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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.

Biases holding us back...

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.

Democracy is hard

Brexit vote blocked. Parliament speaker John Bercow has blocked a new vote on the Brexit deal reached between prime minister Boris Johnson and European leaders, BBC News reports.

MPs' vote on Brexit deal ruled out by Speaker

No rush. Full 10 days to go. In order for the UK to leave the EU with the agreement on future relations:

- UK Gov needs to propose the implementing legislation (on all fields where the EU law will leave a vacuum, I assume) AND timetable for its adoption

- Only then the UK parliament will grant a green

No rush. Full 10 days to go. In order for the UK to leave the EU with the agreement on future relations:

- UK Gov needs to propose the implementing legislation (on all fields where the EU law will leave a vacuum, I assume) AND timetable for its adoption

- Only then the UK parliament will grant a green light to “deal”

- and only then the EP will green-light the withdrawal agreement

- only then the UK leaves with a deal

The EP said it is ready to call extraordinary session even for Oct 31 if necessary. Yes the 700+ MEPs representing of 500 000 000 europeans will do a special physical sitting session for the UK

- there is only one task for the UK politicians, only one, the task that was supposed to be done in last 3 years: get their mess together.

10 days to go. Time! Start!

Opioid settlement delays courtroom justice

India's coal addiction

India is shifting to renewables. More than half the country’s energy comes from burning coal, but that’s slowly changing. Exclusively for Quartz members, our new field guide explores how India might shed its coal habit, and offer valuable insights to countries facing similar disruptive climate, economic, and technological issues. ✦

The world can learn from India trying to deal with its coal addiction

Akshat Rathi's deep dives into energy are some of my favorite stories on qz.com. Check out his State of Play covering India's coal usage, and the unique challenges it faces as it tries to switch to renewables.

India’s biggest motivations to keep burning coal boil down to:

1. Large domestic coal reserves with very little gas or oil

2. Decades of coal hegemony in the national energy mix (by now there’s lots of cash tied up in coal-fired power plants, the train system is mostly dependent on revenue from coal

India’s biggest motivations to keep burning coal boil down to:

1. Large domestic coal reserves with very little gas or oil

2. Decades of coal hegemony in the national energy mix (by now there’s lots of cash tied up in coal-fired power plants, the train system is mostly dependent on revenue from coal transport, etc.)

One crucial statistic is that an average resident here uses up only 1/10th of the electricity consumed by an average American (India has among the lowest per capita emissions). The Indian government justifies coal as a necessity to improve energy access to millions of poor citizens—but they are also the worst-hit due to pollution and land rights disputes that come with coal mining and coal-fired stations.

Gaming in China

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Violent clashes in Hong Kong continued… A rally on the 20th weekend of protests turned chaotic, as protesters and police faced off amid tear gas and firebombs. Police sprayed demonstrators with a noxious blue liquid, also hitting a mosque, the Hong Kong Free Press reports.

Video: Hong Kong police accused of targeting mosque with water cannon blue dye as communities conduct clean-up | Hong Kong Free Press HKFP

My architect friend, the vice president at AIA Hong Kong, has worked on a redevelopment project, which includes refining the street pavements. The protesters peeled off those bricks to use them as a weapon. His project was destroyed.

The number of tourists dropped by over 40% comparing to the same

My architect friend, the vice president at AIA Hong Kong, has worked on a redevelopment project, which includes refining the street pavements. The protesters peeled off those bricks to use them as a weapon. His project was destroyed.

The number of tourists dropped by over 40% comparing to the same month last year, which consists of 5% of GDP. For China, Hong Kong is not as economically significant as in the past, and maybe hoping Hong Kong to shrink its presence slowly. Unlike Tiananmen, the government cannot act violently because people monitor and share the information well, but people are also monitored well in China that this Chaos won't be spread to the ​mainland anyways.

…and rallies spurred Lebanon to adopt reforms. The prime minister and coalition partners agreed to implement measures to deal with the country’s economic crisis, the Guardian reports, after protests that erupted, in part, over a plan to tax WhatsApp calls.

Lebanon's mass revolt against corruption and poverty continues

This Guardian take on Lebanon protests isn’t the strongest out there, starting with the implication that a WhatsApp tax sent Lebanese on to the streets. It is also baffling that in a country where women are largely fearless, vocal and heard (there is a viral meme of a woman protester kicking an armed

This Guardian take on Lebanon protests isn’t the strongest out there, starting with the implication that a WhatsApp tax sent Lebanese on to the streets. It is also baffling that in a country where women are largely fearless, vocal and heard (there is a viral meme of a woman protester kicking an armed government bodyguard in the groin), this reporter only managed to give voice to one woman, anonymously. Is the Guardian’s photo choice of Lebanese women posing - as if in beauty contest - a fair reflection of what’s happening on the ground? I ask not as a Middle East expert (b/c I’m not), rather, as a journalist who called Beirut home for more than a few years. Quartz - here’s a better option for #LebanonProtests 101: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/10/18/lebanons-protests-wildfires-tell-same-grim-story/

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Oregon State Police Searching for Republican Lawmakers Afraid of Voting on Climate

Oregon State Police Searching for Republican Lawmakers Afraid of Voting on Climate

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  • This is close to bordering on the definition of cowardly in the face of a climate crisis. You may disagree with the proposed strategy. You may fundamentally hate the proposed approach. But as a legislator in a democratic system, the options available to you in your job are to i) try and find compromises

    This is close to bordering on the definition of cowardly in the face of a climate crisis. You may disagree with the proposed strategy. You may fundamentally hate the proposed approach. But as a legislator in a democratic system, the options available to you in your job are to i) try and find compromises that speak to your concerns; ii) try to pursuade enough of the public and other legislators to see things as you do; or iii) cast your vote in opposition to whatever proposed legislation you disagree with.

