2022年2月25日 星期五

The Daily: A ‘New Iron Curtain’

Bombs are falling in Europe. And the future is uncertain.

The big idea: This is just the beginning

There is one major story this week: the war in Ukraine. While we're still in the middle of the news, and it's uncertain what developments will follow, we wanted to answer some of your questions about the Russian invasion.

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By Lauren Jackson

Associate Audience Editor, Audio

A residential building was hit by missiles in Kyiv as the battle continues for the Ukrainian capital city.Lynsey Addario for The New York Times

Bombs are falling in Europe. A major world power is at war. And no easy resolution is in sight.

In the hours since President Vladimir V. Putin invaded Ukraine, Russian troops have entered the country by land, air and sea, attacking cities and taking control of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor.

Train stations and highways are crowded with those trying to flee; desperate lines persist at empty ATMs and gas stations; and many citizens are now soldiers, conscripting and preparing Molotov cocktails to defend family homes in the battle for Kyiv.

This moment is not only about the future of Ukrainian sovereignty and statehood, but also about a confrontation of ideologies and superpowers — one which has set off a chain reaction we can barely see the beginning of now.

As you've heard in our audio dispatches, we're right in the middle of the news, trying to keep pace with developments world leaders are calling "unthinkable," "barbaric" and a "turning point in the history of Europe." So while we wait to see what happens next, we wanted to try to answer a few of the questions you've sent us.

What are Putin's real motives?

Putin has spun conspiracy theories to justify his invasion of Ukraine.

But through his public statements, he has made clear that his true target goes beyond regaining control of his neighboring country. He is interested in challenging America's superpower status, which he described as an "empire of lies." Julia Ioffe, writing for Puck, explains that this war is really about settling old scores and rewriting the terms of surrender that ended the Cold War — albeit 30 years later. And as part of that calculation, Putin appears to have threatened nuclear war.


In another rambling speech full of festering historical grievances and accusations of a relentless Western plot against his country, Mr. Putin reminded the world on Thursday that Russia "remains one of the most powerful nuclear states" with "a certain advantage in several cutting-edge weapons."

He warned of "consequences you have never faced in your history" for "anyone who tries to interfere with us."

Mr. Putin's move into Ukraine and his thinly veiled nuclear threat have now shattered Europe's notions of security and the presumption of peace that it has lived with for several generations. The postwar European project, which produced so much stability and prosperity, has entered a new, uncertain and confrontational stage.

Do sanctions actually work?

Western leaders across Europe and the United States have collaborated to impose sanctions on Russia in response to the invasion, measures they have described as "strong" and "severe." Our colleagues at The Morning newsletter have spent the last two days breaking down the import of these sanctions — and their likely effect.


According to David Leonhardt, the sanctions will damage the Russian economy. For example, after the U.S. and Britain announced new measures yesterday — making it harder for Russian companies to raise money or import goods — an index of Moscow's stock market fell by more than 30 percent.

But these sanctions fall well short of what the U.S. and Europe could impose. In the short term, those sanctions are unlikely to stop Putin from menacing Ukraine. "Russia right now is sitting on quite a pile of extra cash," Melissa Eddy, a Times correspondent in Berlin, said. "They have a war chest."

But there are two big uncertainties: whether the sanctions will hurt Russia's economy once that war chest is drawn down; and whether the U.S. and Europe will impose tougher sanctions if Putin continues his war.

What could this mean in the long term?

It's impossible to say what the outcome of this war will be, and what effects will ripple out from this moment we're in. But we wanted to share some smart coverage with you that we think are asking smart questions.


  • As we wrote in the newsletter a few weeks ago, this moment could answer some big, open questions for world leaders: What happens when a regional power with growing ambitions moves opportunistically to expand its territorial control and influence? How will the United States respond? And how will the balance of power be affected? China — and Taiwan — will be watching closely.
  • Russia's invasion of Ukraine caused a surge in energy prices on Thursday, adding to worries over tight supplies and raising fresh questions about the flows of oil and gas from Russia into Europe in the months ahead. While Western leaders search for alternatives to Russian fuel, climate activists like Bill McKibben say an expedited shift to renewables is the solution.
  • While Europe and the United States have shown themselves to be unwilling to send troops to Ukraine, some argue there are many ways Western states could be pulled into this conflict. Some experts are worried about a destabilized Poland, a refugee crisis in Europe and the prospect of a massive cyberwar.


