We cover the Modi government’s pressure on Indian scientists and the armed resistance to Myanmar’s junta.
Politics overturned science with India’s Covid surge
Eight months before the deadly wave of Covid hit India, government-appointed scientists downplayed the risk and wrote a study that early blockades and previous infections curtailed the spread.
However, according to current and previous government researchers and documents reviewed by the New York Times, the country’s top scientific institutions have adjusted their findings to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s political goals.
High-ranking officials from the Indian Medical Research Council have curtailed risk data, pressured scientists to withdraw another study that questioned government efforts, and from a third study that foresaw a second wave. Researchers said they had alienated the authorities.
Agency scientists described the culture of silence. Mid-career researchers were worried that if they asked their boss, they would be given the opportunity. Anup Agarwal, a doctor who worked for the agency at the time, said he and another scientist were punished for questioning the conclusions.
response: The scientific institution refused to answer the detailed question. The Indian Ministry of Health did not respond to requests for comment.
detail: A study published in Nature in January 2021 predicted a second wave if the restrictions were “removed without any other mitigation measures.” One of the authors works for an agency, and leadership pressured him to remove his affiliation from the treatise. A second wave struck in April.
Here are the latest pandemic updates and maps.
Intensified attacks on the militia have pushed thousands of people into the forest, some of which are full of toxic snakes, malaria and dengue fever. These people are at high risk of being infected with the coronavirus, often have few resources, and have few possessions.
Many prefer these dangers to military junta. Thousands of civilians, including young city dwellers who are more familiar with video games than war, are undergoing secret military training. Together with the ethnic rebels who have fought the Myanmar army for decades, they have helped meet the ranks of the People’s Defense Force.
A few days after the raid on Yesin, a village deep in the Himalayan hills last week, the national unity government, a shadow government founded by opposition politicians, doubled the call for a “national uprising.” .. The videos they posted on social media met enthusiastic support and screams of new battles from local militias.
environment: Tatmadaw continues the decades of massacre it has given to various ethnic minorities. But this time, a much larger part of the population is affected. And since the coup, about 1,000 protesters and bystanders have been shot.
Russian activists are targeting domestic violence
Alyona Popova is campaigning for a seat in Duma, the Russian House of Representatives, calling on women to oppose the ruling party of Vladimir Putin. Domestic violence is at the heart of her platform.
Her proposal would subject all acts of domestic violence to criminal penalties. In 2017, lawmakers voted to reduce punishment for such crimes. There is no legal means to issue a restraint order.
“This is our reality. The only term we can use is’epidemic’,” said Popova, 38, a lawyer and activist working with the liberal Yabloko Party.
In a 2020 poll conducted by an independent Levada Center, nearly 80% of respondents said they needed legislation to curb domestic violence.
detail: Harm that causes bruising and bleeding but does not fracture is punished with a low fine of 5,000 rubles ($ 68). This is a slightly higher amount of illegal parking fees.
data: According to Popova’s analysis of data collected by the Russian National Statistical Office, there are more than 16.5 million victims of domestic violence each year. According to one study, more than 12,200 women, two-thirds of the women killed in Russia between 2011 and 2019, were killed by their partners and relatives.
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New York Fashion Week
New York Fashion Week ended last weekend. At the Rodarte show on Saturday, sparkling music was played as the model floated across the sculptured courtyard in a sparkling dress. It felt like a homage to the natural world. There was a silk dress with a mushroom pattern swirling like a parachute, a cape with embroidered flowers, shells and aliens with sequins. At the finale, the model walked barefoot with a simple, neutral look, and the last model had succulents.
In a review of the final show of the week, Times’ leading fashion commentator Vanessa Friedman said a “growing fault” between the city’s well-established brand and a new, more vivid and socially conscious label. I’m writing about “lines”.
Much of this week’s highlights came from young brands, like Peter Do’s debut show, full of finely tailored suits and elegant coats. In the roof garden, Corina Strada layered layers of colorful, upcycling material on models that ran, skipped, and held hands. LaQuan Smith hosted a spectacular show at the Empire State Building. There, the poodle danced with the model.
“The clothes that seem to be most relevant weren’t the usual form of sunny side-up appeal, but the first claim of difference,” Vanessa wrote.
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Liane Moriarty, author of “Big Little Lies,” wrote the story of her missing mother and a professional tennis player in “Apples Never Fall.”
In The Red Studio, Henri Matisse posted a small version of past paintings and sculptures. For the first time, MoMA displays the picture along with the work it draws.
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