Wednesday Briefing – The New York Times | ET REALITY


The magnitude of atrocities committed against civilians by the militant group Hamas has come to light in recent days: more than 1,000 Israelis, including children, were killed; houses were looted or burned; Dozens of people have been held hostage. Hamas gunmen attacked Israeli civilians in their moments of rest and leisure, at an open-air festival and in their homes, on popular roads and in the city center.

Israel continued to attack Gaza yesterday with airstrikes, reducing some buildings to rubble. Gaza authorities said hospitals and schools were attacked and 900 Palestinians have been killed, including 260 children.

In Washington, President Biden raged, characterizing the acts as “pure, unadulterated evil” and unequivocally vowing to support Israel against terrorism. The victims, he said, had been “butchered” and “butchered,” and he denounced the “bloodlust” of the attackers.

Quotable: “It is not a war or a battlefield; “It is a massacre,” said an Israeli commander.

Go deeper: Satellite images and drone videos show damage to infrastructure, including communications towers, along the Gaza border shortly after the attack began.

Volodymyr Zelensky, Ukraine’s president, accused Russia of wanting to precipitate conflict in the Middle East to undermine international support for Ukraine, in comments that reflect concerns that the war between Israel and Hamas could distract from Kiev’s fight.

Zelensky, who has repeatedly expressed support for Israel, also appeared to seek support for his country at a time when Ukraine faces stiff Russian resistance on the battlefield and amid signs of wavering support among its allies, including the United States. Slovakia and Poland.

Quotable: “Russia is interested in unleashing a war in the Middle East, so that a new source of pain and suffering can undermine global unity, increase discord and contradictions and thus help Russia destroy freedom in Europe,” he said.

At the British opposition Labor Party conference, Keir Starmer, its leader, ignored an unexpected (and brilliant) protest on stage to claim that his party could rebuild the country after 13 years of Conservative rule.

“What is broken can be repaired; what is ruined can be rebuilt; “wounds heal,” he told a cheering crowd in Liverpool, England. “Today we turn the page and answer the question ‘why the Labor Party?’ with a plan” for what he proclaimed a “decade of national renewal.” He made no new announcements, but suggested that Labor would build housing, add police officers and reform the health service.

The shape of our jeans dates back to the 90s or 2000s. The furniture we buy is usually simply a replica of European antiques. It’s almost impossible to link pop music on the radio to the here and now.

This century could be the least culturally innovative in the last 500 years, writes Jason Farago, critic for The Times. Our culture is still capable of producing and achieving endless excellence, but it is much less capable of change. But if cultural production no longer progresses over time as before, is a static position so bad?

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