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Sarah Kendzior’s Newsletter 6949 implied HN points 15 Mar 24
  1. The author reflects on the unpredictability of storms and the feeling of imminent apocalypses in the midst of bad weather.
  2. There is a discussion about political figures and international affairs, focusing on the potential consequences and implications of their actions.
  3. The narrative transitions between personal reflections, societal observations, and historical analogies, all within the context of turbulent weather and its implications.
TK News by Matt Taibbi 8743 implied HN points 27 Feb 24
  1. The New York Times exposé revealed extensive details about the CIA-Ukraine relationship, including the presence of secret spy bases along the Russian border.
  2. Officials often emphasize the need to protect 'sources and methods' for national security, yet the Times published a wealth of detailed information about CIA operations.
  3. The public disclosure of such classified details raises questions about the future of the CIA-Ukraine alliance and the potential for a breakup.
Noahpinion 10647 implied HN points 08 Feb 24
  1. The debate over development strategies for poor countries is evolving, with a shift towards focusing on green energy and non-traded services rather than traditional manufacturing and exports.
  2. Authors like Dani Rodrik and Joseph Stiglitz argue that poorer countries may face challenges in industrialization due to factors like reduced global demand for manufactured goods and increased automation.
  3. Successful growth stories of countries like Bangladesh challenge the notion that industrialization is no longer a viable development strategy for poor nations, emphasizing the importance of traditional methods for economic progress.
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Welcome to Absurdistan 6132 implied HN points 28 Jan 24
  1. Canada's Liberal Party, in power for a century, is projected to lose to Conservatives.
  2. The government funded NGO, CAHN, was found to drive bureaucratic action by labelling opposition as hate.
  3. Trudeau's invocation of the Emergencies Act based on fabricated intelligence led to backlash against his leadership.
Striking 13 2515 implied HN points 01 Mar 24
  1. The UK's Rwanda scheme is shown to be financially insane, with exorbitant costs and no real impact, according to a recent report.
  2. The Home Office's approach to the scheme is criticized for its irrationality, waste of money, and failure to address the asylum backlog effectively.
  3. Comparison with the costs of a functioning asylum system highlights the extreme financial inefficiency and lack of logic in the Rwanda scheme.
2nd Smartest Guy in the World 3282 implied HN points 08 Feb 24
  1. Political leaders have used artificial food shortages to control populations throughout history.
  2. Famines like The Holodomor in Ukraine and Sri Lanka's recent crisis highlight intentional starvation tactics by governments.
  3. Support your local farmer, decentralize, and resist illegitimate government actions to combat globalist population control efforts.
Sarah Kendzior’s Newsletter 5172 implied HN points 06 Jan 24
  1. Christ of the Ozarks is the tallest Jesus statue in the USA, standing at 67 feet tall in Arkansas.
  2. Eureka Springs, Arkansas, where Christ of the Ozarks is located, has a unique blend of evangelical and LGBTQ communities coexisting for decades.
  3. The partnership between the Great Passion Play in Eureka Springs and Israeli backers has brought controversial elements like Israeli bomb shelters to the religious complex, sparking discussions on politics, hate speech, and ideologies.
Common Sense with Bari Weiss 1683 implied HN points 11 Mar 24
  1. Speculation about Michelle Obama entering the presidential race as an alternative to Joe Biden is circulating, but Michelle Obama has repeated she will not be running for president.
  2. Concerns are rising among Democratic insiders about President Biden's declining faculties and the need for a possible replacement before the next election.
  3. There's a complex dynamic between President Biden and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, but a change in Israeli leadership may have to come from within, not due to external pressures.
The Crucial Years 1903 implied HN points 05 Mar 24
  1. Exxon prioritizes profit over renewable energy, stating wind and solar power don't offer sufficient returns for shareholders.
  2. Exxon's history of deceit and denial regarding climate change has hindered progress for decades.
  3. The need for government intervention to address the climate crisis is highlighted, as market profits often impede meaningful solutions.
Lucian Truscott Newsletter 3184 implied HN points 05 Feb 24
  1. The film 'Red Dawn' reflects the current guerrilla warfare being fought against the US in regions like Syria, Iraq, and Jordan.
