Bucha’s Month of Terror

Bucha’s Month of Terror

We documented dozens of killings of civilians and interviewed scores of witnesses to uncover Russian atrocities in Ukraine.

Link: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2022/04/11/world/europe/bucha-terror.html

Reporters and photographers for The New York Times spent more than a week with city officials, coroners and scores of witnesses in Bucha, uncovering new details of execution-style atrocities against civilians. The Times documented the bodies of almost three dozen people where they were killed — in their homes, in the woods, set on fire in a vacant parking lot — and learned the story behind many of their deaths. The Times also witnessed more than 100 body bags at a communal grave and the city’s cemetery.

Before Giving Billions to Jared Kushner, Saudi Investment Fund Had Big Doubts

Before Giving Billions to Jared Kushner, Saudi Investment Fund Had Big Doubts

Before committing $2 billion to Mr. Kushner’s fledgling firm, officials at a fund led by the Saudi crown prince questioned taking such a big risk.

Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/04/10/us/jared-kushner-saudi-investment-fund.html

Those objections included: “the inexperience of the Affinity Fund management”; the possibility that the kingdom would be responsible for “the bulk of the investment and risk”; due diligence on the fledgling firm’s operations that found them “unsatisfactory in all aspects”; a proposed asset management fee that “seems excessive”; and “public relations risks” from Mr. Kushner’s prior role as a senior adviser to his father-in-law, former President Donald J. Trump, according to minutes of the panel’s meeting last June 30.

‘This Was Trump Pulling a Putin’

‘This Was Trump Pulling a Putin’

Amid the current crisis, Fiona Hill and other former advisers are connecting President Trump’s pressure campaign on Ukraine to Jan. 6. And they’re ready to talk.

Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/04/11/magazine/trump-putin-ukraine-fiona-hill.html

Cheney took umbrage at Hill’s assessment. “So, you’re telling me you’re opposed to freedom and democracy,” she says he snapped. According to Hill, he abruptly gathered his materials and walked out of the Oval Office

Opinion | How Do We Deal With a Superpower Led by a War Criminal?

Opinion | How Do We Deal With a Superpower Led by a War Criminal?

There’s never been a pariah state as consequential as Russia.

Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/04/10/opinion/putin-russia-ukraine.html

But with Putin’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine, his indiscriminate crushing of its cities and mass killings of Ukrainian civilians, he went from “bad boy” to “war criminal.” And when the leader of Russia — a country that spans 11 time zones, with vast oil, gas and mineral resources and more nuclear warheads than anyone else — is a war criminal and must be henceforth treated as a pariah, the world as we’ve known it is profoundly changed. Nothing can work the same.

How Ireland Took On the Church and Freed Its Soul

How Ireland Took On the Church and Freed Its Soul

A nation learned to dodge God’s law in everything from biscuits to birth control, until religious doublethink became an agent of its own undoing.

via The New Yorker: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2022/04/11/how-ireland-took-on-the-church-and-freed-its-soul-fintan-otoole-we-dont-know-ourselves-a-personal-history-of-modern-ireland

Hypocrisy shrivels when it is named in sunlight. In the nineteen-nineties, that sunlit naming happened fast, and the two sides of the unknown known—the knowing and the not knowing—started openly talking to each other, like a mistress and a wife finally comparing notes on the same atrocious man. Four events were propulsive.

What Happens When Twelve Thousand Game Developers Converge?

What Happens When Twelve Thousand Game Developers Converge?

A week of boba, crypto, and introspection at the Game Developers Conference, in San Francisco.

via The New Yorker: https://www.newyorker.com/news/letter-from-silicon-valley/what-happens-when-twelve-thousand-game-developers-converge

“There’s, like, a crypto boulevard there,” he said. “Like, a crypto hallway that you have to walk through. You just hold your breath.” At G.D.C., he was getting a lot of props for a tweet Aggro Crab had made earlier in the year, condemning the publisher of Going Under, Team17, for deciding to incorporate N.F.T.s into its games; the tweet had gone viral, and, facing backlash, Team17 had reversed its decision. “All the indies, and people I’ve been talking to, absolutely hate that stuff,” Kaman told me. “It really is just a grift. It’s a pyramid scheme. And it’s not like they do anything for games, right? I don’t know where that logic came from: we’re going to integrate games with the blockchain. What does that do for games? The point is to have fun, and we’re already doing that pretty well.”

