Your Monday Briefing – The New York Times


Xi Jinping, the Chinese leader, will most likely take center stage a new official summary of the history of the Communist Party. The document is likely to glorify the leader as an equal of Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping before his planned re-election at a party congress at the end of next year.

The summation will surely become the centerpiece of an intense indoctrination campaign – in schools, movies and TV shows and through laws on censorship – that will shape Chinese politics and society for decades. It will also isolate Xi from criticism and give his policies the gravity of fate.

Mao led the country to oppose oppression, Deng brought prosperity, and now Xi is pushing the nation into a new era of national strength, the epochal summary reads. It dedicates over a quarter of its 531 pages to its nine years in power, only a fraction of the party’s 100-year history. No Chinese leader in recent times has been more fixated on history and legacy than Xi.

Quotable: “It is about creating a new time landscape for China around the Communist Party and Xi where it is riding the wave of the past into the future,” he said. Geremie Barmé, a historian of China. “It is not really a resolution on past history, but a resolution on future leadership.”

Airports in the United States today expect to be full of people reuniting with loved ones who have been banned from going directly to the country for more than a year and a half.

Travelers from 33 countries, including EU member states, were banned from the United States at the start of the pandemic. Under the new rules, travelers must show proof of full coronavirus vaccination and a negative test taken within three calendar days of travel. Unvaccinated Americans and children must test negative within 24 hours of travel.

Within the United States, many Americans seem stuck in a pessimism pandemic. More than 60 percent of voters in opinion polls say the country is heading in the wrong direction. Biden administration’s new coronavirus vaccine mandates face new legal challenges, with naysayers arguing that the requirements are unconstitutional.

A devastating church-ordered report issued by an independent commission on sexual abuse within the French Catholic Church found that the sacrament of confession itself, in rare cases, had been used to cover up cases of abuse.

The absolute secrecy of confession is central to the Roman Catholic faith. What is said in confession is between a penitent and God, with the priest mediator. Any priest who breaks that seal can suffer excommunication under the ecclesiastical laws that the Vatican places above all others. The issue has angered attempts to address sexual abuse cases that have troubled the church.

Some victims in France who wish to report past abuse or expose abusive active priests have been told to talk about it during confession, effectively suppressing their revelations and turning the sacrament into a “weapon of silence,” said Laëtitia Atlani-Duault, member from the Independent Commission on Sexual Abuse in the Church.

Reply: After the report was released, Eric de Moulins-Beaufort, Archbishop of Reims, reiterated the Vatican’s position, declaring the ecclesiastical law “superior” to the laws of the country. The comment sparked a harsh reprimand from the French government, which apologized to the archbishop for his “clumsy” words.

Nothing says “New York” like a seedy shop selling smoked salmon and donuts. But as the city’s food specialties were threatened with extinction, a new species of simulacra was unleashed, according to Karrie Jacobs for The Times.

New York was once a chessboard of Jewish neighborhoods, each with at least one kosher deli that faithfully respected orthodox dietary restrictions. In the 1930s, there were more than 1,500 of these delis; in recent decades, demographic changes and the focus on healthier diets have seen their number drop to 10 years.

The last of the authentic places – included The delicacies of Katz Other Russ & Daughters, above – have been flanked by modern tributes, offering versions of “great hits” of gastronomy, Jewish and otherwise. Bagels are hand rolled, but you can get them with bacon.

What is the source of the new fascination of Jewish gastronomy? One historian points to Amazon’s show “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” whose gripping Jewish New York fantasy may offer a substitute for Woody Allen’s now-blurred version. For others, delis are an opportunity to celebrate the cranky, cerebral and irreverent Jewish culture that was once a dominant feature of the city’s character, albeit through clever branding.

Read more about revisionist gastronomy.

The last episode of “The newspaper“He talks about the trial of an American teenager accused of shooting and killing two people during protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin, last year.

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