The Wall Street Bankers Who Burst Aramco’s $2 Trillion Bubble Bloomberg (Furzy Mouse).
How Goldman Sachs could wiggle free of 1MDB Asia Times (KW).
Apple CEO Tim Cook says monopolies aren’t bad if they aren’t abused Business Insider (KW).
Irreversible Shift n+1. A long-form look at London on the brink of the election.
A Calm After The Storm Being Water
China Still Needs Hong Kong Foreign Policy
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Samsung: China smartphone factory closure leaves local community counting the cost South China Morning Post (Furzy Mouse).
China Inc’s search for factories hits technological wall in Cambodia Nikkei Asian Review
Indo-Pacific at the heart of rules-based order Japan Times. The Free and Open Indo-Pacific (FOIP) strategy.
Trump becoming ‘dictator’, warn US Democrats on fiery first day of impeachment debate France24. Liberal Democrats: “Trump is Hitler!” Also liberal Democrats: “Mein Führer, sie Raumstreitkräfte!”
House Democrats brace for some defections among moderates on impeachment of Trump WaPo. It’s a big tent party.
The Trade-Offs in the Articles of Impeachment LawFare. The word from Brookings. “In a separate piece, we’ll suggest some specific changes to improve the draft articles within this framework.”
Big Brother Is Watching You Watch
Silicon Valley Is Listening to Your Most Intimate Moments Bloomberg. From one of the reporters:
The main thing we all realized when reporting out this story:
– The contractors listening to voices were all horrified, and saw an obvious violation
– the companies were all surprised by the discomfort. Listening to audio to improve their AI was a natural next step for the tech. https://t.co/iqOxa3oous
— Sarah Frier (@sarahfrier) December 11, 2019
Trump Signs Order Interpreting Judaism As A Nationality And Race The American Conservative
Weaponizing American Jews Yasha Levine
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Doctors Arrested During Border Flu Shot Protest MedPage Today
Imperial Collapse Watch
‘Are You in This?’ Defense One. A cri de coeur from the national security establishment.
Could You Sink An Aircraft Carrier Without Using a Missile? The National Interest. Sure. Catapults and elevators that don’t work.
Indigenous Peoples Are Under Attack in Bolivia After Evo Morales’ Departure Teen Vogue. The indigenous people are also a majority of Bolivia’s population, so let me know how that works out.
AMLO’s Popularity: The First Year Wilson Center
The surprising similarities between AMLO and Jair Bolsonaro The Economist. Hmm.
Rethinking the Infamous Milgram Experiment in Authoritarian Times Scientific American
Some 24/7 Pharmacies and Grocery Stores Start Closing at Midnight; But Why? West Side Rag. I guess that’s when they roll up the sidewalks in Manhattan these days?
Antidote du jour (via):
— DrB (@Eyesail1) December 2, 2019
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.