Fidel Castro dies at 90 Boston Globe
Fidel Castro is dead Miami Herald. A great piece, lively and detailed.
In Fiji, ants have learned to grow plants to house their massive colonies ars technica (Chuck L)
Does Chinese Civilization Come From Ancient Egypt? Foreign Policy (Wat)
Bella Bella Fights Massive Diesel Spill After Tugboat Runs Aground Indian Country (Wat)
Beyond business: Disgraced Theranos bloodied family, friends, neighbors ars technica (Chuck L). Note that David Boies has finally abandoned Theranos.
Germany vs. China – Neoliberalism strikes back Defend Democracy
Stratfor: China’s Economy is Living on Borrowed Time Fabius Maximus. Stratfor is a mixed bag, but this is as solid piece.
Pay to stay in Europe The Times
World Bank: Only 10 percent of Gazans have access to safe drinking water Juan Cole (resilc)
Erdogan threatens to let 3m refugees into Europe Financial Times. We pointed out some time ago that the control over refugee flow gave Erdogan considerable leverage.
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Fremont police quitely bought social media surveillance tool East Bay Times. Chuck L: “Large Afghan community in Fremont.”
WaPo Libels 200+ Sites Not in the Can for Hillary as Russia Stooges. We will have more to say in due course; the Twitterverse is all over this story, giving it a massive thumbs down as poorly executed McCarthyism. It also ruined my Thanksgiving holiday, when I desperately needed a break.
Washington Post Peddles Tarring of Ron Paul Institute as Russian Propaganda Ron Paul Institute
Ukrainian nazis as a source? Can't imagine how that could possibly go wrong https://t.co/xREwNN3xJK
— Hotty McTakeface (@Phonycian) November 26, 2016
No coincidence that @blkagendareport targeted with smear that it’s Russian plant. It’s been consistently critical of Democrat establishment
— Ali Abunimah (@AliAbunimah) November 26, 2016
Donald Trump’s Revival of ‘Honest Graft’ Atlantic (resilc). Not to defend graft, but Lambert has repeatedly pointed out that honest graft would be an improvement over the sort of elite looting we have now. But let us not forget that one of the many reasons Sanders was not an acceptable candidate was that he was clean. Horrors!
Republicans at odds over prospect of Romney as secretary of state Financial Times. They’d be nuts not to have Romney if he’d actually take the job.
Donald Trump and the Lawsuit Presidency New York Times (furzy). Editorial.
Make Your Christmas Tree Tacky Again With Trump’s $149 MAGA Ornament New York Magazine (resilc)
Wilbur Ross tries to turn round US heartland Financial Times. Sounds better than our current mega-rich Commerce Secretary, Penny Pritzker, and people I know who are Wall Street savvy but not fans of oligarchs think Ross is sound. But PR is cheap, policy is another matter.
Steve Bannon’s Deep, Weird Adoration of Sarah Palin Daily Beast (resilc). Well, she is foxy.
Trump election: Request for Wisconsin vote recount sent BBC. However, there is no way to get a Pennsylvania recount request in by the deadline, so this is all moot. Lambert will have more details in Links tomorrow.
2016 Post Mortem
The radically simple reason Hillary Clinton didn’t run a different campaign: she thought she was winning Vox. Lordie. No professional sports team would evah make that mistake. Lambert: “No mention of the Ada debacle, which surfaced briefly in WaPo and then vanished from the narrative.”
In Scotland, Trump Built a Wall. Then He Sent Residents the Bill. New York Times. The Scots, amusingly, have generally gotten the better of Trump.
Capitalism in One Family London Review of Books (resilc)
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