They will not be moved. Protests atop Jerusalem’s Temple Mount/Noble Sanctuary over the impending eviction of Palestinian families from East Jerusalem ended in violent clashes yesterday, injuring some 200 Palestinians and 17 Israeli police. The protests erupted after Friday prayers on the final day of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, after Wednesday clashes over the eviction issue. Egypt and Jordan condemned Israeli authorities’ action at Islam’s third-holiest site, and the Palestinian Authority appealed to the U.S. to pressure Israel to deescalate its response to such protest before things “reach a stage that cannot be controlled.”
You can’t count on others. That’s been proven, OZY’s “Butterfly Effect” argues, with COVID-19 inoculations. On Wednesday, U.S. President Joe Biden’s expression of support for waiving vaccine patents to help poor nations obtain shots won praise from the World Health Organization. But U.S. pharma giant Pfizer, which stands to make $26 billion selling vaccine doses this year, warned of a rush for raw materials that would jeopardize all production. Production problems have already plagued the world’s biggest vaccine manufacturer, the Serum Institute of India, which initially vowed to help underserved nations, but now says New Delhi won’t deny its own suffering citizens.
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3. Coming Up: Rep. Cheney Gets Trumped
She couldn’t unify her party. That’s the argument the House GOP minority leader — who former President Donald Trump calls “My Kevin” McCarthy — is using to unseat the chamber’s only woman Republican leader and biggest Trump foe. Expected to be decisive, Rep. Liz Cheney’s anticipated ouster next week “will make the party look stupid and weak,” writes columnist Peggy Noonan, a speechwriter for President Ronald Reagan, and benefit the Democrat in the White House. But it seems McCarthy’s colleagues share the opinion of GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham, who’s declared that considering Trump’s appeal to blue-collar voters, “We can’t grow without him.”
A federal grand jury on Friday handed down charges against four former Minneapolis police officers who arrested George Floyd in May 2020 in another extraordinary move against police brutality often committed with impunity. Derek Chauvin, who kneeled on Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes, was one of the ex-officers charged with violating Floyd’s civil rights. He was convicted April 20 by a Minnesota jury of unintentional second-degree murder and two other homicide offenses. The federal charges, including an alleged civil rights violation in Chauvin's 2017 arrest of a teenager, face a daunting court test, experts say, because deprivation of civil rights is difficult to prove.
Former Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed, now speaker of Parliament, remained in critical condition Friday after a Thursday night bomb attack in the capital, Male. U.S. President Biden has argued against suggestions that yesterday’s disappointing jobs report is connected to expanded unemployment benefits. And emerging results of Scottish elections are neck-and-neck to decide if the Scottish National Party is returned to power, setting up a promised new vote on independence from Britain.
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They’re a shore thing on Instagram. But last summer, seals helped kill a 63-year-old woman vacationing in Maine. How? Scientists believe the repopulation of the smiling marine mammals, long legally protected from man’s depredations, have enticed another species back to Northeastern shores: great white sharks. As DownEast reports, the July shark attack near Portland shocked locals in a place where the massive predators virtually disappeared around the time Jaws was released in 1975. While some suspected that warming waters brought the sharks back, experts say it’s the seals. Now they’re back, and with them, new warnings for swimmers.
Some still need to hear it. Yesterday the U.S. CDC reversed earlier guidance on the spread of the coronavirus and said that it can become airborne — with infected particles traveling more than the 6-foot distance Americans were advised to keep between them. But scientists have long warned that government and global health authorities weren’t accounting for the tiny floating particles. Meanwhile, health officials in India, where surging infections are setting global records and have killed more than 230,000 people, say there’s evidence that the virus’ B.1.617 variant correlates to the surge.
You can’t leave it at the office. When journalist Olivia Messer quit the Daily Beast, she thought she was alone in her despair, from penning suicidal verse to stress-vomiting, over covering the pandemic. A tweet about it generated such an outpouring that she interviewed colleagues who also felt unsupported and found themselves sobbing at all hours. Emotionally bludgeoned as everyone has been by the pandemic, its chroniclers are, as one put it, “retraumatized by reporting on it. . . . People could literally die if we did our jobs wrong.” So the surviving COVID-19 reporters press on, because the story hasn’t ended.
It was an amazing play. When Arizona’s Budda Baker grabbed an interception last season, he traversed nearly the entire field, but Seattle Seahawks wide receiver D.K. Metcalf charged after him at 22.64 mph and tackled him. Tomorrow Metcalf will compete in Southern California against top U.S. runners in a 100-meter race that could put him on the road to the Olympics. What do runners think? “They will destroy him,” said Renaldo Nehemiah, who’s competed at the top level of both sports. Several track greats predict he’ll falter, but if all else fails, he can always tackle his rivals.
To these demonstrators, wind energy blows. Some 70 fishing boats yesterday besieged the Aeolus, a floating wind turbine installation platform in the latest of a series of demonstrations against a wind power project both offshore and on land. The project in Brittany’s Côtes-d’Armor prefecture is one of many wind projects being opposed — despite their sustainability — for reasons that include their effect on fishing and their appearance. This has united unlikely coalitions of everyone from anarchists to the landed gentry. What’s the alternative? Nuclear, France’s biggest energy source, but one the government pledged to halve after Japan’s 2011 Fukushima disaster.