganda

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A Scorched Earth Strategy on Iran

The assassination of a top nuclear scientist isn’t about stopping a bomb — it’s about preventing diplomacy. Joe Biden doesn’t have to let it work.

#assassinations-and-attempted-assassinations, #europe, #iran, #nuclear-energy, #nuclear-weapons, #politics-and-government, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Protests Over Security Bill in France Draw Tens of Thousands

Demonstrators accused the government of drifting toward repressive policies.

#demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #france, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #politics-and-government, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government

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Israel’s Pick to Head Holocaust Memorial Stirs International Uproar

Critics are protesting the nomination of Effie Eitam, a retired general and far-right politician, to lead Yad Vashem, a hallowed Israeli institution.

#eitam-effie, #holocaust-and-the-nazi-era, #israel, #jews-and-judaism, #politics-and-government, #yad-vashem-holocaust-museum

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Beijing Takes Its South China Sea Strategy to the Himalayas

China built a village in territory also claimed by the kingdom of Bhutan, echoing its aggressive tactics at the border with India and in places much farther away.

#bhutan, #china, #defense-and-military-forces, #india, #politics-and-government, #territorial-disputes, #tibet

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Argentina, and Latin America, Mourn Maradona as a Man of the People

Known for siding with leftist leaders and causes, the soccer legend’s life, and his politics, never strayed far from his impoverished roots, and his fans loved him for it.

#argentina, #castro-fidel, #chavez-hugo, #da-silva-luiz-inacio-lula, #funerals-and-memorials, #latin-america, #maradona-diego, #politics-and-government, #soccer, #venezuela

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Turkey Jails Hundreds for Life Over 2016 Coup Attempt

Those accused of being ringleaders were among the many sentenced in one of the most important mass trials relating to the plot.

#coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #decisions-and-verdicts, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #politics-and-government, #sentences-criminal, #turkey

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Chinese Statue to Goddess of Beauty Sparks Debate

As China fights to end extreme poverty while also recovering from the economic damage of the coronavirus, the supposed wisdom of building huge statues in poorer areas to grow tourism is coming under harsh scrutiny.

#china, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #local-government, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #politics-and-government, #poverty

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Macron’s Rightward Tilt in France Sows Wider Alarm

One bill would reach into Muslim life, and another would place new restrictions on filming of police. Critics say they’re part of a drift toward repressive government policies.

#civil-rights-and-liberties, #discrimination, #en-marche-france, #france, #freedom-of-the-press, #internal-storyline-no, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #muslims-and-islam, #police, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #politics-and-government, #religion-state-relations, #terrorism

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Democrats Claim Veto-Proof Majority in N.Y. Senate, Pressuring Cuomo

Democrats in New York bucked the national trend on down-ballot races, and could pursue progressive initiatives without fear of a veto.

#cuomo-andrew-m, #democratic-party, #elections-state-legislature, #new-york-state, #politics-and-government, #republican-party, #state-legislatures

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Reports of Hong Kong’s Death Are Greatly Exaggerated

The democracy movement may be quiet. But it is alive and it will survive.

#china, #civic-party-hong-kong, #communist-party-of-china, #democratic-party-hong-kong, #hong-kong, #hong-kong-protests-2019, #law-and-legislation, #national-peoples-congress-china, #politics-and-government

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Amid Thailand’s Protests, a Feared Tool to Protect the Monarchy Returns

The country’s lèse-majesté law, which makes insulting the king punishable by years in prison, is being used against the movement’s leadership for the first time.

#demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #libel-and-slander, #politics-and-government, #royal-families, #thailand, #vajiralongkorn-1952

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At New York’s Nadir, Dinkins Gave the City the ‘Freedom to Imagine’

An assessment of the former mayor, who died on Monday, reveals how he nourished innovation and laid founding stones for a modern city.

#content-type-personal-profile, #dinkins-david-n, #giuliani-rudolph-w, #homeless-persons, #mayors, #new-york-city, #politics-and-government

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Trump’s ‘Favorite Dictator’ Imprisoned My Husband — to Test Joe Biden

President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of Egypt is using human rights activists in a game of geopolitical brinkmanship. What will the new administration do about it?

