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Poland has sent thousands of soldiers to the Belarusian border for keep Middle Eastern migrants out who camped there. The stalemate has intensified a lengthy confrontation between Belarus, a repressive former Soviet republic, and the EU, which includes Poland, and has raised new concerns over the security of the European bloc.

Western officials accuse Belarusian leader Aleksandr Lukashenko of intentionally trying to create a new migration crisis in Europe in an act of retaliation against sanctions imposed after his disputed 2020 election victory. Human rights groups said the Poland was illegally pushing migrants who had crossed the border into Belarusian territory.

The sharp rise in tensions has shaken European officials, with images of desperate migrants evoking the 2015 refugee crisis. Leaders are now struggling to find a balance between protecting the bloc’s external borders and preventing the crisis from escalating. humanitarian aid among migrants camped along a forest border in freezing weather.

Details: At least 3,000 people hoping to enter the EU gathered yesterday near the Kuznica border crossing near the Belarusian city of Grodno, Polish officials said. In response, Poland increased its forces in the area to more than 17,000 soldiers, border guards and police officers.

Report: Poland prevented journalists, humanitarian organizations and EU officials from traveling to the border area, making it difficult to verify reports from the scene. Polish authorities said eight people died trying to cross the border.


African nations face a big question: Who can continue to use fossil fuels?, and for how long, during the transition to clean energy?

As world leaders meet at COP26 in Glasgow, some African leaders and activists are openly opposing a faster turn towards renewable energy for their countries. While a rapid transition is crucial in the global fight against climate change, it would be particularly costly for poorer nations, they argue, especially those with an abundance of natural gas or other fossil fuels.

Instead, they are pushing for a slower transition, which would embrace an ongoing reliance on fossil fuels, especially natural gas, which burns cleaner than coal or oil but continues to pump carbon dioxide into the atmosphere which warms the world. planet. Wealthier nations would lead the way and later transfer technical knowledge of renewable energy to Africa.

Quotable: “There’s nothing to cut here,” said Titus Gwemende, director of climate at the Open Society Foundation, a grants, emissions organization from Africa. “African countries are the ones receiving the edge of this problem. It is the largest emitters that should have the responsibility to cut.”


People in France over the age of 65 will now I have to get booster shots to remain eligible for the vaccine passports needed to access many public places, Emmanuel Macron, president of the country, announced yesterday. The new rule comes into force on 10 December. 15 °

“Get vaccinated so you can lead a normal life,” Macron pleaded to those who had not yet gotten their first shot. He added: “Being free in a nation like France implies being responsible and showing solidarity. So I count on you ».

Since the start of the pandemic, 119,000 people in France have lost their lives to Covid-19. The country now has one of the highest vaccination rates in the world, with 69 percent full vaccinations. But new cases have increased in recent weeks, as have hospitalizations. The WHO warned last week that Europe returned to the center of the pandemic.

Context: Although announced as a pandemic speech, Macron’s 27-minute speech resembled an election campaign statement, as the president summed up what he considered his achievements and listed his goals for a potential second term. Macron leads the polls ahead of next April’s elections.

there the latest updates Other pandemic maps.

In other developments:

In a hospital in Alaska, a state hard hit by Covid, indigenous foods are part of the recovery plan. Seal soup, caribou stew and other traditional dishes are prepared for patients who are often hundreds of miles from home.

Two years ago, Times Magazine published “The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story,” a project led by journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones who boldly claimed that the time in August 1619 when the first African slaves arrived in the English colonies could be considered the date of origin of what would become the United States

“The reasoning behind this is simple: slavery is not marginal in US history; it is inextricable, “writes Jake Silverstein, editor of the magazine.” Many of our traditions and institutions have been shaped by slavery and so many of our persistent racial inequalities stem from its enduring legacy. “

That statement prompted significant rejection from some and a deeply enthusiastic response from others. The project is now a book and comes amid a protracted debate about how American history is taught. “No matter how diligent the work was, the book will usher in a new round of debate,” writes Jake.

Read more on the project of 1619.

That’s it for today’s briefing. Thanks for joining me. – Natasha

PS The National Press Foundation selected The Times’ Dean Baquet as Publisher of the year.

The last episode of “The newspaper“Contains a discussion with a Democratic lawmaker on President Biden’s infrastructure bill.

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