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Tokyo Olympics Will Allow Up to 10,000 Fans Per Event Despite COVID-19 Fears

6/21/2021
(TOKYO) — The Tokyo Olympics will allow some local fans to attend when the games open in just over a month, organizing committee officials and the IOC said on Monday. Organizers set a limit of 50% of capacity up to a maximum of 10,000 fans for all Olympic venues.

Duration:00:04:18

How COVID-19 Vaccination Became a Climate Metaphor

6/21/2021
A version of this story first appeared in the Climate is Everything newsletter. If you’d like sign up to receive this free once-a-week email, click here. For years, climate policy experts have watched as the issue has been pushed off the stage at global summits to make way for the geopolitical conflict dujour.

Duration:00:05:17

Column: For the Good of Both Countries, U.S. Military Aid for Israel Must Be Conditional

6/21/2021
When I served as a combat soldier in the Israeli military, I carried an American-made M-16. I drove American jeeps and fired American missiles. As a dual American-Israeli citizen who has spent years in both countries, my commitment to Israel did not end with my army service. From my home in the U.S. the past 20 years, I’ve been in the trenches of the Israeli-Palestinian peace movement for nearly all of my life. It is from this vantage point of caring deeply for both Israel and the U.S.

Duration:00:06:24

Almost 25% of COVID-19 Patients Develop Long-Lasting Symptoms, According to a New Report

6/21/2021
A year and a half into the pandemic, the condition known as Long COVID continues to stump doctors. A significant number of patients develop long-term symptoms after catching COVID-19, but it hasn’t been clear why that happens, who is likely to get sick or even how many people continue to suffer. A large new study may help form some answers to those questions.

Duration:00:05:17

Review: AMC’s Kevin Can F**K Himself Squanders a Thrillingly Subversive Premise

6/21/2021
If they handed out Emmys for trailers, Kevin Can F**K Himself would make a pretty strong contender. Unveiled this past February, the 98-second preview of AMC’s new series presents a provocative juxtaposition. In a handful of warmly lit, multicam scenes punctuated by a laugh track, Schitt’s Creek alum and actual Emmy winner Annie Murphy appears to be playing the role of the gorgeous, long-suffering wife in the kind of crass, casually misogynistic sitcom that stars Kevin James.

Duration:00:08:04

The U.S. Government Placed a Big Bet on an Antiviral Pill to Fight COVID-19

6/20/2021
We’re not going to vaccinate our way completely out of this pandemic. With epidemiologists around the world increasingly accepting the reality that SARS-CoV-2 and its variants will become endemic viruses—like the seasonal flu—the push is on to develop antiviral medications that can be taken at home to prevent infections from leading to hospitalization and death. Today, the Department of Health and Human Services announced that the Biden Administration has authorized $3.

Duration:00:03:27

Moscow’s Long History of Turning the Tables on Washington When It Comes to Human Rights

6/20/2021
This article is part of the The DC Brief, TIME’s politics newsletter. Sign up here to get stories like this sent to your inbox every weekday. That chill that went down your spine yesterday? The ghosts of the Cold War were alive and well in Geneva as Russian President Vladimir Putin stepped to his lectern to describe his talks with President Joe Biden. Fielding questions from Russian and U.S.

Duration:00:05:53

Supreme Court Sides With Catholic Agency In LGBTQ Foster Care Case—But Avoids Major Religious Freedom Questions

6/20/2021
The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled on Thursday that the city of Philadelphia cannot refuse to work with a faith-based agency because it will not certify same-sex couples as foster parents. It was a win for religious liberty advocates in a case that has been closely watched not just by LGBTQ and religious freedom advocates but also those who work with foster children. The case, Fulton v.

Duration:00:09:33

Medical Myths About Gender Roles Go Back to Ancient Greece. Women Are Still Paying the Price Today

6/20/2021
We are taught that medicine is the art of solving our body’s mysteries. And we expect medicine, as a science, to uphold the principles of evidence and impartiality. We want our doctors to listen to us and care for us as people. But we also need their assessments of our pain and fevers, aches and exhaustion, to be free of any prejudice about who we are. We expect, and deserve, fair and ethical treatment regardless of our gender or the color of our skin. But here things get complicated.

Duration:00:10:08

What It’s Like to Get Millions of Dollars From MacKenzie Scott

6/20/2021
Emails from weird addresses. Messages caught in a spam filter. A life-changing phone call. The most recent recipients of donations from pioneering billionaire philanthropist MacKenzie Scott and her husband Dan Jewett tell remarkably similar stories of the unusual and secretive process through which they receive once-in-a-lifetime, transformative amounts of money.

