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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.

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.

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.

Opioid settlement delays courtroom justice

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.

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.

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The World Has Lost the Will to Deal With the Worst Refugee Crisis Since World War II

The World Has Lost the Will to Deal With the Worst Refugee Crisis Since World War II

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  • With more than 70 million people now displaced by conflict and persecution, the world is failing displaced people – especially women and girls. Governments, businesses, civil society and individuals around the world need to dramatically scale up effective, long-term support to help refugees survive and

    With more than 70 million people now displaced by conflict and persecution, the world is failing displaced people – especially women and girls. Governments, businesses, civil society and individuals around the world need to dramatically scale up effective, long-term support to help refugees survive and rebuild their lives. That means fit-for-purpose financing, more efficient treatment of malnutrition and health issues, more investment in early childhood education, and a recommitment to resettlement for refugees and asylum-seekers.

  • Most of the worlds countries are so over populated that it’s not sustainable for them to accept any more refugees or immigrants. China, India, Africa and most of South America are extremely over populated in 2019. No one can support or has the resources to help all theses people. The USA is starting

    Most of the worlds countries are so over populated that it’s not sustainable for them to accept any more refugees or immigrants. China, India, Africa and most of South America are extremely over populated in 2019. No one can support or has the resources to help all theses people. The USA is starting to get overpopulated. Because of my job I travel to all the states in the USA. Once you see what life is like all over this country first hand you get a feel for the lack of room. While driving in Miami Florida, California, Boston and most major cities the traffic is unbearable. It takes up to three hours to drive a 20 min in some cities. In the 1500s till about 1950 the USA could support large scale immigration because most of the land was unused. Now every where you go there hours of traffic. The real issue is countries that have high birth rates and there population keeps increasing at a alarming rate. Undeveloped countries need access to birth control so there population can reduce. Just like Europe has a declining population due to birth control and better access to education.

  • To Amy Koopa: yes, it’s true that certain countries are shouldering a larger burden than others. And it is true that in certain cases, these people are receiving lackluster benefits which sometimes include segregation (Italy), being rehoused into project areas which are often dangerous (France), or waiting

    To Amy Koopa: yes, it’s true that certain countries are shouldering a larger burden than others. And it is true that in certain cases, these people are receiving lackluster benefits which sometimes include segregation (Italy), being rehoused into project areas which are often dangerous (France), or waiting it out in detention centers (USA/Mexico).

    But when I’ve been in these supposedly overcrowded countries I never ever see more than one or two refugees, usually homeless on the side of the street with a cup of change or cardboard sign laid before them. They aren’t taking my place in line for pretty much anything. My life continues as is. So does yours most likely.

    When we (our governments and corporations) exploit countries, draining them of their own inherent wealths (minerals, oil, cheap labor) and outfit their leaders and/or opposition (see: Central America and the Middle East) what the heck do you expect these HUMAN beings to do? Of course it’s easy to say wait in line, send the application before you board that perilous and overcrowded boat or make that 1000 mile blistering walk, but at the end of all this, they are leaving their language, their families, and their homes starving and desperate and we need to really sit ourselves down and think about what that means. Do we honestly not have enough space? Are you really upset that those people with their ‘different religions’ are subject to the same respect and protections that citizens in that country of those same religions already enjoy?

    I do agree that refugees should not immediately be able to increase the size of their family and receive benefits to do that. But how do we regulate this? This may be shocking to people but I think we should take a page out of China’s defunct book and make every family pay the costs of more than 1-2 children. If you want to have 5, great have 5 kids, but you’re not going to get government support beyond 1-2. Or do what Australia has and require people resettle in towns that could use a population boom or require that they spend X amount of years in this province or that state before moving to a more desirable or populated locale. There are such things as compromises. I had a ~5% chance of being born American. So did you. That’s just math.

  • It’s the military industrial complex, they can’t make money if they don’t sell bullets and the delivery systems. Imagine our potential if we weren’t killing and destroying our civilization!

  • And this is just the beginning.

  • Many of us who live in countries where the "refugees" are being sent to are getting fatigued by them. Many come in get money handed to them by the tax payers then make even more demands including changes to our laws to suit the guidelines of their religions.