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Stop Trying to Make Us Worship the Royals Jacobin The Low-Key Carter-Era Pleasures of “The Muppet Show” New Yorker Hale’s Crime Is Not Leaking Information, but Exposing Government Lies About the Drone Program’ FAIR The FBI might have gone ahead and fixed your Microsoft email server NBC Minnesota Deploys National Guard Ahead Of Next Week’s Police Shooting The Onion Andrew Yang leads new NYC mayoral poll — despite string of gaffes NY Post US West prepares for possible 1st water shortage declaration AP Space Junk Is Our New Tragedy of the Commons Bloomberg The US’ lost, ancient megacity BBC FedEx to ‘reevaluate’ its policy requiring employees to lock up phones during shifts following Thursday’s shooting at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis Business Insider Lahore and Amritsar: Two cities

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Stop Trying to Make Us Worship the Royals Jacobin

The Low-Key Carter-Era Pleasures of “The Muppet Show” New Yorker

Hale’s Crime Is Not Leaking Information, but Exposing Government Lies About the Drone Program’ FAIR

The FBI might have gone ahead and fixed your Microsoft email server NBC

Minnesota Deploys National Guard Ahead Of Next Week’s Police Shooting The Onion

Andrew Yang leads new NYC mayoral poll — despite string of gaffes NY Post

US West prepares for possible 1st water shortage declaration AP

Space Junk Is Our New Tragedy of the Commons Bloomberg

The US’ lost, ancient megacity BBC

FedEx to ‘reevaluate’ its policy requiring employees to lock up phones during shifts following Thursday’s shooting at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis Business Insider

Lahore and Amritsar: Two cities joined at birth are dying together Scroll

The Aliens Are Not Coming Caitlin Johnstone

Line of Duty: why there are so many Northern Irish coppers in British crime dramas The Conversation

#COVID-19

As Covid Death Toll Passes 3 Million, a Weary World Takes Stock NYT

The Grief Crisis Is Coming NYT

Why is it so hard to review the Johnson & Johnson vaccine? Data. MIT Technology Review

Johnson & Johnson asked other drugmakers to help it study blood-clot risks, and Moderna and Pfizer declined, report says Business Insider

Five global concerns for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine pause The Hill

‘There’s some smoke there’: Michigan’s worst-ever COVID-19 surge may be linked to Ontario, expert says National Post

The superspreader events that governments let happen Maclean’s

The Broken Front Line ProPublica

As mask mandates end, Oregon bucks trend with permanent rule AP

Varanasi: Cremation, Burial Grounds Show About 50% of COVID-19 Deaths Aren’t Officially Recorded The Wire

Coronavirus: Maharashtra reports 67,123 new cases in another record high Scroll

India is running out of oxygen, Covid-19 patients are dying – because the government wasted time Scroll

How govt’s sunny Covid posturing, with some number jugglery, set stage for second wave The Print

The Novel Coronavirus Variants and India’s Uncertain Future Science Wire

Vaccine diplomacy that needs specific clarifications The Hindu

SARS-CoV-2 variant found in Brazil: More infectious, may limit immunity Ars Technica

The Failure of Germany’s Coronavirus Strategy Der Spiegel

CDC: Half of US adults have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose The Hill

Expat Americans Fly Home for Covid-19 Vaccination Shots WSJ

America hits the vaccine wall: Thousands of appointments go unfilled as states across the nation warn that ‘hesitancy’ to get the shots threatens to derail rollout Daily Mail

President Biden, Support a People’s Vaccine Project Syndicate

Who Owns Vaccines? The Baffler

Sports Desk

Barcelona scored four goals in 12 minutes – including a brilliant strike from Lionel Messi – to thrash Athletic Bilbao and win the Copa del Rey. BBC

Modric agrees new deal with Real Madrid AS too bad Luka had to agree a salary cut – he’s having a great year.

Class Warfare

Is Los Angeles’ Sweep of a Homeless Encampment the Wave of the Future? Capital & Main

Two blocks from the Federal Reserve, a growing encampment of the homeless grips the economy’s most powerful person SF Gate

She Noticed $200 Million Missing, Then She Was Fired ProPublica

Police State Watch

Police in Minnesota round up journalists covering protest, force them on the ground and take pictures of their faces USA Today

Biden Administration

After criticism, Biden says he will raise U.S. cap on refugee admissions Reuters

Waste Watch

New York City’s waste future could be shaped by the closure of an island jail Waste Dive

The Problem With Paper’s Climate Impact Treehugger

Old Blighty

The David Cameron scandal: just how sleazy is British politics? FT

When it comes to corruption, Britain is catching up fast with the Middle East Independent. Patrick Cockburn.

Act now on sleaze crisis or lose red wall votes, Boris Johnson warned Guardian

Syraqistan

Biden isn’t ending the Afghanistan War, he’s privatizing it: Special Forces, Pentagon contractors, intelligence operatives will remain The Grayzone

Contrary to What Biden Said, U.S. Warfare in Afghanistan is Set to Continue Counterpunch

The US Exit: The View From Afghanistan The Diplomat

Leaving Afghanistan, and the Lessons of America’s Longest War New Yorker. Steve Coll.

Iran nuclear talks to continue amid signs of ‘progress’ Al Jazeera

Hawks Who Want War with Iran Work Overtime Consortium News

India

EU Parliamentary Committee Expresses Concern Over Human Rights Situation in India The Wire

Not Hindutva, not cut money: Biggest reason for BJP’s rise in Bengal might be rigged panchayat polls Scroll

Minority report: Polarisation in the Bengal polls could have repercussions for the state’s politics The Indian Express

China?

US and China pledge to work together on climate change after John Kerry visit South China Morning Post

A tale of two carmakers: GM and Toyota take different electric roads in China Reuters

Myanmar

Myanmar junta chief to attend ASEAN summit on first foreign trip since coup CNA

Australia’s Government Is Refusing to Support Myanmar’s Anti-Coup Movement Jacobin

Britain Must Learn from Burma Bloodbath Consortium News

The American Legion Calls For Ending The Forever War American Conservative

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