U.S. will limit visas for Huawei and Chinese tech employees
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that the U.S. would impose visa restrictions for Huawei and other tech employees and their families.
He said that telecommunications companies around the world should “consider themselves on notice” if they do business with Huawei, and that he hoped to have more decisions soon on Chinese tech companies.
The announcement came after China said it would retaliate for U.S. moves to punish China over its Hong Kong security law, including stripping the territory’s preferential trade status and clearing the way for new sanctions.
Bigger picture: Tit-for-tat punishments have accompanied the sharp downturn in relations between the U.S. and China.
The Philippines sends the police to search for those with the virus
President Rodrigo Duterte’s government has empowered the police to fan out home to home in search of infected people.
The move incited an uproar among human rights groups, which accused the government on Wednesday of employing repressive tactics.
The plan lets police officers accompany health workers in search of people who may be asymptomatic or have mild symptoms. Those who cannot meet the requirements for home quarantine — including having their own bathroom and not having older adults or pregnant people in the house — are to be taken to a private facility.
The health authorities are under tremendous pressure from a public increasingly wary of Mr. Duterte’s brutal anti-drugs tactics, which have left thousands dead.
The national outbreak: Infections in the Philippines are nearing 60,000. More than 1,600 people have died.
In other developments:
Seoul will investigate sexual harassment accusations against former mayor
Seoul City Hall officials said on Wednesday that they would create a joint fact-finding team with women’s groups and legal and human rights experts to investigate accusations that Mayor Park Won-soon had sexually abused a secretary for four years.
The team has no power to subpoena or indict anyone, because by law a criminal case is closed if a suspect is dead. Mr. Park killed himself last week, the day after his secretary filed the complaint.
But activists say the investigation will still have meaning for members of the public, who want to know what happened.
Political impact: The accusations against Mr. Park are a blow to President Moon Jae-in’s governing liberal Democratic Party, of which Mr. Park had been a member. Two other party members have recently become the focus of the #MeToo movement in South Korea.
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What a fight over tahini has to do with gay rights
Julia Zaher, the owner of a popular tahini company in Israel, saw her recent donation to an Israeli gay rights group as unremarkable. But after the rights group thanked her, Israel’s conservative Arab community called for a boycott of her products.
But some see a plus side: Attention and support have emerged for gay and transgender members of the country’s Arab minority, a group that feels marginalized and discriminated against twice over.
Here’s what else is happening
Boeing 737 Max: Boeing has put the troubled jet back into production, and, if it passes regulatory scrutiny, the Max could fly again by the end of the year. Airlines have canceled hundreds of orders because of safety problems and the pandemic, but several thousand are still pending for the jet, which offers substantial savings on fuel and maintenance.
Apple: A European court overruled a 2016 decision that ordered the tech giant to pay $14.9 billion in unpaid taxes to Ireland, a legal victory for Apple against European antitrust regulators.
Snapshot: Above, flooding in Gagolmari, in Assam State. Monsoon rains in India, as well as Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar and Nepal, have killed scores of people, destroyed homes and structures, drowned entire villages and forced many to crouch on rooftops hoping for rescue.
What we’re looking at: The Window Swap website, which lets you look out through other people’s windows around the world. It gave me some sanity this morning.
Now, a break from the news
Cook: This fried tofu sandwich comes via Superiority Burger, a Manhattan restaurant with a famously vegan burger. “It’s a bit of a project as most restaurant recipes tend to be,” writes our food editor Sam Sifton, “but it’s neither complicated nor difficult.”
Watch: “The Old Guard,” a big-budget twist on comic-book superheroes that is among the few action movies with a guaranteed release this summer, is out on Netflix. We spoke with the director, Gina Prince-Bythewood, the first Black woman to take on such a role for the genre.
Drink: Slushy, boozy cocktails are perfect year-round. You may not even need to pull out a blender.
We have lots more ideas for what to read, cook, watch and do in our At Home collection.
And now for the Back Story on …
This experience of sinking into emotional quicksand while bingeing on doom-and-gloom news is so common that there’s now internet lingo for it: “doomscrolling.” Shelter-in-place orders, which leave us with little else to do than look at our screens, make us even more likely to doomscroll.
The activity can make us anxious, angry, depressed and less connected with our loved ones. Brian X. Chen, the lead consumer technology writer at The Times, surveyed health experts for ideas on getting our internet habits back in check. Here are the highlights.
Create a plan to control your time.
People are, by nature, information consumers, and the news is like digital candy being dispensed 24 hours a day. To resist information bingeing, we can create a plan to control how much we consume, similar to how people can create a dieting plan to lose weight, said Adam Gazzaley, a neuroscientist.
Acknowledge the burden that doomscrolling creates for our health; create a realistic plan that you can stick with and repeat it; and take breaks that don’t involve Facebook, like walking around the block or making a snack.
Exercises in mindfulness can help us break the cycle of information bingeing or prevent us from sinking into a dark place altogether. Try taking some breaths and thinking about the people who have helped you in the past. While imagining these people, give them positive wishes. For example: “May you be happy. May you be peaceful. May you be safe. May you be healthy.”
Connect with others.
Spend 15 minutes a day connecting with the people you care about most. That can help us feel less alone and resist doomscrolling.
While you might be experiencing “Zoom fatigue” after months of video calls with friends, try making a phone call while you’re on a walk. Or create a “moai,” a Japanese word for a social support group. Have a regular time when you convene with them, either virtually or in person at a safe distance.
That’s it for this briefing. See you next time.
Theodore Kim and Jahaan Singh provided the break from the news. You can reach the team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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