Will Mercenaries and Foreign Fighters Change the Course of Ukraine’s War?

Will Mercenaries and Foreign Fighters Change the Course of Ukraine’s War?

At a critical strategic juncture, non-state actors threaten to complicate the conflict.

via The New Yorker: https://www.newyorker.com/news/daily-comment/will-mercenaries-and-foreign-fighters-change-the-course-of-ukraines-war

The infusion of outsiders and “irregular forces” could further complicate an already messy conflict, according to a report released on Monday by the Soufan Center, a nonprofit, global-security research group. “The battlefield in Ukraine is incredibly complex, with a range of violent non-state actors—private military contractors, foreign fighters, volunteers, mercenaries, extremists, and terrorist groups—all in the mix,” it concluded

Bruce Willis’s Minimalist Star Power

Bruce Willis’s Minimalist Star Power

Long before aphasia affected his performances, Willis brought a misunderstood effortlessness to his best movie roles.

via The New Yorker: https://www.newyorker.com/culture/cultural-comment/bruce-williss-minimalist-star-power

Reviewing “Hard Kill,” a 2020 movie starring Willis as a tech C.E.O. whose daughter gets kidnapped, a critic for the Guardian described him as occupying “that grey area between zero fuss and not much effort.” This and other similarly disparaging assessments now exist in their own gray area, where public opinion of an actor’s craft meets public knowledge of his extenuating circumstances

Collecting Bodies in Bucha

Collecting Bodies in Bucha

A team of Ukrainian volunteers say that, since the Russian retreat, they have picked up three hundred corpses.

via The New Yorker: https://www.newyorker.com/news/dispatch/collecting-bodies-in-bucha

After three weeks, Cherednichenko approached two soldiers outside her house. “I said to them, ‘I’m asking you as a mother,’ ” she told Havryliuk. “ ‘Is my son alive?’ ” One of the soldiers responded, “You don’t have a son anymore.”

Opinion | ‘At Night I Dream of Mariupol’: Nine Accounts of Surviving a Russian Siege

Opinion | ‘At Night I Dream of Mariupol’: Nine Accounts of Surviving a Russian Siege

Mariupol, Ukraine, has been encircled by Russian forces for about a month. We have collected the statements of people who recently escaped.

Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/04/06/opinion/international-world/mariupol-ukraine-russia.html

Dead people: Everywhere. At first, people tried to bury in mass graves, but when the density of shelling made it impossible — people just lie covered with sheets. Everywhere.

‘This Is True Barbarity’: Life and Death Under Russian Occupation

‘This Is True Barbarity’: Life and Death Under Russian Occupation

The town of Trostyanets was occupied by Russian forces for a month before the Ukrainian military liberated it. Residents described weeks of hunger and horror.

Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/04/03/world/europe/ukraine-war-russia-trostyanets.html

In the morgue, beside the three dead Russian soldiers, Dr. Volkova pointed to a body bag in the corner of the room. “This person was tortured to death,” she said. “His hands and legs are tied up with sticky tape, his teeth are missing and almost all of his face is gone. It’s unknown what they wanted from him.”

What Made Buster Keaton’s Comedy So Modern?

What Made Buster Keaton’s Comedy So Modern?

Whereas Chaplin’s vision was essentially theatrical, Keaton’s was specific to the screen—he moved like the moving pictures.

via The New Yorker: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2022/01/31/what-made-buster-keatons-comedy-so-modern-biography-james-curtis-dana-stevens

Keaton is the chamber-music master of comedy, with the counterpoint clear and unmuddied by extraneous emotion. It may be that our new claustrophobia is mirrored in his old comedy. The hospital has blown away, and that house has fallen on us all.