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-and-military-forces, #egypt, #egyptian-initiative-for-personal-rights, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #political-prisoners, #politics-and-government, #sisi-abdel-fattah-el, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations

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Trump Stress-Tested the Election System, and the Cracks Showed

Even in the absence of a questionable outcome or any evidence of fraud, President Trump managed to freeze the passage of power for most of a month.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #brennan-center-for-justice, #democratic-party, #elections, #ginsberg-benjamin-l, #politics-and-government, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Outcry in France After Police Clear Paris Migrant Camp

With Parliament considering a security bill, officers used tear gas and dispersal grenades in their response to a camp set up in a prominent square to protest against a lack of housing.

#asylum-right-of, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #france, #immigration-and-emigration, #paris-france, #politics-and-government

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Virginia Democrats, Thrilled With Biden Victory, Aren’t Looking for Carbon Copy

Suburban women who played a huge role in Joe Biden’s victory are not convinced that they need a white man to win their governor’s race next year.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #carroll-jennifer-sandra, #carter-lee-j-1987, #democratic-party, #elections-governors, #fairfax-justin-edward, #indivisible-project, #mcauliffe-terry, #politics-and-government, #presidential-election-of-2020, #race-and-ethnicity, #virginia

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David Dinkins Doesn’t Think He Failed. He Might Be Right.

He was a historic figure, New York’s first black mayor. At 90, he reflects on a city on the brink. Was it his fault? Or did he start the recovery?

#blacks, #dinkins-david-n, #giuliani-rudolph-w, #mayors, #new-york-city, #police-department-nyc, #politics-and-government

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After Trump, Biden Faces Pressure to Stand Up to China by Embracing Taiwan

In his final days in office, President Trump is trying to undermine Beijing by showing support for Taiwan. President-elect Biden will likely follow a similar path — without the pugnacity.

#defense-and-military-forces, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #international-trade-and-world-market, #politics-and-government, #presidential-transition-us, #taiwan, #trump-donald-j, #tsai-ing-wen, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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What Donald Trump Liked About Being President

He preferred the parts of the job that combined pomp, splendor and a world amenable to his decisions. In other words, he always seemed to genuinely enjoy pardoning turkeys.

#politics-and-government, #presidential-election-of-2020, #presidents-and-presidency-us, #trump-donald-j, #turkeys

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The Fight to Win Latino Voters for the G.O.P.

For 10 years, Libre — an arm of the Koch family’s Americans for Prosperity — has been working to foster conservatism in Hispanic communities. Now, the group is going all-in on Georgia’s Senate runoffs.

#hispanic-americans, #politics-and-government, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j

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Corruption Trial of Ex-President Sarkozy Opens in France

Nicolas Sarkozy is the first French head of state since 1945 to attend his own trial. He is accused of trying to obtain confidential information from a judge by offering to help him land a job.

#corruption-institutional, #france, #politics-and-government, #sarkozy-nicolas

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China Says It Remains Open to the World, but Wants to Dictate Terms

China’s leader, Xi Jinping, is pursuing a strategy to make the country’s economy more self-sufficient, while making other places more dependent on it than ever.

#asia-pacific-economic-cooperation, #china, #communist-party-of-china, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #international-relations, #international-trade-and-world-market, #politics-and-government, #united-states-international-relations, #xi-jinping

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What Makes Trump’s Subversion Efforts So Alarming? His Collaborators

The president has been trying to dismantle our shared beliefs about democracy. And now, his fellow Republicans are helping him.

#democratic-party, #giuliani-rudolph-w, #politics-and-government, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #voting-and-voters

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Myanmar Still Loves Aung San Suu Kyi, but Not Why You Think

The explanation is much more paradoxical than just popularity.

#defense-and-military-forces, #elections, #min-aung-hlaing, #national-league-for-democracy-myanmar, #politics-and-government, #rohingya-ethnic-group, #union-solidarity-and-development-party-myanmar, #voting-and-voters, #wirathu-1968

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The E.U. Puts Its Foot Down on the Rule of Law

While the leaders of Hungary and Poland resist.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #european-union, #fidesz-party, #hungary, #kaczynski-jaroslaw, #law-and-justice-poland, #merkel-angela, #orban-viktor, #poland, #politics-and-government

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How Trump Hopes to Use Party Machinery to Retain Control of the G.O.P.

