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We cover the second part of The Times investigation into President Trump’s tax returns, the growing number of Theorist of the virus conspiracy in Europe and the moving signs of China’s economic recovery.
Coronavirus conspiracy theories abound in Europe
The thousands of protesters who packed London’s Trafalgar Square on Saturday (and a week earlier) to rally against UK coronavirus restrictions had counterparts in Berlin, Brussels, Dublin and Paris. In each of these cities, many have called the pandemic a joke – even though the global death toll has reached one million.
The emergence of this growing, vocal contingent wasn’t surprising, said Daniel Jolley, an expert on conspiracy theories. “In times of crisis, people are drawn to conspiracy theories,” he said. “When something happens – a virus outbreak, rapid political change, the death of a celebrity, a terrorist attack – conspiracy theories arise.”
These theories include the unsubstantiated belief that masks are ineffective or can actually make people sick; that there is a relationship between 5G and the pandemic; and that lockdowns are simply an instrument of government repression.
Here are the latest updates and maps of the pandemic.
In other coronavirus developments:
In the ten months since mysterious pneumonia occurred, Covid-19 has killed more than a million people – a number that comes from official censuses and that vastly underestimates how many actually died.
Many Covid-19 survivors suffer from serious, debilitating, and mysterious effects months after their first illness.
Chinese officials have begun vaccinating thousands of people with undetected coronavirus vaccines, confusing global health experts.
New York City is on the brink of a financial precipice after the pandemic crippled tourism, retail and cultural sectors. The economic damage could last for years.
Infected or exposed people who fail to self-isolate in England now face fines of up to £ 10,000, or nearly $ 13,000, as the nation battles a second wave of coronavirus.
In France, residents of the southern cities of Marseille and Aix-en-Provence are angry after the government ordered restaurants and bars to close.
How ‘The Apprentice’ saved Trump from financial ruin
In January 2004, months after the first episode of the reality television series that would make him a global celebrity, Donald Trump filed his individual tax return and reported net losses of $ 89.9 million from his core businesses for the previous year. But the show would save him and give him a new $ 427 million lifeline, according to the second article in The Times investigation into Mr. Trump’s income tax return.
His growing fame earned him appearances promoting ringtones, hamburgers, and even laundry detergent. Mr Trump also began charging high fees to buildings he did not own as his investors lost millions, and pouring his fortune into luxury golf courses that would eventually fall deep in the red.
Answer: Republican lawmakers responded with almost complete silence to the investigation’s first article, which was published Sunday. But the Democrats pounced: Former Vice President Joe Biden, the party’s presidential candidate, posted a video stating that the president paid less income taxes than everyday Americans like teachers, firefighters and nurses.
Shortly: Mr Trump and Mr Biden will face each other in the first presidential debate on Tuesday. It is expected that style, ideas and values collide.
China’s spending is fueling an economic recovery
Another sign of China’s recovery is the large crowd this weekend at Beijing’s first major auto show since the coronavirus spread around the world.
After the Chinese economy contracted in the first quarter, it resumed its upswing and resumed the country’s rich spending. Restaurants, hotels and airports are overcrowded again. The recovery in spending has started to spread to middle-class families, but many low-income workers still face problems.
“The richest regions consistently do better,” said Derek Scissors, chief economist for the China Beige Book research group, particularly the coastal export regions, while the rest of the country lags behind.
The data: Chinese officials are expected to report next month that July through September growth accelerated, even as the rest of the world hobbled.
Connected: Japan is reconsidering its reliance on trade with China and is working on relations with Australia and India.
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A 10 year setback for the women of the world
In the midst of the pandemic, working women around the world are facing brutally difficult choices. While many have already been laid off, others weigh the need to stay home with the risk of being punished from their jobs for needing more flexibility. Above, Miriam Flores offers a free day care service for single mothers in Lima, Peru.
