Arctic islands 8 degrees warmer than normal Barents Observer
What the climate’s ‘new normal’ is doing to Lake Superior MinnPost (CL).
Lead levels in Canadian water ‘exceed safe limit’ in a third of cases BBC. From an enormous collaborative project by Concordia’s Institute for Investigative Journalism.
Downing Street rules out extending the Brexit transition period past 2020 as Number 10 slaps down a Cabinet minister who said free trade talks with the EU will not be ‘straightforward’ Daily Mail and Brexit: muddying the waters EU Referendum
Election stakes are high for Boris Johnson after bold NHS gamble Guardian. “[Tories] are trumpeting record levels of funding, plans for 40 new hospitals in England and a further cash bonanza to buy new scanners and other vital equipment.” Tarting it up before selling it off for parts?
he whomsoever that canst draw the motorola from this carriageway shall be kinge of all post brexit englandde pic.twitter.com/Gr7FtEw78C
— ⇓⇘⇒⇓⇘⇒➀➁➂ alex4pt (@alex4pt) November 3, 2019
The Coming Middle East Conflagration The Atlantic
Xi meets Lam in first official talks since protests began FT. The lead: “Xi Jinping met Hong Kong’s chief executive and ‘demanded unswerving efforts’ to quash violent protests in the territory, in the first official talks between the two leaders since the unrest began in June.”
In a Hong Kong tea house Beijing loyalists decry protests Agence France Presse
Hong Kong’s protest violence will only hasten the city’s integration into ‘one country’ South China Morning Post
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China’s slam dunk of the NBA is a game changer The Interpreter
Mekong shrivels as drought, dam strangle SEAsia’s largest river Agence France Presse. Makes me wonder about salt water incursion into the rice paddies of the Mekong delta in Vietnam, too.
Readers, I hate the name of this category because I don’t know if “protest” is the right word. OTOH, “End-Stage Neoliberalism” or “Globaldämmerung” seem a little triumphalist. I’m also keenly aware that international reporting will be, at the very best, not granular enough. Nevertheless, I insist that global protests are one story, if only because of their simultaneity, and so I need a bucket to throw them in. Here it is, FWIW.
Lebanon’s Protests Will Rage On Foreign Policy
BREAKING: Internet access has been cut in most of Iraq, including Baghdad, as anti-government protests continue – NetBlocks pic.twitter.com/DzIeDNpLh2
— BNO News (@BNONews) November 4, 2019
Intelligence community bigfoot blames outside agitators:
Former CIA Director Michael Morell just deleted his insane conspiratorial tweet blaming the massive anti-austerity protests in Chile against a right-wing billionaire oligarch president on… Cuba, Venezuela, and Russia.
The CIA loves spreading these kinds of conspiracy theories. pic.twitter.com/Syd1BUTBUC
— Ben Norton (@BenjaminNorton) November 1, 2019
Burn CIA and FBI to the ground? Start over? Sic Semper Tyrannis
The Enemy Within Chris Hedges, Truthdig (JZ).
New Cold War
Hero dog declines White House invitation Duffel Blog
‘Seven whistleblowers’ Spectator USA. Big if true.
Trump’s Impeachment Lures Democrats Into a Cold War Mentality Aaron Maté, The Nation
Our Famously Free Press
Imperial Collapse Watch
Who Owns Silicon Valley Mercury-News. Scroll past the stupid graphic, this is real reporting.
The Wages of Roediger: Why Three Decades of Whiteness Studies Has Not Produced the Left We Need Nonsite. “Conflating identity and interests.” Dense, but worth a cup of coffee. You’ll like this, if this is the sort of thing you like.
Rustam Aliev Craig Murray (CL).
Antidote du jour (via):
It was beautiful. pic.twitter.com/4ShTBVaYRZ
— Westwood One Sports (@westwood1sports) November 5, 2019
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.