Your Monday Briefing – The New York Times
We cover what lies ahead for the Iran nuclear deal and the tense elections in Ethiopia.
Iran’s new president and the nuclear deal
Ebrahim Raisi, the former ultra-conservative Iranian judicial leader, was elected president after a campaign widely seen as designed to secure his victory. His victory could give President Biden the opportunity to reinstate the 2015 nuclear deal.
U.S. negotiators say the next six weeks before Raisi’s inauguration could be a one-time window to strike a deal renewing the deal, which Donald Trump tore up three years ago. The theory in Washington and Tehran is that Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has led not only the elections but the nuclear negotiations as well – and does not want to give up his best hope of lifting the crushing sanctions that have kept the Iranian oil largely out of the market.
Analysis: The longevity of Iran’s authoritarian government has defied the assumptions of experts, foreign adversaries, its own citizens and, apparently, the basic laws of history.
Challenges: US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said on Sunday that the main challenges remain for the nuclear deal, including over Iran’s nuclear sanctions and commitments, and that Iran’s final decision on the matter belonged to the Supreme Leader, not the President.
Global progress hampered by Delta variant
The Delta variant is proving to be a stubborn obstacle in the fight against the coronavirus.
As the United States heads into its second pandemic summer, President Biden has warned that the variant is spreading in states with low vaccination rates. The chief scientist of the World Health Organization said on Friday that Delta became the dominant variant globally of the disease, Reuters reports.
Russian virologists say the Delta variant is now the most common version in Moscow. Mayor Sergey Sobyanin told local media on Friday that 89.3% of all new coronavirus cases in the city involved the variant. The number of cases has tripled in the past two weeks and city officials have added 5,000 hospital beds.
In England, ‘Freedom Day’, when the last remaining restrictions on coronaviruses were due to end, has been postponed to July 19 after a spike in Delta cases. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he was confident the restrictions would be lifted next month, but added that “at some point we will have to learn to live with the virus and deal with it the best we can”.
Tense election in Ethiopia
Ethiopians are go to the polls on Monday in a long delayed election through violence and boycotts, the PA reports, although logistical problems mean some people will not vote until September.
Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said it would be the country’s first free and fair elections after decades of repressive rule. He received praise for allowing the return of opposition parties and freeing thousands of political prisoners.
But now a war in Tigray has caught the attention of the international community, with human rights groups claiming the government is canceling freedoms. Aid agencies recently warned that 350,000 people in Tigray are on the brink of famine. Last week, the US State Department said it was “gravely concerned about the environment in which these upcoming elections are to be held.”
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ARTS AND IDEAS
Victoria’s Secret tries a new look
After years of declining popularity, Victoria’s Secret, the lingerie giant known for its hypersexy image, is undergoing a major overhaul.
Outside, the Angels, scantily clad models like Heidi Klum and Tyra Banks who posed exclusively for the company. In their place is a group called VS Collective, made up of seven women who will advise and promote the brand, including football star Megan Rapinoe and actor Priyanka Chopra Jonas.
Victoria’s Secret has long “embodied a certain widely accepted stereotype of femininity,” Sapna Maheshwari and Vanessa Friedman wrote in The Times. But this model is outdated now. Over the past decade there has been a rise in “Anti-Victoria Secrets” like Rory Satran written in the Wall Street Journal. Competitors like ThirdLove and Cuup prioritize “comfort as well as sensuality and structure, inclusive sizing and non-objectifying advertising images featuring a diverse group of models.”
Victoria’s Secret took a long time to adjust. “We had to stop worrying about what men want and what women want,” said Martin Waters, brand general manager. In stores, models will now come in a wide range of shapes and sizes. The company will also begin to offer products such as nursing bras and sportswear.
One question remains: will women buy it?
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That’s it for today’s briefing. See you next time. – Melina
PS Denise Grady is retiring after spending two decades covering medicine for The Times. She shared some thoughts on the job in this farewell post.
There is no new episode of “The Daily”. Instead, in episode 4 of “X Day”, an interview with the first soldier to stand trial for terrorism in Germany since WWII.
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Remy Tumin and Sanam Yar contributed to the briefing.