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New Cold War.org Information Bulletin, Vol 1 #19, Dec 27, 2016

Ukraine-Russia-Europe:

Recovery operation for Russian airline crash into Black Sea on Dec 25, 2016

Recovery operation for Russian airline crash into Black Sea on Dec 25, 2016

Tech failure & human error among main theories for Russian air crash over Black Sea, RT.com, Dec 26, 2016

Recovery operation of Christmas Day TU-154 airline crash in Black Sea, TASS, Dec 26, 2016

Turkey-Syria-Middle East and Caucasus:
An Aleppo-like landscape in a Kurdish redoubt of Turkey, by Rod Nordland, New York Times, Dec 24, 2016

Humbled Netanyahu places hopes in Trump after UN Security Council vote condemning Israel, by Joseph Federman, Associated Press, Dec 25, 2016

Understanding the UN resolution on Israeli settlements: What are the immediate ramifications?, by Barak Ravid, Haaretz, Dec 24, 2016

Israel to approve 100s of new homes in East Jerusalem in defiance of UNSC resolution, RT.com, Dec 26, 2016

World:
Venezuela isn’t so bad, nor is Colombia so great
, by Andres Gil, Venezuala Analysis, December 22, 2016

How peace between Afghanistan and the Taliban foundered, by Mujib Mashaldec, New York Times, Dec 26, 2016

United States

'Eatsa' is a fully automated restaurant chain in the U.S. (Jason Henry, New York Times)

‘Eatsa’ is a fully automated restaurant chain in the U.S. (Jason Henry, New York Times)

The long-term jobs killer is not China, it’s automation, by Claire Cain Miller, New York Times, Dec 21, 2016

… Donald J. Trump told workers like Ms. Johnson that he would bring back their jobs by clamping down on trade, offshoring and immigration. But economists say the bigger threat to their jobs has been something else: automation. “Over the long haul, clearly automation’s been much more important — it’s not even close,” said Lawrence Katz, an economics professor at Harvard who studies labor and technological change.

No candidate talked much about automation on the campaign trail. Technology is not as convenient a villain as China or Mexico, there is no clear way to stop it, and many of the technology companies are in the United States and benefit the country in many ways. Mr. Trump told a group of tech company leaders last Wednesday: “We want you to keep going with the incredible innovation. Anything we can do to help this go along, we’re going to be there for you.”

… Take the steel industry. It lost 400,000 people, 75 percent of its work force, between 1962 and 2005. But its shipments did not decline, according to a study published in the American Economic Review last year.

In American towns, private profits from public works, by Danielle Ivory, Ben Protess and Griff Palmerdec, New York Times, Dec 24, 2016

Desperate towns have turned to private equity firms to manage their waterworks. The deals bring much-needed upgrades, but can carry hefty price tags.

… President-elect Donald J. Trump has made the privatization of public works a centerpiece of his strategy to rebuild America’s airports, bridges, tunnels and roads. Members of his inner circle have sketched out a vision, including billions of dollars of tax credits for private investors willing to tackle big infrastructure projects.

Global warming:
Chinese cities choked by dangerous smog for fifth day; factories, schools closed, Reuters, Dec 21, 2016

China smog triggers demand for masks, filters, hobbles deliveries, Reuters, Dec 22, 2016

… The red alert is the top warning in a four-tier system that triggers a series of regulations, including the closure of schools, factories and offices, and a blanket ban on up to half the vehicles in affected cities. The system was introduced in 2014 as part of a national effort to reconcile China’s industrial engine with growing pressure from health groups.

The alerts in two dozen cities this week told citizens to stay indoors as air quality index (AQI) readings topped the maximum hazardous limit determined by the World Health Organization, and shrouded northeast China in thick smog.

Fewer jobs in oil patch as automation picks up, by Jordan Blum, Houston Chronicle, Dec 21, 2016

… These new rigs, using sophisticated software and robotics, could reduce the number of people working in the oil patch by up to 40 percent over the next few years, energy analysts said… It also means that many of the more than 215,000 U.S. jobs lost in the two-year oil bust – including about 100,000 in Texas – may never return as the industry recovery gains strength.


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