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Incredible, secret firefighting mission saves famous ‘dinosaur trees’ Sydney Morning Herald (JH). New Bone-Eating Life Form Discovered in Bizarre Alligator-Corpse Study Live Science U.S. Crude Oil Production to Reach Record High in 2020 and Norway Offers 69 Continental Shelf Production Licenses Maritime Executive Merkel Spends Big to Kickstart Germany’s Stalled Coal Exit Bloomberg zu One in four countries beset by civil strife as global unrest soars Guardian. And by “global” is meant global: Students singing a Bengali version of the Chilean song, "The Rapist is You" at a protest to oppose Modi's visit to Kolkata. pic.twitter.com/ybVreEg5RO — Shoaib Daniyal (@ShoaibDaniyal) January 11, 2020 Brexit Industry leaders asked the UK government 31 urgent questions about Brexit and have

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Incredible, secret firefighting mission saves famous ‘dinosaur trees’ Sydney Morning Herald (JH).

New Bone-Eating Life Form Discovered in Bizarre Alligator-Corpse Study Live Science

U.S. Crude Oil Production to Reach Record High in 2020 and Norway Offers 69 Continental Shelf Production Licenses Maritime Executive

Merkel Spends Big to Kickstart Germany’s Stalled Coal Exit Bloomberg zu

One in four countries beset by civil strife as global unrest soars Guardian. And by “global” is meant global:

Brexit

Industry leaders asked the UK government 31 urgent questions about Brexit and have received no answers Business Insider

Last choucroute in Strasbourg: Brit MEPs say goodbye Politico

AA Gill on Brexit DND Law

The Conservative party should care about inequality FT

India

During democracy’s longest internet shutdown, journalists in Kashmir continue to report International Journalists Network

CAA protests: Investigate UP Police for using ‘excessive and unlawful force’, says human rights body Scroll.in

Why a Hugely Popular Communist Lost a By-Election to BJP in Ahmedabad’s Labour Belt The Wire

India’s About to Hand People Data Americans Can Only Dream Of Bloomberg

Syraqistan

Iran’s Students Stage Isfahan Sit-In on Day 5 of Protests, But Tehran Rallies Blocked Voice of America. I’m linking to a US government mouthpiece to make the point that France’s general strike gets virtually no coverage, and coverage of Hong Kong dropped off the screen after the trade deal was done.

Trump walking fine line in supporting Iran protesters Reuters

The battle of ‘resistance’ vs ‘revolution’ in the Middle East Al Jazeera

We “slaughtered” Jeremy Corbyn, says Israel lobbyist Electronic Intifada

Number of evacuees due to Taal Volcano’s unrest now at over 40,000 CNN Philippines

Southeast Asia rubber fungus has auto industry bracing for shortage Nikkei Asian Review

“The Problem of Asia” in 2020 Asian Review of Books

China?

‘One country, two systems’ can continue beyond 2047: Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam Channel News Asia

Hong Kong security chief defends police tactics amid reports of electroshock weapons being introduced Hong Kong Free Press

Hong Kong protest shoppers show their true colours Agence France Presse

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Phase one US-China trade war deal signed by Donald Trump and Liu He, though most tariffs remain South China Morning Post

China, US ink initial accord to ease trade People’s Daily (I believe this is a rough translation of the Chinese original).

China views trade deal as welcome respite in US battle FT

Farmers could be biggest beneficiaries in new U.S.-China trade deal Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Chinese delegates cut South China Sea references from resolution Sydney Morning Herald

Esports is preferred career among Chinese youth, survey finds Star Online

Guatemalan leader says Mexico plans to contain new caravan Reuters

Trump Transition

How Accountants Took Washington’s Revolving Door to a Criminal Extreme POGO

Impeachment

House delivers impeachment articles to Senate The Hill. The managers: Jason Crow, Val Demings, Sylvia Garcia, Hakeem Jeffries, Zoe Lofgren, Jerrold Nadler, and Adam Schiff.

How Giuliani’s outreach to Ukrainian gas tycoon wanted in U.S. shows lengths he took in his hunt for material to bolster Trump WaPo. I ran out of yarn for my diagram. Anyhow:

2020

Exclusive: Warren accused Sanders in tense post-debate exchange of calling her a ‘liar’ on national TV CNN. Who could have known that a “hot mike” moment was being set up?

Op-Ed: Elizabeth Warren brushed off Bernie Sanders and taught a master class in handling sexism Virginia Heffernan, Los Angeles Times

Ep. 19: The Sad Downfall of Elizabeth Warren (podcast) Michael Moore. Worth a listen.

CNN’s Debate Performance Was Villainous and Shameful Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone

The Big Loser in the Iowa Debate? CNN’s Reputation FAIR

Democratic Candidates Immediately Descend Into Violent Pandemonium Without Cory Booker’s Message Of Love The Onion

L’Affaire Joffrey Epstein

Virgin Islands allege Jeffrey Epstein trafficked girls as young as 12 as recently as 2018 Miami Herald. I sure would liike to know more about the very wealthy people in Epstein’s Rolodex.

Sports Desk

Why Asia loves the low-key but rising sport of badminton Nikkei Asian Review. All badminton is based on deception. A great sport!

Imperial Collapse Watch

We Are Not Who We Think We Are Foreign Policy

Detroit homeowners overtaxed $600 million Detroit News

Mold, foundation cracks, sinking houses: How a Florida Habitat for Humanity neighborhood fell apart Scalawag

Why Your State Is Growing or Stalling or Shrinking NYT

Class Warfare

Opioids Are Killing More Than Twice as Many People as We Thought Vice (Re Silc).

Freedom Rider: Solidarity with Moms 4 Housing Black Agenda Report

How Dubious Science Helped Put a New Jersey Woman in Prison For Killing a Baby in Her Care The Appeal

The case for … making low-tech ‘dumb’ cities instead of ‘smart’ ones Guardian. Important and interesting.

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Links 1/16/2020
On the Nuxalbari Tea Estate, Darjeeling, India.

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