Third Culture Queen vol. 2
Semi-daily rants on drugs, empire and philosophy
|Kyle Borland||Jul 26, 2019|
Happy Friday! It’s been quite a week…
To start you off with a bit of good news, Puerto Rico demonstrated to the rest of America how to topple corruption, and the Senate finally passed the bill ensuring the 9/11 victims fund will never run out of money (through 2092)! It’s ridiculous that we’re 18 years removed from the Twin Towers falling and first responders are still having to dredge to Washington to beg for decency, but we’ll take the win.
Good bit of links below, so we’ll jump right in.
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Things to Know:
Green New Deal is as popular as legalizing cannabis (Grist) | Luckily, it seems the majority of Americans are able to see the Green New Deal as more than AOC’s pet project and are hopeful (if not, energized) by such a visionary proposal. Any time the reaction from the US establishment is to balk or degrade – it’s always worth looking at what they don’t want you to see. (The chart below is from Marijuana Moment, subscribe for the best daily cannabis news!)
An Explainer for WHY CA Still Doesn't Have High Speed Rail (NBC Bay Area)
If SF isn’t name a “National Park City,” I’ll be bitter. (National Geographic)
Call for domestic 'Marshall Plan’ to fight climate change (Smart Cities Dive)
Things to Know:
Afghanistan war over in 10 days? Trump thinks he could. (CBS News) | “…the dream of winning a military victory in Afghanistan was taken to the grave by previous empires [the Mongols, the British, the Soviets]. Their Empires were wiped off the face of this earth but the Afghan nation proudly endured and will continue to endure, live and remain proud, Allah willing.” – The Taliban
17-year war finally coming to a close? (New York Times)
Afghans seek clarity on Trump's “wiping country out” (Washington Times)
Under Trump, America's Global Standing at Record Low (Common Dreams)
Bretton Woods Agreement 75 years on (World Socialist Web Site) | “Huawei is now deemed an existential threat to a country that pioneered vast advances in technology going back to the latter years of the 19th century, because there is no comparable US firm. The reason for this absence is that profit-making in the US has become increasingly dependent on short-term gains and financial manipulations at the expense investment and the development of the productive forces.
Three quarters of a century after the Bretton Woods Agreement, all the contradictions of the world capitalist system it sought to suppress have come bursting to the surface once again.”
POTUS thinks '“Western-style liberalism” is referring to CA… (Rolling Stone)
US AID’s Private Sector Strategy (Devex)
US foreign aid should be used to persuade, not punish. (Charged Affairs)
Central America needs investment to end migrant crisis (USA Today) | “Secretary of State George Marshall, when proposing the European recovery plan, said U.S policy should be ‘against hunger, poverty, desperation and chaos.’ That is a sound foreign policy for America to follow always.
Marshall said the goal of such a plan should be ‘the revival of a working economy in the world so as to permit the emergence of political and social conditions in which free institutions can exist.’”
A Fair and Welcoming Immigration System (Elizabeth Warren for President)
People First Immigration (Julian Castro for President)
The US Needs a Marshall Plan for Central America (Common Dreams)
China, according to US Indo-Pacific Command (Yahoo News) | “I disagree with the use of the phrase ‘New Cold War’ when discussing the Chinese challenge, because our approach and desire is not to try and ‘contain’ China like we contained the Soviet Union. We welcome China’s participation in a rules-based international order, and remind Beijing frequently of the prosperity that order has created, liberating hundreds of millions of people and literally lifting billions of people out of poverty. Having said that, the international order is now under assault by China and various other international actors, and we can’t ignore that. Because the United States and China have a fundamental divergence of values in terms of how we approach the current international order.”
– Admiral Philip Davidson, commander of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command
China's National Defense in the New Era (China Military)
China prods Malaysia and Vietnam (Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative)
EU comes to a Mediterranean migration agreement (BBC) | The EU’s new leaders aren’t wasting any time in cementing a united front. Under Franco-German leadership, 8 countries – Croatia, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Lithuania, Luxembourg and Portugal – will begin implementing the agreement immediately, with financial help from Brussels.
Can Europe Become a Global Player? (Project Syndicate)
Turkey deports Syrian refugees to Idlib province (Middle East Eye)
Russia violated South Korean airspace, ‘warning shots fired’ (The Guardian) |
Putin’s Not Ready to Call It Quits (Foreign Policy)
Things to Know:
Dollar dependency can only take us so far. (Counter Punch) | The United States is unable to produce more at any price right now, because its has spent the past half-century dismantling its infrastructure, closing down its part suppliers and outsourcing its industrial technology.
Effort to Repeal Military 'Widow's Tax' Fails in Senate (Military.com)
Housing Mold Derails Military Moves (Military.com)
Rewards for getting this far…
The petty, wonderful, and delightful rise of Horns Down (ESPN) #RollTide
Why Maverick is still a captain 30 years after 'Top Gun’ (Task & Purpose)Harriet Tubman was not only a conductor of the Underground Railroad, but also a spy for the Union. 1.usa.gov/1OAwgiT