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Dancer, singer … spy: France’s Panthéon to honour Josephine Baker Guardian An odd card trick Chalkdust Guatemalan stowaway, 26, is found in landing gear of American Airlines flight at Miami airport – surviving two-and-a-half hour journey at 33,000ft and temperatures as low as -54F Daily Mail Pilgrimages, conflicts and naked women: A Russian merchant’s impressions of 15th-century India Scroll Sherlock Holmes And The Mystery Of Abiding Fame American Conservative The Best History Books: The 2021 Wolfson Prize Shortlist Five Books Hampstead’s heaven: 150 years of the Heath FT Country diary: The underground secret by Hadrian’s Wall Guardian The masterpieces stolen by the Nazis BBC Surveillance, Companionship, and Entertainment: The Ancient History of Intelligent Machines MIT Press Reader Hope

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Dancer, singer … spy: France’s Panthéon to honour Josephine Baker Guardian

An odd card trick Chalkdust

Guatemalan stowaway, 26, is found in landing gear of American Airlines flight at Miami airport – surviving two-and-a-half hour journey at 33,000ft and temperatures as low as -54F Daily Mail

Pilgrimages, conflicts and naked women: A Russian merchant’s impressions of 15th-century India Scroll

Sherlock Holmes And The Mystery Of Abiding Fame American Conservative

The Best History Books: The 2021 Wolfson Prize Shortlist Five Books

Hampstead’s heaven: 150 years of the Heath FT

Country diary: The underground secret by Hadrian’s Wall Guardian

The masterpieces stolen by the Nazis BBC

Surveillance, Companionship, and Entertainment: The Ancient History of Intelligent Machines MIT Press Reader

Hope ‘rabbit hotels’ can help Britain’s decimated population bounce back Guardian

Mel Brooks Writes It All Down New Yorker

Owlet Stops Selling Its Baby Monitoring Smart Socks After Receiving Warning Letter From FDA Gizmodo

#COVID-19

Scientists rapidly identified the Omicron variant. But firm answers about its impact could take weeks Stat

Omicron Covid variant poses ‘very high’ global risk, says WHO Guardian

Omicron Is Coming. The U.S. Must Act Now. NYT. Zeynep Tufecki.

Biden to provide update Monday on US response to omicron variant The Hill

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Canada detects two cases of Omicron variant, the first confirmed in North America Agence France-Presse

China study warns of ‘colossal’ Covid-19 outbreak if it adopts ‘open-up’ strategies like US, UK Times of India

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Top-level meet advises caution on resuming international flights The Hindu

South Africa: Locals, tourists despair over travel bans Deutsche Welle

Covid: South Africa’s president calls for lifting of Omicron travel bans BBC

Omicron: Japan slams its doors on foreign entries Asia Times

Morocco suspends all incoming flights over Omicron Al Jazeera

Covid: Dutch police arrest quarantine hotel escapees BBC

Airlines Scramble to Navigate Fast-Degrading Travel Outlook Bloomberg

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Opinion: Mandatory vaccinations won’t help now Deustche Welle

U.S. focuses on booster shots as best strategy against new variant WaPo

Swiss reject plan to abolish COVID health pass Deutsche Welle

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Gov. Kathy Hochul orders halt on elective surgery amid COVID spike, Omicron NY Post

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Why Moderna Won’t Share Rights to the COVID Vaccine With the Govt That Paid for It The Wire

Vaccine squabble tests global trade ties as WTO meeting postponed Politico

2.5 Million Nurses Demand UN Probe Into ‘Covid-19 Criminals’ Blocking Patent Waiver Common Dreams

Our Famously Free Press

Documents show Bill Gates has given $319 million to media outlets to promote his global agenda Gray Zone

COP26/Climate Change

Australia’s spy agency predicted the climate crisis 40 years ago – and fretted about coal exports Guardian

The Lesson Moby-Dick Has for a Warming World Counterpunch

Rare hunting scene raises questions over polar bear diet France 24

Waste Watch

Nurdles: the worst toxic waste you’ve probably never heard of Guardian

Biden Administration

JOHN KIRIAKOU: On Pardoning Turkeys Consortium News

End of a Narcostate? London Review of Books

Biden’s challenge, gamble and wish set the table for the 2022 elections WaPo

Biden Drilling Report Blasted as ‘Shocking Capitulation to the Needs of Corporate Polluters’ Common Dreams

The Supremes

Supreme Court set to take up all-or-nothing abortion fight AP

Last clinic standing: America’s abortion battle returns to the Supreme Court FT

Class Warfare

A Unionization Wave Is Reshaping Museums and Cultural Institutions Across the US Truthout

The Toll of NYCHA’s Lead Lies: A Brooklyn Girl Poisoned as Officials Covered Up Danger The City

Crime on L.A. trains, buses rises as riders return: ‘Poor people are suffering the most’ Yahoo Finance

Big Brother IS Watching You Watch

Biometrics, Smartphones, Surveillance Cameras Pose New Obstacles for U.S. Spies Wall Street Journal

India

Demonetisation, GST and lockdown: How the Modi government has wrecked India’s small businesses Scroll

The Indian Farmers’ Movement Has Shattered Narendra Modi’s Strongman Image Jacobin

Sikh Farmers, Diaspora Sad But Not Surprised to Learn of Fake Social Media Accounts Against Protests The Wire

Chittoor’s tomato farmers: at a thin red line People’s Archive of Rural India

The India Fix: Can the Trinamool become the new Congress? Scroll

China?

Will China’s social distancing on world stage stand remote chance of success? South China Morning Post

As U.S. Hunts for Chinese Spies, University Scientists Warn of Backlash NYT

China’s Evolving Food Security Strategy The Diplomat

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