Fortnightly Yours. 5/24 2024

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Arresting : striking, eye-catching

Select news from lemonte. Fr, and CBC.ca

A1. NATO holds biggest military exercises since the end of Cold War.

A2. TikTok crackdown passes U.S. House: What is next?

A3. France set to anchor abortion freedom in Constitution.

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A1. NATO holds biggest military exercises in Europe since end of Cold War

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization is no longer in hiding. On January 24, the alliance launched Steadfast Defender 24, its largest series of military exercises in Europe since the end of the Cold War. Scheduled to last until May 31, these large-scale maneuvers bring together some 90,000 troops from 32 countries and no fewer than 1,100 armored vehicles, including 166 battle tanks. The exercises are taking place mainly on the plains of Poland and Norway, but also in Germany, the Baltic States, Romania, Finland, Slovakia, Greece and Sweden.

NATO holds biggest military exercises in Europe since end of Cold War (lemonde.fr)

A2. TikTok crackdown passes U.S. House: What is next?

The U.S. House of Representatives will vote Wednesday on a bill that could ban the social media platform TikTok in the U.S. if its China-based parent company doesn’t sell the app within 180 days. The issue is a flashpoint in the China-U.S. rivalry, as China has previously banned a number of foreign platforms.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/tiktok-vote-house-5-things-1.7142043

A3. France set to anchor abortion freedom in Constitution.

 

Both the Assemblée Nationale and Sénat will meet in Versailles on Monday to take a final vote on the inclusion of abortion in the Constitution. The three-fifths majority needed to validate the reform looks almost guaranteed.

If Parliament approves the move, France will become the only country in the world to clearly protect the right to terminate a pregnancy in its basic law.

France set to anchor abortion freedom in Constitution (lemonde.fr)

Factual : actually occurring.

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F1. Global energy-related CO2 emissions hit record high in 2023 – IEA

F2. Russian economy facing 16,000 sanctions hasn’t buckled.

F3. The threat to American hegemony is real.

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F1. Global energy-related CO2 emissions hit record high in 2023 – IEA

 

Global energy-related emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) hit a record high last year, driven partly by increased fossil fuel use in countries where droughts hampered hydropower production, International Energy Agency (IEA) said on Friday. Steep cuts in CO2 emissions, mainly from burning fossil fuels, will be needed in the coming years if targets to limit a global rise in temperatures and prevent runaway climate change are to be met, scientists have said.

Global energy-related CO2 emissions hit record high in 2023

F2. Russian economy facing 16,000 sanctions hasn’t buckled.

 

Over the past two years, Russia’s government has managed to steer through sanctions and limit inflation, while investing nearly a third of its budget in defence spending. It’s also been able to increase trade with China and sell its oil to new markets. Chinese imports have jumped more than 60 per cent since the start of war, as the country has been able to supply Russia with a steady stream of goods including cars and electronic devices. Trade between the two countries hit $240 billion US in 2023, an increase of over 64 per cent since 2021, before the war.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/russia-sanctions-economy-1.7141305

F3. The threat to American hegemony is real.

Both China and Russia may believe there will never be a more opportune moment to overthrow American dominance than now. And should the two combine their forces, they could represent the most serious challenge to the global economic and strategic order since 1945.  We cannot even assume, as we have always done, that America would prevail if faced with a simultaneous challenge from other formidable powers.

The threat to American hegemony is real – The Japan Times

G1. Who’s Running for President in 2024 in the USA?

President Biden and former President Donald J. Trump  formally clinched their parties’ nominations with Tuesday’s primaries. However, this is one election where there is more discontent n both the republican and democratic parties. Traditionally a third party in the USA like the Green party or Libertarian has done anything significant and since the hey days of Ralph Nader little is heard of them. But then there are the historic runs by independents like Ross Perot fresh in memory. Can anyone imagine if someone like Mitt Romney with Liz Cheney and Chris Christie were to give it a go…

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2023/us/politics/presidential-candidates-2024.html

G2. What is happening in Haiti?

Haiti’s government on Thursday said it would extend a state of emergency around Port-au-Prince for another month as gang violence that has threatened to bring down the government and led thousands to flee their homes appeared to show no sign of abating.