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Ukrainians' Choice: Fight or Flee?

An exploration of the significance of Russia's invasion and the decisions Ukrainians must now make.

By Michael Barbaro, Rob Szypko, Rachelle Bonja, Lynsea Garrison, Rachel Quester, Kaitlin Roberts, Clare Toeniskoetter, Lisa Tobin, Lisa Chow, Marion Lozano, Dan Powell and Corey Schreppel

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The Russian Invasion Begins

In the hours before the assault and during the attack itself, we heard from our correspondents in the Ukrainian cities of Kyiv and Slovyansk, and in Moscow.

By Lynsea Garrison, Clare Toeniskoetter, Asthaa Chaturvedi, Sydney Harper, Lisa Chow, Larissa Anderson, Marion Lozano, Dan Powell and Chris Wood

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'A Knife to the Throat': Putin's Logic for Invading Ukraine

An address by the Russian president on Monday revealed some of the thinking behind the aggression and hinted at his wider intentions.

By Michael Barbaro, Austin Mitchell, Michael Simon Johnson, Mooj Zadie, M.J. Davis Lin, Patricia Willens, Marion Lozano, Elisheba Ittoop and Chris Wood

From The Daily Team: the story behind Thursday's episode

People take shelter in a parking garage in Kyiv on Friday.Brendan Hoffman for The New York Times

Daylight was dwindling on the East Coast, the evening was fast approaching, and in Ukraine, Sabrina Tavernise was plotting where to hide in her hotel room should Russia invade.

About an hour earlier, we had heard the news that a Russian attack on Ukraine was imminent. But the news was speculative; while we waited to hear more, our team, and our show, was in limbo.

The team pulled together a group of producers and editors in London, New York and Washington, D.C., and contacted reporters in Russia and Ukraine. We wanted to "tell the story of the night through the eyes and ears of Times reporters on the ground," the producer Asthaa Chaturvedi said. Throughout the night, reporters like Sabrina fed audio dispatches as the story developed.

This approach was informed by our recent coverage of Afghanistan, the producer Lynsea Garrison said. Quick voice memos from people on the ground have the ability to "unfurl fast-moving events in a simple but compelling way," Lynsea said. "It's way more powerful to have someone talk to you in the moment they're in, rather than recap it to you later."

As the night went on, "the episode was coming together in real time as the news unfolded," the producer Clare Toenisketter explained. Lynsea, along with the producer Sydney Harper, started building the scaffolding of the episode. They listened to clips from the impassioned video address that Zelensky gave on live television in Russian, and they recorded Sabrina's translations in English.

As our correspondents were sending in voice memos responding to the news from the night, Asthaa would edit and weave them into the episode. We heard from Anton Troianovski, the Moscow bureau chief, as he was "still processing" Putin's televised declaration of war against Ukraine, shortly after 6 a.m. local time. And we heard the startled voice of Michael Schwirtz, reporting from Slovyansk, as he awoke to "two very large booms" coming from a neighboring city. "Sabrina, Anton and Michael were able to provide three different angles on the initial phase of the invasion," Asthaa said.

Sydney Harper, along with the episode's editors, Lisa Chow and Larissa Anderson, didn't go to sleep until 4:30 a.m. — the episode came out just an hour and a half later.

On The Daily this week

Tuesday: Tracing the recent deterioration of ties between Russia and Ukraine.

Thursday: A collection of audio memos in the hours leading up to the Russian assault on Ukraine.

Friday: We explore the significance of Russia's invasion, and the decisions Ukrainians must now make.

That's it for the Daily newsletter. See you next week.

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2022年2月23日 星期三

The T List: Five things we recommend this week

A boutique hotel in Texas, a new line of eclectic wallpaper — and more.

Welcome to the T List, a newsletter from the editors of T Magazine. Each week, we share things we're eating, wearing, listening to or coveting now. Sign up here to find us in your inbox every Wednesday. And you can always reach us at tlist@nytimes.com.


