Sunday, November 4

Some news reports I won't find time to write about

But at least I can share the headlines, under alphabetically listed country and issues titles, although there are some that could go under both; e.g., Turkey's huge Kanal project, which is predicted to touch off environmental and social disasters. 

Most of the news reports on the list are from October, and there are about four opinion pieces. I've added my one-liner comments to a few items on the list and snatched up 'priceless' illustrations that were published with three of the articles.    


Taliban and Al Qaeda prepare to take over Afghanistan
October 23, 2018 
Long War Journal report for John Batchelor Show (audio)

World Bank Pledges $298 Million For Afghanistan’s Education
October 23, 2918 - TOLONews

Project to exploit Afghanistan’s giant copper deposit languishes
April 25, 2018 - China Dialogue

I can't resist adding these two old articles:

Obama’s Failed Legacy in Afghanistan
February 2016 - The American Interest

December 2009 - Council on Foreign Relations

China - Canada

Vancouver, Canada is drowning in Chinese money
October 20, 2018 - Bloomberg

China - Japan

October 25, 2018 - BBC
Investigative report on China's 'vocational education' camps for Uighurs shows some things haven't changed in China since Mao's rule


Proposed Legislation: 12 Years in Prison For Danes Holding Pro-Russia Views

October 13, 2018 - SouthFront
The European branch of the 'Get Russia' crowd in overdrive. 


October 12, 2018 - Associated Press
Explainer for people who think Khashoggi was killed in Turkey on Saudi territory.

Baghdad rejects US interference in its affairs after embassy Twitter comments
November 4, 2018 - Middle East Eye

Syria could face tough sanctions if it blocks political process: U.S. diplomat
September 28, 2018 - Reuters
" ...and then we will make it our business to make life as miserable as possible for that flopping cadaver of a regime and let the Russians and Iranians, who made this mess, get out of it.”

August 2016 - HuffPost
"If you have a dog, you probably already suspected this."

Health/Environment/Natural Resources

October 26, 2018 - CNBC
Are American children so clean their immune systems are weak?

October 22, 2018 - CNN

Russian Scientists Discover Bacteria That Neutralizes Nuclear Waste
October 8, 2018 - Sputnik

October 18, 2018 - WDSU6 News (USA)
Thousands of pounds of wipes clog municipal sewer system(s)

October 17, 2018 - NY Daily News

March 28, 2018 - National Geographic
"The ambitious Canal (Kanal) Istanbul project could displace thousands of people, imperil the city’s tenuous water supply, and impact ocean life, critics say."

October 12, 2018 - Reuters


October 18, 2018 - Al Jazeera


October 27. 2018 - Reuters
And let's not forget this Reuters report from July 2017:
Drought-hit Rome narrowly avoids water rationing, 
which also reports the capital city's water pipes leak 40 percent of the water they carry. 


Can President-elect Lopez Obrador pull Mexico out of slumber?
October 6, 2018 - RT op-ed
Some interesting statistics.

September 18, 2018 - Pew Research

As unusual drought hits eastern Nepal, farmers migrate to get by
October 9, 2018 - Reuters

October 15, 2018
Long War Journal report for the John Batchelor Show (audio)
U.S. military in Somalia

Agriculture Remains Key to Somalia’s Economic Growth and Poverty Reduction
March 28, 2018 - World Bank
February 7, 2018 - Sputnik
February 13, 2018 - Sputnik

France: Under Macron, We Don't Talk of Islamist Radicalization, but It's There - Scholar
October 13, 2018 - Sputnik


Syria's remote Rukban camp receives first UN aid convoy since January
November 3, 2018 - Middle East Eye
"UN estimates that 80 percent of people stranded at Rukban are women and children"

Syria war: Afrin looted by Turkish-backed rebels
March 19, 2018 - BBC

Northern Syria: Ankara-Backed Militants Looting Afrin Dam Equipment
August 25, 2018 - MSN

October 28, 2018 - Sputnik


Who’s really ‘undermining’ US democracy? asks Stephen Cohen
November 2, 2018 - RT
America's 'Get Russia' crowd outsmarts itself.

October 24, 2018 - Capital Research Center

Trump says selling weapons to Saudi Arabia will create a lot of American jobs. That’s not true.
October 22, 2018 - Vox
"The impact of foreign arms sales on the US economy is minuscule"

Hard Times at Snowflake U
October 14, 2018 - PJ Media
This one's a keeper.
Snowflake definition (slang): an emotionally hypersensitive person. In America several universities have set up 'safe' rooms for such students, where they can drink hot cocoa, crayon coloring books, etc., whenever they become upset by something.  


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