Ronna McDaniel, a close ally of President Trump, wants to remain head of the Republican National Committee, worrying party members who believe the president will try to use the group to keep control of the G.O.P.

#mcdaniel-ronna-romney, #politics-and-government, #presidential-election-of-2020, #presidential-election-of-2024, #republican-national-committee, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j

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Senator Kelly Loeffler of Georgia is in isolation after testing positive for the virus.

Senator Kelly Loeffler of Georgia, a Republican who is campaigning in a high-stakes runoff election that could determine control of the Senate, is isolating after testing positive for the coronavirus.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #loeffler-kelly-l, #politics-and-government, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Trump Using Last Days to Lock in Policies and Make Biden’s Task More Difficult

At a wide range of departments and agencies, Mr. Trump’s political appointees are going to extraordinary lengths to try to prevent Mr. Biden from rolling back the president’s legacy.

#afghanistan-war-2001, #appointments-and-executive-changes, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #politics-and-government, #presidential-election-of-2020, #presidential-transition-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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How Hispanic Voters Swung Miami Right

Many expected that liberal young Hispanic voters would propel a Democratic wave. But Miami, a city where Hispanics hold the levers of power, confounded expectations.

#cuban-americans, #elections, #florida, #gimenez-carlos-a, #hispanic-americans, #miami-fla, #miami-dade-county-fla, #politics-and-government, #presidential-election-of-2020, #voting-and-voters

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Jan Myrdal, Swedish Author and Provocateur, Dies at 93

His father and mother were both Nobel winners. His most famous book was about how badly they had treated him.

#books-and-literature, #childhood-1982-book, #deaths-obituaries, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #myrdal-jan, #politics-and-government, #writing-and-writers

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How a Man With a Van Is Challenging U.K. Drug Policy

A former drug user turned activist is addressing Scotland’s alarming drug death crisis by running the nation’s first drug consumption room — and risking arrest to do it.

#deaths-fatalities, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #glasgow-scotland, #heroin, #hypodermic-needles-and-syringes, #krykant-peter, #naloxone-drug, #opioids-and-opiates, #politics-and-government, #scotland, #therapy-and-rehabilitation

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Rockets Strike Kabul as Mike Pompeo Plans to Meet with Taliban

The strikes on the Afghan capital, which killed at least five people, comes on the heels of an already bloody month for the city.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #civilian-casualties, #doha-qatar, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #kabul-afghanistan, #kabul-university, #politics-and-government

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Why Trump Will Fail in Michigan

His only success will be in ruining what should be the celebration of a successful election under highly challenging circumstances.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #constitutions, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #democratic-party, #michigan, #politics-and-government, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Margaret Guilfoyle, Trailblazing Australian Lawmaker, Dies at 94

As a member of Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser’s cabinet from 1975 to 1983, Ms. Guilfoyle was the first woman to run an Australian government department.

#australia, #deaths-obituaries, #fraser-malcolm-1930-2015, #guilfoyle-margaret-1926-2020, #politics-and-government

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Under a Divisive Peace, Wartime Rifts Hobble Hope in Bosnia

The Dayton Accords, which ended fighting in the country 25 years ago, created a dysfunctional system that put power in the hands of politicians stoking ethnic division.

#bosnia-and-herzegovina, #politics-and-government, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

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The 46th: Progressive Democrats’ Next Moves Under Biden

In the first episode of this special pre-Inauguration series from “The Argument,” Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal and “Sway” host Kara Swisher join the debate.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #jayapal-pramila, #politics-and-government, #presidential-election-of-2020, #the-crown-tv-program, #united-states-politics-and-government, #warren-elizabeth

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An ‘Electrifying’ Economist’s Guide to the Recovery

Mariana Mazzucato, a professor who has the ears of world leaders and chief executives, envisions a post-pandemic world that redefines what is valued.

#capitalism-theory-and-philosophy, #gross-domestic-product, #income-inequality, #mazzucato-mariana, #politics-and-government, #women-and-girls, #womens-rights

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‘Collective’ Review: When Tragedy Consumes a Nation

The shocking Romanian documentary “Collective” revisits a 2015 fire that killed scores of people and brought down the government.

