Fortnightly Yours. 9/24 2024

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Arresting : striking, eye-catching

Select news from Reuters, Al Jazeera, and Lemonte Fr.

A1. Protests in the US have long been celebrated, condemned, welcomed, muzzled.

A2. Canada police charge three with murder of Sikh leader Nijjar, probe India link.

A3. Georgian youth lead protests ‘foreign influence’ law: ‘We’ll keep going until the law is withdrawn, we’re not afraid!’

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A1. Protests in the US have long been celebrated, condemned, welcomed, muzzled.

Just as much as protest has been a part of US history, protest is being met with irritation, condemnation, anger, and even the use of law enforcement and aggressive tactics.

“Dissent is essential for democracy. But dissent must never lead to disorder,” President Joe Biden said on Thursday, summing up the enduring national paradox.

Protests in the US have long been celebrated, condemned, welcomed, muzzled | Protests | Al Jazeera

A2. Canada police charge three with murder of Sikh leader Nijjar, probe India link.

 

Canadian police on Friday arrested and charged three Indian men with the murder of Sikh separatist leader Hardeep Singh Nijjar last year and said they were probing whether the men had ties to the Indian government. Trudeau announced in September that Canadian authorities were pursuing allegations linking Indian government agents to the murder. New Delhi rejected Trudeau’s claim as absurd.

 Canada police charge three with murder of Sikh leader Nijjar, probe India link | Reuters

A3. Georgian youth lead protests against ‘foreign influence’ law: ‘We’ll keep going until the law is withdrawn, we’re not afraid!’

Described as a “Russian law” by its critics, the text is similar to one adopted by the Duma in 2012 to muzzle opposition to Vladimir Putin’s regime. In Georgia, as in Russia, the law requires independent media and civil society organizations to register as entities “pursuing the interests of a foreign power” if they receive more than 20% of their funding from abroad.

Georgian youth lead protests against ‘foreign influence’ law: ‘We’ll keep going until the law is withdrawn, we’re not afraid!’ (lemonde.fr)

Factual : actually occurring.

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Select news from BBC and Standard media.

F1. On the brink of nuclear war: Fidel Castro’s BBC interview.

F2. Floods and droughts should make world to take more action.

F3. Corporate real estate is on a ‘cliff edge’ as firms race to rethink communal spaces.

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F1. On the brink of nuclear war: Fidel Castro’s BBC interview.

 

In 1961, the Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro talked to the BBC about his land reform – passed this week in 1959 – and how he wanted peace. But it was the start of a spiralling situation between the US and Cuba that would push the world to the brink of catastrophe.

On the brink of nuclear war: Fidel Castro’s BBC interview

F2. Floods and droughts should make world to take more action.

 

The world has been mulling climate change, especially due to the extensive industrialisation which has been on an upward trajectory since the 15th Century. There have been enormous emissions of greenhouse gases injuring the atmosphere and the ozone layer.

It is because of this that over 192 countries adopted the Kyoto Protocol in 1997. The protocol has been instrumental in aiding the repair and healing of the ozone layer by introducing carbon credits and carbon trading to mitigate the effects of climate change by making it expensive to emit harmful gases.

Floods and droughts should make world to take more action – The Standard (standardmedia.co.ke)

F3. Corporate real estate is on a ‘cliff edge’ as firms race to rethink communal spaces.

As more employees work from home in the hybrid-work era, many companies are finding they need smaller offices. Compared to pre-pandemic floorplans designed to house as many workers as possible, more businesses are looking towards more compact but higher-quality spaces for the future.

Corporate real estate is on a ‘cliff edge’ as firms race to rethink communal spaces (bbc.com)

G1. Extreme heat is closing schools, widening learning gaps worldwide.

As the climate warms due to the burning of fossil fuels, heat waves are lasting longer and reaching greater peaks as average temperatures rise.

Extreme heat is closing schools, widening learning gaps worldwide – The Japan Times

G2. Biden sharply hikes US tariffs on an array of Chinese imports.

