Your Monday Briefing – The New York Times
Hello. We cover the coronavirus cases in Indonesia, the devastating floods in Europe and the rise of militias in Afghanistan.
Indonesia is the epicenter of the pandemic
The suffering that ravaged India and Brazil reached Southeast Asia. Indonesia, the fourth most populous country, now has the highest number of new infections in the world, with 57,000 new cases reported on Friday.
The highly contagious Delta variant is fueling the skyrocketing rise in infections on the islands of Java and Bali. But even the record number of cases is a vast undercount. Dicky Budiman, an Indonesian epidemiologist at Griffith University in Australia, estimates the real number to be three to six times higher.
Some hospitals are setting up emergency extensions, accommodating patients in large tents. But thousands of people are sleeping in the corridors of hospitals, tents and cars, waiting for an open bed. And officials estimate that 10 percent of their health workers, on average, are isolated after exposure.
Scarcity: “If we go to the hospital, we have to bring our own oxygen,” said Nyimas Siti Nadia, 28, who is trying to help her aunt’s family get treatment. In a Yogyakarta city hospital, 33 patients died this month after the central oxygen supply ran out.
The militias rise in Afghanistan
As the Taliban take more and more territory, regional power brokers are once again recruiting and arming volunteers. Hundreds of people have taken up arms around Mazar-i-Sharif, an economic center in the north, to protect their homes and businesses.
“How can I be a trader without security? Said Musa Khan Shujayee, 34, commander of an outpost there, explaining that he would take care of his store if the Taliban hadn’t attacked the outskirts of town late last month. .
Over the past two decades, militias have gone by many names, often under the auspices of government ownership: local police, territorial army, popular uprising forces, pro-government militias, etc.
But the motley regional alliances feel different now. As the country slides into instability, many fear this new mutation echoes too closely how Afghanistan fell into civil war in the 1990s.
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After auction scandals, human rights abuses, overcrowded host cities and now a pandemic, people are wondering if the Olympics are more of a problem than they are worth. A recent poll found that only 22% of Japanese believe the Tokyo Games should take place.
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Culture will shape the future of New York
New York City is New York City because of its concentrated creativity. Now the arts and entertainment are at the heart of the city’s drive to remain vital as stores battle e-commerce, remote working reshapes central business districts, and families flee for exurbs. But the industry is facing a bumpy recovery.
Broadway hopes to be operational in a few months, but tourism is lagging behind. The Metropolitan Opera has scheduled performances in September, but it must negotiate a deal with its musicians. Nightlife is vibrant, but clubs, comedy wineries, and concert halls are struggling to access federal aid.
These setbacks could hamper the recovery of the city. The arts and entertainment are a major industry, employing some 93,500 people before the pandemic and paying them $ 7.4 billion in salaries. Culturally, it is the cornerstone of the city.
“In my opinion, there will be no strong recovery for New York City without the performing arts showing the way,” said Eli Dvorkin, editorial and policy director at the Center for an Urban Future. “People gravitate here because of the city’s cultural life.
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That’s it for today’s briefing. See you next time. – Amelie
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