Israel votes in yet another election
Early exit polls from Israel’s fifth parliamentary election in four years suggest that Benjamin Netanyahu may reclaim power. He would preside over one of the most right-wing governments in the country’s history even as he is on trial on corruption charges.
Voters face a familiar choice between a right-wing bloc led by Netanyahu and a broad coalition helmed by Yair Lapid, the current prime minister. Many hope for a clear outcome after years of turbulence. Here are live updates.
Netanyahu’s opponents see the vote as a litmus test for Israel’s liberal democracy: They feel he should stay out of office until the end of his trial. Many also worry that he and his allies could whittle away at democracy, particularly through a sweeping judicial overhaul that would reduce checks and balances on lawmakers.
Netanyahu’s allies see his trial as a politically motivated sham and portrayed the vote as a chance to underscore the country’s Jewish character. His coalition partners include ultra-Orthodox lawmakers who oppose teaching math and English to their children, and far-right settlers who frequently antagonize Israel’s Arab minority.
Analysis: A Netanyahu victory would reassure certain right-wing Israelis who argue that the unprecedented involvement of an Arab party in the government threatened the country’s Jewish identity and made the government less able to take action against militants.
Bolsonaro agrees to step down
Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil’s president, lost his bid for re-election on Sunday. After two days of silence, he agreed to a transition of power.
Bolsonaro did not concede the loss in his own words. After the president made a brief public address that criticized the left, his chief of staff said that the government would hand over power to the incoming administration. Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, a former president, will again take power.
Bolsonaro’s move eased fears that there might not have been a peaceful transition of power in one of the world’s largest democracies. He has attacked Brazil’s election system as rife with fraud and said repeatedly in recent months that he would only accept an election that he believed was “clean.”
What’s next: The question now remains how his comments will be received by his thousands of supporters who have blocked hundreds of highways across Brazil in a bid to “paralyze” the country and somehow overturn the election.
Arrests in India’s bridge collapse
Indian police are investigating the cause of a bridge collapse that killed 134 people over the weekend in the western state of Gujarat.
Ajanta Manufacturing, the company operating the bridge, has become a key target. On Monday, two managers and seven low-ranking workers were arrested on charges including causing death by negligence. A police complaint said that the company opened the bridge without government approval four days before it collapsed.
Narendra Modi, India’s prime minister, and the Bharatiya Janata Party are also trying to manage public frustration. Modi detoured from a busy campaign schedule to visit a hospital. But some families said that the hospital focused on his visit in lieu of helping survivors. “The hospital is busy painting their walls for the P.M.,” one man said. “This is the state of our country.”
Toll: Many victims were migrant workers. Cash compensation for their families will do little to make up for their lives, or the money they had sent home. “Our dreams are crushed,” one victim’s father said. “He was our only hope.”
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Tie-dye’s ancient roots
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The textile technique has stretched across cultures and civilizations, including first-century A.D. Peru and fifth-century A.D. China. It’s long been part of the arts scene in Japan, through shibori, as well as in Nigeria, in adire.
For Hiroyuki Murase, a fashion executive and fifth-generation shibori artisan, the appeal lies in the technique’s unpredictability. “You always have to wait until you see the result,” he said. “It’s always trial and error.”
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P.S. The Balfour Declaration, the British government’s formal support for establishing “a national home for the Jewish people” in Palestine, was issued 105 years ago today.
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