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Links 2/21/19

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Scientists say every animal needs sleep. These fruit flies didn’t get the memo Science World Bank’s ‘pandemic bonds’ under scrutiny after failing to pay out on Ebola FT Global Trade Pain Stings Export Economies From Japan to Germany Bloomberg New bill is “clear attempt by MidAmerican to monopolize the sun in Iowa” Bleeding Heartland Volkswagen’s unequal justice: a Dieselgate employee and a manager Handelsblatt Today Italy must face up to its fascist past – no amount of revisionism will erase its legacy of suffering Independent Who Killed My Father by Édouard Louis — a warning to France’s elite FT Brexit With 37 days until Brexit, why are UK politicians defecting? Al Jazeera. Nice to see some headline writer focus on the timeline. Britain’s impossible futures Paul Mason, Le Monde

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Scientists say every animal needs sleep. These fruit flies didn’t get the memo Science

World Bank’s ‘pandemic bonds’ under scrutiny after failing to pay out on Ebola FT

Global Trade Pain Stings Export Economies From Japan to Germany Bloomberg

New bill is “clear attempt by MidAmerican to monopolize the sun in Iowa” Bleeding Heartland

Volkswagen’s unequal justice: a Dieselgate employee and a manager Handelsblatt Today

Italy must face up to its fascist past – no amount of revisionism will erase its legacy of suffering Independent

Who Killed My Father by Édouard Louis — a warning to France’s elite FT

Brexit

With 37 days until Brexit, why are UK politicians defecting? Al Jazeera. Nice to see some headline writer focus on the timeline.

Britain’s impossible futures Paul Mason, Le Monde Diplomatique

Jeremy Corbyn heads to Brussels to give EU his vision of a Brexit deal Sky News

May and Juncker dive into Brexit fine print Politico

Revealed: How dark money is winning ‘the Brexit influencing game’ Open Democracy

Scotland’s Marriage of Inconvenience Foreign Policy

Chris Leslie interview: Labour have “massively underestimated” a new centrist party New Statesman

A divided Labour could hand the Tories another 12 years of power The Spectator

Antisemitism: no justification for singling out Labour Jewish Voice for Labour

Venezuela

Venezuelan Military Reject Trump’s Incitement to Rebel: ‘Over Our Dead Bodies’ Venezuelanalysis. Wait ’til you get to the part about Richard Branson.

Trump Likes ‘Beautiful’ Border Walls – Venezuela Should Build Him One Moon of Alabama

How a bridge between Colombia and Venezuela became part of a propaganda fight CBC

North Korea

How to End a Forever War Ask a Korean!

Himalayan emergency: It’s not too late to prevent melting glaciers Asian Correspondent

China?

Can readers translate to confirm? Thread:

Odd account, good followers.

Transnational Carceral Capitalism in Xinjiang and Beyond Made in China

“Fronting a head,” William Gibson calls it:

Singapore defense minister: Cost of conflict in South China Sea ‘too high’ Deutsche Welle

Courting change in Malaysia The Interpreter

India

The Daily Fix: The time has come, Mr Modi, to make a strong statement against attacks on Kashmiris The Scroll (J-LS).

Understanding the Origins of the Pulwama Attack Inside Pakistan The Diplomat

Cow Vigilantes in India Killed at Least 44 People, Report Finds Bloomberg

Syraqistan

Political Bombshell as Gantz, Lapid Join Forces to Replace Netanyahu Haaretz

The Cult-Like Group Fighting Iran Der Spiegel. MEK, in Albania, with funding at best opaque.

New Cold War

What if the Mueller report changes nothing? Chris Cilizza, CNN (Oregoncharles)

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From Stalin’s camps to Putin’s laws How ‘the Russian mafia’ came to be Meduza

State of Play: Russia and the Fraying West Carnegie Moscow Center

Trump Transition

The Classicist Who Sees Donald Trump as a Tragic Hero The New Yorker

The Trump campaign loved NDAs. An ex-staffer wants to nullify them with a class action. WaPo

Interior officials accused of violating ethics pledge The Hill

White House readies panel to question security risks of climate Reuters. Good luck with that.

Democrats in Disarray

Why Bernie Sanders Matters More Than People Think Benjamin Studebaker. “Sanders and his opponents represent two very different ideologies. Each of these ideologies wants control of the Democratic Party so that this party’s resources can be used to advance a different conception of what a good society looks like. This is not a matter of taste and these are not flavors of popcorn.”

For Sanders, 2020 will present challenges that didn’t exist in 2016 WaPo. FluffytheObeseCat: “Damned with faint praise by those who inhabit the most august quarters. Perhaps Bernie should ‘do the right thing’, and quit before he starts.”

A Centuries-Old Idea Could Revolutionize Climate Policy The Atlantic. AOC as… Alexander Hamilton.

Big Brother Is Watching You Watch

APNewsBreak: Feds share watchlist with 1,400 private groups AP

Health Care

Nearly a quarter of rural hospitals are on the brink of closure Modern Healthcare

Guillotine Watch

FDA: Stealing Young People’s Blood Won’t Make You Immortal Cracked

Class Warfare

Fool’s Gold: Socialism is Just Capitalism Inverted Ghion Journal

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Antidote du jour (Rick):

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Rick writes: “Cats are fine, but…just sayin’. Here are my two Tervuren and their Cardigan sibling. Photo is copyright 2016 Rick Adams, but you are welcome to use it. To me, this is Heaven.”

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