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How much is "free, democratic" Taiwan worth to Silicon Valley?


Consortium News

Big Chip in US-China Crisis
For the U.S., it is unthinkable that semiconductor behemoth TSMC could one day be in territory controlled by Beijing, writes Maria Ryan
An employee at Intel Corporation’s wafer fabrication facility in Chandler, Arizona, moves through its cleanroom in her industrial “bunny suit,” 2018. (Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division)

By Maria Ryan 
University of Nottingham

Events on the "American lake"


Consortiun News
HIROSHIMA AT 77: John Pilger — Another Hiroshima is Coming — Unless We Stop It Now
Hiroshima and Nagasaki were acts of premeditated mass murder unleashing a weapon of intrinsic criminality. It was justified by lies that form the bedrock of 21st century U.S. war propaganda, casting a new enemy, and target – China.

"Give the Indians back to white-supremacist states," sez Supremes

Supreme Court reversed almost 200 years of US law and tradition upholding tribal sovereignty in its latest term
Published: July 21, 2022 8.25am EDT
Kirsten Matoy Carlson
Professor of Law and Adjunct Professor of Political Science, Wayne State University


Post-logging politics?

The proble3m in Shasta County this article fails to mention is the state of the logging industry, now denied insurance and annually assaulted with more and more violent fires. Mills have been consolidated, there is less work in the woods, and these appear to be more permanent than the typical cycles of past decades. People must be very nervous about fire, not just in the woods but on the outskirts of Redding and nearby towns, which have already had one wildfire. Shasta County is a very unhappy place right now because it is ecologically and economically very  threatened.

The river and electricity

You can argue  that senior facilities in the Coachella Valley are not ecologically sound or even healthy, given the temperatures around Palm Sprimgs and Indio in the summertime, and, speaking as a resident of such a facility, I would agree with you but I came down here for family reasons. But, if hydroelectric power from Glen Canyon is interrupted, I can guarantee that some lives will end without air-conditioning in Southern California. -- blj

Impacts on Germany and Italy of war in Ukraine

Asia Times/Settimani News

A tale of two wars
Both sides think they’re winners, needn’t give in – but battlefield and European home front are separate wars
JULY 13, 2022

It may be a tale of two wars going in parallel. So far, they have not met but eventually they will meet and prove one side or the other right.

The first version of the war is the Russian one.