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Thousands camped in the freezing cold near the Polish-Belarusian border, and Western officials blamed repressive Belarus ruler Alexander Lukashenko for use of asylum seekers as human weapons and is trying to provoke a migrant crisis in Europe in response to sanctions against his country, creating a new hot spot in East-West relations.

Western officials said Lukashenko increased the number of people allowed to fly into his country and then sent them west towards the EU. at least doubled in the last 10 days

European officials said that EU member states were united when it comes to protecting Europe’s borders, and that uncontrolled immigration is over… In response, Brussels is considering the possibility of introducing further sanctions against Belarus. But few people believe that the new sanctions will move Lukashenka more than the previous ones.

Migrants: Innocent children, women and men found themselves in frosty conditions, stuck between Polish border guards and barbed wire on one side and Belarusian troops on the other. At least 10 people were killed; other ratings are higher. On both sides of the border, migrants faced severe beatings

Montargis, a town 75 miles from Paris, was the center of the Yellow Vests social uprising, an angry protest movement over gasoline tax hikes that has been fueled by a much wider sense of alienation felt by people outside of France’s major cities for more than a year. …

Three years later, the economic and political disunity that nearly tore apart France remains only on the surface. Talks about the renewable energy revolution in Paris caused concern in Montargis and similar cities the potential cost to the working class, whose livelihood is threatened by the transition to clean energy.

Household gas prices have surged 12.6 percent in the past month alone, in part due to a shortage linked to the coronavirus. Electric cars seem fantastically expensive for people who were recently encouraged to buy fuel-efficient diesel cars. And a wind turbine that will lower property values ​​is not something people want to see in the future.

Quoted: “If Parisians love wind turbines so much, why not rip up the Bois de Vincennes and entertain them?” one resident asked, referring to the huge park east of Paris.

Background: For Emmanuel Macron, who faces elections in April, the move to clean energy has become a delicate issue. He portrayed himself as a green warrior, although pragmatic, but knows that any return of the “yellow vests” will have disastrous consequences for his electoral prospects.


In the last days of the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow, the United States and China. agreed to “raise ambitions” on climate change, cutting emissions this decade, and China is the first to commit to reducing methane emissions.

Separately, six major automakers and 30 national governments agreed to phase out sales of gasoline-powered vehicles worldwide by 2040… Some of the world’s largest car manufacturers, including Toyota, Volkswagen and the Nissan-Renault alliance, have not signed up to a legally binding commitment. The governments of the USA, China and Japan abstained.

A the main goal of the conference is to negotiate tougher action to keep the global average temperature rise at 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) from pre-industrial levels. But negotiators hoping for a stronger climate deal still face long list of obstacles

Political Note: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the host of the UN conference on global warming, hoped to show statesmanship. But growing ethics scandal in British politics dominated the week, eclipsing its climatic ambitions.

In four months and 5,000 miles, a 12-foot-tall doll of a 9-year-old Syrian girl named Amal traveled from Turkey to the UK to find her mother. On a politically divided continent have any minds been changed?

When Chicago premiered in 1975, it wasn’t a hit. Inspired by sensational murder trials, the vaudeville musical follows the rise to fame of the character Roxy Hart after she murders her lover. The play “felt too cold in those days to be truly loved,” Ben Bruntley wrote to The Times, referring to the show’s themes of “greed, corruption, violence, exploitation, adultery and betrayal.”

But then, in 1996, there was a modernized processing of products that bubbled “like vintage champagne,” Brantley wrote. Chicago became the longest-running American musical in Broadway history and has won six Tony Awards, a screen version and over 30 international reproductions.

The show remained fresh thanks to great actors: singers like Patti Labelle and Asher, movie stars like Brooke Shields and Patrick Swayze, and even reality TV personalities like NeNi Leeks. “This is not a gimmick: we do not take on those who cannot do the stage work,” said producer Barry Weisler. “There were people – even important people in the music world – who couldn’t cut it out on stage, so they didn’t get into the show.”

To the 25th anniversary of the revival of Juan A. Ramirez talked to the composer, producers and actors of the musical about its history.

That’s all for today’s briefing. And a coding note: I won’t be back until next week, but my colleagues will keep you updated on the latest.

Thank you for starting your day with The Times – Natasha

PS The word “moroseness“- describing the magma of the Kilauea volcano in Hawaii. for the first time in The Times this week.

Latest issue “Daily“- about a man who identifies the bodies of migrants who died trying to get to Spain.

Sanam Yar wrote “Today’s Arts and Ideas”. You can contact Natasha and the team at [email protected]



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