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Saturday, January 22, 2022

Your briefing on Monday: Djokovic’s message to Australia

Good morning. We cover Novak Djokovic’s call to enter Australia, the escalation of violence in Kazakhstan and the outright release of a Saudi princess from prison.

Monday’s hearing will determine whether Novak Djokovic can defend his men’s singles title at the Australian Open this month. Border guards said they denied him entry because he failed to provide evidence to justify an exemption from the country’s Covid vaccination requirement for all arrivals.

Djokovic’s lawyers are appealing Australia’s decision. The Serbian tennis superstar, who is skeptical of vaccines, says he tested positive in mid-December. His lawyers say he was granted a vaccine exemption because of the test results and that the country made a mistake in revoking his visa.

If Djokovic’s appeal is denied, he could be banned from entering Australia for three years under the rules governing visa cancellations.

Refugees: Djokovic quarantine at a Melbourne hotel where about 30 asylum seekers have been held for more than a year, drawing attention to Australia’s much-criticized detention policy.

Tennis: Athletes once favorably viewed as rebels now face opposition when they want to play by different rules of the virus than everyone else.

Here are the latest updates and maps of the pandemic.

In other developments:

  • The rate of daily new global infections nearly doubled last week, surpassing a staggering two million cases a day.

  • At least six American figure skaters have tested positive, raising concerns about the upcoming Winter Olympics in Beijing.


Nearly 6,000 people have been detained amid days of violence in Kazakhstan. Government officials say at least 2,000 people have been injured and dozens have died. The country’s largest and most prosperous city, Almaty, looks like a war zone.

The protests, initially peaceful, began over the weekend over rising fuel prices and have spread across the country. They provoked a political crisis and prompted the President of Kazakhstan to seek help from the Russian-led security alliance to restore order. This move could reshape politics and power in Central Asia for years to come.

Now people are wondering if street violence has become a confidant of warring factions of the political elite after Karim Masimov, the former head of Kazakhstan’s powerful intelligence agency and a key ally of the former president, was arrested on suspicion of treason. .

Analysis: Tensions arose after Nursultan Nazarbayev, Kazakhstan’s leader since its founding, began to gradually hand over power to a successor in 2019. Chaos usually follows authoritarian leaders when they leave.

Ukraine update: Now Russian troops surround Ukraine from three sides, and Western officials fear that a military operation could begin as early as this month. The US and NATO will begin talks with Russia on Monday to try to stave off an invasion — possibly through tough sanctions. Ukraine, left out of negotiations, is quietly conducting separate negotiations with Moscow.


The Saudi government has not said why it has detained Princess Basma bint Saud, the daughter of a former king who has been critical of the country’s politics and legal system, as well as its crown prince, albeit not by name. Officials also did not say why they released her from prison after three years.

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According to her family’s legal adviser, the 58-year-old princess returned home with her daughter Suhud al-Sharif, who was in custody with her. The two women were charged with unspecified “felonies” but were never formally charged.

It remains unclear whether they will be allowed to travel abroad. It’s a pressing issue: Princess Basma needs medical care that the kingdom doesn’t have, her legal adviser said.

Context: Princess Basma was among a number of prominent dissidents, women’s rights activists and members of the Saudi royal family who were imprisoned or placed under house arrest during the rise to power of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Many are still detained.

Asia and the Pacific

Couples in southern India are throwing ever more elaborate weddings, often specifically to get clicks on social media. By some estimates, more than 60 percent of celebrations in the coastal state of Kerala now feature choreographed performances that follow trends that blur the country’s religious and cultural boundaries.

Sidney Poitier was the first black Hollywood idol and the first black performer to win the Academy Award for Best Actor in the 1963 film Lilies of the Field. He died Friday at the age of 94.

Poitier rose to prominence during the US civil rights movement, and his roles tended to reflect the peaceful, integrative goals of the struggle, Poitier’s conscious choice. His heroes met hatred with reason and forgiveness. They simmered with suppressed anger, but they responded to injustice with quiet determination.

The message appeased white audiences but exposed it to attack from black activists as the movement took on a more militant character in the late 1960s and 1970s. Poitier once said that it seemed to him that “in every move I make, I represent the interests of 15-18 million people.”

Film after film insisted that he be v Black man for white America,” writes Wesley Morris, our general critic, in evaluating Poitier’s legacy, adding: “He was called to single-handedly symbolize black America.” Here’s where to stream some of Poitier’s great performances.

What to cook

Mix brownie dough and cookie dough to make buns.

What to read

In Aftermath: Life After the Collapse of the Third Reich, 1945-1955, journalist Harald Jäner analyzes the national myths and sentiments of Germany after the war. “They considered themselves victims,” he writes, “and therefore had the dubious happiness of not thinking about real victims.”

What to listen

Our critics recommend new songs from the spin-off Radiohead, Burial, Delaney Bailey and more.

PE

Here are some tips to help keep your running resolve going into the new year.

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