Israel Reaches Deal With U.N. on Resettling African Migrants

Israel Reaches Deal With U.N. on Resettling African Migrants Photo A protest against deportations of asylum seekers in Tel Aviv in March. Credit Abir Sultan/EPA, via Shutterstock JERUSALEM — In a surprising turnaround, Israel announced on Monday that it had reached a deal with the United Nations refugee agency to resettle thousands of African asylum seekers in Western countries, rescinding a highly contentious Israeli plan that offered the migrants a stark choice: deportation to Africa or prison.
Under the new deal, the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees committed to persuading countries in the West to take at least 16,250 migrants over the next five years, while Israel will grant official status as temporary residents to most of those who remain.
Estimates of the population of asylum seekers in Israel range from 35,000 to 39,000.
Israel had told the migrants, most of them from Sudan and Eritrea, that to remain free, they had to agree to be sent back to Africa ..

Good Grief, Charlie Brown! You’re Graffiti

Good Grief, Charlie Brown! You’re Graffiti Photo New works depicting Peanuts characters by Kenny Scharf, Rob Pruitt and Nina Chanel Abney, from left. Credit Kenny Scharf, Rob Pruitt and Nina Chanel Abney Kenny Scharf’s oozing, vividly colored cartoon figures have covered billboards in downtown Manhattan for decades. Now, his whimsical psychedelia will appear in New York in the forms of Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the rest of the Peanuts gang, as part of a new public art project bringing Charles M. Schulz’s characters to cities around the world.
The project was commissioned by Peanuts Worldwide, which oversees all representations of Schulz’s indelible comics. Seven artists were chosen to form the Peanuts Global Artist Collective and interpret the characters. Nina Chanel Abney, for example, has created a digitalized, geometric rendering of Snoopy and Woodstock riding skateboards. The provocateur Rob Pruitt, known for startling juxtapositions, has placed Snoopy next to a panda bear, while t..

Latest Uproar in Brazil’s Raw Political Debate: A Netflix Series

Latest Uproar in Brazil’s Raw Political Debate: A Netflix Series Photo Supporters of former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva of Brazil say his depiction in a new Brazilian docudrama is inaccurate and unfair. Credit Washington Alves/Reuters RIO DE JANEIRO — A new Netflix series about a sprawling corruption investigation has muscled its way into Brazil’s heated politics, outraging supporters of a leftist former president who is trying to make a comeback and stirring debate about how closely a docudrama should adhere to the facts.
The series, “The Mechanism,” has drawn heat since it was released on March 23. Critics say its inaccuracies are unfair to a former president, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, who is a leading candidate in the polls for the election this fall. Others see in the show a more or less fair, if depressing, depiction of an intricate investigation that has so far seen more than 100 people convicted, including senior political figures like Mr. da Silva.
Still others say the..