Dear patient readers,
Lambert and I, and many readers, agree that Ukraine has prompted the worst informational environment ever. We hope readers will collaborate in mitigating the fog of war — both real fog and stage fog — in comments. None of us need more cheerleading and link-free repetition of memes; there are platforms for that. Low-value, link-free pom pom-wavers will be summarily whacked.
And for those who are new here, this is not a mere polite request. We have written site Policies and those who comment have accepted those terms. To prevent having to resort to the nuclear option of shutting comments down entirely until more sanity prevails, as we did during the 2015 Greek bailout negotiations and shortly after the 2020 election, we are going to be ruthless about moderating and blacklisting offenders.
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Hong Kong to review Covid-19 curbs as case spike eases Deccan Herald
Covid-19: States should focus on surveillance, says Rajesh Bhushan Telegraph (India). This source recognizes that the pandemic persists:
The Union health ministry has asked the states to continue sending Covid-positive samples for sequencing and look out for clusters of infections amid the abated epidemic and the resumption of economic and social activities.
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New Not-So-Cold War
US Recklessly Eyes China as Target in Economic War Consortium News
Here comes China (and they don’t stop!) The Saker
China tries to stop questions about Ukraine stance by asking G20 not to discuss war South China Morning Post
Lose-Lose Trade Sanctions Project Syndicate
India’s parlays with Russia point to middle power pushback on Ukraine Responsible Statecraft
Democracy of convenience, not of choice: why is Eastern Europe different Global Inequality and More 3.0
When we say Kyiv is winning the information war, far too often we only mean information spaces we inhabit.
Pulling apart the most obvious RU info op to date (as we did using semantic modelling), very clear it is targeting BRICS, Africa, Asia. Not the West really at all. pic.twitter.com/GA5KUQo77S
— Carl Miller (@carljackmiller) March 18, 2022
“C.I.A. officers are helping to ensure that crates of weapons are delivered into the hands of vetted Ukrainian military units, according to American officials.” https://t.co/g4O0LyBqDm
— Corey Pein ????? (@coreypein) March 19, 2022
“We are taxing a part of the extraordinary profits that producers have been made thanks to the higher cost of raw material, and we are redistributing these funds to companies and families which are struggling,” Draghi said. https://t.co/Y9Kr6hreJl
— Matt Stoller (@matthewstoller) March 19, 2022
Groves of Academe
Why Are Scholars Such Snitches? Chronicle of Higher Education
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— Steven Dennis (@StevenTDennis) March 19, 2022
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Gabriel Boric: “Democracy Is Built by All of Us Together” Jacobin. Translation of the inaugural address of Chile’s new socialist president.
‘Caste Census Is A Nation-Building Exercise’ India Spend
Japan to invest US$42B in India to strengthen economic ties, Kishida said in meeting with Modi South China Morning Post
THE CURIOUS CASE OF THE ACCIDENTAL INDIAN MISSILE LAUNCH War on the Rocks
The plot thickens Telegraph
Antidote du Jour (via):
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