Tuesday, 19 November 2019

Global headlines - 18 November, 2019



Is SoftBank’s Bailout of WeWork Already in Trouble?
Tender Offer Didn’t Happen. Bonds Plunge to Record Low. This comes after WeWork reported a $1.25 billion loss in Q3. Second thoughts about throwing so many good billions after bad?
Numbers show joke is on the US, not Huawei
US ban lit a fire under Huawei, seen taking lead in smartphones and awash in cash as bonds trade at a premium

The next time your flight is delayed, it might just be that there’s no one to fly the plane.
‘This could get a little ugly.’ What to watch for at the NATO leaders summit
When the leaders of the 29 NATO nations gather in London at the start of December, the focus will nominally be on a celebration of the past and a look to the future. But analysts agree that as much as the event is billed as NATO’s 70th birthday, politics could make the situation feel more like a funeral.
The problem is that no one can afford so many foreign garrisons any more. -- RF
China’s Space Silk Road could pose a challenge to the US

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Paris police use tear gas, water cannon on 'yellow vest' protests anniversary
Demonstrators torched cars and pelted police with stones and bottles and police fired tear gas and water cannon in Paris on Saturday as rallies to mark the first anniversary of the anti-government “yellow vest” demonstrations erupted into violence.
Putin Determined To Strengthen Ties With OPEC
Russia is in favor of a continued partnership with OPEC that does not need to be limited to oil production control, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin said after the BRICS summit that took place in Brazil this week.

## Got food? ##
This is over a chicken sandwich. Just wait until the food riots start. -- RF
Survival is not a solo sport.
I have observed a number of times that as existing socioeconomic systems crumble, you don't stand much of a chance of surviving as a lone wolf. You want to be part of a mutually supportive community. -- RF
Medicines pose global environmental risk, experts warn
Residues from billions of doses of antibiotics, painkillers and antidepressants pose a significant risk to freshwater ecosystems and the global food chain, a new analysis said Thursday.

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Erdogan Blasts US at White House. Was That Good for NATO?

## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
Le Mesurier Gets Cross (Craig Murray)

## US ##
Trump Admin Prepares to Seize Private Land for Border Wall
Officials hope to skip legal protection for landowners

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