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Climate change: Elephants killing and injuring people due to drought Sky News

Ryrkaypiy: Far-north Russian village overrun by polar bears BBC

A Summary of U.S. State Historical Snowfall Extremes Weather Underground

Daily briefing: Climate-change models stand the test of time Nature

The battle over green investment is hotting up Gillian Tett, FT

Rivers could generate thousands of nuclear power plants worth of energy, thanks to a new ‘blue’ membrane Science

Researchers: Put a brake on bioenergy by 2050 to avoid negative climate impacts

California Bans Insurers From Dropping Policies Made Riskier by Climate Change NYT


BJ + Brexit or JC + 2 refs? LRB

Brexit: collapse at the fringes EU Referendum

Johnson Insists He Can Keep to His Brexit Schedule: U.K. Votes Bloomberg

How you can stop Brexit Party killing off Brexit: The 19 seats where Farage’s party could hand victory to Labour Daily Mail

Brussels to push for rapid talks with UK after Brexit FT

Paging Torquemada:

UK could drop plans to tax tech firms in rush to secure US trade deal Guardian. Poodles are rule-takers.

Photos show hundreds of thousands of people protesting in France in the biggest strikes against Macron yet Business Insider. A round-up. 800,000 says the Guardian.

Why the French Have Gone on Strike Again Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg

Emmanuel Macron’s Year of Cracking Heads Foreign Policy

A Tiny Island Exposes Europe’s Failures The Atlantic

Violence and the State Craig Murray

The Power of Anarchist Analysis Nathan J. Robinson, Current Affairs


Saudi Aramco raises $25.6bn in world’s biggest IPO FT

Revealed: Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib targeted in far-right fake news operation Guardian


China’s State Development In Comparative Historical Perspective (PDF) APSA Comparative Politics. Interesting.

Cui Tiankai: There Is No ‘Thucydides Trap’ Caixin

Beijing’s hopes for AI dominance may rest on how many US-educated Chinese want to return home South China Morning Post

New Cold War

Little wiggle room as Ukraine, Russia leaders meet for crunch Paris talks Reuters

Ukraine’s Divided House Still Stands Foreign Affairs

Cutting Russia off from SWIFT would mean declaration of war – Russian PM RT and China, Russia & India Push Forward on SWIFT Alternative Yahoo Finance

The Russians Are Coming! The American Conservative

Inside the deal between the Kremlin and Russia’s top search engine FT

Trump Transition

Who Is Making US Foreign Policy? The Nation


‘Our democracy is what is at stake.’ Pelosi says House will draft impeachment articles against Trump USA Today

What the Law Professors Brought to the Trump Impeachment Hearings Amy Sorkin, The New Yorker

What’s Next on Impeachment LawFare

The 10 most important revelations to expect from the Russia probe FISA report John Solomon Reports. “Can the FBI be trusted going forward to adequately, fairly and honestly protect civil liberties of Americans while conducting counterintelligence, counterterrorism and criminal investigations[?]” I know what the liberal answer to this once would have been. We’ll see!

Health Care

‘An Arm And A Leg’: How Much For Stitches In The ER? Hard To Gauge Upfront KHN. Paging Franz Kafka.

Big Brother Is Watching You Watch

After criticism, Homeland Security drops plans to expand airport face recognition scans to US citizens Tech Crunch. For now.

Imperial Collapse Watch

U.S. Navy Reserve Doctor on Gina Haspel Torture Victim: “One of the Most Severely Traumatized Individuals I Have Ever Seen” The Intercept (DG). Obama on torture: “We’re still evaluating how we’re going to approach the whole issue of interrogations, detentions, and so forth. And obviously we’re going to be looking at past practices and I don’t believe that anybody is above the law. On the other hand I also have a belief that we need to look forward as opposed to looking backwards.” On the bright side, Gina Haspel, a [x] woman, subequently shattered the glass ceiling at CIA, setting an example for young women and girls everywhere. So there’s that.

What the C.I.A.’s Torture Program Looked Like to the Tortured NYT

New SEAL trident will depict eagle taking selfie with corpse Duffel Blog

Class Warfare

Uber Says 3,045 Sex Assaults Were Reported in U.S. Rides Last Year NYT. “‘The numbers are jarring and hard to digest,’ Tony West, Uber’s chief legal officer, said in an interview. ‘What it says is that Uber is a reflection of the society it serves.’”

Uber’s new loan program could trap drivers in cycles of crushing debt Guardian

Unfree Agents The Baffler

“Booming” Economy Means More Bad Jobs and Faster Race to the Bottom Black Agenda Report

Rev. William Barber on the Political Power of Poor People: ‘We Have to Change Our Whole Narrative’ New York Magazine

Measles deaths ‘staggering and tragic’ BBC

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