Your Monday briefing: the end of Roe

Hello. We cover the end of Roe v. Wade, a G7 summit on Ukraine and an investigation into China’s surveillance state.

President Biden has said countries will ban imports of Russian gold. Leaders are also expected to discuss possible attempts to tighten sanctions on Russian oil.

Energy: The rush to replace Russian fossil fuels could jeopardize hard-won climate goals. European leaders are scrambling to prepare for a winter of fuel shortages.

Struggle: Ukrainian forces will withdraw from the key eastern city of Sievierodonetsk, where around 90% of the city’s buildings have been destroyed. And the mayor of Mykolaiv, a beleaguered southern city that embodied the Ukrainian spirit of never say die, urged residents to leave.

Diplomacy: G7 leaders detailed a new plan designed to counter China’s growing influence through its Belt and Road Initiative. They have also invited five non-member countries to attend, an effort to strengthen relations with countries they fear are drifting into the orbits of China and Russia.

For more than a year, they analyzed more than 100,000 government tender documents, which detail surveillance technology and software and explain the strategic thinking behind purchases.

Journalists have found that China’s ambition to collect a staggering amount of digital and biological data from its citizens is broader and more invasive than previously thought. Here are four takeaways from the survey and a 14-minute video.

Cameras: These are the basis of China’s surveillance state, providing data to analysis software that can tell a person’s race, gender and whether or not they wear glasses or masks. All of this data is stored on government servers.

Telephone (s: Authorities are using phone trackers to link people’s digital lives to their identities and physical movements.

Profiles: DNA, iris scan and voiceprint samples are collected indiscriminately from people with no connection to the crime to create comprehensive profiles for citizens.

Artificial intelligence: The latest technology promises to predict or detect crimes, such as notifying officers when someone with a history of mental illness approaches a school or alerting authorities if a wedding is suspicious.

Beijing isn’t known for its natural refuges – or its bending of the rules. But “wild swimming” in the city’s lakes and streams continued to attract stubborn bathers, despite attempts by authorities to restrict the practice. During the pandemic, interest has only grown.

At a time of widespread debate over the portrayal of women in film, Japan’s top animators work in a long tradition of complex, layered heroines.

Working on smaller budgets than their American counterparts, directors like Mamoru Hosoda offer personal visions. Her film “Belle”, available on major platforms, is inspired by “Beauty and the Beast”, but her heroine writes deep and complex music about her grief at losing her mother. The protagonist of the Disney version never mentions her mother. No more than Jasmine in “Aladdin”.

Author Makoto Shinkai broke box office records in Japan in 2016 with ‘Your Name,’ which begins as a body-changing teen romantic comedy but morphs into a meditation on the trauma many Japanese people experience. again after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami and the fear of displacement these tragedies brought.

And Hayao Miyazaki’s “Spirited Away” – perhaps Japan’s most famous animated film – was born out of its dissatisfaction with the superficial entertainment offered to teenage girls. “I wanted the main character to be a typical girl that a 10-year-old could relate to,” Miyazaki said.

“She shouldn’t be someone extraordinary, but a real, everyday person – even if that kind of character is harder to create,” he continued, through a translator. . “It wouldn’t be a story in which the character grows, but a story in which she taps into something that’s already within her and comes out of the particular circumstances.”

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