In a Syria shattered by 8 years of civil war, what does a government victory look like? At least half a million people are dead. More than 11 million have been severed from their homes. Grandparents are raising their orphaned grandchildren in abandoned buildings. And so many men are gone that it’s up to the women — many of them working for the first time — to try to rebuild. Our journalists, given rare access to the country, found ruin, grief and generosity. Tap the link in our bio to read their full report. @meridithkohut took these photos.
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“I wanted to do a bunch of different styles, but I also know that it’s really hot — you have to understand the environment, too,” @sashaoksh said of her @beachsessions_rockaway series, which focuses on open classes instead of performances this year. “It’s not so good to do it on the sand,” she said, so classes take place at the @low_tide_bar, like this one by @dance_church, a guided improvisation for dancers of all abilities, created by the choreographer @katewallich in Seattle. (Dance Church classes are also held at the Mark Morris Dance Center throughout the year.) At the Rockaways, sessions will continue through Thursday with @bellbiba. That's fitting: It was Biba’s performance last summer — everyone joined in at the end — that inspired Sasha to go in a participatory direction. “It was such a beautiful ecstatic moment of this big group dancing on the beach,” Sasha said. “The community here has been asking for dance classes. After every season, they’re like, ‘We want to dance, too.’ It got me excited.” Leading this class is @tmitri, who focuses on taking care of everyone in the space. “But once I’m in it, I totally get lost,” he told the #nytimes dance critic @giadk. “And it feels good to get lost.” @classiclydia made this video for #SpeakingInDance , our weekly series exploring the world of #dance .
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Here is video evidence that this one-pot pasta with ricotta and lemon is just as easy as it is creamy and delicious — and it comes together in about the same amount of time it takes to boil noodles and heat a jar of store-bought marinara. The no-cook sauce is a 50-50 mix of ricotta and Parmesan, with the zest and juice of a lemon. That's it — unless you want to add peas, asparagus or spinach to make it more filling. Visit the link in our bio to get @itsalislagle's full recipe from @nytcooking and remember to hit save. @scottloitsch and @vaughn made this video.
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These are the relatives of opioid victims testifying in federal court about the devastating effects of abuse and addiction. Even as thousands of people died, evidence that might have slowed the course of an American tragedy was kept hidden. One document, known as a “prosecution memo,” details how government lawyers believed that Purdue Pharma, the maker of the powerful opioid OxyContin, knew early on that the drug was fueling a rise in abuse and addiction. They also gathered evidence indicating that the company’s executives misled the public and Congress. Find out more on this week’s episode of @theweekly. If you’re not caught up yet, there are now 10 episodes ready for you to binge-watch on @hulu or @fxnetworks.
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In @nytopinion, the Editorial Board writes: “As he announced that he was firing the police officer who had put Eric Garner in the chokehold that led to his death, New York City’s police commissioner, James O’Neill, sent the country’s largest police force a message: You may not think I’m on your side, but I am.”
“It was a powerful message from one of the most prominent law enforcement officials in the country: Police officers who violate the public trust must be held accountable, for the good of the public and the police force.”
“But Mr. O’Neill said that Mr. Garner’s death ‘must have a consequence.’ It must. And, after too many years, it finally has.” Visit the link in our bio to read more. @damonwinter took this photo of Eric Garner's gravestone, which refers to Mr. Garner as “Beloved son, brother, husband, father & grandfather.”
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One minute, it was a wedding — nearly a thousand guests packed under one roof. The next minute, a suicide bomber walked in, leaving at least 63 people dead and nearly 200 wounded. The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the blast. Violent loss in Afghanistan is often a daily reality, but weddings — a celebration of union — had largely remained the exception, occasions when people could dance without guilt, laugh without hesitation. For the bride and groom, who survived, and hundreds of their relatives, that respite was snatched. On Sunday, the couple's new bedroom sat unused and mourners gathered for funerals. The attack came at a time when American negotiators are finalizing a deal with Taliban insurgents to extricate U.S. forces from the country after 18 years. Although the Taliban wage the majority of insurgent violence, the Islamic State — no ally of the Taliban’s — has also established a small but stubborn foothold in Afghanistan and has claimed responsibility for many deadly explosions. Visit the link in our bio to read more. @jimhuylebroek took these photos.
