Thursday Briefing – The New York Times – 943hare

In the tiny Gaza Strip, where more than two million people are trapped, death can feel imminent. Israeli airstrikes, which have resumed after a brief truce, can come at any time and to any place, and food and water remain scarce. Already, more than 16,000 people have been killed in the Hamas-run territory, according to the health ministry.

Israel says civilian casualties are inevitable because Hamas embeds within Gaza’s population. The country’s military is now entering its next phase of its offensive against Hamas, more closely focused on the south, where most of Gaza’s population has fled.

Israel has told many civilians there to move again. But it is not obvious where they should go, and conditions are desperate. Parents skip meals so their children can eat. Taps have run dry. U.N. shelters are so crowded that there is a single toilet for every 160 people, and none of Gaza’s hospitals are functional enough to perform surgery, according to the W.H.O.

Blockade: Before the war, some 500 trucks with essential supplies came into Gaza every day, many from Egypt via the Rafah crossing. Far fewer have made it across since the bombardment began, even during the cease-fire. The trucks slowed to a trickle once the fighting resumed.

In other news from the war:


Republicans blocked an emergency spending bill to provide about $50 billion in security assistance for Ukraine, demanding strict new restrictions at the U.S. border in exchange and severely jeopardizing President Biden’s push to replenish the war chests of American allies before the end of the year.

While the bill faltered over an unrelated immigration policy dispute, the resistance it has met in Congress reflects a dwindling appetite among Republicans for backing Ukraine, as polls show that Americans are losing interest in providing financial assistance. Before the vote, Biden said he was willing to compromise, calling the southern border “broken.”

By the numbers: In the Senate, the vote to move forward on the bill was 49 to 51, short of the 60-vote threshold needed to advance.

John Kerry, President Biden’s special envoy for climate change, said that the U.S. supported “largely” ending the burning of coal, gas and oil to limit average global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels. The planet has already warmed by 1.2 degrees Celsius.

Nations would also need to deploy technology to capture and store carbon emissions from industries for which there are no low-carbon or zero-carbon alternatives, like steel and cement manufacturing, he said.

Quotable: “We’ve got to do what the science tells us to do, and the science has been clear,” Kerry said at the U.N. climate talks in Dubai.

The Killers released “Mr. Brightside” 20 years ago, and hardly anybody cared. Yet in the intervening decades, the song — which eventually reached the Billboard Hot 100 over a year after its initial release, peaking at No. 10 in June 2005 — has become something more than a hit, eventually blossoming into a full-throttle generational anthem.

Norman Lear, the television writer and producer behind “The Jeffersons,” “Good Times” and “All in the Family,” died on Tuesday at 101.

What next for Lionel Scaloni? The factors behind his disillusionment with the Argentina coaching job.

Yoshinobu Yamamoto: American teams start bidding on the Japanese baseball star next week — and he could get a record-breaking contract.

German soccer isn’t dead: Reports of a bleak future are greatly exaggerated.

Margot Robbie walked the red carpet in bubble-gum pink; Rihanna performed at the Super Bowl in an unforgettable maternity jumpsuit; and the A.I. pope’s all-white puffer tricked countless social media users. Those are just three of the 71 looks that defined style this year.

“Some had great hair. Some had singular accessories. One person had both — and was mistaken for a duchess in disguise,” members of The Times’s Styles desk write. “Certain people might surprise you or (we hope) inspire heated debate. After all, one thing they had in common is they made us talk: about what we wear, how we live and how we express ourselves.”

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