Duration:00:06:07

This American Express Card Gives You a Plane Ticket on Delta Every Year

6/20/2021
All of the things you need to know now from the editors of TIME

Duration:00:06:38

Review: A Teenager in Normandy Feels the Heat of First Love in Summer of 85

6/20/2021
French filmmaker François Ozon is so prolific that his movies aren’t always easy to categorize. A woman-centric murder-mystery musical here, a post–World War I romance set in Germany there: Who knows what he’ll try next? But he does have a taste for dramatic, doomed romance, stories brushed with an aura of Baudelairean decay, like roses that are singed and ragged at the edges. That’s the vibe of Summer of 85.

Duration:00:03:20

The Circus Was Once America’s Top Entertainment. Here’s Why Its Golden Age Began to Fade

6/19/2021
For the better part of a century—a period that encompassed the Civil War, America’s Gilded Age, WW I, and through the Great Depression—the circus reigned as far and away America’s premier form of popular entertainment.

Duration:00:07:33

Column: Why Iran’s Elections Are a Critical Turning Point for Khamenei’s Regime

6/19/2021
Iran’s elections will not only produce a new president, they will also mark the beginning of a new political system. But it's not the kind the majority of the Iranian people have been hoping for. Friday’s vote is set to trigger a transformation of the country’s political system, marking a new stage of the Islamic Revolution. This is not because the ballot itself actually matters. Elections in the clerical system are neither free nor fair.

Duration:00:09:56

China Launches Its First Crewed Space Mission in Five Years

6/19/2021
JIUQUAN, China — Under bright-blue morning skies, China launched its first crewed space mission in five years Thursday, sending three science-minded military pilots rocketing to a new orbiting station they're expected to reach around midafternoon. The astronauts, already wearing their spacesuits, were seen off by space officials, other uniformed military personnel and a crowd of children waving flowers and flags and singing patriotic songs.

Duration:00:04:22

Why Biden’s Justice Department Is Backing Trump-Era Positions

6/19/2021
What’s going on with the Department of Justice? Over the past few weeks, the Department has raised eyebrows on the left by backing several Trump-era legal positions, including defending former President Donald Trump in a defamation lawsuit from columnist E. Jean Carroll, who accused Trump of sexual assault, and fighting the full release of a 2019 internal memo on the department's decision to not charge Trump with obstruction of justice.

Duration:00:10:56

Why the U.S. Is Being Urged to Do More to Protect Digital Freedoms

6/19/2021
The future of the Internet is under greater threat than ever before from authoritarian governments, according to literary and human rights group PEN America, which called on the world’s democracies to unite to defend freedom of expression online. Repressive governments are imposing new regulations that invoke “digital sovereignty,” but in reality can be used for censorship, surveillance and crackdowns on dissent, PEN America warns in a new report published Tuesday.

Duration:00:06:41

Column: Iran's Election Won't Deliver the Future the Country's Young People Crave

6/18/2021
No child should lose a mother because the hospital suddenly runs out of blood; no father should feel ashamed for not being able to put food on the table in a country as rich as Iran; and no college graduate should live with the constant anxiety of finding work, let alone surviving in their own homeland. Yet this describes the reality of living in Iran in 2021.

Duration:00:05:53

The U.N. Voices Alarm Over the Growing Abuse of Civilians in Myanmar’s Conflict

6/18/2021
BANGKOK — The United Nations’ office in Myanmar expressed concern Thursday about escalating human rights abuses after reports that a group opposed to the junta may have executed 25 civilians it captured and allegations that troops had burned down a village. The struggle between the military regime that took power in February after ousting the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi and those opposing it has sharpened in recent months.

Duration:00:04:56

The Sparks Brothers, a Sundance Delight, Tells the Grand Story of This Enduringly Enigmatic Art-Pop Duo

6/18/2021
In 1983, when I heard a crazy little song called “Cool Places,” a collaboration between Jane Wiedlin, of the Go-Go’s, and an outfit I’d sort-of heard of called Sparks, I asked myself rhetorically, 'Sparks, where have you been all my life?' Then I sort of forgot about them, until roughly 2015, when a diabolically ingenious album called FFS—a collaboration between the Scottish band Franz Ferdinand and, once again, Sparks—caught my attention.

Duration:00:06:12