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Wall Street Journal (August 31)

2021/ 09/ 01 by jd in Global News

In a best case scenario, the withdrawal from Afghanistan “frees the U.S. from a costly distraction and enables us to focus more on China. Let Russia worry about fanatical jihadist warriors and missionaries fanning out across Central Asia…. Let China cope with the double-dealing, back-stabbing, perpetually indigent Pakistani government. Let Iran deal with newly empowered Sunni zealots, uncontrolled opium flows and a stream of refugees pressing on its frontiers.”


Moscow Times (August 9)

2021/ 08/ 11 by jd in Global News

“Smoke from wildfires burning across Russia’s largest and coldest region has reached the North Pole for what is believed to be the first time in known history.” The forest fires have been “fueled by hot weather and a 150-year record drought” and “already emitted a record 505 megatons of carbon dioxide.”


The Economist (March 20)

2021/ 03/ 21 by jd in Global News

Last week China slapped down democracy in Hong Kong. The imposition of tight mainland control over the territory is not just a tragedy for the 7.5m people who live there, it is also a measure of China’s determination not to compromise over how it asserts its will.” But China has pressure points. It is “more tightly coupled with the West than communist Russia ever was. This presents the free world with an epoch-defining question: how should it best secure prosperity, lower the risk of war and protect freedom as China rises?”


USA Today (July 9)

2020/ 07/ 11 by jd in Global News

The U.S. passed another “grim milestone” on Wednesday, racking up 3 million COVID-19 cases, which “represents roughly a quarter of the world’s cases and the same percentage of its deaths.” The U.S. now strongly “leads an unenviable group. Its 3 million cases for a nation of 330 million beats out Brazil’s 1.7 million cases (210 million population), India’s 742,000 cases (1.4 billion) and Russia’s 699,000 cases (145 million).”


Bloomberg (April 13)

2020/ 04/ 15 by jd in Global News

“OPEC+ group of countries, led by Saudi Arabia and Russia, finally agreed to a record cut in their oil production in response to the coronavirus-triggered collapse in demand. But the deal will come under pressure when the world becomes a more normal place again.” When demand returns, “the great battle for market share between the Americans, the Saudis and the Russians will probably restart.”


Reuters (April 13)

2020/ 04/ 14 by jd in Global News

“China fears a rise in imported cases could spark a second wave of COVID-19 and push the country back into a state of near paralysis.” Bordering Russia, China’s Heilongjiang province has become the new hotspot. On Sunday, “a total of 108 new coronavirus cases were reported…, up from 99 a day earlier and marking the highest number of cases since 143 infections were reported on March 5.”


The Economist (September 21)

2019/ 09/ 23 by jd in Global News

“We have found that, whether it is in Democratic politics or Russian dreams of opening an Arctic sea passage, climate now touches on everything we write about…. Because the processes that force climate change are built into the foundations of the world economy and of geopolitics, measures to check climate change have to be similarly wide-ranging and all-encompassing. To decarbonise an economy is not a simple subtraction; it requires a near-complete overhaul.”


Chicago Tribune (July 18)

2019/ 07/ 20 by jd in Global News

“The nuclear arms control edifice that was built up over half a century is in danger of coming apart” as the Trump administration withdraws from the INF Treaty and does not seek to extend New START. “After more than 50 years of U.S.-Russian arms control negotiations and agreements, there is scope for thinking anew about how best to reduce nuclear dangers. But abandoning long-standing agreements and conditioning any new negotiations on including China are not the best way to do that.”


WARC (May 28)

2019/ 05/ 30 by jd in Global News

“In eight major markets, including the three largest, internet advertising already takes the majority of media dollars. The $107.5 billion spent on internet ads in America made it the dominant medium for the first time last year, while the balance tipped in China and the UK during 2016.” By the end of this year, “internet is expected to account for over half [52.7%] of media spend for the first time this year” in the key markets of “Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Russia, the UK and the US.”


New York Times (May 2)

2019/ 05/ 03 by jd in Global News

“What the Venezuelan opposition boldly proclaimed on Tuesday as a ‘final phase’ in the opposition’s three-month campaign to oust the Venezuelan strongman, Nicolás Maduro, fizzled out by Wednesday, leaving behind murky claims of secret talks gone wrong, defectors who didn’t defect and Russian and Cuban meddling. What comes next was even less clear than before.”


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