Swift aims to be a bridge for digital currencies American Banker
ECB’s Panetta dismisses ‘programmable’ use for digital euro Global Government Fintech
The $109 Billion Bank Hustle Matt Stoller, BIG. The deck: “Interoperability isn’t just for telecom firms, email, and Facebook. In a high interest rate environment, it’s also how to stop banks from scalping businesses and consumers.” Interoperality is also Doctorow’s thing.
Lead prosecutor for Najib’s 1MDB case dies, trial postponed Channel News Asia
Myanmar coup: Two years on, humanitarian groups have their hands tied as aid efforts grind to a halt Channel News Asia. Perhaps the NGOs aren’t addressing the root cause….
Iran warns Israel not to ‘play with fire’ after drone attack on defense facility Times of Israel. Ownership. Read all the way to the end.
A game of Snakes & Ladders: Blinken takes US back to square one in Israel Responsible Statecraft
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Polish state TV suspends correspondent who criticised anti-Russian “hate” among Poles Notes from Poland (Mark Ames).
The Croatian President Slammed His US-Led NATO Allies For Provoking Russia & China Andrew Korybko’s Newsletter
Orbán is telling Ukraine to quit Politico
Sahra Wagenknecht on the Ukraine War & the State of German Politics (transcript) Glenn Greenwald
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New Not-So-Cold Cold War
Britain says it won’t supply Ukraine with RAF Typhoon and F-35 fighters because it would take too long to train Volodymyr Zelensky’s pilots to fly ‘sophisticated’ warplanes Daily Mail. On the upside, it’s probably a lot harder to sell something large, like a plane or a boat, on the black market. Meanwhile, “tanks for the memory“:
The White House tricked the Germans into sending tanks by not committing to a timeline. Lol pic.twitter.com/q9GbVaoNhF
— Richard Medhurst (@richimedhurst) January 30, 2023
And meanwhile, Ukraine down to technicals:
WATCH: #BNNUkraine Reports.
The operational work of the #Ukrainian 2nd assault battalion of the 3rd separate assault brigade in the #Bakhmut region is shown in the footage. The video shows #Ukrainian forces taking up positions and fighting from their #trenches.#crime #Ukraine pic.twitter.com/D6qwwXC1wj
— Gurbaksh Singh Chahal (@gchahal) January 30, 2023
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The Language of Strategy: An Introduction The Bazaar of War
Dear Old Blighty
NHS faces ‘alarming’ exodus of doctors and dentists, health chiefs warn Guardian. Meanwhile (via guurst):
I'm an immigrant NHS worker. We're charged £2,400 for permanent visas despite the govt cost of £243. A family of 4 is charged up to £12,000! In the worst NHS staff crisis in history, this is profoundly foolish and incredibly cruel. FIX THIS NOW.#SOSNHS 🧵 pic.twitter.com/cQ1ecGr6Wr
— Dr Andrew Meyerson (@andrewmeyerson) January 29, 2023
The UK is wasting a lot of wind power Archy de Berker (PD).
South of the Border
The EPA vetoed Alaska’s proposed Pebble Mine High Country News
Rio Tinto sorry for loss of radioactive capsule in Australia Mining.com. Oh.
The computer errors from outer space BBC. Important.
PayPal to cut 7% of its workforce Payments Dive
Why the western media is afraid of Julian Assange Jonathon Cook
Police State Watch
Mass. Prisoners Could Choose Between Freedom And Their Organs The Lever. Yikes. Sponsored by two Democrats.
Honor Tyre Nichols: Stop ATL’s dumb ‘Cop City’ Will Bunch, The Inquirer
Salve Lucrum: The Existential Threat of Greed in US Health Care JAMA. “Perhaps the demoralization of professionals, the conflicted consciences of many executives, and the anger of the public represent potential political energy that, with proper leadership, can become kinetic.” ‘Tis a consummation devoutly to be wished, and especially ironic given that the AMA — rather, its hegomonic leadership who as usual are a mere synecdoche for the views of the membership — vehemently opposed single payer for many years.
Gross Profit (review) Peste Magazine. Capitalizing a Cure.
Engineering T cells Eric Topol, Ground Truths and The race to supercharge cancer-fighting T cells Nature. As I’ve often said, the word “race” in a headline is a tell; it indicates that the agents impelling the “race” will not be addressed in the article, indeed will not be organic with respect to its framing.
Imperial Collapse Watch
The Billionaires Just Can’t Wait Jessica Wildfire, OK Doomer. Disaster capitalism.
From ashes to fly larvae, new ideas aim to revive farm soil Channel News Asia
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