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Ebola — compare to China and Sars [Foreign Policy]

As a New York doctor checks into a hospital, here is an article about China’s 2003 SARS epidemic, and the successful, though frighteningly authoritarian response by monolithic state power. Article is by Laurie Garrett of CFR (Council on Foreign Relations, a top US think tank).

There is an element of fear-mongering here too, let’s keep that in mind. Ebola is not as contagious as SARS, and it seems Ebola is treatable with top-level care (although such care will not be available to the masses if the numbers get big).

link:

http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2014/10/22/how_to_shut_down_a_country_and_kill_a_disease_sars_china_ebola

Canada, At War For 13 Years, Shocked That ‘A Terrorist’ Attacked Its Soldiers

Originally posted on Stop Making Sense:

Glenn Greenwald writes for The Intercept:

Featured photo - Canada, At War For 13 Years, Shocked That ‘A Terrorist’ Attacked Its Soldiers‘In Quebec on Monday, two Canadian soldiers were hit by a car driven by Martin Couture-Rouleau, a 25-year-old Canadian who, as The Globe and Mailreported, “converted to Islam recently and called himself Ahmad Rouleau.” One of the soldiers died, as did Couture-Rouleau when he was shot by police upon apprehension after allegedly brandishing a large knife. Police speculated that the incident was deliberate, alleging the driver waited for two hours before hitting the soldiers, one of whom was wearing a uniform. The incident took place in the parking lot of a shopping mall 30 miles southeast of Montreal, “a few kilometres from the Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean, the military academy operated by the Department of National Defence.”

The right-wing Canadian government wasted no time in seizing on the incident to promote its fear-mongering agenda over terrorism, which includes pending legislation to vest its intelligence agency, CSIS, with…

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Orlov weighs in on US vs Russia [ClubOrlov]

from the No-Fun department:

Dmitri Orlov writes, in his lovably pessimistic style, on our aimlessly belligerent foreign policy, and how Russia is resisting it. Link:

http://cluborlov.blogspot.com/2014/10/how-to-start-war-and-lose-empire.html

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Ukraine and Russia reach preliminary agreement on natgas [RT]

link:

http://rt.com/business/197520-ukraine-russia-gas-385-price/

re: Snowden, Laura Poitras interview [TomDispatch]

Laura Poitras talks about USA, Snowden, new movie…

link:

http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/175909/tomgram%3A_laura_poitras_and_tom_engelhardt%2C_the_snowden_reboot/

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