Concerns about Israel’s coalition
Israel’s director of internal security issued a rare public warning on Saturday evening about what he called increased incentive levels, days before a vote on the political coalition to oust Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Right-wing Jewish activists have announced plans for a provocative march this week in Palestinian neighborhoods in Jerusalem. On Sunday, Israeli police arrested Palestinian twins whose activism helped draw attention to the displacement of Palestinians from East Jerusalem, which precipitated the recent conflict in Gaza.
The heterogeneous coalition, which includes parties from all political backgrounds, could usher in a more liberal civil rights program and would include, for the first time in Israel’s history, an independent Arab party. But Netanyahu and his supporters put pressure on the ultra-nationalist members, accusing them of betraying the country by serving with leftists and Arabs.
Divisions: Ultra-Orthodox Jews, who represent 13% of the population, risk losing power. Under Netanyahu, the two main Haredi parties had disproportionate influence in government coalitions, which they used to secure generous state funding, fight pandemic restrictions, promote a conservative social agenda, and exempt members from compulsory military service. .
Divergent approaches to the Delta variant
Britain and other parts of Europe are maintaining limits on rallies and weighing down lockdowns despite plunging infection levels and a booming vaccination program.
The spread of the highly contagious Delta variant, first identified in India, has led parts of Britain to extend lockdown restrictions. The government has removed Portugal from its list of non-quarantined travel destinations and could delay its reopening scheduled for June 21 by a few weeks.
But in the United States, where many states began to reduce restrictions shortly after making all adults eligible for vaccines, the economy has reopened. Over Memorial Day weekend, 135,000 people attended the Indianapolis 500, as restaurants across the country were packed with customers as mask warrants were dropped.
Deadline: “There is reason to be hopeful – we don’t see a big trend in hospital admissions – but it’s only the early days,” said James Naismith, director of a UK medical research center. . “If we don’t see anything by June 14, we can expire. We don’t need to hold our breath.
Here are the latest pandemic updates and maps.
In other developments:
New Delhi will ease some restrictions on Monday, even as the Indian capital braces for a possible third wave.
Many of the world’s poorest countries are experiencing their deadliest Covid epidemics as global vaccination plans stagnate.
A free apartment for a vaccine? In Hong Kong, the incentives are multiplying.
Weddings are back and Italian confectioners are thrilled. The traditional sugar-coated almond candies known as confetti are favorites of brides – and of the Vatican.
Biden’s trip to Europe
President Biden will join European leaders at the Group of 7 summit this week in Britain before visiting NATO on June 14. After the previous administration, the mere fact that Biden sees Europe as an ally and NATO as a vital part of Western security is almost a revelation.
Under Donald Trump, who cheered on Brexit and gutted NATO, declaring the alliance “obsolete”, Europe’s relations with the United States were strained, as 75 years of American foreign policy were strained. disappeared overnight with a change of presidency. These scars will take time to heal.
Leaders have tense issues to discuss, such as the withdrawal from Afghanistan; military spending; Russia and China; trade disputes and tariff issues; the climate; and vaccine diplomacy.
Developments: The summit comes after finance ministers agreed to back a new global minimum tax rate that aims to prevent large multinational companies from seeking tax havens.
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A little-known part of Dutch history
The Netherlands rarely grapples with its role in the global slave trade, even though it celebrates its trading history. A large museum in Amsterdam aims to change that, with the opening of ‘Slavery’, an exhibition on Dutch colonial history.
Although slavery was prohibited in the Netherlands, it was legal in the Dutch colonies, where, mainly through huge trading companies, the Dutch enslaved over a million people.
In Dutch colonies like Brazil, Indonesia, and Suriname, slaves produced goods like sugar, coffee, gold, pepper, tobacco, cotton, nutmeg, and silver. They also worked in households, in navigation and in agriculture, and served in the Dutch army.
The Rijksmuseum exhibition, which opened on Saturday, presents this story through 10 true stories of merchants, abolitionists, slaves, those who bought them and others. It includes items from the period, such as portraits of Rembrandt owners and an ornate tortoiseshell box depicting almost naked plantation workers.