Sveta Skibinsky Raskin, a mother of five who lives in Jerusalem, worked as a writer while her children were in school and daycare. But when the schools closed, she had to stop. “I tried for a week and just couldn’t,” she said. The loss of school and day care “will bring our women back 10 years,” said the director of a charity.
The following also happens
Uber in London: A judge ruled that the city’s hail service could continue after a battle with traffic authorities who threatened to ban their cars over safety concerns. Uber has up to 45,000 drivers in London.
Catalonia: The Supreme Court of Spain on Monday upheld a ruling banning the autonomous community’s separatist leader from public office. This decision threatens to renew tensions in the troubled northeast region.
Migrant Crisis: Crew members of an Italian warship who were praised at home for stopping migrants on their way to Europe are said to have smuggled hundreds of thousands of contraband cigarettes with their ship.
Forest fires in California: Two fast moving flames, the Zogg Fire in Shasta Counties and the Glass Fire in Counties Napa and Sonoma, have burned more than 26,000 acres and sent thousands of people to new evacuation orders.
Snapshot: Above Katayga, a village in Siberia. Once a huge jail for political exiles, the banks of the Ket River are now home to a number of remote and isolated communities.
Lived life: Climber Ang Rita Sherpa, who became known worldwide for climbing Mount Everest ten times without supplemental oxygen, died last week at the age of 72 at his daughter’s home in Kathmandu.
What we read: This Radio New Zealand report of a journalist who took a man to court who was filming her while she was undressing in a Kmart locker room. It’s a bold, thoughtful look at the victims’ guilt.
Now a break from the news
Cook: This Sri Lankan dal with coconut and lime cabbage starts by quickly cooking red lentils and deepening their flavor with fried green chillies, garlic, and ginger.
Read: In “The Meaning of Mariah Carey” the singer and songwriter speaks about abuse, infidelity, racism and much more.
See: The short film “Father of the Bride Part 3 (ish)” on YouTube is kind of a sequel that was born amid concerns about the pandemic. Nancy Meyers, the director, wrote: “This one, with its positive themes and love for family, made me feel whole at a time when I needed it most.”
It’s good to get new inspiration on what to read, cook, see, and do while being safe indoors. Home has our entire collection of ideas.
And now for the background story about …
How responsible is Facebook for what happens on its website?
Charlie Warzel, author of The Times’s Opinion, believes that sites like Facebook have a responsibility to make democracy work better through targeted misinformation. He spoke to our On Tech newsletter about how much debt these companies earn for divisions in the US.
They want tech companies to push people for factual election information and make voting easier, but fear that companies like Facebook have too much power.
We talked about a similar feeling I had about tech companies and coronavirus exposure alerts this spring. When crises happen and important institutions like government fail, we look for adults in the room. These companies are potential adults and there’s something reassuring about that. But it’s also insane to ask maybe a dozen unelected executives of major internet companies to protect a pillar of American democracy.
Are we blaming internet companies too much for what individuals do on their websites?
I don’t blame Facebook for the country’s ills. But it’s an accelerator, and what impresses me is that the company doesn’t seem willing to seriously look into it – while it’s faking it.
Mark Zuckerberg, the company’s managing director, said Facebook often receives negative feedback from those affected. The company removes too many posts that they often interpret as the company’s prejudice against conservative views.
If you want Facebook to downgrade or delete manipulative or potentially dangerous posts more aggressively, but customers are concerned about censorship, doesn’t the company have the right to be careful?
This is Facebook trying to be two incompatible things. There’s Facebook, a customer-centric product like McDonald’s that serves two billion people.
And there is Facebook, which recognizes that it has a social responsibility as an essential communication infrastructure for elections, pandemics, and more. McDonald’s wants customers to be happy but doesn’t try to secure elections.
That’s it for today’s briefing. I hope your week starts off wonderfully.
Thank you very much
To Theodore Kim and Jahaan Singh for the break from the news. You can reach the team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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