The ugly truth behind the First World War’s Chinese labourers Independent. Robert Fisk.
Almost didn’t see this because no US outlet has covered it: @IlhanMN calls for the US to pay compensation to civilians killed in US drone strikes.
The fact that we rarely make amends when we kill innocent people will never not be mind-blowing to me.https://t.co/K4ezjbXUK4
— Allegra Harpootlian (@ally_harp) July 10, 2020
The lives upended around a $20 cheeseburger WaPo My cooking skills fall far short of those of a chef inf a fancy restaurant. But I never press down on my burgers when they’re grilling, or you lose the juices. And I’m told I make a mean burger. My husband often opts for one rather than a steak when given a choice. Readers?
A plasma shot could prevent coronavirus. But feds and makers won’t act, scientists say LA Times. I took one of these shots, back when an Oxford student, when I wanted to protect myself from hepatitis A during a trip. Twinrix wasn’t available then and this was the only option then.
If the coronavirus is really airborne, we might be fighting it the wrong way MIT Technology Review
Bar Harbor Closes its Port to Cruise Ships for 2020 The Maritime Executive
Chinese Travelers Will Be Ready, Will You? Jing Travel
American Passports Are Worthless Now (Map) India Samarajiva
Imperial Collapse Watch
After the Liberal International Order Project Syndicate. Joseph Nye, Jr. This is about the same as the pope saying it’s time to think of what will replace the Christianity thing.
Left Behind By the Coronavirus Der Spiegel
It’s Official — Steven Pinker Is Full of Shit Jacobin.I met him once at a literary festival and see no reason to disagree with this assessment.
The Scandal of Our Drug Supply New York Review of Books
Failed State Watch
Flailing States: Pankaj Mishra on Anglo-America London Review of Books
The BBC World War Two Porn Page Craig Murray
Liberals Are Crazy Idiots Caitlin Johnstone. Could have filed under many categories, but I think it fits best here.
It’s not remotely “unprecedented.” Bush 41 pardoned Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger before trial in order to shield himself, while his son W commuted “Scooter” Libby’s sentence for lying to FBI to protect Rove & Cheney.
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) July 11, 2020
Black Injustice Tipping Point
Portland Place couple who confronted protesters have a long history of not backing down St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Food Security and COVID-19: Why India’s Public Distribution System Requires an Overhaul Economic and Political Weekly
Amitabh Bachchan and Son Abhishek Test Positive for COVID-19 The revered septuagenarian Indian movie star and his son, also an actor. A bit like Tom and Colin Hanks, but on a much bigger scale. His Mumbai residence is now a containment zone.
India’s China Strategy Is Changing Project Syndicate, Shashi Tharoor.
l’affaire Jeffrey Epstein
‘I’m no Cruella de Vil’: Ghislaine Maxwell insists she is not an ‘evil villain’, had not seen Jeffrey Epstein in 15 years, did not introduce Prince Andrew to him and is being moved from cell to cell in prison for her safety. Daily Mail.
The inability of people to distinguish between being willing to co-sign a document with someone, and “defending” that person, is amazing. https://t.co/CKYZVoFUaA
— Matt Taibbi (@mtaibbi) July 12, 2020
Antidote du jour. TH: Chukar partridge in Trona, California (Mojave desert)
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.