Incredible, secret firefighting mission saves famous ‘dinosaur trees’ Sydney Morning Herald (JH).
One in four countries beset by civil strife as global unrest soars Guardian. And by “global” is meant global:
Students singing a Bengali version of the Chilean song, "The Rapist is You" at a protest to oppose Modi's visit to Kolkata. pic.twitter.com/ybVreEg5RO
— Shoaib Daniyal (@ShoaibDaniyal) January 11, 2020
AA Gill on Brexit DND Law
During democracy’s longest internet shutdown, journalists in Kashmir continue to report International Journalists Network
Iran’s Students Stage Isfahan Sit-In on Day 5 of Protests, But Tehran Rallies Blocked Voice of America. I’m linking to a US government mouthpiece to make the point that France’s general strike gets virtually no coverage, and coverage of Hong Kong dropped off the screen after the trade deal was done.
We “slaughtered” Jeremy Corbyn, says Israel lobbyist Electronic Intifada
Southeast Asia rubber fungus has auto industry bracing for shortage Nikkei Asian Review
“The Problem of Asia” in 2020 Asian Review of Books
Hong Kong protest shoppers show their true colours Agence France Presse
#Thread: A quick look at the development of #LennonWalls in #HongKong, which started out at the govt office in 2014 during Occupy, rebuilt in 2019 and spread to all districts since the early days of the #antiELAB movement, playing an important role in mobilising people.. pic.twitter.com/ybeuC58MVx
— Rachel Cheung (@rachel_cheung1) January 11, 2020
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Phase one US-China trade war deal signed by Donald Trump and Liu He, though most tariffs remain South China Morning Post
Farmers could be biggest beneficiaries in new U.S.-China trade deal Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
House delivers impeachment articles to Senate The Hill. The managers: Jason Crow, Val Demings, Sylvia Garcia, Hakeem Jeffries, Zoe Lofgren, Jerrold Nadler, and Adam Schiff.
How Giuliani’s outreach to Ukrainian gas tycoon wanted in U.S. shows lengths he took in his hunt for material to bolster Trump WaPo. I ran out of yarn for my diagram. Anyhow:
Have we learned nothing from Russiagate? Lev Parnas has: a history of fraud; claims w/ big holes; & a motive — indictment — to embellish for Dems’ help & a book deal (e.g. Michael Cohen). Oh, & his “bombshells” were delivered to the liberal Alex Jones. Don’t get your hopes up.
— Aaron Maté (@aaronjmate) January 16, 2020
Exclusive: Warren accused Sanders in tense post-debate exchange of calling her a ‘liar’ on national TV CNN. Who could have known that a “hot mike” moment was being set up?
Op-Ed: Elizabeth Warren brushed off Bernie Sanders and taught a master class in handling sexism Virginia Heffernan, Los Angeles Times
Ep. 19: The Sad Downfall of Elizabeth Warren (podcast) Michael Moore. Worth a listen.
CNN’s Debate Performance Was Villainous and Shameful Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone
L’Affaire Joffrey Epstein
Virgin Islands allege Jeffrey Epstein trafficked girls as young as 12 as recently as 2018 Miami Herald. I sure would liike to know more about the very wealthy people in Epstein’s Rolodex.
Why Asia loves the low-key but rising sport of badminton Nikkei Asian Review. All badminton is based on deception. A great sport!
Imperial Collapse Watch
We Are Not Who We Think We Are Foreign Policy
Detroit homeowners overtaxed $600 million Detroit News
Opioids Are Killing More Than Twice as Many People as We Thought Vice (Re Silc).
Freedom Rider: Solidarity with Moms 4 Housing Black Agenda Report
The case for … making low-tech ‘dumb’ cities instead of ‘smart’ ones Guardian. Important and interesting.
Antidote du jour (via):
On the Nuxalbari Tea Estate, Darjeeling, India.
"No one ever commanded a cat. You can shout at a cat, and it may vanish through the window, or ignore you and begin washing its tail, or stare at you in pained surprise. But it will never apologise, never promise not to do it again." ~C.R.Milne #SundayMotivation #CatsOfTwitter pic.twitter.com/VIgUBPEsy2
— A.A.Milne (@A_AMilne) January 12, 2020
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.