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Links 1/23/2020

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Scientists probe soil biodiversity’s effect on crops and carbon and Planting crops with trees drives ‘magical’ reforestation in Costa Rica FT. “Turnaround success demonstrates key plank of sustainable farming.” The FT in birkenstocks (!). Australia’s Largest Mining Company is Worried Bushfires are Affecting Coal Production Vice ‘A long road back from here’: Small winemakers feel the pain of Australian bushfires Channel News Asia Trudeau and His North Van Climate Minister Are ‘Wrestling’ with a Massive Oilsands Decision Tyee.ca. Leave it in the ground. What the GOP’s proposed climate policies would, and wouldn’t, do MIT Technology Review (UserFriendly). Brexit Brexit bill clears final UK parliamentary hurdle ahead of January 31 exit Reuters Brexit: silence may be preferable EU Referendum

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Scientists probe soil biodiversity’s effect on crops and carbon and Planting crops with trees drives ‘magical’ reforestation in Costa Rica FT. “Turnaround success demonstrates key plank of sustainable farming.” The FT in birkenstocks (!).

Australia’s Largest Mining Company is Worried Bushfires are Affecting Coal Production Vice

‘A long road back from here’: Small winemakers feel the pain of Australian bushfires Channel News Asia

Trudeau and His North Van Climate Minister Are ‘Wrestling’ with a Massive Oilsands Decision Tyee.ca. Leave it in the ground.

What the GOP’s proposed climate policies would, and wouldn’t, do MIT Technology Review (UserFriendly).

Brexit

Brexit bill clears final UK parliamentary hurdle ahead of January 31 exit Reuters

Brexit: silence may be preferable EU Referendum

Paris breathes a sigh of relief as transport gets back to normal after strikes The Local

Raids in 6 states as Germany bans ‘Combat 18’ neo-Nazi group Deutsche Welle

Syraqistan

Saudi Crown Prince Hacked Jeff Bezos’s Phone, Analysis Suggests Bloomberg

Why communist Romania’s endgame has lessons for Iran Politico

Netflix, Iran and the Documentary as Geopolitical Weapon FAIR (UserFriendly).

How Britain helped Iran’s Islamic regime destroy the left-wing opposition Declassfied UK

China?

As intensity fades, Hong Kong protesters mull tactics Agence France Presse. Not LegCo, Lego:

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How China’s slow response aided coronavirus outbreak FT. As shown here:

Sihanoukville picks up pieces after gambling chaos Southeast Asia Globe

Impeachment

‘I got four hours sleep’: Takeaways from opening arguments in the Trump impeachment Senate trial USA Today

24 hours in, senators flout quaint impeachment rules AP

Adam Schiff’s Moment The New Yorker

Not “was.” “Will be.”

It’s almost like the Democrats are trying to lay the groundwork for something…

Republican Lawmakers Questioned Trump’s Withholding of Ukraine Aid, Documents Show Foreign Policy

Noam Chomsky Torches Democrats’ Narrow Trump Impeachment: ‘A Tragedy’ That ‘May Send Him Back to Office’ Law and Crime. Pelosi set a precedent by not impeaching Trump over emoluments, just as she set a precedent by not impeaching Bush over Iraq WMDs, warrantless surveillance, or torture. So, the scope of what is impeachable and the hysteria and gaslighting are inversely related?

The FBI Scandal Eli Lake, Commentary. If you want to know why the Mueller investigation was a damp squib, and why Schiff is still trying to leverage RussiaGate, even though nothing about Russia figures in the articles, this is a good starting point.

New Cold War

Making sense of Russia’s new cabinet Gilbert Doctorow

Ukraine’s illegal amber mining boom is scarring the earth and making criminal gangs rich ANC Australia

Weaponizing Fascism for Democracy: The Beginning Yasha Levine. Stage 1 Identity Politics?

Trump Transition

Of course Davos loves Trump The Week

Donald and Ivanka Trump Were Involved in Inauguration’s Inflated Payments to Family Business, New Suit Says ProPublica

Pentagon Racks Up $35 Trillion in Accounting Changes in One Year Bloomberg. Impressive.

The Cost of an Incoherent Foreign Policy Foreign Affairs

2020

Shaky Joe Biden, Billionaire Bloomberg, and the Global Race to the Bottom Black Agenda Report

The Bernie-Biden clash over Social Security, explained Vox

Sanders, Biden, and the Rewriting of Iraq War History The Intercept

Gunz

Over Gun Rights, Virginia Bleeds Deep Red, And Blue The American Conservative

That Pro-Gun Rally in Virginia Wasn’t Exactly “Peaceful” GQ

“I need to claim my first victim”: Alleged white supremacists hoped Virginia rally would spark civil war, documents allege CBS (motion).

Virginia Senate approves ‘red flag’ law allowing temporary seizure of guns from someone deemed a threat WaPo

Big Brother Is Watching You Watch

How AI and facial recognition tech could reshape Las Vegas casinos Nevada Independent

Exclusive: Apple dropped plan for encrypting backups after FBI complained – sources Reuters. So The Cloud is a surveillance tool. Nobody could have predicted…

Our Famously Free Press

Brazil Calls Glenn Greenwald’s Reporting a Crime NYT

Brazil’s attack on Greenwald mirrors the US case against Assange CJR

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The Empire’s War On Oppositional Journalism Continues To Escalate Caitlin Johnstone

Consortium News Sends Libel Notices to Canadian Signals Intelligence Agency and Major Television Network Consortium News (Re Silc).

How Amazon, Geico and Walmart Fund Propaganda Gordon Crovitz, NYT. RT and Sputnik, the horror! Crovitz owns NewsGuard, and is talking his book: “Other sites labeled as unreliable include InfoWars, the Daily Kos, Sputnik, RT, and WikiLeaks.”

Boeing 737 MAX

Airlines scour the world for scarce 737 MAX simulators Reuters

Imperial Collapse Watch

Outrage Culture Is Ruining Foreign Policy Foreign Policy. From the people who brought you the ventilator babies… .

An interview with Lula. Part One Brasil Wire

Antidote du Jour (via):

Links 1/23/2020

Outside, at the window of the Eastman Reading Garden in the Cleveland Public Library (which will be striking February 4 if there is no agreement today).

See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.

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