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Fifth endangered Bengal tiger born in Cuban zoo Reuters (Furzy Mouse).
Bank of England raises interest rates in bid to tame inflation Al Jazeera. Commentary:
Lest there be any doubt, I’m making a policy observation not a policy recommendation. https://t.co/59L7JoaBQf
— Stephanie Kelton (@StephanieKelton) August 4, 2022
Will anti-vaccine activism in the USA reverse global goals? Peter Hotez, Nature
And Then There Were 31…The Latest 10 Covid Vaccines to Reach the Phase 3 Results Milestone Hilda Bastian, Absolutely Maybe
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Post–COVID-19 Symptoms and Conditions Among Children and Adolescents — United States, March 1, 2020–January 31, 2022, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. “Compared with patients aged 0–17 years without previous COVID-19, those with previous COVID-19 had higher rates of acute pulmonary embolism (adjusted hazard ratio = 2.01), myocarditis and cardiomyopathy (1.99), venous thromboembolic event (1.87), acute and unspecified renal failure (1.32), and type 1 diabetes (1.23), all of which were rare or uncommon in this study population.”
How are the Taiwanese not worried? Taipology
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The skeptics are wrong: The U.S. can confront both China and Russia Josh Rogin, WaPo
The US-Led Drive to Isolate Russia and China Is Falling Short Bloomberg. “Fog in Channel, Continent Cut Off.”
New Not-So-Cold War
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‘The turbine works’: Germany’s Scholz blames Russia in energy row Al Jazeera. Photo caption: “German Chancellor OIaf Scholz stands next to a gas turbine meant to be transported to the compressor station of the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline in Russia during his visit to Siemens Energy’s site in Muelheim an der Ruhr, Germany.”
Will a New War Crash Europe’s Azerbaijani Gas Dreams? Foreign Policy
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Who are the Winners in the Black Sea Grain Deal? International Crisis Group
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Zelensky ‘not all he’s portrayed as’ by Western media (video) Sky News, YouTube (Andrei Martyanov).
New clashes over Nagorno-Karabakh signal ripple effects from Ukraine Responsible Statecraft
What kind of economy are we building? Julia Svyridenko, Events in Ukraine. Privatization. Svyridenko is First Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine and Minister of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine.
Truth About Beirut Port Blast Cannot Be Hidden, Pope Says Maritime Logistics Professional
White House to Establish Office on Long Covid Rolling Stone
US 2022-23 spring wheat output seen at bumper levels on higher yields Hellenic Shipping News
Prenatal exposure to famine and the development of hyperglycemia and type 2 diabetes in adulthood across consecutive generations: a population-based cohort study of families in Suihua, China The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. From the Conclusion: “Prenatal exposure to famine remarkably increases hyperglycemia risk in 2 consecutive generations of Chinese adults independent of known T2D risk factors, which supports the notion that prenatal nutrition plays an important role in the development of T2D across consecutive generations of Chinese adults.”
BlackRock Teams Up With Coinbase in Crypto Market Expansion Bloomberg. Seems legit.
Our Famously Free Press
New Media Are As Intertwined With Imperial Power As Old Media Caitlin Johnstone (ctlieee).
Imperial Collapse Watch
Patrick Lawrence: Language and Its Enemies Scheerpost
“A Good Life” From the Forests of Arduinna (DJG).
How Crazy-Ass Tom Cruise and “Top Gun” Saved America Matt Taibbi, TK News
Antidote du jour (via):
BREAKING: the famous wild jaguar named El Jefe who lived in Arizona’s Santa Rita Mountains from 2011-2015 has reappeared through remote camera detection 7 years later in central Sonora, Mexico. He has traveled hundreds of miles & crossed the border twice. pic.twitter.com/YX5jNpjCFx
— Russ McSpadden (@PeccaryNotPig) August 4, 2022
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.