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‘Laundering machine’: Furniture giant Ikea implicated in logging protected Siberian forests Mongabay Scientists were stunned by last week’s rare Arctic lightning storms Arctic Today (chuck l) As Arctic warms, scientists wrestle with its climate ‘tipping point’ Mongabay Ethiopia says second filling of Renaissance Dam complete Al Jazeera As water scarcity intensifies, so does the battle for resources in the world’s drought-hit regions New Statesman Germany ponders lessons from deadly floods — live updates Deutsche Welle Flood Disaster Could Become a Major Issue in German Election Der Spiegel When it comes to addressing the biodiversity crisis, Canada’s environmental laws fall short The Narwhal The Most Beautiful Photo We Could Find of Every U.S. National Park Conde Nast Traveler. From

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‘Laundering machine’: Furniture giant Ikea implicated in logging protected Siberian forests Mongabay

Scientists were stunned by last week’s rare Arctic lightning storms Arctic Today (chuck l)

As Arctic warms, scientists wrestle with its climate ‘tipping point’ Mongabay

Ethiopia says second filling of Renaissance Dam complete Al Jazeera

As water scarcity intensifies, so does the battle for resources in the world’s drought-hit regions New Statesman

Germany ponders lessons from deadly floods — live updates Deutsche Welle

Flood Disaster Could Become a Major Issue in German Election Der Spiegel

When it comes to addressing the biodiversity crisis, Canada’s environmental laws fall short The Narwhal

The Most Beautiful Photo We Could Find of Every U.S. National Park Conde Nast Traveler. From January, still germane. My mother is a national parks aficionado, and looking at these made me recall many pleasant road trips together.

Creator of ‘Free-Range Kids’ updates call to give kids more independence Tampa Bay Times

Stirring the Embers of Faith Commonweal. Review of new Graham Greene biography, which I’ll add to my to-read list.

Prince Harry nabs $20M from Penguin Random House for memoir NY Post

Montana Boomtown Jumps to No. 1 on WSJ/Realtor.com Housing Market Index WSJ

#COVID-19

Global markets shaken by fears over Delta variant FT

How Delta is pushing the U.S. into a new phase of the Covid-19 pandemic Stat

Deaths up 25% from two weeks ago; cases rising in every state: Live COVID-19 updates USA Today

Delta fears grip economy as cases jump across the country The Hill

Delta Variant — and County Inaction — Pushing Los Angeles Toward a COVID Emergency Capital & Main

L.A. County coronavirus spike hits alarming levels, with 10,000 infected in a week, as Delta variant spreads Yahoo News

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Covid: Boris Johnson resisted autumn lockdown as only over-80s dying – Dominic Cummings BBC

U.S. Raises U.K. Travel Alert as Covid Mars ‘Freedom Day’ Bloomberg

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Covid vaccine certificates to be compulsory for crowded venues in England Guardian

Covid-19 Vaccination Requirement at Indiana University Upheld by Federal Judge WSJ

Fox has quietly implemented its own version of a vaccine passport while its top personalities attack them CNN

A Postal Worker Begged for Stronger COVID-19 Protections. She Ended Up Spending Six Weeks in the Hospital. ProPublica

Olympic athletes test positive in Tokyo days before Games AP

Canada to open border for vaccinated Americans starting Aug. 9 The Hill

Hawai‘i Issues New Rules for Vaccinated Travelers—What You Need to Know Afar

Melbourne extends lockdown as case numbers grow Asia Times

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Explained: Why Rising SARS-CoV-2 Reproduction Number Is Raising Concerns India Spend

India’s Covid deaths 10 times higher than reported: study Yahoo News

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The Pandemic Opportunity Project Syndicate. Muhammad Yunnus.

Biden Administration

“We’ve Got To Fight Disinformation,” Says Empire Made Entirely Of Disinformation Caitlin Johnstone

Justice Department limits efforts to seize reporters’ phone, email records WaPo

Biden blasts social media after Facebook stonewalls admin over vaccine misinformation Ars Technica. Yet another law school graduate who doesn’t understand the First Amendment.

‘Facebook isn’t killing people’ — Biden walks back attack over vaccine lies CNBC

Purdue bankruptcy watchdog says protections benefiting Sacklers are ‘illegal’ Reuters. Wowsers.

About That Tout… Doomberg. I considered posting about this – but then realized I didn’t have anything to add to this analysis.

New York State of Mind

An Empire State Uprising Daily Poster

Did Ranked Choice Voting Work in NYC? It Depends Whom You Ask… The City

Julian Assange

”Nothing will fundamentally change.”

Black Injustice Tipping Point

The Overlooked Factors in Police Abuse Cases TK News. Matt Taibbi.

Class  Warfare

Keeping People Out of Jail Keeps People Out of Jail Reasons to Be Cheerful. So much for that broken windows policing model.

On a (chicken) wing and a prayer! Jeff Bezos dishes out food to media covering his Blue Origin launch after AGREEING with critics who slammed his billionaire space race with Richard Branson as ‘joyrides for the wealthy’ Daily Mail

Brexit

EU blocks UK from joining cross-border civil court pact Jurist (guurst)

The Groves of Academe

Master’s Degrees Are the Second Biggest Scam in Higher Education Slate

Big Brother IS Watching You Watch

NSO clients spying disclosures prompt political rows across world Guardian

Takeaways from the Pegasus Project WaPo

What the latest Pegasus spyware leaks tell us MIT Technology Review

Despite the hype, iPhone security no match for NSO spyware WaPo

Pegasus project: spyware leak suggests lawyers and activists at risk across globe Guardian

How Washington power brokers gained from NSO’s spyware ambitions WaPo

Amazon Shuts Down Some Infra and Accounts Linked to NSO Group The Wire


The Caribbean

Media Play Up Protests, Play Down Effect of US Sanctions in Cuba Fair

Rubio blasts calls from AOC, Sanders to lift US embargo on Cuba NY Post

US ties to suspected Haiti assassins follow long history of neocolonial intervention Grayzone. Aaron Maté.

Florida investigating man linked to Haitian president’s killing Politico

Myanmar

Myanmar Plunges Into Deadly Third COVID-19 Wave The Diplomat

Syraqistan

Could Afghanistan crisis give Shanghai Cooperation Organisation the key role China wants for bloc? South China Morning Post

Chaos in Afghanistan Threatens CPEC The Diplomat

India

More than two years after his thumping win, why is Modi struggling to implement big policy moves? Scroll

Surging Fuel Prices Further Dent India’s Pandemic-Stressed Economy India Spend

China?

Explainer | What is China’s relationship with Afghanistan, and how will it change once the US is gone? South China Morning Post

US, Britain and EU blame China for Microsoft Exchange email server hack South China Morning Post

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Links 7/20/2021

See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.

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