  2. The attacks on US bases in Iraq and Syria are linked to tensions in the Middle East, especially the conflict between Israel and Hamas.
  3. US military presence in Iraq and Syria is facing backlash from locals and even the countries they aim to defend, leading to calls for better protection for troops.
Caitlin’s Newsletter 2230 implied HN points 24 Feb 24
  1. Some Israel supporters display extreme vitriol and disregard for human suffering, justifying monstrous acts against innocent children in Gaza.
  2. The behavior of these specific Israel supporters is seen as shockingly disturbing, leading to accusations of immorality and dishonesty.
  3. The negative behavior highlighted is not exclusive to Israelis or Jews, but extends to various ideological groups, illustrating a troubling trend of unwavering support for violent actions in Gaza.
Caitlin’s Newsletter 1625 implied HN points 09 Mar 24
  1. Saying 'Hamas Just Needs To Surrender' equates to endorsing killing children until demands are met.
  2. The US and Israel view civilian casualties in Gaza as Hamas's fault for not yielding to military demands.
  3. US aid to Gaza is used as leverage to pressure Hamas, supporting the starvation and coercion of Gazan civilians.
Caitlin’s Newsletter 1532 implied HN points 11 Mar 24
  1. Benjamin Netanyahu's defiance against Biden's 'red line' highlights the questionable enforcement of policies.
  2. Footage of Israeli soldiers' actions in Gaza raises concerns about societal issues and atrocities.
  3. Focusing on trivial matters like TikTok during a humanitarian crisis like a genocide is a distraction from more significant issues.
Persuasion 3852 implied HN points 16 Jan 24
  1. Guatemala recently experienced a successful pro-democracy movement against a corrupt political establishment.
  2. A largely-indigenous grassroots movement mobilized to demand respect for their votes and succeeded in getting the new president sworn in.
  3. The international community largely overlooked Guatemala's impressive defense of democracy, pointing to various reasons like lack of attention and conflicting support from different political factions.
Common Sense with Bari Weiss 2517 implied HN points 13 Feb 24
  1. Coleman Hughes advocates for a return to color-blind ideals in addressing race issues, which contrasts with current prominent black intellectuals.
  2. President Biden is facing concerns about his age and capability to run for a second term, with a high percentage perceiving him as too old for the role.
  3. There are proposals for encouraging newer and better Palestinian leadership, especially in Gaza, by ensuring reconstruction aid is channeled effectively and used to empower a new elite.
Today's Edition Newsletter 8333 implied HN points 31 Oct 23
  1. House Republicans proposed cutting IRS funding for Israel aid, showing poor leadership skills.
  2. Democrats and Senate likely to oppose the bill, challenging Speaker Mike Johnson's legislative efforts.
  3. Demanding IRS cuts for aid packages is seen as insulting and Republicans are criticized for playing political games.
Sarcastosaurus 2083 implied HN points 10 Feb 24
  1. The modern Western societies are controlled by a small group of ultra-wealthy individuals, who prioritize profit above all else, shaping politics and economies to serve their interests.
  2. The Western arms industry has significantly decreased since the Cold War, relying on outsourcing and prioritizing profits over large-scale production, hindering the ability to ramp up arms production in times of need.
  3. Building up a new arms industry would challenge the current profit-focused system, potentially requiring state-owned enterprises and a shift away from prioritizing profit, which goes against the current status quo.
New Means 2024 implied HN points 10 Feb 24
  1. Palestinians in Gaza are facing a crisis of being forced to flee with nowhere to go, as they are cornered against the Rafah crossing without escape routes available.
  2. Efforts are being made to evacuate over a million people from Rafah, but the challenge lies in finding a safe destination for the displaced individuals.
  3. International actions and involvement are crucial to prevent potential ethnic cleansing or genocide in Gaza, with supporting organizations and advocating for a ceasefire as immediate actions to take.
Sarcastosaurus 1985 implied HN points 11 Feb 24
  1. The West's failure to supply enough artillery ammunition to Ukraine has led to Russian advances with adapted assault tactics, exploiting their advantage in resources.
  2. General Syrsky assumed command of ZSU in Kyiv, taking steps like rushing reserves to Avidiivka and making strategic appointments.
