The Top Ten Weather and Climate Events of 2018 Weather Underground
Slowly but surely, Germany is attracting the skilled workers it needs Handelsblatt Today
Is Revolutionary Fervor Afire—Again—in Tunisia? The New Yorker
Syria – ‘Country Of The Year’ 2018 Moon of Alabama
Trump, Syria, and his minders: A yearend surprise. Patrick Lawrence. Lawrence writes for The Nation.
C.I.A.’s Afghan Forces Leave a Trail of Abuse and Anger NYT. I don’t see how we’ll train up the next generation of CIA leadership if we don’t allow war crimes and atrocities.
Thread on South Korea:
Year in review time. Here is a selection of analyses, arguments and data points that gave me a new perspective about Korea. (Most of them are in Korean because, well, duh.)
— T.K. of AAK! (@AskAKorean) December 31, 2018
Samsung mulls slowing expansion of chip facilities in 2019 The Korea Herald
Bangladesh poll landslide raises democracy fears: analysts Agence France Presse
Prepare for another roller-coaster year of global brinkmanship South China Morning Post
New Cold War
Jim Webb for defense secretary The Week
US Spies Want to Know How to Spot Compromised AI Defense One
The One Issue the Left and Right Can Agree On Matt Stoller, The New Republic
Machine Politics Harpers
Democrats in Disarray
Warren’s 2020 agenda: Break up monopolies, give workers control over corporations, fight drug companies WaPo. More control.
The rise of Elizabeth Warren, the dust bowl radical New Statesman
A more intimate aesthetic of politics — on Insta’ Nieman Journalism Lab
Imperial Collapse Watch
2018’s Biggest Loser Was the Liberal International Order Walter Russel Mead, Outline
Black Achilles Aeon
The Master Recycler NYRB. Bach.
Antidote du jour (via):
And a bonus antidote (MR):
Capybaras chilling in a hot yuzu bath in winter is the most soothing scene imaginable, please enjoy pic.twitter.com/Enz3v3oate
— Laura E. Hall (@lauraehall) December 26, 2018
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.