One reason is crisis in SPD. Less MPs come from trade union background, more from party youth and uni wing.
Unions offer higher wages and coops offer cheaper goods and services. It's different to joining uni politics, human rights and environmental orgs, that offer good causes which I more often than not support. The latter attracts wealthier people, and left loses support among less wealthy as it loses its ability to mobilize mutual economic self help among those struggling.
(Without the faintest hint of irony) "Google bosses have forced employees to delete a confidential memo circulating inside the company that revealed explosive details about a plan to launch a censored search engine in China."
"The memo identifies at least 215 employees who appear to have been tasked with working full-time on Dragonfly, a number it says is “larger than many Google projects.” It says that source code associated with the project dates back to May 2017"
Latest poll from Germany: Far-right AfD above centre-left Social Democrats (SPD). CDU/CSU with very weak 28%.
At least five ethnic #Uyghur professors from one of the top universities in northwest #China ’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) are being held in political “re-education camps,” according to one of their former colleagues and an official with the school who confirmed their detentions.
Christopher Balding has just published "A New Vision for American Foreign Policy"
* After fall of the USSR, America lost it's way as a proponent of democracy, human rights & open markets.
* War on Terror was misdirected, real threat has always been re-emergence of authoritarianism
* Democracy & human rights will not defend themselves, America must be prepared to make economic sacrifices (trade deals) to help countries who are dedicated to Open Society.
I'm very impressed with the production quality of this article covering #China's rollout of their social credit system based on 24/7 #surveillance to manage their 1.4 billion people population. It prioritises harmony of the nation over individual human rights (especially to #privacy) through case studies of two individuals (A respected member of society and a government opposition).
"I’m scared to say anything on #Kavanaugh. Why? Because there’s a non-trivial chance that the accuser is a nut job AND a non-trivial chance that Kavanaugh is a lying fiend. Undeniable tail risk on both sides here."
#France's far-right candidate Marine Le Pen has been ordered to undergo psychiatric evaluation by the judge in a case where she was tried for tweeting graphic photos of ISIS executions.
Trump, the master of creating sword of damocles scenarios, has let it be known that a big document dump may be coming in October, concerning alleged bias in Russia election meddling investigation.
8 countries could potentially face difficulties in servicing their debt because of OBOR. These include #Pakistan, #Djibouti, the #Maldives, #Laos, #Mongolia, #Montenegro, #Tajikistan & #Kyrgyzstan. Pakistan, which through the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, serves as the centrepiece of the BRI and is by far the largest country exposed, with China reportedly financing about 80% of its estimated $62 billion debt.
#China casts itself as a peace-loving victim of colonialism buuuut:
"Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad warned that the BRI risks becoming a “new version of colonialism”"
"Sri Lanka has had its own BRI backlash after a Chinese state-controlled company signed a 99-year lease for a strategic port in exchange for debt relief. Critics there accused China of intentionally leading Sri Lanka into a “debt trap” so it could seize the port."
Financial Times: https://t.co/M46kdT3w7V
"As an economist working on India, I am in a lonely place. I want inclusive growth to be the outcome of a market economy. Those to my left want to use tools of a command economy to force market outcomes that they like. Those to my right don’t give a toss about inclusive growth."
#China "central bankers in 2018 once again appear to be desperate. Like 2015 desperate."
"This is a hard conclusion for many in the West (and in China, I suppose) to reach. They’ve been taught the technocracy from the very beginning. Give technocrats full autonomy, as they have in China, and watch all the good things they will accomplish."
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A joke heard in Arkhangelsk has it that someone happened to call the KGB headquarters just after a major fire. "We cannot do anything. The KGB has just burned down!" he was told. Five minutes later, he called back and was told again the KGB had burned. When he called a third time, the telephone operator recognized his voice and asked "why do you keep calling back? I just told you the KGB has burned down." "I know," the man said. "I just like to hear it."
Life in the Spanish city that banned cars:
"Naturally, it hasn’t all gone off without a hitch. People don’t like being told they can’t drive wherever they want, but Lores says that while people claim it as a right, in fact what they want are privileges."
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Having been a fac brat at a #DC prep school in the same athletic conference as #GeorgetownPrep (Kavanaugh's high-school that costs $60k+/year), it's been interesting to watch how the scrutiny is surfacing some of the normally implicit and submerged power dynamics that flow from the networks formed at and around those kinds of schools in DC and parts if New England.
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The sad moment when you get people like Microsoft trying to scrape every possible thing. It makes people hate telemetry even for those of us who just want/need benign metrics like "is this button actually getting used" or "how many players actually solved this puzzle?"
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