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Arizona Republicans are set to nominate two of the election’s most prominent Holocaust deniers for governor and secretary of state, the latest in a series of primary contests with serious consequences for American democracy.

Kari Lake, a former news anchor, and Mark Finchem, a state legislator, are running for governor and secretary of state, respectively. Both built their campaigns around the lie that the 2020 election was stolen. Both are leading their races and, if elected, would take on roles with considerable power over how elections are run and certified in a key battleground state.

Tuesday’s Arizona primary is the latest in a series of contests where candidates who challenged election results stand a strong chance of winning the GOP nomination for statewide office. . It’s a deeply alarming trend, experts say, and one that could pave the way for Republicans to reject the outcome of a future election.

  • What are the experts saying? “It’s a dangerous time for elections because you have a few people who rely on people to vote for them, but then turn around and say the electoral system is rigged, despite the lack of evidence as such. . We’re not talking about politics or anything. It’s all about 2020,” said Barrett Marson, a Republican in-state consultant.

Grain ship leaves Ukrainian port for first time since Russian blockade

Media coverage as the bulk carrier Razoni departs the port of Odessa, Ukraine, Monday August 1, 2022. According to Ukraine's Ministry of Infrastructure, the Sierra Leone-flagged vessel is carrying 26,000 tonnes of Ukrainian maize to Lebanon.  The first vessel carrying Ukrainian grain left the port of Odessa on Monday under an internationally negotiated deal and is expected to reach Istanbul on Tuesday, where it will be inspected, before being allowed to continue.  (AP Photo/Michael Shtekel)
Journalists cover the departure of the bulk carrier Razoni from the port of Odessa. Photograph: Michael Shtekel/AP

A ship carrying Ukrainian grain left the port of Odessa for Lebanon on Monday morning, the first departure since the start of the Russian invasion, according to the Ukrainian Ministry of Infrastructure.

The Sierra Leone-flagged vessel Razoni, carrying 26,000 tonnes of maize, finally set sail after weeks of negotiations between Ukraine and Russia, led by Turkey and the United Nations. Russia has blocked Ukrainian ports since February, fueling a global grain shortage that has prompted the UN to warn of a looming hunger catastrophe.

Oleksandr Kubrakov, Ukrainian Minister of Infrastructure, said: Ukraine, together with its partners, has taken another step today in the prevention of hunger in the world. Kubrakov stressed that Ukraine had done “everything” to restore the ports and said lifting the blockade would give the Ukrainian economy $1 billion in foreign exchange earnings.

The Turkish Defense Ministry said other ships would follow.

  • Why is this so important? Ukraine is one of the largest grain producers in the world. The blockade has caused a global grain shortage and rising prices, pushing some countries that depend on grain imports, mainly in the Middle East and Africa, into starvation.

Slow monkeypox response reveals ‘tired and overworked’ US health agencies

People line up to receive the monkeypox vaccine at a center in Bushwick, Brooklyn
People line up to receive the monkeypox vaccine at a center in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Photograph: Kena Betancur/AFP/Getty Images

A ‘slow and bureaucratic’ response that led to the rapid spread of monkeypox across the United States – with more than 1,000 cases in New York alone – reveals how local health agencies have been battered since the pandemic, advocates said.

Once a rare African virus, monkeypox has spread through the jagged patchwork of municipal, county, state and federal agencies that make up America’s public health infrastructure.

David Harvey, Executive Director of the National Coalition of STD Directors, said: “Unfortunately the delayed actions mean monkeypox has spread within the gay community and among other men who have sex with men. .

“This outbreak has become a public health crisis in America. We are still in a very chaotic state and local situation with an organized response.

  • What’s behind the chaos? Many observers point to how Covid-19 has reshaped the landscape for public health officials. Once seen as neutral arbiters of information, many health officials have come under political attack over mask and vaccination policies.