25,67652819 August, 2019
Phoenix is getting hotter, and the city's schedules of work and play are shifting later into cooler hours. Neighborhoods come to life at dawn and dusk, when residents hike, jog and paddleboard. Many take to the city’s 200 miles of rocky trails after dark to avoid heatstroke. And across the city, certain construction work starts in the middle of the night — not only for the safety of workers, but also because even some building materials can be affected by intense heat. (Concrete, for example, can get too hot or dry too quickly and later crack.) Even night is not the respite from heat it once was: It can still be 100 degrees long after sunset. But for some residents seeking to escape blistering temperatures, the evening is the new start of the day. That will be true for more cities as the world gets hotter. Visit the link in our bio to read more. @george_etheredge took these photos.
14,14920019 August, 2019
Where in the world is @nytimestravel? #🔍 Comment your guess below. @kasia_strek shot these photos for a story we’re publishing this week. Where do you think she was when she captured these scenes? (Swipe left and wait to reveal the answer)
23,80867519 August, 2019
On his first album in eight years, Raphael Saadiq explores his personal history like never before. “It’s probably the most honest record I’ve ever made,” the Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter said. “Jimmy Lee” is named for his brother, who overdosed in the 1990s after contracting H.I.V. The album uses his brother’s story to tell a broader one about lives under pressure, while bringing his family’s tragedies into his music. It wasn’t his plan to make a concept album, but over the course of a few nights in this studio in early 2019, he began to hear the ghosts speak. Visit the link in our bio to read why it took @raphael_saadiq more than two decades into his career to bring these stories into his music. @peterprato took this photo.
12,83811118 August, 2019
This falcon is part of an elite assassination squad with a very particular mark: the seagulls of a Jersey Shore boardwalk. The gulls have grown more aggressive and taken to dive-bombing beachgoers for their snacks, and some have even learned to bite people so they drop their food. After more than a few incidents, Ocean City, New Jersey, finally decided it had had enough: Officials unleashed a posse of trained raptors — four hawks, two falcons and one owl — to try to tame the gulls. Now they have to keep an eye out for these sharp-clawed bouncers of the skies. Visit the link in our bio to read more. @michellegustafson took this photo of children listening to a falconer explain how the birds patrol the boardwalk.
34,97565118 August, 2019
Sometimes all you need for a great meal is a pile of peak summer vegetables, just off the grill, topped with a garlicky, lemony tahini dressing. For this recipe, take care to keep the fire medium-hot, so you can cook the vegetables without letting them become scorched. A bit of char is nice, of course, but don’t try for perfect grill marks. Visit the link in our bio to get @david_tanis' recipe for @nytcooking and remember to hit save. @andrewscrivani took this photo, with food styling by Iah Pinkney.
37,76930117 August, 2019
Sho Madjozi is a new kind of global pop star. One of South Africa’s biggest breakthrough musicians, she pays homage to her heritage while updating it, cutting across continents and genres. In past years, she has played at European festivals — including in Barcelona, Berlin and Krakow — and shared a bill with Beyonce and Ed Sheeran at the Global Citizen Festival. On Aug. 17, she will perform in Warm Up, a concert series @momaps1 in Queens that spotlights rising international artists. @shomadjozi spent most of her youth outside of South Africa, growing up amid cultural influences from around the world, but it is the Tsonga heritage of her birthplace that she is best known for celebrating. Being Tsonga — a distinct ethnic group with its own language and culture — “wasn’t cool” growing up, she said, and she wanted to change that. Now, she regularly wears traditional Tsonga garb onstage and off, presenting a fun, positive and empowering image of what a young African woman might be like, Madjozi said, if she “didn’t come from a place that had been subjected to colonialism and apartheid.” Visit the link in our bio to read more. @edu_bayer shot this photo.