A Boutique Hotel in What May Be the Cotswolds of Texas

Left: a cedar-paneled suite at Hotel Lulu, with pillows and shams from Tribute Goods, in Houston, and a blanket from the city's Studio Imli that was woven in Pakistan. Right: a corner of Il Cuculo, the hotel's bar.Pär Bengtsson

By Jennifer Conrad

T Contributor


Round Top, Texas, which sits between Austin and Houston, is something of an unexpected design destination. In the 1960s, Faith and Charles Lewis Bybee, a wealthy Houston couple with a conservationist streak, started transplanting historic farmhouses from other parts of the state there. Then, in 1968, it began hosting a major antiques fair that's still going strong (this year's spring edition opens March 28). The problem for visitors was that there weren't many places to stay in town. But the married hoteliers Cinda Murphy de Palacios and Armando Palacios — who in 1980 purchased a home in Round Top that they've since converted to a restaurant — have changed that with Hotel Lulu. The property offers 14 rooms spread across six 19th-century bungalows, as well as three private cottages. It opened last summer after a 15-month renovation, during which the Palacios restored original plank wood floors and cedar walls. They partnered with the Houston-based Studio Imli on custom (and purchasable) cotton blankets handwoven by artisans in the Cholistan Desert in Pakistan, and worked with the artist Andrea Condara on a painted mural depicting pink birds and trailing greenery that stretches to the ceiling of the hotel bar, Il Cuculo. There's plenty of natural beauty, too, and the Palacios hope the region will become the Cotswolds of Texas, luring tech people from the major cities to watch the sun set over the prairie from a perch by the pool. Rooms from $225, hotellulutx.com.


Intense Face Creams to Get You Through the Rest of Winter

Clockwise from top left: Omorovicza Cushioning Day Cream, $238, omorovicza.com. EADEM Cloud Cushion Airy Brightening Moisturizer, $58, eadem.co. RéVive Moisturizing Renewal Day Cream SPF 30, $195, reviveskincare.com. Osea Seabiotic Water Cream, $48, ulta.com, Avène Tolerance Control Soothing Skin Recovery Balm, $35, aveneusa.com.Courtesy of the brands

Whatever your personal thoughts on winter, by this point in the season, your skin has likely had enough. And so, for the frosty weeks still ahead of us, it's worth seeking out a rich, calming moisturizer, such as Omorovicza's Cushioning Day Cream. It sinks in immediately and contains marine plankton and microalgae, which are thought to strengthen the barrier quality of the stratum corneum, or the outermost layer of skin. With its blend of peptides, ceramides and snow mushroom — a gelatinous fungus that retains water — Cloud Cushion cream from Eadem also supports the skin barrier while helping to prevent dark spots. For slightly less parched skin, there's Osea's Seabiotic Water Cream, which feels like a cross between a mousse and a gel and was named for its blend of probiotics, prebiotics and seaweed. You'll also find a bounty of oceanic ingredients, including antioxidant-rich red algae, in RéVive Skincare's Moisturizing Renewal Day Cream, which additionally has SPF 30. Finally, those with super sensitive skin might want to try the one-two punch of Pai's Resurrection Girl mask — a silky treatment that rehydrates in 10 minutes — followed by Avène's Tolerance Control Soothing Skin Recovery Balm, which subdues the redness and tightness brought on by a day of skiing, or really any attempt at being outdoors in February.



Slippers That Tell a Story

A pair of Feit house slippers decorated with illustrations by Oliver Jeffers. The shoes come with a children's book about sustainability.Yasmina Cowan

"There is that old saying that if you buy cheap, you buy twice," said the Northern Irish visual artist and children's book author Oliver Jeffers, who recently partnered with the Australian, New York-based shoe brand Feit on a pair of indoor vegetable-tanned leather slippers for both adults and children. They're decorated with Jeffers's playful illustrations of trees, flames, hammers, hands and feet — motifs that also appear in a slender children's book Feit has published called "All That We Need," which comes with each purchase of the slippers and tells a story about the importance of sustainability. It's a philosophy shared by Feit's co-founders, the brothers Josh and Tull Price. All of Feit's shoes are handmade from only natural materials. "From the outset we have been focused on quality not quantity, craft not commerce, natural materials over synthetics, humans over machines," says Tull, whose two sons wear the slippers when he and his wife, Feit partner Natasha Shick, read to them before bed. Adds Jeffers: "I'd be more intrigued to hear why people are not interested in sustainability, and if anyone could explain their reasoning without sounding lazy or selfish." A convincing argument to buy once and have no regrets. $300 for youth; $350 for adults, feitdirect.com.