  • What else contributes to the delays? The situation has not been helped as resources that were once spent on programs including tracking communicable diseases, such as tuberculosis, and running routine vaccination clinics, were suddenly diverted to Covid.

In other news…

Nichelle Nichols as Star Trek in Star Trek
Nichelle Nichols broke new ground for black women by playing Nyota Uhura on Star Trek. Photography: CBS/Getty Images
  • Nichelle Nichols, who played communications officer Lt Nyota Uhura in the original Star Trek series and helped create a new era for television in the 1960s, died at the age of 89. US President Joe Biden paid tribute to Nichols, saying she had “broken stereotypes”.

  • A California wildfire has become the largest the state has ever seen so far this year, like fire crews prepare for hot and windy conditions. The McKinney Fire was out of control in the Klamath National Forest, near California’s border with Oregon, with expected thunderstorms a big concern.

  • The Taliban ban on girls studying in high schools will become a de facto ban on college degrees for women if this remains in place, a Taliban spokesman and university officials have said. The girls will not have the necessary documents to enroll in higher education nor the academic capacity after almost a year of not attending school.

  • Ecstasy. Records fell, emotions raged and hearts burst with pride as England, thanks to a first international goal from Chloe Kelly, beaten eight times German champion to secure a first major trophy for the Lionesses and England’s first since 1966.

Don’t miss this: Do you have the ick? When a Sudden Spike of Disgust Ruins Your Romance

Cake from April's Baker and on Instagram @aprilsbakerlondon
‘Once someone gives you the sting, all desire is killed. You just want to run away. Photography: Kellie French/The Observer

It’s shitty summer. An ick is a time when your initial attraction to a person turns into a feeling of disgust. The causes are many and varied, but once someone gives you the sting, all desire is killed. You just want to get away. You can’t ignore an ick, despite your better judgment. It’s an unconscious gut reaction, sensing cellular incompatibility, by which I don’t mean they have an Android phone. Rhik Samadder documents the history of the “ick” – a romantic instinctive reaction – and what to do when it hits. Additionally, Philippa Perry explains its psychological significance.

…or this: When Beyoncé hurled the same ableist slur as Lizzo on her new album, my heart sank

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Beyoncé’s struggles “do not excuse her use of ableist language,” writes Hannah Diviney. Photography: Carlijn Jacobs Silver

“Six weeks ago I called out American singer Lizzo on Twitter for her use of an ableist (‘spaz’) slur in a new song,” Hannah Diviney wrote. “This tweet from me – which explained how the insult was linked to my disability, cerebral palsy – went viral, landing on the front page of global media including the BBC and the New York Times. Lizzo herself has some even took notice, changing the lyrics and giving us all a masterclass on how to be a true and effective ally. Now Beyoncé is gone and done the exact same thing. My heart sank.”

Climate balance: Total blackout cannot be stopped, says expert

A visual impression of global warming
We must accept how bad things are to avoid catastrophe, says a leading British scientist. Photography: Ian Logan/Getty Images

There is no longer any chance that we will avoid a perilous and pervasive climate crisis, says Bill McGuire, Emeritus Professor of Geophysical and Climate Hazards at University College London. We have passed the point of no return and can look forward to a future in which deadly heat waves and temperatures above 50°C (120°F) are common in the tropics. “A child born in 2020 will face a much more hostile world than their grandparents,” insists McGuire.

Last Thing: A Deserted Island In The Maldives Is Looking For A Barefoot Bookseller

Find an island in the Maldives
Passionate about literature, creative and happy to stay barefoot? Kunfunadhoo has the perfect job. Photography: Aliyah

White sand, blue sky… and lots of books. Applications have been opened for what might just be the best job in the world: running a bookstore on an island in the Maldives. Passionate book lovers – who are also adventurous, outgoing, creative and don’t mind going barefoot all day – are wanted for the one-year deal, which starts in October and involves relocating to live on the remote island of Kunfunadhoo in the Indian Ocean. . The bookstore takes place barefoot, as no shoes are allowed on the island.

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