What We Read Today 19 November 2014

November 19th, 2014
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Econintersect: Every day our editors collect the most interesting things they find from around the internet and present a summary "reading list" which will include very brief summaries (and sometimes longer ones) of why each item has gotten our attention. Suggestions from readers for "reading list" items are gratefully reviewed, although sometimes space limits the number included.

  • Comet team detects organic molecules, basis of life on Earth (Victoria Bryan, Reuters) In the limited data received from the comet 67P lander Philae before its batteries ran down were measurements indicating the presence of organic (carbon containing) molecules), essential precursors for the creation of life as we know it on earth. It is not clear yet if the data will be able to determine how complex the carbon material is, whether it could contain proteins, for example.

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  • Calling Early Elections in Japan, Abe Rolls the Dice on the Economy (Martin Fackler, The New York Times) Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has called a snap election for the lower house of parliament in December, calling it a referendum on his decision to postpone another increase in the nation's consumption tax scheduled for a year from now. The schedule was established by legislation passed before Abe came into office two years ago. Japanese stocks initially surged on the news but by the end of Wednesday's session had slipped into the red with the Nikkei 225 down 0.32%. See report at Investing.com.
  • On Media Outlets that Continue to Describe Unknowable Drone Victims as "Militants" (Glenn Greenwald, The Intercept) Hat tip to Rob Carter. It has been more than two years since The New York Times revealed that "Mr. Obama embraced a disputed method for counting civilian casualties" of his drone strikes which "in effect counts all military-age males in a strike zone as combatants...unless there is explicit intelligence posthumously proving them innocent."
  • Articles about events, conflicts and disease around the world

Ebola

Ebola outbreak: British nurse back to help after recovery (BBC News)

Is Ebola back in New York? FDNY arrives in Hazmat suits as woman who had 'recently traveled from Guinea and was being monitored for Ebola drops dead with blood coming from her face, nose and mouth' (Daily Mail)

Liberia

Firestone and the Warlord (ProPublica) Document Directory

Firestone and the Warlord (ProPublica) Article

Israel

Jerusalem synagogue attack puts Israel close to brink (The Guardian)

Israel demolishes East Jerusalem home after synagogue attack (BBC News)

Turkey

Condemnations of synagogue attack pour in, even from Bahrain and Turkey (The Jerusalem Post)

Russia, Turkey Inch Toward Improved Relations (U.S. News & World Report)

Turkey fears '2-3 million more refugees' if Aleppo falls (AFP, Yahoo! News)

Syria

Islamic State fighters pushed back on fronts in Syria, Iraq (+video) (Christian Science Monitor)

Iraq

Iraq troops reach Baiji oil refinery besieged by IS (BBC News)

Iraq Kurdish Official: Car Bomb Hits City of Irbil (abc News)

Ukraine

Ukraine crisis: Russia demands guarantees from Nato (BBC News)

Russia

Putin on Ice: Creating another semi-permanent “mini-Cold War.” (Project Syndicate)


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