New bill is “clear attempt by MidAmerican to monopolize the sun in Iowa” Bleeding Heartland
Volkswagen’s unequal justice: a Dieselgate employee and a manager Handelsblatt Today
With 37 days until Brexit, why are UK politicians defecting? Al Jazeera. Nice to see some headline writer focus on the timeline.
Britain’s impossible futures Paul Mason, Le Monde Diplomatique
Scotland’s Marriage of Inconvenience Foreign Policy
Antisemitism: no justification for singling out Labour Jewish Voice for Labour
Venezuelan Military Reject Trump’s Incitement to Rebel: ‘Over Our Dead Bodies’ Venezuelanalysis. Wait ’til you get to the part about Richard Branson.
How to End a Forever War Ask a Korean!
Himalayan emergency: It’s not too late to prevent melting glaciers Asian Correspondent
Can readers translate to confirm? Thread:
any foreign journalist paying enough attention to 一号文件 No.1 Document (always on agriculture) published yesterday? One inconspicuous but highly siginificant line there spells death sentence for village-level self-governing/democracy across China. (Yes you know you missed it)
— imightknowchina (@itrulyknowchina) February 21, 2019
Odd account, good followers.
Transnational Carceral Capitalism in Xinjiang and Beyond Made in China
“Fronting a head,” William Gibson calls it:
China's Xinhua News Agency on Tuesday unveiled the world’s first female #AI news anchor, “Xin Xiaomeng,’ who will make her professional debut during the upcoming meetings of the country's national legislature and top political advisory body #TwoSessions pic.twitter.com/9gGDpfwfil
— People's Daily, China (@PDChina) February 20, 2019
Courting change in Malaysia The Interpreter
The Cult-Like Group Fighting Iran Der Spiegel. MEK, in Albania, with funding at best opaque.
New Cold War
What if the Mueller report changes nothing? Chris Cilizza, CNN (Oregoncharles)
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State of Play: Russia and the Fraying West Carnegie Moscow Center
The Classicist Who Sees Donald Trump as a Tragic Hero The New Yorker
White House readies panel to question security risks of climate Reuters. Good luck with that.
Democrats in Disarray
Why Bernie Sanders Matters More Than People Think Benjamin Studebaker. “Sanders and his opponents represent two very different ideologies. Each of these ideologies wants control of the Democratic Party so that this party’s resources can be used to advance a different conception of what a good society looks like. This is not a matter of taste and these are not flavors of popcorn.”
For Sanders, 2020 will present challenges that didn’t exist in 2016 WaPo. FluffytheObeseCat: “Damned with faint praise by those who inhabit the most august quarters. Perhaps Bernie should ‘do the right thing’, and quit before he starts.”
A Centuries-Old Idea Could Revolutionize Climate Policy The Atlantic. AOC as… Alexander Hamilton.
Big Brother Is Watching You Watch
Nearly a quarter of rural hospitals are on the brink of closure Modern Healthcare
Fool’s Gold: Socialism is Just Capitalism Inverted Ghion Journal
Base Culture n+1
Antidote du jour (Rick):
Rick writes: “Cats are fine, but…just sayin’. Here are my two Tervuren and their Cardigan sibling. Photo is copyright 2016 Rick Adams, but you are welcome to use it. To me, this is Heaven.”
VIDEO: 🇹🇷 In Istanbul, stray cats and dogs are not chased from the streets — instead authorities feed them and give them veterinary care, not only improving their health but that of residents who come into contact with them pic.twitter.com/PZPt4hqeVI
— AFP news agency (@AFP) February 18, 2019
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