The U.S. falls behind on vaccinations
As of Thursday, the U.S. ranks last among the Group of 7 nations for the share of its inhabitants that has obtained not less than one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, simply behind Japan. Some 62.16 p.c of Japanese folks had been not less than partly vaccinated, in comparison with 61.94 p.c of People. Canada leads the rankings.
President Biden final week ordered sweeping vaccine mandates masking round 100 million folks, together with federal workers, well being care staff and plenty of different private-sector staff. Republican governors reacted angrily to the mandates, declaring them “terrifying” — though many G.O.P. states have some of the strictest vaccination requirements for youngsters.
Companies that required vaccines earlier than Biden’s push are seeing early successes. For the reason that Pentagon announced last month that active-duty army personnel can be required to be vaccinated, for instance, the share of service members who’ve gotten not less than one shot has risen to 83 p.c from 76 p.c.
A legacy of torture
Twenty years on from Sept. 11, the U.S. continues to be grappling with the consequences of brutal interrogations carried out within the identify of nationwide safety. These torturous methods, which research have concluded had been fruitless and even counterproductive, have lengthy since been deserted within the nation — however their legacy is advanced and multifaceted.
The selection to show to government-sanctioned torture stays a stain on the nation’s repute, undercutting its authority to confront repression elsewhere. Even at the moment, some former Bush administration officers touring to Europe danger being questioned by investigators invoking the U.N. Conference In opposition to Torture.
Using torture is complicating efforts to deliver the lads who’re accused of plotting the Sept. 11 assaults to justice. Over practically a decade of courtroom proceedings, the assaults have been hardly ever talked about. As an alternative, protection legal professionals have successfully managed to place the C.I.A. on trial as they’ve systematically sought to exclude proof towards the lads as a product of torture.
Current day: After his first meeting with President Biden in June, Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, reminded journalists that the jail at Guantánamo Bay remained open and that the C.I.A. had carried out torture in secret international prisons. “Is that human rights?” he requested.
First particular person: Mohamedou Ould Slahi was detained at Guantánamo in 2003, the place he was subjected to bodily and psychological torture. Most distressing of all, he mentioned, had been the makes an attempt to threaten him into making a false confession. “I bear in mind telling them: ‘That is unfair. This isn’t truthful,’” he recalled. The interrogator, he mentioned, responded: “I’m not searching for justice. I’m seeking to cease planes from hitting buildings in my nation.”
Pope Francis’ message to Orban
Whereas visiting Hungary on Sunday, Pope Francis urged Catholic bishops to embrace diversity and ship a message to Viktor Orban, the nation’s hard-right, anti-migrant chief, that God isn’t a strongman who silences enemies and that spiritual roots, whereas important for a rustic, additionally permit it to open up and prolong “its arms towards everybody.”
The Hungarian chief posted images from his 40-minute assembly with Francis on Fb, writing that he had requested the pope “to not permit Christian Hungary to perish.” Orban has portrayed himself as a defender of Christian Europe, and he has ramped up connections to church traditionalists forward of anticipated elections in April.
In Francis’ public remarks, he appeared to warn towards the conflation of faith and politics. “The distinction isn’t between who’s spiritual or not, however finally between the true God and the god of ‘self,’” he mentioned. “How distant is the God who quietly reigns on the cross from the false god that we need to reign with energy with a view to silence our enemies.”
Particulars: The seven-hour go to was Francis’ first worldwide journey since he underwent major surgery this summer. It opened a four-day go to to neighboring Slovakia.
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Emma Raducanu, an 18-year-old Briton with a radiant smile, stormed from obscurity to win a straight-set victory on the U.S. Open last on Saturday, charming the British public.
The actor Stephen Fry was amongst many celebrating her win, saying on Twitter: “Sure, it might be ‘solely’ sport, however in that ‘solely’ there will be discovered a lot of human pleasure, despair, glory, disappointment, marvel and hope. A quick flicker of sunshine in a darkish world.”
Nino Castelnuovo, the Italian actor who discovered wider fame with the French New Wave musical “The Umbrellas of Cherbourg,” has died at 84.
In a 1999 interview, Castelnuovo spoke wistfully of the golden age of Italian cinema, by which he had made his debut: “We’ve overpassed simply how a lot expertise we Italians have,” he mentioned. “We’re a rustic of marvelous folks. Marvelous within the sense that, with out our imaginations, we can not reside. We’re not excellent realists, which makes us very imaginative folks.”
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Return of the Met Gala
The Met Gala is again. The unique black-tie extravaganza — and trend’s occasion of the yr — is tonight, kicking off the opening of the Costume Institute’s annual blockbuster present on the Metropolitan Museum of Artwork in New York. This yr’s theme: “American Independence.”
Why does it matter? “It’s actuality TV at its most glamorous, the All-Star Recreation of Entrances,” writes Vanessa Friedman, The Occasions’s chief trend critic, in this explainer. “And let’s be trustworthy with ourselves: We might all use slightly reside leisure after the final yr.”
For extra on American fashion, learn this essay by the novelist Torrey Peters, accompanied by works from 10 photographers who traveled throughout the U.S. searching for the country’s common language of fashion.