‘One added racist law’: reactions as Israel axes Arabic as official language

The passing of a law in Israel that affords exclusive rights to Jewish people and removes Arabic as an official language has rippled through the country’s Arab minority, who have decried the legislation as unabashedly racist. “It’s one more law, one more racist law,” said Najib Hadad, 56, in Nazareth, the country’s largest northern city …

Theresa May active off five-figure benefit for arch Brexit adviser

Theresa May signed off a bonus of up to £20,000 for her chief Brexit adviser, Oliver Robbins, while he was working as permanent secretary of the Department for Exiting the European Union last year, Number 10 confirmed. The department’s annual report says that Robbins was paid a bonus of £15,000 to £20,000 for his work …

Guardian documentaries: our abbreviate films arresting a all-around audience

The next few months will see some exciting developments in the Guardian Documentaries strand of short films. Since I joined the Guardian in October 2014, my colleagues and I in the video team have been upping the ante in our quality and range of stories. The strand has become a rare opportunity to commission top …

How a College Campus in California’s Central Valley Became a Magnet for Latinos

The campus at the University of California, Merced. About 53 percent of the undergraduates are Latino, closely mirroring the state’s demographics.CreditMax Whittaker for The New York Times MERCED, Calif. — As he walks to class at the University of California, Merced, Freddie Virgen sees a sea of faces in various shades of brown. He is …

‘Castle Rock’ Is a Stephen King Story That Isn’t Really a Stephen King Story

The new Hulu show “Castle Rock,” though inspired by the characters and settings of Stephen King’s work, tells an original story about a death row attorney drawn back to his hometown when a young man (played by Bill Skarsgard) is discovered in that cage inside Shawshank prison.CreditPatrick Harbron/Hulu, via Associated Press DEVENS, Mass. — Deep …

The Gritty Club at the Heart of ‘This Ain’t No Disco’

Samantha Marie Ware, left, and Will Connolly in “This Ain’t No Disco,” a new musical that draws inspiration from the Mudd Club and New York of 1979.CreditSara Krulwich/The New York Times On a scorching July day, Peter Yanowitz peered through the entrance of 77 White Street in Manhattan, as if looking for ghosts. The TriBeCa …