  3. The situation in Avidiivka is critical, with intense air strikes by the Russian Air-Space Force supporting a ground attack, putting Ukrainian positions at risk.
Caitlin’s Newsletter 1667 implied HN points 13 Feb 24
  1. It's important to focus on the actions of Western officials regarding Israel, rather than their words.
  2. Many officials express concern publicly about Israel's actions, but their lack of concrete actions speaks volumes.
  3. By observing the actual movements of money, weapons, and resources, one can uncover the true intentions of officials.
Geopolitical Economy Report 1116 implied HN points 04 Mar 24
  1. The era of Western dominance has ended, according to the EU foreign-policy chief. Europe should not see the world as 'the West against the Rest'.
  2. Global geopolitical tensions could push Europe into a bleak future. Europe must improve relations with the Global South to avoid becoming geopolitically irrelevant.
  3. In international forums like the UN, Europe often aligns with the US against the majority of countries from the Global South. This shows a stark division in voting patterns.
Why is this interesting? 1327 implied HN points 21 Feb 24
  1. Commemorative pins like 'znachki' from the Soviet era reflected hope for prosperity and open exchange of ideas across borders
  2. Certain 'znachki' symbolized optimism for peace and collaboration, contrasting with current geopolitical tensions
  3. The collection of 'znachki' serves as a wistful reminder of past hopes for Russia's future and the ongoing need for change
Geopolitical Economy Report 916 implied HN points 09 Mar 24
  1. Polls show that a majority of North Americans oppose the US sending weapons to Israel, but the Biden administration has sent over 100 arms shipments regardless.
  2. 52% of North Americans want to end US weapons shipments to Israel, with majority opposition from voters who didn't support Trump, Biden voters, and young Democrats.
  3. UN experts have accused Israel of carrying out genocide, while areas in Gaza face starvation and dire humanitarian crises amid the conflict.
Sarah Kendzior’s Newsletter 4832 implied HN points 29 Oct 23
  1. Social media platforms like Twitter can be a place to bear witness to global events and support others in times of crisis.
  2. Governments and politicians can perpetuate violence and conflict, often driven by fanaticism, money, or darker goals.
  3. People around the world are standing up against atrocities, demonstrating bravery and a sense of conscience amidst challenging times.
Chartbook 2532 implied HN points 01 Jan 24
  1. In 2023, there was a surge in violence globally, with factors like weak state power and new rivalries fueling conflicts.
  2. Poor-country conflicts are influenced by global forces, but the impact on the larger picture is limited.
  3. The world is facing a historical shift with conflicts like the Israel-Palestine dispute challenging traditional models of geopolitical alignment.
Caitlin’s Newsletter 1606 implied HN points 02 Feb 24
  1. Liberals often use emotional expressions like 'It's heartbreaking!' to avoid taking a real political stand on Gaza.
  2. The 'It's complicated!' excuse is often used by liberals to downplay the clear oppression happening in Gaza.
  3. Many liberals deflect criticism of their support for Israel's actions in Gaza by bringing up 'BUT TRUMP!' or expressing vague hopes for peace without committing to actionable solutions.
Pen>Sword 2675 implied HN points 25 Dec 23
  1. Shaun King was banned from Instagram for his advocacy for Gaza, sparking concerns about silencing voices speaking up for critical causes.
  2. King's removal from Instagram reveals the power of digital platforms in shaping public narratives and movements, emphasizing the importance of individuals like King as symbols.
  3. The incident serves as a warning to the public, especially youth, that speaking up on controversial issues like Palestine could lead to suppression by social media platforms.
The Line 1375 implied HN points 09 Feb 24
  1. The West has not fully embraced Ukraine's fight as its own, despite rhetoric from NATO.
  2. Ukraine continues to resist Russian aggression, even without strong Western support.
  3. There is growing opposition within conservative groups towards supporting Ukraine, affecting decisions and aid.
Uncharted Territories 5110 implied HN points 14 Oct 23
  1. The conflict between Israel and Palestine revolves around the question of who can legitimately claim the land.
  2. The history of the region involves various populations ruling over the land, with complex dynamics of religion, ethnicity, and governance.
  3. Ultimately, both Israelis and Palestinians have strong claims to the land, but the resolution should focus on factors like self-determination, international recognition, and adherence to legal norms.