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The Hunt for a Lost Bat New Yorker
Killing Wolves to Own the Libs? New Yorker
Overcoming COVID-19 the Bhutanese Way The Diplomat
As Omicron lurks, China plans to stay home for the Ching Ming holiday South China Morning Post
Imagine the state capacity and level of public cooperation needed to do this https://t.co/TnJuw4wtRS
— Adrian Vermeule (@Vermeullarmine) April 3, 2022
New Not-So-Cold War
Bucha: More Lies Gonzalo Lira debunks Bucha video.
Russia, Ukraine and the Law of War: War Crimes Consortium News. Scott Ritter.
Ukraine: Apparent War Crimes in Russia-Controlled Areas Human Rights Watch
14 Years Ahead of the Game Craig Murray.
Russia threatens to cut off European gas supply Deutsche Welle
Your daily reminder of the stark split between the European rhetoric (war crimes, strong sanctions…) vs the reality (EU imports of Russian gas **via Ukraine** have climbed this morning to a fresh post-invasion high).
The chart below is Russian gas flow at the Velke station pic.twitter.com/SQiIr8x5qB
— Javier Blas (@JavierBlas) April 4, 2022
What countries have nuclear weapons, and where are they? The Conversation
Barack Obama will return to the White House Tuesday for the first time since leaving office to celebrate his ‘Obamacare’ Affordable Health Care with Joe Biden and Kamala Harris as they flounder in the polls Daily Mail
Doctor fired from ER warns about effect of for-profit firms on U.S. health care NBC (antidlc). Koisted from comments.
“Let then eat greens fees”: if you want to know why pitchforks may not be far away, check out the latest tone-deaf quotes from Fed officials https://t.co/ycFxZXrNas
— Matt Taibbi (@mtaibbi) April 1, 2022
Went to Wholefoods with my wife. I had on a t-shirt that said “Unionize Today!” Guy at the checkout said “nice shirt.” $150 of food rang up to about $26. I said “Did you get..” He cut me off. “I got everything, brother. You’re good to go.”
— Marc B. (@theoceanlawyers) April 2, 2022
Joe Biden ‘confident’ Hunter didn’t break law in dealings with Ukraine, China: Klain NY Post. Good to have that clarified.
Imran Khan’s fate as Pakistani PM hangs in the balance Responsible Statecraft
Sri Lanka’s cabinet ministers resign amid protests, social media ban Agence France-Presse
Wang Huning and the Power of Chinese Culture U.S.-China Perception Monitor
Chinese government reveals its most significant archaeological breakthroughs of 2021 South China Morning Post
Can the World Afford Russia-Style Sanctions on China? Project Syndicate. Kenneth Rogoff. The deck: “Many academic studies suggest that sanctions on China or a break in Sino-American economic ties probably would have a smaller quantitative impact than one might think, at least over the medium to long term. But that is a theory better left untested.” Moi: I’ll say.
Antidote du Jour (via):
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.