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E.U. Deal, U.K. Extradition Treaty, Google: Your Tuesday Briefing

2020-07-21 05:36:43
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Good morning.

We’re covering the E.U.’s landmark stimulus deal, the suspension of the U.K.’s extradition treaty with Hong Kong and the last days of a famous Parisian store.

After days of intense talks in Brussels, European Union leaders on Tuesday stepped up to confront one of the gravest challenges in the bloc’s history, agreeing on a 750 billion euro spending package to rescue their economies from the ravages of the pandemic.

Snapshot: Above, people foraging for clams, crabs and shrimp in Bali in June. The tourist-dependent Indonesian island is struggling to get back on its feet. The pandemic has forced many resort workers to return to their villages and take up traditional ways of making a living.

What we’re listening to: This Armchair Expert podcast about aging research, featuring the Australian biologist David Sinclair. “The way we age affects our response to disease, and the work Mr. Sinclair’s team is doing at Harvard might make your jaw drop,” says Melina Delkic of the Briefings team.

Cook: This heirloom tomato tart celebrates juicy, vibrant tomatoes in a cheesy, herby, custard-filled, flaky crust, with pesto punctuating each bite.

See: Museums in Europe are reopening, and masks festooned with art by masters like Van Gogh and Rembrandt are hot souvenirs.

Deal: Are you a people pleaser? Learn how to shift course and say no to something you’re not comfortable with during the pandemic.

We may be venturing outside, but we’re still spending lots of time inside. At Home has our full collection of ideas on what to read, cook, watch and do to make it fun.

Meshell Ndegeocello, Brandi Carlile and Hayley Kiyoko, artists of varying backgrounds, found shared experiences in a conversation about music, activism and queer identity, part of The Times’s “Live at Home” series. Here’s an excerpt from their exchange.

When did activism start for each of you? When did you become politically awakened?

Hayley Kiyoko: I was on my own journey. For me, it’s been out of necessity. I think that for most people who have lived their lives being activists, it is through necessity. When I released my music video for “Girls Like Girls,” that was out of necessity for myself.

Meshell Ndegeocello: In my youth, I wasn’t very aware of it. I was very singularly focused on making music. Music is something where I feel genderless and raceless. But being a person of color, I think every day of my existence is pretty much making a statement, and I’ve only come to understand that as I now am 52.

How do you integrate queerness into your music?

Brandi Carlile: Music is such an expression that your sexuality comes out. It just does. Whether you’re writing about it or not. The people that need to know, know. I write songs with guys and sometimes they’ll have written a song or a narrative and they’re singing about a woman, but the perspective is so male I can’t put that on me. “I don’t feel that way, I feel really female about this,” and that’s just where I am with my gender identity so I kind of need to change this — keep the pronoun where it is, but I need it to be me.

So how do you balance activism and being out with threats of violence that still exist?

Meshell: I have to say your safety is much more important, your life. I’m a very passive, nonviolent person, and I hope you can find the peace within yourself, so perhaps do your activism through other channels that don’t jeopardize your safety. That’s the most important thing.

Hayley: Survival is key and without you, there is no change.


That’s it for this briefing. See you next time.

— Isabella


Thank you
To Theodore Kim and Jahaan Singh for the break from the news. You can reach the team at [email protected].

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• We’re listening to “The Daily.” Our latest episode features a look at the life and legacy of John Lewis, the civil rights icon.
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