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India's coal addiction

India’s hard push on renewables isn’t about climate change—yet. Quartz explores how India is meeting the challenge of providing increasing amounts of energy to its people while trying to lower its dependence on fossil fuels. ✦

India’s hard push on renewables isn’t about climate change—yet

Unlike the rest of the anglophilic world—Canada, the US, Australia, and the UK—India has never encountered a significant culture of climate-change denial. But the awareness of climate change in India hasn’t been high either. So the rise of renewables in India, which has been nothing short of spectacular

Unlike the rest of the anglophilic world—Canada, the US, Australia, and the UK—India has never encountered a significant culture of climate-change denial. But the awareness of climate change in India hasn’t been high either. So the rise of renewables in India, which has been nothing short of spectacular, has other motivations: from energy security to soft power.

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Opioid settlement

Four major players in the US opioid crisis reached a tentative deal in Ohio. Lawyers for the plaintiffs said the $260 million settlement would provide much-needed funds for addiction recovery programs.

Four major players in the US opioid crisis reached a tentative deal in Ohio

Who is responsible for the opioid epidemic? Is it the manufacturers who made opioids and marketed them as less addictive and more effective than they actually were? The distributors who flooded entire communities with pills, in some cases knowingly circumventing federal safeguards? The pharmacists and

Who is responsible for the opioid epidemic? Is it the manufacturers who made opioids and marketed them as less addictive and more effective than they actually were? The distributors who flooded entire communities with pills, in some cases knowingly circumventing federal safeguards? The pharmacists and doctors who handed out unnecessary prescriptions while taking money from Big Pharma? The federal government and the FDA, which didn't exercise its oversight and enforcement duties?

I don't have the answer to that question, but a bellwether trial starting today in a district court in Cleveland was supposed to provide a roadmap to an answer — instead, four out of five defendants settled.

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Shifting Middle East

Team Trump is heading to Davos in the Desert. The administration has apparently gotten over its outrage at the killing of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, so now senior adviser Jared Kushner and Treasury secretary Steve Mnuchin are heading to Saudi Arabia for a major business conference.

Trump admin apparently over Khashoggi killing, will attend Saudi’s ‘Davos in the Desert’

By scouring contract solicitations, Justin was able to piece together the fact that high level Trump administration officials are heading to Saudi Arabia to talk business at Davos in the Desert. The only problem with that? It's extremely unseemly. Saudi Arabia brutally killed an American journalist last

By scouring contract solicitations, Justin was able to piece together the fact that high level Trump administration officials are heading to Saudi Arabia to talk business at Davos in the Desert. The only problem with that? It's extremely unseemly. Saudi Arabia brutally killed an American journalist last year, and brushing aside his cruel murder signals US indifference to the crime.

A bit of news buried in a haystack's worth of State Department contract solicitations, confirming the attendance of Jared Kushner and Steven Mnuchin at Saudi Arabia's version of Davos later this month. Interestingly, the Saudi Arabian government "did not authorize" the US delegation to stay at the Riyadh

A bit of news buried in a haystack's worth of State Department contract solicitations, confirming the attendance of Jared Kushner and Steven Mnuchin at Saudi Arabia's version of Davos later this month. Interestingly, the Saudi Arabian government "did not authorize" the US delegation to stay at the Riyadh Ritz-Carlton, where the event is being held. So they booked 45 rooms at the nearby Burj Rafal, instead.

Biased agenda

Class bias creeps into the hiring process in just a matter of seconds. A Yale study shows hiring managers' decisions are influenced in ways that perpetuate wealth inequality.

Yale study shows class bias creeps into the hiring process in just a matter of seconds

This is such an interesting study and story. Kind of chilling too, especially for those of us who like to think we're operating in egalitarian settings. Read it and weep, or at least cringe, like I did, when you get to this part about cultural fit. “It’s going to seem like the person just has this vibe

This is such an interesting study and story. Kind of chilling too, especially for those of us who like to think we're operating in egalitarian settings. Read it and weep, or at least cringe, like I did, when you get to this part about cultural fit. “It’s going to seem like the person just has this vibe, right? But it might be class,” Kraus says.

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EXCLUSIVE: Saudi Arabia to execute three prominent moderate scholars after Ramadan

EXCLUSIVE: Saudi Arabia to execute three prominent moderate scholars after Ramadan

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  • Absolutely horrible. Add it to the ever-growing list of reasons the Saudis have no business being on friendly terms with the US. Using them to counter Iran is stupid when the Saudi regime is just as backwards, violent, and destabilizing.

    Concrete US backing is much more potent than consensus-based international

    Absolutely horrible. Add it to the ever-growing list of reasons the Saudis have no business being on friendly terms with the US. Using them to counter Iran is stupid when the Saudi regime is just as backwards, violent, and destabilizing.

    Concrete US backing is much more potent than consensus-based international disapproval and tut-tutting from the UN. The US is propping up a brutal theocratic dictatorship (and pissing away what’s left of our credibility in the Middle East), and for what? So we can keep on selling them jets and bombs to kill more innocent civilians? Make no mistake: the Saudis are playing us, and the shortsighted, incompetent US government is happy to go along with it as long as they keep buying our stuff.

    “‘[Crown Prince MbS] will crush dissent at all cost. These charges must be publicised,’ Khashoggi said at the time. ‘Odah will be executed not because he is an extremist. It’s because he is a moderate. That is why they consider him a threat.’”

    Less than 48 hours after making that statement, the journalist Khashoggi was assassinated by the Saudi government.

    The longer our government tries to maintain the charade of Saudi Arabia being a Western ally or a stabilizing force, the worse the regime will become.

  • The dangers of money controlling the conversation...

    “When they found out there was very little international reaction, particularly at the level of governments and heads of state, they decided to proceed with their plan to execute figures who were prominent,”