Wednesday, November 15, 2017


News Links, November 16, 2017

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Saudi use of US, Russian air-defense systems will create 'serious challenges'
Netanyahu: Israel Will Act Alone to Force Iran Out of Syria
Russia Says Iran Can Legitimately Stay in Syria
The Ever-Expanding 'War on Terror'
In the shadows, the U.S. special operations war on "terrorists" keeps on expanding around the globe, now reaching into Africa where few detectable American "interests" exist.
Five ways China is building influence in Zimbabwe
France to review nuclear reduction target
The California Duck Curve isn't confined to California
With the possible exception of those in equatorial latitudes, every jurisdiction in the world that commits to including more than, say, 20% solar in its future generation mix will likely reach a threshold where daily ramping and storage/curtailment requirements become potentially unmanageable.

Russia could target any foreign media under new law: MP
Russia would be able to list any foreign media outlet as a "foreign agent" under new measures expected to be approved  Wednesday, a lawmaker said, as Moscow responds to US pressure on the Kremlin-backed RT channel.
Libya's Slave Auctions And African Genocide: What Hillary Knew

## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
America's Righteous Russia-gate Censorship
Arriving behind the anti-Trump "resistance" and the Russia-gate "scandal" is a troubling readiness to silence dissent in the U.S., shutting down information that challenges Official Narratives.
RT America Torched in Witch Hunt '17

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
Is This Why Productivity Has Tanked and Wealth Inequality Has Soared?
Needless but highly profitable forced-upgrades are the bread and butter of the tech industry.
Venice is planning to divert massive cruise liners. Barcelona has cracked down on apartment rentals. Both are at the forefront of efforts to get a grip on "overtourism," a phenomenon that is disrupting communities, imperiling cherished buildings and harming the experience of travelers and local residents alike.
Mizuho to ax 19,000 jobs, cites effects of low interest rates
Mizuho Financial Group Inc. will slash about 19,000 jobs and close around 100 operational bases over the next 10 years because of declining profits stemming from ultra-low interest rates, the megabank said.
Japan's Abe tones down South China Sea rhetoric
Prime minister focusing more on improving ties with Beijing

## China ##
China sending envoy to North Korea with message of restraint
Chinese President Xi Jinping is sending a special envoy to North Korea on Friday, placing further pressure on the rogue state to exercise restraint on its nuclear and missile development and to seek a conversation with the U.S.
Fears over white dolphin habitat halt work on massive US$15 billion South China Sea island airport
Trump Adds to Washington's 'Swamp'
President Trump's vow to "drain the swamp" was just one more empty promise as he adds to the muck with military contractors in key Pentagon jobs and other industry lobbyists at regulatory posts.

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