U.S. President Joe Biden on Tuesday unveiled steep tariff increases on an array of Chinese imports including electric vehicle (EV) batteries, computer chips and medical products, risking an election-year standoff with Beijing as he woos American voters who give his economic policies low marks.

Biden sharply hikes US tariffs on an array of Chinese imports | Reuters

G3. US ‘double face’ in Israel reveals Washington’s diplomatic hypocrisy.

To deal with domestic and international pressure, the US is beginning to show a “double face” on Israel-related issues: criticizing Israel’s military activities in Gaza on the one hand while reaffirming its firm support for Israel on the other. This self-contradiction precisely reflects the Biden administration’s increasingly divided policy and fully demonstrates the hypocrisy of US diplomacy.

US ‘double face’ on Israel reveals Washington’s diplomatic hypocrisy – Global Times

Seminal : original ,groundbreaking

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Select Articles from The Guardian, Al Jazeera and BBC

S1. Five of the best Alice Munro short stories.

S2. Northern lights dazzle sky gazers as ‘extreme’ solar storm hits Earth.

S3. White gold rush: Harvesting lithium from Great Salt Lake.

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S1. Five of the best Alice Munro short stories.

It is almost impossible to recommend a handful of Munro short stories. Over a writing career that spanned decades and led to many accolades, including the Nobel prize for literature, she produced countless stories, often set in southern Ontario, where she grew up and to where she returned in later life. Few writers captured the lives of “ordinary” people with as much grace and empathy – not to mention technical genius – as Munro. Her stories are anything but ordinary.

Five of the best Alice Munro short stories | Alice Munro | The Guardian

S2. Northern lights dazzle sky gazers as ‘extreme’ solar storm hits Earth.

The most powerful solar storm in more than 20 years has struck Earth’s atmosphere, triggering warnings over the potential disruption to power grids and satellite communications while also producing spectacular celestial light shows in some parts of the world.

Northern lights dazzle skygazers as ‘extreme’ solar storm hits Earth | Space News | Al Jazeera

S3. White gold rush: Harvesting lithium from Great Salt Lake.

The Great Salt Lake is full of many valuable minerals. Now a California startup wants to try a more environmentally-friendly process to extract lithium from the country’s largest saltwater lake.

White gold rush: Harvesting lithium from Great Salt Lake (bbc.com)

Wacky : amusing, peculiar

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Selected from Al Jazeera, Wall Street Journal, and the Guardian.

W1. India, Japan dismiss Biden’s ‘xenophobic’ comment.

W2. How China’s ‘Firewater’ Became the World’s Most Valuable Liquor Brand.

W3. Banks have given almost $7tn to fossil fuel firms since Paris deal, report reveals.

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W1. India, Japan dismiss Biden’s ‘xenophobic’ comment.

 

The president’s singling out of Japan and India came as a surprise as he has made a point of strengthening ties with the two nations since taking office in 2021.

India, Japan dismiss Biden’s ‘xenophobic’ comment | Migration News | Al Jazeera

W2. How China’s ‘Firewater’ Became the World’s Most Valuable Liquor Brand.

Moutai is the world’s largest beverage company by market cap, yet it remains largely obscure among global consumers. WSJ looks at the liquor giant’s business strategies and the challenges ahead.

How China’s ‘Firewater’ Became the World’s Most Valuable Liquor Brand (wsj.com)

W3. Banks have given almost $7tn to fossil fuel firms since Paris deal, report reveals.

In 2016, after talks in Paris, 196 countries signed an agreement to limit global heating as a result of carbon emissions to at most 2C above preindustrial levels, with an ideal limit of 1.5C to prevent the worst impacts of a drastically changed climate.

Many countries have since promised to reduce carbon emissions, but the latest research shows private interests continued to funnel money to oil, gas and coal companies, which have used it to expand their operations.

Banks have given almost $7tn to fossil fuel firms since Paris deal, report reveals | Fossil fuels | The Guardian

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