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The Guardian view on Iran’s presidential election: more choice, but little real hope of change | Editorial

The Guardian view on Iran’s presidential election: more choice, but little real hope of change | Editorial

[ad_1] The death of Iran’s president, Ebrahim Raisi, in a helicopter crash last month was a shock. The 63‑year‑old hardliner was not only expected to run for a second term, but to be part of the looming transition: the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, is 85 and has health problems. Some had even thought Raisi might succeed him. Yet the repercussions have been muted. The first round of the presidential election is scheduled for 28 June, but no one expects Raisi’s replacement to bring significant political change. The regime’s priorities are continuity and stability. It knows it may soon have to reckon with the hostility of a second Trump administration and it faces widespread discontent at home, following the suppression of the massive Woman, Life, Freedom protests. The evidence of recent years suggest that it is more worried about conservative consolidation at the top than legitimacy from below. In the last race, the Guardian Council – a Khamenei-appointed elite body which vets candidates – banned all reformists. This time, one has made the cut. Masoud Pezeshkian is …

Netanyahu May Face a Choice Between a Truce and His Government’s Survival

Netanyahu May Face a Choice Between a Truce and His Government’s Survival

[ad_1] For months, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel has refused to offer a timeline for ending the war against Hamas in Gaza, a stance his critics see as a political tactic. But he has been put on the spot by President Biden’s announcement outlining a proposal for a truce. Mr. Netanyahu, a conservative, has long juggled competing personal, political and national interests. He now appears to be facing a stark choice between the survival of his hard-line, hawkish government and bringing home hostages held in Gaza while setting himself and Israel on a new course away from growing international isolation. Critics of the prime minister have portrayed him as indecisive and say there are two Netanyahus. One, they say, functions pragmatically in the small war cabinet he formed with some centrist rivals, to give it public legitimacy. The other is effectively being held hostage by the far-right members of his governing coalition, who oppose any concession to Hamas and who ensure his political survival. On Friday, Mr. Biden outlined broad terms that he said …

Will Keir Starmers Choice To Accept Natalie Elphicke Backfire

Will Keir Starmers Choice To Accept Natalie Elphicke Backfire

[ad_1] Keir Starmer was feeling very pleased with himself after prime minister’s questions today. The Labour leader was cock-a-hoop at pulling off a show-stealing coup when Tory MP Natalie Elphicke dramatically crossed the floor just two minutes before the weekly Commons showpiece. Conservative MPs were left stunned by the moment of parliamentary theatre, exchanging quizzical looks and muttering darkly as it became clear what had happened. Elphicke, the MP for Dover, is the third Tory to defect to Labour in this parliament – and the second to do so inside a fortnight. A delighted Starmer said: “She’s got a strong track record on issues such as housing, she’s on the frontline when it comes to the crisis of small boats. “I think she speaks for very many Tory voters in saying that the Tory Party has changed, it’s left the centre ground. But equally the Labour Party has changed and we are very clearly the party of the national interest.” But it is Elphicke’s previous right-wing stance on issues as diverse as immigration and Marcus …

Met Gala shows where power lies in fashion – which makes Zendaya’s choice intriguing | Met Gala

Met Gala shows where power lies in fashion – which makes Zendaya’s choice intriguing | Met Gala

[ad_1] The Met Gala and its red carpet is an annual X-ray of where power lies in fashion and in the adjacent worlds of celebrity, Hollywood and music. It shows us who is in and who is out, who is up and who is down. It is a heat map showing us the connections between culture and entertainment, between the establishment and new money, between the tech billionaires who have the deep pockets to fund nights like these and the designers whose dresses their wives want to wear. These are the new corridors of soft power, and the Met Gala draws back the veil on the alliances, feuds and fallings-out. This is a night of sublime dresses and serious money. The Superbowl of fashion-as-entertainment raised almost £17m last year for New York’s Metropolitan Museum. For context, the Met’s second most lucrative fundraiser earned about £4.5m. Talking point no 1: the unexpected star of the night was John Galliano. Zendaya, who as both co-chair of the Gala and hottest celebrity of the moment had all eyes …

Taylor Swift’s boyfriend Travis Kelce makes surprising fashion choice as he attends Kentucky Derby solo

Taylor Swift’s boyfriend Travis Kelce makes surprising fashion choice as he attends Kentucky Derby solo

[ad_1] Move over the Mob Wife aesthetic, Travis Kelce is bringing back the Mob Husband look. The 34-year-old NFL star left Kansas City for the prestigious Kentucky Derby, – and brought with him his very unique sense of style.  Held on Saturday, May 4 at Churchill Downs in Louisville, KY, Travis made heads turn in a white pinstripe double-breasted suit paired with a blue shirt, pocket square and navy blue tie. To bring the look together, he added a navy fedora hat with feather detailing.  © LEANDRO LOZADATravis Kelce enjoys a race at the 150th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 4, 2024 Travis arrived in Louisville the day before, and attended The Chainsmokers’ show at the Ice House in the city.  Held as part of the Sports Illustrated Revel at the Races concert, the three-time Super Bowl champ enjoyed the show and then spent time backstage with Chainsmokers member Alex Pall, with Alex sharing a series of pictures on his social media pages.  © InstagramAlex Pall and Travis Kelce Travis’ …