#bucharest-romania, #collective-movie, #documentary-films-and-programs, #fires-and-firefighters, #nanau-alexander, #news-and-news-media, #politics-and-government, #romania

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They Championed Venezuela’s Revolution. They Are Now Its Latest Victims.

In an effort to complete his consolidation of power, Nicolás Maduro is cracking down on the leftist activists who once supported him, but have begun to speak up against his administration’s corruption and cronyism.

#chavez-hugo, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #maduro-nicolas, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #politics-and-government, #venezuela

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Seeking Restart With Biden, Palestinians Eye End to Prisoner Payments

The Palestinian Authority pays stipends to prisoners held by Israel in a system critics call “pay to slay.” The worse the crime, the higher the payment.

#abbas-mahmoud, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #israel, #jerusalem-israel, #law-and-legislation, #palestinian-authority, #palestinians, #politics-and-government, #presidential-election-of-2020, #ramallah-west-bank, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #west-bank

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State and City Governments Are Too Big to Fail

Together, they employ about 23 million essential workers. But the pandemic has pushed them to the brink. President-elect Biden needs to step in now.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #federal-aid-us, #house-of-representatives, #metropolitan-transportation-authority, #new-york-city, #new-york-state, #politics-and-government, #property-taxes, #real-estate-commercial, #states-us, #stimulus-economic, #united-states-politics-and-government

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In Georgia, a Republican Feud With Trump at the Center

Double-crossing. Accusations of lying and incompetence. And a bitter divide over whether to endorse President Trump’s false claims of fraud. The G.O.P. in Georgia has a messy feud unfolding, with two Senate seats up for grabs.

#bacon-don-1963, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #collins-douglas-a-1966, #democratic-party, #graham-lindsey, #kemp-brian-p, #kingston-jack, #loeffler-kelly-l, #perdue-david-a-jr, #politics-and-government, #presidential-election-of-2020, #raffensperger-brad, #republican-party, #rumors-and-misinformation, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-fraud-election-fraud

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In Georgia Recount, a Republican Feud With Trump at the Center

Double-crossing. Accusations of lying and incompetence. And a bitter divide over whether to endorse President Trump’s false claims of fraud. The G.O.P. in Georgia has a messy feud unfolding, with two Senate seats up for grabs.

#bacon-don-1963, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #collins-douglas-a-1966, #democratic-party, #graham-lindsey, #kemp-brian-p, #kingston-jack, #loeffler-kelly-l, #perdue-david-a-jr, #politics-and-government, #presidential-election-of-2020, #raffensperger-brad, #republican-party, #rumors-and-misinformation, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-fraud-election-fraud

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U.S. to Drop Case Against Mexican Ex-Official to Allow Inquiry in Mexico

The announcement by the Justice Department was an abrupt turnaround a month after the high-profile arrest of a former defense minister.

#barr-william-p, #cienfuegos-zepeda-salvador, #defense-and-military-forces, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #drug-cartels, #gertz-manero-alejandro, #justice-department, #mexico, #politics-and-government, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Corbyn Reinstated by U.K. Labour Party Three Weeks After Suspension

The decision, coming three weeks after the party suspended Jeremy Corbyn, the ex-Labour leader, provoked anger from some British Jews, who said his attempts to clarify his comments were inadequate.

#anti-semitism, #corbyn-jeremy-1949, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #labour-party-great-britain, #politics-and-government, #starmer-keir

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Biden Wants to Rejoin Iran Nuclear Deal, but It Won’t Be Easy

President Trump is applying more sanctions on Iran that would be hard to reverse. Tehran, facing elections in June, has its own demands.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #iran, #khamenei-ali, #nuclear-weapons, #politics-and-government, #presidential-transition-us, #rouhani-hassan, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations

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Vaccine Unproven? No Problem in China, Where People Scramble for Shots

Many say they are reassured because politicians and executives have been inoculated. But experts say the risks outweigh the benefits.

#china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #politics-and-government, #sinovac-biotech-ltd, #vaccination-and-immunization

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How to Deal With People Who Ignore Covid Safety

First, let’s assume that they are not necessarily going to listen.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #medicine-and-health, #politics-and-government, #tests-medical, #vaccination-and-immunization

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