Giant Squid, Phantom of the Deep, Reappears on Video NYT. Just in time for Cephalopod Week!
Comms director for Kamala Harris:
Today’s a good reminder. We could’ve had a freaking foreign policy expert as President. Would’ve been nice! pic.twitter.com/Yy0A85oNkd
— Lily Adams (@adamslily) June 20, 2019
Not that I’m a big fan of chaos, but the last triumph for these “freaking foreign policy experts” was rebooting the slave markets in Libya, a dubious legacy.
And from the heart of The Blob:
That said, Trump went with the Putin line in Syria and Venezuela. Went with it again last night re: Iran. When you’re not sure which way the Trump blows, look to Putin for your most important clue.
— David Rothkopf (@djrothkopf) June 21, 2019
Brazilgate is Turning into Russiagate 2.0 Pepe Escobar, Consortium News
Short Cuts LRB. On BoJo. “The definition of Conservative policy, according to Lord Salisbury, was the preaching of ‘confidence’.” Interesting!
Ireland warns British PM contenders against ‘dumbing down’ border issue Reuters (Furzy Mouse).
Alternative arrangements: Holy grail or fig leaf? RTE. The Irish Border Question.
Mass protests protect Hong Kong’s legal autonomy from China – for now Asian Correspondent
* * *Coalition of the willing builds in South China Sea Asia Times
America Must Prepare for the Coming Chinese Empire Robert Kaplan, The National Interest. The Kaplans are very successful policy entrepreneurs…
North Korea’s Kim Jong Un received an ‘excellent’ letter from Trump: State media CNBC. Trump is a busy guy right now.
As Pompeo heads to Delhi, the US-India relationship is at a critical juncture Brookings Institution
The budget could take a ‘huge hit’ from climate change Federal Times
Tech journalists troubled by Assange computer intrusion charge Committee to Protect Journalists
Remember the billions of free coverage Donald Trump got last election? He’s getting it again Matt Taibbi, Untitledgate
Special prosecutor to probe handling of Jussie Smollett criminal case Chicago Sun-Times
Elizabeth Warren, Pramila Jayapal investigate John Kelly’s role with company that houses migrant kids CBS. All very well, but there’s more to the DC Capital story than John Kelly. Open Secrets:
Boeing 737 MAX
Boeing Says It’s Open to Changing the Name of Grounded 737 Max Jet Bloomberg. From last week, but I have to run it to post this suggestion: “The Flatliner.”
Opinion: Facebook will soon have millions of customers at the Bank of Zuck Brent Arends, MarketWatch
A lost century in economics: Three theories of banking and the conclusive evidence International Review of Financial Analysis. From 2016, still germane.
Antidote du jour (via). A crabeater seal:
With teeth for straining krill:
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.