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Join Dr. Michael Hudson, New Testament Scholar Dr. Aliou Niang, and Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis, Biblical Scholar and co-chair of the Poor People’s Campaign for panel discussion on Michael Hudson’s book, And Forgive Them Their Debts, at The People’s Forum, 320 West 37th Street, New York, NY, from 6-9pm on April 15, 2019. From the announcement: Debt plays a central role in upholding the economic and social order of the day. In the US, mounting debt and the crippling financialization of our lives is taken as fact. Our political leaders see no real problem and offer no serious solution. This was not always the case. Throughout antiquity, widespread debt-cancellation was understood as a moral and practical necessity. In a significant new book, And Forgive Them Their Debts, economist Michael Hudson

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Join Dr. Michael Hudson, New Testament Scholar Dr. Aliou Niang, and Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis, Biblical Scholar and co-chair of the Poor People’s Campaign for panel discussion on Michael Hudson’s book, And Forgive Them Their Debts, at The People’s Forum, 320 West 37th Street, New York, NY, from 6-9pm on April 15, 2019. From the announcement:

Debt plays a central role in upholding the economic and social order of the day. In the US, mounting debt and the crippling financialization of our lives is taken as fact. Our political leaders see no real problem and offer no serious solution. This was not always the case. Throughout antiquity, widespread debt-cancellation was understood as a moral and practical necessity. In a significant new book, And Forgive Them Their Debts, economist Michael Hudson traces the biblical demand against debt and the long history of economic jubilees. Counter to dominant history and theology, Hudson reveals how the Bible itself is concerned most with the moral failure of economic systems, rather than personal sin.

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Rapidly declining remarkability of temperature anomalies may obscure public perception of climate change PNAS. “The reference point for normal conditions appears to be based on weather experienced between 2 and 8 y ago.” Perhaps that’s why “global warming” was such an ineffective frame.

Corporate America is failing to invest Gillian Tett, FT

Uber’s IPO filing can’t decide whether it loves or hates Travis Kalanick, and it’s pretty awkward Business Insider

Uber IPO prospectus shows ride-hailing revenues stalled FT. Well, maybe, for the investors, destroying public transportation is enough.

Stay Away From Teslas Eschaton

French officials call Project Gutenberg archive, 15 million ebooks, Grateful Dead recordings and Prelinger Archive “terrorism,” demands removal from Internet Archive Boing Boing

HSBC Sexual Harassment Case Shows Banks’ Struggles in MeToo Era Bloomberg

Brexit

Brexit delay avoids ‘terrible outcome’ – Lagarde Sky News

Brussels Bets a Delay Until Halloween Will Spook Britons into Staying Foreign Policy

The view of a disinterested observer:

Amid Brexit Chaos, Theresa May’s Conservative Party Implodes Der Spiegel

Theresa May rejects call for her resignation from Tory Brexiteers Irish Times

Conservative Brexiteer says his colleagues are ‘out of control’ and holding UK to ransom Business Insider

Emergency £4 billion plans for No Deal Brexit SCRAPPED by Government The Sun

The Brexit delay is a huge moment for those wanting a Final Say referendum – here’s how to avoid wasting it Hugo Dixon, Independent

Swiss court orders historic referendum re-run BBC

Syraqistan

Netanyahu reigns supreme, and the left is crushed Middle East Eye

Israel stops BDS-founder Omar Barghouti from boarding flight to U.S. Jerusalem Post

First privately funded moon lander crash-lands National Geographic. Israel’s Beresheet lander.

Venezuela

US Threatens Venezuela at UNSC as IMF Freezes Funds Venezuelanalysis

Anxiety Grows Among Brazil Businessmen Over Delayed Economic Rebound Bloomberg

North Korea

The Plan to Resurrect the North Korea Nuclear Talks Defense One

By land, air, sea or elephant: 1 billion people across India, Indonesia and Australia prepare to vote by any means South China Morning Post

India

India polls 2019: Are Narendra Modi’s rivals any match for him? Asian Correspondent

China?

China local governments flood market with $179bn in bonds FT

China’s “16+1” Is Dead? Long Live the “17+1.” The Diplomat (MF) vs. How China Blew Its Chance in Eastern Europe Foreign Policy

EU and China sign a Mandate of Trade Heaven Pepe Escobar, Asia Times

Malaysia’s East Coast Rail Link back on track after government signs $14.5b deal with China Straits Times

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New Cold War

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The Demise of the INF: Implications for Russia-China Relations (PDF) RAND Corporation

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Trump Transition

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The mystery of Julian Assange’s cat: Where will it go? What does it know? WaPo

2020

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Class Warfare

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The space race is dominated by new contenders Economist. From 2018, but interesting charts.

Tolkien’s guide to contemporary politics Unherd

Video: Defying Gravity LRB. Adam Tooze on the exercise of American power. Starts off with lateral thinking on Geithner, a “truly Napoleonic figure,” but broadens out (!). Grab a cup of coffee:

For Davos Man, “the new clarity in Washington is profoundly corrosive and upsetting.”

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