Links – August 1, 2016

The rest of the world keeps going, even though Donald Trump is sucking all the oxygen out of the coverage. And I’m as guilty as anyone. It’s hard to know how much to say about the ignorant and bigoted comments that appear daily. There does need to be pushback, but not at all clear how much.

The situation is Syria is as complicated as ever, perhaps more so. Jabhat al-Nusra says it has broken with al Qaeda. Russia and the United States continue talks on how to bring a ceasefire about while Russia and the Assad regime continue to bomb hospitals and markets.

Vladimir Putin’s economy is stuck and he doesn’t know how to get it going. Russia’s economy was fragile long before oil prices tanked and the US and Europe imposed sanctions because of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Putin has done little to get it going, and his recent moves to consolidate power and control the news are likely to further hurt. One of Russia’s sovereign wealth funds, with which he has been bolstering the economy, is likely to run out in 2017. But the Russian economy has kept going, despite previous dire predictions.

Nationalism is rising in China, too.

Five points from an interview with a North Korean diplomat.

And, okay, one link on science policy in the US election. Since the words that come out of Trump’s mouth are often in random order and what may seem coherent is later walked back, I have not spent much time on trying to discern a policy. But the Republican Party and its platform remain.

A serious rift is showing up in the British cabinet. Top photo from here.



One comment

  1. The Blog Fodder · August 1, 2016

    I’m cheering for Palmerston. But the Telegraph wont let me read the article unless I subscribe


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