Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Your Monday briefing

Israel is moving toward a governing coalition agreement that could equate Benjamin Netanyahu, the country’s longest-serving prime minister.

An ultra-nationalist power broker, Naftali Bennett, said on Sunday that his political party would work with seven others to build a winning coalition, including both left-wing and right-wing extremist members. Netanyahu fired back, calling the proposed coalition “a government of capitulation.”

The prime minister’s position would revolve between Bennett, a proponent of religious law who rejects the notion of a sovereign Palestinian state, and Yair Lapid, a voice of secular centrists.

The coalition government will also rely on the support of a small Arab Islamist party, Raam, which has roots in the same religious current as Hamas, the militant group that controls the Gaza Strip. Raam is unlikely to play a formal role in the coalition, but is expected to support the new government in the Knesset confidence vote.

Link: Supporters hope the proposed coalition can break the stalemate that has prevented the government’s action in Israel for more than two years. Leaders of the proposed coalition have stated that they first plan to focus on infrastructure and economic policy instead of divisive issues such as those related to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Scenes from Israel: When a rocket from Hamas hit an Israeli apartment complex and killed a resident, Palestinian workers from the West Bank, employed by Israeli contractors, cleared the mess. “It’s life,” said one worker. “Nothing changes.”

The first British tourists to Lisbon, since the country went “green” for quarantine-free travel, were aroused by the excitement of escape – even when strict mask rules and curfews reminded them that this would not be an unhindered escape.

Scenic Portugal has long been a favorite tourist destination for British travelers, although they now have few alternatives: Earlier in May, Britain included Portugal on its “green listOf only 12 countries and territories that residents could travel to without quarantine on return, many of which do not accept tourists, although coronavirus restrictions are easy in some places.

Details: Tourists must complete paperwork and submit a negative PCR test before leaving for Portugal. They must then take a new test within 72 hours of their return flight and prove that they have reserved a third test to be taken in the UK, all adding up to hundreds of dollars per flight. Person.

Here are the latest updates and maps of the pandemic.

In other developments:

  • Japan has extended a state of emergency in Tokyo and eight other prefectures until at least June 20, just under a month before the Olympics are scheduled to begin.

  • Nepal is now considering declaring a health emergency as the virus explodes there almost uncontrollably.

  • With new attention to the origins of the coronavirus, U.S. officials called on China to provide greater transparency and faster investigations into whether the devastating pandemic began with a leak from a laboratory.

For 134 years, the Insein prison – pronounced “insane” – has stood as a monument to brutality and authoritarian rule in Myanmar. British colonizers had built it to subjugate the population, and the military dictatorship that ruled from 1962 to 2011 used it to torture and oppress political prisoners.

Now, with the military back in control following a coup on February 1, the aging building has become a central part of the collapse of the pro-democracy movement. Hundreds of journalists, elected leaders and protesters are crammed into the crowded structure.

Political prisoners told The Times that during the previous dictatorship, they were often beaten and sometimes burned, received electric shocks, forced to crawl over jagged rocks and locked in kennels intended for dogs.

Journalists: In March, authorities arrested Nathan Maung, a U.S. citizen, and Hanthar Nyein, co-founders of the online news site Kamayut Media. Another American journalist, Danny Fenster, managing editor of Frontier Myanmar, was arrested on Monday at Yangon airport as he was preparing to leave the country and was taken to jail.

When Venezuela collapses, armed gangs take over parts of the capital Caracas, revealing President Nicolás Maduro’s vulnerability.

They deliver a brutal mark of justice: Thieves trapped in the areas controlled by the gang are shot in the hand. Addicts in the home receive a warning; repeated offenders are shot. And gang members who try to leave the underworld are hunted down as traitors.

Twice delayed by the pandemic, the Venice Architecture Biennale is finally underway. The theme “How do we want to live together?” proved to be prior. Many of the answers look back on ways that countries have built to meet past challenges.

Some of the contributions honor innovative solutions to past housing challenges with an eye to the problems of climate change. The American pavilion is reminiscent of timber frame houses built by many Americans as they moved west while Finnish pavilion pays homage to the prefabricated wooden houses built to tackle an internal refugee crisis during World War II.

Other exhibitions celebrate togetherness. The Philippine pavilion is inspired by the light nip hut that villagers could carry on their shoulders, a design rooted in bayanihan, the idea of ​​joint support. Simón Vélez, a Colombian architect, built a pop-up Majlis or common gathering place as the cornerstone of a temporary nomadic village.

“The Biennale used to be the place where Europe showed what is good and what is bad; it taught the world, ”said Hashim Sarkis, the show’s curator. “Now it’s the other way around.”

Serve this herby polenta with corn, eggs and feta along with a fresh green salad.

David Diop, an International Booker Prize finalist for his novel “At Night All Blood Is Black”, is among the authors whose work helps France face its history with Africa.

These five new horror movies keep you entertained (and maybe up all night).

Here’s today’s Mini Crossword and a hint: “Sorry, my calendar is full” (five letters).

And here’s the spelling bee today.

You can find all our puzzles here.

That’s it for today’s briefing. Thanks for coming with me. – Natasha

PS Carl Zimmer, one of our science reporters, spoke with WNYC on the various theories of coronavirus origin circulating within the scientific community.

There is no new episode of “The Daily.” Instead, listen to the new Times podcast “Day X” about an alleged right-wing extremist plot to bring down the German government.

Whet Moser wrote today’s art and ideas section. You can reach Natasha and the team at briefing@nytimes.com.

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