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Hello. Donald Trump’s “leadership failures” have left America “in tatters,” Joe Biden’s new running mate Kamala Harris said in their first joint appearance on the Democratic presidential ticket in Delaware on Wednesday evening. Together, Biden and Harris have said they will guide the United States through the three major national crises it will face in 2020: the Covid-19 pandemic, the struggling economy, and dealing with systemic racism.


‘America demands leadership’: Kamala Harris debuts as Biden running mate – Video

Trump, for his part, put together a familiar insult to Harris during a White House press briefing, describing her as “mean” for the way she toasted Brett Kavanaugh in her Supreme Court nomination hearing . Poppy Noor reviews some of the California senator’s best cross-examinations of powerful men – including Biden.

Bob Woodward got his hands on Trump and Kim’s personal letters







Trump and Kim when their Hanoi summit failed in February 2019. Photograph: Saul Loeb / AFP / Getty Images

Veteran White House reporter Bob Woodward has obtained 25 personal letters from Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, and plans to reveal their details in Rage, his new book on the Trump administration. In one of the letters, according to Woodward editors Simon & Schuster, “Kim describes the bond between the two leaders as from a ‘fantasy film’ as the two leaders engage in an extraordinary diplomatic minuet.” .

Foreign observers come to observe US elections




A voter leaves a voting booth during the New Hampshire primary.  The OSCE has recommended sending 500 observers to monitor the November elections.



A voter leaves a voting booth during the New Hampshire primary. The OSCE has recommended sending 500 observers to monitor the November elections. Photograph: Joseph Prezioso / AFP / Getty Images

Since the disputed presidential vote in the United States in 2000, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) has sent foreign election observers to monitor the US elections. In its most recent assessment, the OSCE warns of threats to “the integrity of the debates on election day”, describing the 2020 poll as “the most difficult in decades” – not least because of of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The organization recommended that its member states send 500 observers to monitor the November vote, saying most of the recommendations it made after the 2016 election – including restoring a key piece of the law on voting rights – had not been implemented.

US hospitals pressured staff to work despite symptoms of Covid




Healthcare workers move a patient to the Covid-19 unit at United Memorial Medical Center in Houston.



Healthcare workers move a patient to the Covid-19 unit at United Memorial Medical Center in Houston. Photograph: Mark Felix / AFP / Getty Images

Despite conflicting messages from the government during the coronavirus crisis, one piece of public health guidance has remained consistent: If you are suffering from symptoms of Covid-19, stay home. Yet, as the Guardian and Kaiser Health News have learned, many US hospitals, clinics, and other health facilities have flouted these guidelines, pressuring workers infected with the virus to return earlier than standards. public health does suggest.

More than 900 U.S. healthcare workers have died during the pandemic. Ron Klain, who was the Ebola czar in the Obama administration and now advises the Biden campaign, says many of these deaths could – and should have – been avoided:

We didn’t give them the equipment they needed and we didn’t do everything we could to reduce the risks they faced: that might not make their heroism greater, but it does require us to to remember it and to change direction in our country. failure to respond to Covid, all the more urgent.


New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern warns Covid-19 cluster ‘will grow before slowing down’ – video

As the global coronavirus death toll nears 750,000, India saw a record daily increase in new cases – nearly 67,000 – while New Zealand’s successful Covid-19 elimination strategy has suffered a setback, with an outbreak in its largest city suggesting the virus may have been circulating undetected in the community for weeks. Some other countries have offered smart and macabre solutions to the lingering crisis:

  • South Korea has equipped bus shelters in the capital, Seoul, with anti-Covid technology including temperature control doors and ultraviolet disinfection lamps.
  • Bolivian engineers have created a mobile crematorium in response to the soaring death rate in Bolivia, providing a low cost option for families who cannot afford a proper funeral service.

In other news …




Smoke rises from an area of ​​scorched earth in the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso last week.



Smoke rises from an area of ​​scorched earth in the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso last week. Photograph: Carl de Souza / AFP / Getty Images

  • Amazon has suffered its worst start to the fire season in a decade, with more than 10,000 flames spotted in the Brazilian rainforest during the first 10 days of August, 17% more than the same time last year.

  • Americans face wave of suicides, drug overdoses and desperation if the US government does not reinstate improved federal unemployment benefits and deportation moratoria during the coronavirus crisis, mental health experts have warned.

  • The world’s largest international maritime military exercise starts in Hawaii next week. The Pacific Rim War Games (Rimpac) were delayed from April; Critics say they should be canceled amid an increase in the number of Covid-19 cases in the state.

Climate countdown: 83 days to save the Earth

The world’s freshwater animals have declined 83% since 1970, in part due to the climate crisis. And there are 83 days until the United States withdraws from the Paris climate accords. Today, in our climate countdown series, Oliver Milman warns that the past decade has been the hottest on earth – a sure sign that the crisis is accelerating.

Excellent readings




Diana Darke says the Qalb Lozeh Church in Syria inspired the design of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.



Diana Darke says the Qalb Lozeh Church in Syria inspired the design of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. Photography: Bertramz

How Europe’s tallest buildings were robbed in the East

When Middle Eastern expert Diana Darke looks at Notre-Dame or Saint-Marc in Venice, she doesn’t see European architectural achievements, but drawings looted from the Islamic world. “In a context of growing Islamophobia,” she told Oliver Wainwright, “I thought it was time for someone to straighten out the narrative.

The model who partied with Warhol and took on Vogue

In the late 1960s, Pat Cleveland was one of New York’s top models. She was photographed by Richard Avedon, partied with Warhol, dated Muhammad Ali. But in 1971, she left for France, vowing not to return until a black model was on the cover of US Vogue. “I’ve just had enough,” she tells Ellen E Jones.

Opinion: Pop culture must take colourism into account

Many people now have their eyes open to systemic racism, but there is a related form of discrimination that has yet to face a cultural account, writes Priya Elan: colorism or discrimination based on skin tone.

A preference for lighter skin tone, even among people of color, is one of the obvious legacies of Eurocentric beauty standards. Yet colourism continues to hide in plain sight. Is it so insidious that we can’t call it or talk about it?

Last Thing: Nick Cave sur la culture d’annulation




Cave on stage in 2018.



Cave on stage in 2018. Photography: Piotr Hukalo / Prs / East News / Shutterstock

Nick Cave, the Australian musician and writer, weighed in on the culture’s cancellation on his popular personal blog, calling it a “crazy bad religion,” and warning that political correctness has started to have a “choking effect on it.” creative soul of a company. “.

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