Antarctica Is About to Lose an Ice Shelf the Size of Delaware Pacific Standard
Historic Heat Wave Sweeps Asia, the Middle East and Europe Weather Underground
Return to the Roaring 20s Le Monde Diplomatique
An airline tried to get a musician to check her 17th-century violin. A ‘wrestling match’ ensued. WaPo. Guess which airline….
Taxonomy anarchy hampers conservation Nature. Taxonomist, classify thyself!
China’s Continent-Spanning Trains Are Running Half-Empty Foreign Policy
Why it’s pointless to whine over or celebrate India’s GDP numbers The Scroll (J-LS).
Follow the Leader: Why the U.K. Election Really Is About Brexit Bloomberg. Just check the constituencies where May is stumping.
Theresa May “giant” on White Cliffs of Dover sends message to Europe Kent Online (J-LS).
The Labour Surge in Britain Ian Welsh (MR).
Corbyn has caught the mood of a UK grown tired of austerity Paul Mason (!), FT
The Labour reckoning The New Statesman
‘Sensitive’ UK terror funding inquiry may never be published Guardian. From late May, relevant today.
Saudis issue 24hr Ultimatum for Qatar to comply to 10 demands, or else… MINA (the Republic of Macedonia’s news service). These are the 10 Saudi demands, at least according to Al Jazeera’s Faisal Edroos:
1. Immediately break diplomatic relations with Iran.
2. Expel all Hamas members.
3. Freeze bank accounts of Hamas members and stop dealing with them.
4. Expel all Muslim Brotherhood members from Qatar.
5. Expel anti-GCC elements.
6. End support of ‘terrorist organisations.’
7. Stop interfering in Egyptian affairs.
8. Cease broadcasting the Al Jazeera news channel.
9. Apologise to all Gulf governments for ‘abuses’ by Al Jazeera.
10. Qatar must pledge that will not carry out any actions that contradict the policies of the GCC and adhere to its charter.
Sounds rather like the demands the Austrians made of the Serbs in July 1914.
Trump’s Qatar Blunder The American Conservative
Trump Takes Credit for Saudi Move Against Qatar, a U.S. Military Partner NYT. Like the Saudis…
Why Qatar matters to China, in spite of Gulf isolation South China Morning Post (J-LS).
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The forever war Globe and Mail
Why are U.S.-led coalition airstrikes killing friendly troops? Los Angeles Times
Aid Coordinator in Yemen Had Secret Job Overseeing U.S. Commando Shipments NYT. So now all aid coordinators are targets. Well played, all.
New Cold War
What We Know About Alleged Russia-Hacking-Report Leaker Reality Winner New York Magazine
A few thoughts on the leaks – TTG Sic Semper Tyrannis
Trump’s travel ban is already helping to crater U.S. tourism — and it will cost you Los Angeles Times. Not just the travel ban. And the article should mention laptops, and doesn’t.
All Worked Up and Nowhere to Go The Baffler
GOP strategists plot anti-media strategy for 2018 elections McClatchy. I can hardly wait.
The CBO’s Updated Estimate Of The AHCA Health Affairs
Bank and credit card fees cost college kids $795 million CNBC. You say that like it’s a bad thing!
These loans were created to help homeowners, but for some they did the opposite Los Angeles Times. “Property Assessed Clean Energy loan programs, which are authorized by governments but largely administered and funded by private lenders.” So, no. The loans aren’t “created to help homeowners.” They are created to help private lenders. This is not hard.
Exclusive: Apple makes iPhone screen fixes easier as states mull repair laws Reuters. On the right to repair, see NC here.
Secret Algorithms Threaten the Rule of Law MIT Technology Review
Antidote du jour (via):
Pass the popcorn….