Cindy Greene's New Line of Eclectic Wallpapers and Home Items

Left: Sabel's Vivace wallpaper in Tangerine and pillow in Fawn. Right: the Anubis wallpaper in Onyx.Harry Eelman for Sabel

By Megan O'Sullivan

T Contributor


In the 11 years since moving on from Libertine, the cult ready-to-wear label she founded with Johnson Hartig in 2001 that's known for lively prints and an antique feel, the artist and designer Cindy Greene has brought her sensibility to interiors. Now, she's launched her own line of home décor items, Sabel, which offers wallpapers, poplin pillows, and les poubelles: brass receptacles crafted with delicately hammered surfaces. Designed to be paired together, the pillows and wallpapers are covered with ancient symbols, garden creatures, whimsical characters or geometric shapes. The Anubis wallpaper, for instance, features Egyptian hieroglyphics and the jackal-headed god of the afterlife for whom it's named, while the Medusa wallpaper shows a tangle of serpents. Clearly, Greene draws upon a wide range of sources. For this collection, she also referenced books she read as a child: See the lion-patterned Aslan paper, named after the "Chronicles of Narnia" (1950-56) character, or Greene's favorite, a leafy motif with snails and intricate spider webs called Absolem, after the caterpillar in "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" (1865). One inspiration remains consistent no matter the print, however: "My mother was an amateur interior decorator," says Greene. "There was nothing she couldn't do, and watching her as a kid made me think I could do this." sabelstudios.com.


Hokkaido Specialties by Way of the Lower East Side

Jewelry Udon, a dish of uni and ikura from Hokkaido served with house-made noodles.Courtesy of Kappo Sono

By Mimi Vu

T Contributor

The chef Chikara Sono grew up in Sapporo, on the Japanese island of Hokkaido, which is known as the breadbasket of Japan. "There are so many unique ingredients that you can't get anywhere else," says Sono, who adored such local specialties as sanpei-jiru (a salmon and potato soup) and jingisukan (a grilled mutton dish). He's importing some of the island's pristine seafood for his new, eight-seat kaiseki restaurant, Kappo Sono, which is nestled behind a curtain within BBF, his tavern on Manhattan's Lower East Side. "I often create dishes that remind me of things I had at home, or when I was a child," says Sono, whose previous establishment, Kyo Ya, in the East Village, received a Michelin star. At Kappo Sono, these will include hotate kunyu-zuke, or smoked scallops, inspired by the versions dipped in olive oil sold by street vendors in Sapporo, as well as Jewelry Udon, a plate of uni and ikura (salted salmon roe) served with homemade noodles. Then there's Sono's polished Yumepirika rice with wakasa-style grilled kinki, or channel rockfish, a highly prized, fatty species that dwells hundreds of feet below the surface of the Pacific and is considered a Hokkaido specialty. bbfkapposono.com/sono.


A Principal's Office Turned Bedroom

A bedroom in Dan McCarthy's home, a former school, in upstate New York.Photograph by Jason Schmidt. Styled by Victoria Bartlett

What was once a principal's office on the second floor of the ceramist Dan McCarthy's home — a former schoolhouse in upstate New York — is now a small bedroom. Built in 1899 as a gift to the community by Lysander Lawrence, a rich New Yorker who spent summers with his wife at the neighboring Catskill Mountain House, the school opened its doors in 1901 and remained in operation until 1977. Shortly after McCarthy moved in, but before he'd gotten around to planting trees in the front yard, the property was, he says, "really accessible." Strangers used to show up unannounced asking for tours, curious to see what had become of their former classrooms. Read the full story on tmagazine.com, and follow us on Instagram.

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