Disaster deepens at Belarus-Poland border
With 1000’s of individuals camped within the chilly on the Poland-Belarus border, Western officers have accused Aleksandr Lukashenko, Belarus’s repressive ruler, of using asylum seekers as human weapons and making an attempt to fabricate a migrant disaster in Europe in retaliation for sanctions in opposition to his nation, creating a brand new flash level in East-West relations.
Western officers mentioned Lukashenko had elevated the variety of individuals allowed to fly into his nation after which funneled them westward towards the E.U. It seems that the variety of flights to Minsk from the Center East have at least doubled over the past 10 days.
European officers mentioned that E.U. member states have been united in terms of defending Europe’s borders and that uncontrolled immigration was over. In response, Brussels is considering additional sanctions geared toward Belarus. However few imagine that new sanctions will transfer Lukashenko any greater than earlier ones have.
The migrants: Harmless kids, men and women are in freezing situations, caught between Polish border guards and barbed wire on one aspect and Belarusian troops on the opposite. No less than 10 individuals have died; different estimates are increased. On both aspect of the border, migrants have faced brutal beatings.
In France, a disconnect over clear vitality
Montargis, a city 75 miles from Paris, was the middle of the Yellow Vest social rebellion, an offended protest motion over a rise in gasoline taxes that was sustained for greater than 12 months by a wider sense of alienation felt by these outdoors France’s main cities.
Three years on, the financial and political disconnect that almost tore France aside stays slightly below the floor. Speak of a renewable-energy revolution in Paris has provoked concern in Montargis and towns like it in regards to the potential prices to working-class individuals whose livelihoods are threatened by that clean-energy transition.
Family gasoline costs are up 12.6 p.c up to now month alone, partly the results of shortages linked to the coronavirus. Electrical automobiles appear fancifully costly to individuals who have been inspired not so way back to purchase fuel-efficient diesel cars. And a wind turbine that may slash property values just isn’t what individuals need to see down the street.
Quotable: “If Parisians love wind generators a lot, why not rip up the Bois de Vincennes and make an attraction of them?” one resident requested, alluding to the huge park to the east of Paris.
Background: For Emmanuel Macron, going through an election in April, the transition to wash vitality has grow to be a fragile topic. He has portrayed himself as a inexperienced warrior, albeit a realistic one, however is aware of that any return of the Yellow Vests can be disastrous for his election prospects.
Agreements and setbacks at COP26
Within the closing days of the COP26 local weather summit in Glasgow, the U.S. and China agreed to “enhance ambition” on local weather change by chopping emissions this decade, and China dedicated for the primary time to deal with emissions from methane.
Individually, six huge automakers and 30 nationwide governments agreed to phase out gas-powered car sales worldwide by 2040. A number of the world’s greatest automotive producers, together with Toyota, Volkswagen and the Nissan-Renault alliance, didn’t be a part of the pledge, which isn’t legally binding. The governments of the U.S., China and Japan abstained.
A primary goal of the conference is to agree on stronger motion to maintain the typical world temperature enhance to 1.5 levels Celsius (2.7 levels Fahrenheit), in contrast with preindustrial ranges. However negotiators hoping to place collectively a stronger local weather accord nonetheless face a long list of hurdles.
Political memo: Because the host chief of the U.N. convention on world warming, Boris Johnson, the British prime minister, hoped to challenge statesmanship. However a mushrooming ethics scandal in British politics has dominated the week, overshadowing his local weather ambitions.
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The legacy of ‘Chicago’
When “Chicago” premiered in 1975, it wasn’t a success. Impressed by sensationalist homicide trials, the vaudeville-style musical follows the character Roxie Hart’s ascent to fame after she kills her lover. The manufacturing “appeared too chilly, in these days, to be really liked,” Ben Brantley wrote in The Instances, pointing to the present’s themes of “greed, corruption, violence, exploitation, adultery and treachery.”
However then got here a streamlined remodeling of the manufacturing in 1996 that bubbled “like classic Champagne,” Brantley wrote. “Chicago” went on to grow to be the longest-running American musical in Broadway historical past and nabbed six Tony Awards, a movie adaptation and over 30 worldwide reproductions.
The present has stayed recent with the assistance of dazzling solid members: singers like Patti LaBelle and Usher, film stars like Brooke Shields and Patrick Swayze, and even actuality TV personalities like NeNe Leakes. “It’s not a stunt: We don’t take anybody that may’t fulfill the stage work,” the producer Barry Weissler mentioned. “There have been individuals — even essential individuals within the music world — who couldn’t lower it onstage, so didn’t make it into the present.”
For the twenty fifth anniversary of the revival, Juan A. Ramírez spoke with the musical’s composer, producers and actors about its history.
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