    Nowhere in the responsibilities of a legislator does it include "taking my ball and going home" when faced with legislation you disagree with -- in part to avoid going on record as having to vote on the legislation at all, and in part when you know doing so would stop legislation from being approved by the majority elected group of electors using a technicality. Such an action is neither in the spirit nor (as this story demonstrates) the letter of the law of a democratic government.

    And yes, absolutely, there are issues with this position in systems where extreme gerrymandering has raised legitimate questions about actual levels of democratic representation of electoral bodies. Minority groups of electors may come to see a complete boycott of their responsibilities as lawmakers.

    But that's not the solution. That's giving in to the oppression. That's making it even easier to marginalize and ignore your cause and perspectives as representatives and elected officials.

    Don't do one of these made-for-Fox News stunts. It only builds public cynicism of our entire democratic systems as a whole, and makes people believe that issuesnot taking issues seriously, regardless of their political or other perspectives.

    Do the job that people sent you to.be their representatives to do. At least have the respect of your constituents to do the job they're expecting of you. You may not like it all the time, but there are things are bigger than you and you need to just deal with it.

    Climate change is one issues.

  • I wonder how history will remember these lawmakers that ignored or delayed climate change policy in advance of the great environmental holocaust that is on our doorstep?

  • The headline is also fitting for a satire publication or SNL.

  • Why is it that so many “public servants” seem to constantly forget their role? To “serve the public”!

  • This is not just an Oregon issue this is an example for all democracies every where.

    Politicians in police cars, flashing lights ,photographers..imagine campaign photos captioned democracy at work .

    Not just Oregon, but Canada and imagine the joy in the Uk before and maybe after a Brexit vote . Oregon

    This is not just an Oregon issue this is an example for all democracies every where.

    Politicians in police cars, flashing lights ,photographers..imagine campaign photos captioned democracy at work .

    Not just Oregon, but Canada and imagine the joy in the Uk before and maybe after a Brexit vote . Oregon is

    bravely showing the world a bright shining example of blinking blue lights.

    I know I shouldn't enjoy this

  • Just embarrassing, really.

    “In addition to being chased down by the cops, the senators also face fines of up to $500 per day by the senate. Thanks to our very normal political system, they can just use campaign funds to pay the fee....

    Either way, once the cops round them up or they find their way

    Just embarrassing, really.

    “In addition to being chased down by the cops, the senators also face fines of up to $500 per day by the senate. Thanks to our very normal political system, they can just use campaign funds to pay the fee....

    Either way, once the cops round them up or they find their way back to the capitol, the vote will happen.”

  • How will they be remembered? Like the dead-end segregationists of the Old South

  • An interesting conclusion: " if there is a lesson in this, it is that Republicans actually engaging on climate legislation is a pipedream." Engaging does not mean rubber stamping.

  • Quintessential illustration of GOP lawmakers' failure to face the defining issue of our generation

  • This is a good and normal way for a government to operate.

  • It doesn't appear to me that this was cowardice. It was a calculated hijacking of the system to prevent the democratic process from going forward.

  • Such a "proud" moment for these legislators.What will they tell their grandchildren when all the results are in, more animals are extinct, and extreme weather effects more millions? I hope they are ashamed.

  • Yes, Republicans DEFINITELY care about the well being of Americans and America.

  • This is the kind of story you think is from the or a movie, but sadly it's real

  • What is most concerning here is the revelation of the momentum gain that all this climate hysteria has. The zealots truly believe they can control the Earth's climate, and they will strong-arm those that question their dubious tactics.

  • Disgusting and embarrassing but not surprising.

  • New headlines „Oregon elected Republican threatens Police with MURDER if they do their job“

  • Not surprised.

  • While I have been a major public advocate, on record and published, for environmental social governance for decades, this executive action by the governor and on behalf of the senate is not only shutting down forms of dissent and civil disobedience it is moving the United States towards a tyranny of

    While I have been a major public advocate, on record and published, for environmental social governance for decades, this executive action by the governor and on behalf of the senate is not only shutting down forms of dissent and civil disobedience it is moving the United States towards a tyranny of the majority and against everything that we stand for on inclusion and diversity. Environment and climate change are critical issues that need to be addressed but the ends justifying the means is not the right way to do this. Setting a precedent that it is possible to force legislation and policy. What if the next attachment to a climate change policy would be to give governors a beach front Villa? Would the ends justify incarceration or worse of those who do not understand issues of climate change?

  • This is ridiculous. What the hell happened to politics in the US that you can't hammer out a deal anymore?

  • Fools will be among us always-it is really sad though to see such fools in action.

  • Just imagine what their grandchildren and great grandchildren will think of them. Loathing? Disgust? Embarrassment? It will spawn an entirely new category ... ‘children of climate deniers’ who will attempt to heal from the shame that their ancestors brought to the family.

  • For or against, I don't care. But misleading headlines really don't make me trust your integrity to not be bias....