‘No choice’: India’s Manipuris cannot go back a year after fleeing violence | Indigenous Rights News

‘No choice’: India’s Manipuris cannot go back a year after fleeing violence | Indigenous Rights News

[ad_1] Lingneifel Vaiphei collapsed to the ground in agony after she saw the lifeless body of her infant child laid out on a cold steel stretcher in a mortuary in Chennai, the capital of India’s southern Tamil Nadu state. Steven’s body was tightly wrapped in a striped woollen shawl, traditionally worn by the Kuki-Zo tribe in the northeastern Manipur state. His face had turned blue. He was only six months old. Crying profusely, the 20-year-old mother kept kissing her child’s face as she carried his body towards an ambulance, her husband Kennedy Vaiphei walking beside her. Amid sobs and muted rage, the family made their way to a burial ground, about 7km (4 miles) away, and laid their only child to rest. Nine months after Lingneifel and Kennedy had moved to Chennai in search of a fresh start away from violence, a nightmare they had never imagined had visited them. Lingneifel burying her infant son at a burial ground in Chennai, Tamil Nadu [Greeshma Kuthar/Al Jazeera] Less than 24 hours earlier, on the night of …

How Zero Bond Became Postpandemic New York’s Celebrity Playground of Choice

How Zero Bond Became Postpandemic New York’s Celebrity Playground of Choice

[ad_1] Then there was the Adams campaign. The future mayor hung out with James Harden and La La Anthony one night, Strauss and Tepperberg until 1:30 a.m. the next, and Charli and Dixie D’Amelio the next. And each time, he was brought to the club by member Ronn Torossian, the controversial PR maven who’s repped the Eric Trump Foundation and Girls Gone Wild founder Joe Francis. Torossian’s close with Sartiano too. “I’ve known him more than 20 years, and in many ways he’s one of these quiet geniuses you never see coming,” Torossian told me. Zero Bond has quite the legit collection of art on the walls. Andy Warhol and Keith Haring were easy choices, given the NoHo connection: The Andy Warhol Foundation is a block away, and the Keith Haring Foundation is housed in his former studio on the fifth floor of 676 Broadway—the building directly next to Zero Bond. But Sartiano went a step further and asked Gagosian sales and artist liaison Sophia Cohen, daughter of Mets owner and hedge fund billionaire Steve …

‘I had no choice but to leave the Opéra de Paris’

‘I had no choice but to leave the Opéra de Paris’

[ad_1] Gustavo Dudamel at the Opéra Garnier, Paris, April 15, 2021. STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN/AFP On May 25, 2023, Gustavo Dudamel stepped down as music director of the Opéra de Paris, just two years into a contract that was to run until 2027. It was a major blow for the Parisian opera house, which had made the internationally renowned conductor the figurehead of a cultural policy open to the world. There are still many questions surrounding his decision, the suddenness of which took many by surprise. The 43-year-old Venezuelan maestro, who will be at the Philharmonie de Paris on May 30 and 31 with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, was keen to clarify the circumstances that led him to make this difficult decision. An enigmatic sentence accompanied the press release announcing your resignation. It mentioned ‘personal reasons.’ What did you mean by this? I had reached a point where I didn’t have the physical time to digest everything that was going on in my professional and personal life. I wasn’t happy, and I think that was …

Death in Paradise star reveals his top choice for replacement detective – and we agree

Death in Paradise star reveals his top choice for replacement detective – and we agree

[ad_1] A Death in Paradise former detective has had his say on who would be the perfect replacement for Ralf Little on the hit BBC show – and we would love it if this actually happened! Ben Miller, who played DI Richard Poole for the first two seasons of the beloved show, revealed that he would love to see Mr Bates vs The Post Office star Toby Jones take on the next St Marie detective, saying: “Oh my God, there are so many people who’d be brilliant. Toby Jones, that’s who I’d like to see.” WATCH: Ralf Little issues ‘explanation’ amid fan concern over missed radio interview after Death in Paradise exit Toby, 57, is an actor who is perhaps best known for playing Dobby in Harry Potter, as well as starring in the Detectorists, The Long Shadow and The English.  © ITV StudiosBen said he’d like to see Toby in the role He previously suggested that a woman could become the new detective, telling the Radio Times: “That could definitely work. I could see that, 100%. …

A Sharp Meditation on Parental Choice

A Sharp Meditation on Parental Choice

[ad_1] When I got pregnant last year, I began reading online about parenting and found myself confronted with an overwhelming quantity of choices. On social media, how-to graphics and videos abound, as do doctrines about the one true way to discipline your children, or feed them, or get them to sleep through the night. Parent forums, blogs, and product–recommendation sites are full of suggestions for the only swaddle that works, the formula that tastes milkiest, the clicking animatronic crab that will get your tummy-time-averse baby to hold her head high. Scrolling through all of this advice can make it seem as though parenting is largely about informed, research-based decision-making—that choosing the right gadgets and the right philosophy will help parenting itself go right. This logic can feel particularly visceral for a parent considering how to be a good steward of the environment. (Do I genuinely need a special $160 blender to avoid giving my baby prepackaged food? Or can I just mash steamed veggies with a fork?) Worrying about waste can turn into a variation …