The U.N. humanitarian affairs agency warned that the country’s health system was “nearing collapse,” with shortages of staff, equipment, beds, drugs and blood to treat patients with gunshot wounds.

Haiti healthcare near collapse, says UN, as state of emergency extended | Reuters

G3. John Kerry’s Legacy.

As John Kerry prepares to depart as President Joe Biden’s special envoy on climate change on Wednesday, he leaves the United States in a stronger position in global climate diplomacy despite lingering mistrust on the world stage over American policy intentions.

The 80-year-old Kerry, capping off over six decades in public service, is credited with restoring U.S. climate ties with China and courting private capital for climate action. But these accomplishments were made even as the United States has become the world’s biggest producer of climate-polluting oil and gas.

Kerry’s efforts have been hamstrung by a politically divided Congress constraining what the United States could offer in climate finance, with Republicans resisting Democratic efforts.

Kerry bolstered US climate reputation, though world’s trust still elusive | Reuters

Seminal : original ,groundbreaking

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Select Articles from BBC.

S1. Sycamore Gap: New life springs from rescued tree.

S2. Flirt, date, divorce: The robust romantic lives of birds.

S3. Why Europe is dismantling its dams.

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S1. Sycamore Gap: New life springs from rescued tree.

Millions once visited the sycamore tree nestled in a gap in Hadrian’s Wall. A national outpouring of shock and dismay followed its felling in September. Just a stump is now left – if it is healthy, a new tree could eventually grow there. That shape is gone but what is born from its ruins will have its own story. It will be three years before horticulturists know if the stump is healthy enough to produce the next tree.

Until then, these seedlings hundreds of miles away are primed – each one waiting to see if it could be the next Sycamore Gap tree.

https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-68497720

S2. Flirt, date, divorce: The robust romantic lives of birds.

A glimpse into the intricate love lives of birds, revealing unique courtship behaviour, their long-lasting bonding, and at times, the poignant reality of separation.

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p0hbr6nx/flirt-date-divorce-the-robust-romantic-lives-of-birds

S3. Why Europe is dismantling its dams.

Artificial barriers have long blocked Europe’s waterways. But as many of these structures age, a movement is growing to let rivers flow freely once again.

Across Europe, many dams are either approaching the end of their operational life, or the costs of their maintenance are outweighing the benefits they provide.

https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20240229-why-europe-is-removing-its-dams

Wacky : amusing, peculiar

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Select Articles from Reuters.

W1. Elon Musk sues OpenAI for abandoning original mission for profit.

W2. Super Tuesday to test resurgent crypto industry’s political might.

W3. WeightWatchers shares tumble as Oprah decides to exit.

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W1. Elon Musk sues OpenAI for abandoning original mission for profit.

Elon Musk has sued ChatGPT-maker OpenAI and its CEO, Sam Altman, saying they abandoned the startup’s original mission to develop artificial intelligence for the benefit of humanity and not for profit. The lawsuit filed late on Thursday in California Superior Court in San Francisco is a culmination of Musk’s long-simmering opposition to the startup he co-founded. OpenAI has since become the face of generative AI, partly due to billions of dollars in funding from Microsoft (MSFT.O), opens new tab. Musk went on to found his own artificial intelligence startup, xAI, launched last July.

Elon Musk sues OpenAI for abandoning original mission for profit

W2. Super Tuesday to test resurgent crypto industry’s political might.

The burgeoning cryptocurrency industry is jumping into the 2024 U.S. election, spending millions of dollars in Super Tuesday primary contests in California, Alabama and Texas to boost crypto-friendly candidates and defeat those pushing for more regulation. The cryptocurrency industry has surged in recent months, and Bitcoin hit a new high last week, after the collapse of several big players in 2022 crushed prices and prompted a regulatory crackdown.

Super Tuesday to test resurgent crypto industry’s political might | Reuters

W3. WeightWatchers shares tumble as Oprah decides to exit.

 Shares of WW International  also known as WeightWatchers, took a pounding on Thursday as the company disclosed that celebrity shareholder Oprah Winfrey would exit its board later this year and donate her stock in the weight management firm. The exit of the media icon, who has been a board member since 2015, comes at a time when WW is struggling to turn a profit. The stock fell 24.5% to $2.88 and has lost more than half its value so far this year.

WeightWatchers shares tumble as Oprah decides to exit board | Reuters

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