Latest Bid by France’s Macron to Quell Protests Over Neoliberal Pension Scheme Fails as Strikes Continue Common Dreams. Again, miserably inadequate mainstream coverage.
France strike leaves transport disrupted on Christmas Eve New Europe. The last paragraph should be the lead, on this and other stories.
Tutu revolt – French ballet dancers mount artful protest Agence France Presse
No Demonstrator Fatigue Yet in Hong Kong Asia Sentinel
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Worthless Product from China Factories and the Reasons for That China Law Blog. The flip side of the coin above.
China Cancels ‘Hukou’ Requirements for Cities of Under 3 Million Sixth Tone. Big news!
Jomon revival Japan Times
How Trump Can Reach a New Iran Deal The National Interest
Iraq 2020: What will happen to the protest movement? Middle East Eye
The Afghanistan Papers – TTG Sic Semper Tyrannis
Bolivia’s coup Le Monde Diplomatique
Bolivian Free Territory of Chapare Ousted the Coup Regime, Braces for Bloody Re-invasion Orinoco Tribune. Not quite sure of the provenance on this one…
Why Hindutva is a pariah in world opinion Indian Punchline
The Articles of Impeachment Should Have Been These Instead Ted Rall. But they aren’t, so from this point forward, all that is impeachable is what’s in Pelosi’s two articles. Good job!
The Ballad of Don and Nancy Politico
U.S. Cybercom contemplates information warfare to counter Russian interference in 2020 election WaPo. Let’s skip the next few rounds of moral panics, bite the bullet, and just have the intelligence community officially certify the election results. That’s where all this is heading. Or the military–
Election officials learn military mindset ahead of 2020 vote AP. The militarism is beyond belief. And you know this is all in bad faith, because there’s no mention of hand-marked paper ballots, hand-counted in public. Grifters gotta grift.
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How the Democratic Party Learned to Wage Class Warfare The New Republic. ‘Tis a consummation devoutly to be wished.
The Medium Is the Mistake NYRB. Review of Taibbi’s Hate, Inc.
Crisis Looms in Antibiotics as Drug Makers Go Bankrupt NYT. Well, they can use fish antibiotics. The magic of the marketplace!
What It Looks Like When a Hospital We Investigated Erases $11.9 Million in Medical Debt Pro Publica (Re Silc).
Big Brother Is Watching You Watch
Realignment and Legitimacy
In aftermath of Ukraine crisis, a climate of mistrust and threats WaPo. “But the jarring developments over the past three months have also exposed the extent to which the national security establishment and the values that have traditionally guided American foreign policy are facing an extraordinary trial of their own under Trump’s presidency.” “Traditionally” is doing more work there than any mere adverb should ever be called upon to do.
Black Injustice Tipping Point
“OxySacklers” angry that Tufts removed family name from campus Ars Technica (Re Silc). “Contrary to basic notions of fairness.”
How the rich plan to rule a burning planet Red Flag. Jackpot!
Property owner asks homeless Oakland mothers to leave vacant house San Francisco Chronicle (MoBee). “The real estate investment firm Wedgewood said it is partnering with the Los Angeles-based nonprofit Shelter 37 to provide training and job opportunities to at-risk Oakland residents and potentially sell the property at 2928 Magnolia St. to a first-time homebuyer.” Uh huh [nods vigorously]. More on the NGO from Boots Riley here (and here).
Wheeling Island’s Keeper of the Bees Belt Magazine
Why drink is the secret to humanity’s success FT. From 2018, still germane.
Bonus antidote, drama at an elephant sanctuary. Thread:
7. 🐘 learn to become moms by babysitting babies in their herds
The big 🐘 you see panicking is an ex-orphan named Makena
Makena was put in charge of babysitting Lili. She's upset because she thought she had lost Lili.
You can hear her former keeper say "the baby has gone" pic.twitter.com/riE3hVKeu7
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) December 24, 2019
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.