Underground Mall Newsletter: 2020-02-17

Catching you up on the news around the world! This week, everything you need to know about the US presidential primary, the Canadian pipeline protests, conflicts in the middle east, tech news, and more around the world.

Election 2020

[The Hill] “Flight attendants union head blasts Buttigieg for saying union members ‘fought hard’ for private insurance plans

[US News] “Nevada’s Powerful Culinary Union [Leadership] Targets Bernie Sanders Over ‘Medicare for All’

  • Rank-and-file members disagree though, and mostly support Sanders.

United States

[Forbes] “CIA Secretly Owned Global Encryption Provider, Built Backdoors, Spied On 100+ Foreign Governments

[Washington Post] “Seattle councilmember [Kshama Sawant] revives Amazon tax plan after winning reelection

[New York Post] “Over two dozen anti-ICE demonstrators arrested at Times Square protest


[Gizmodo] “Canadian Pipeline Protests Shut Down Train Service Across the Country

[Guardian] “Canada: thousands of travelers affected as Indigenous-led rail blockade continues

[NPR] “Indigenous Groups Block Gas Pipeline In Canada And Spark Solidarity Protests

[Reuters] “Indigenous community opposing Canada pipeline launches legal challenge

[New York Times] “Canada’s Trudeau Scraps Barbados Trip to Try to Resolve Anti-Pipeline Protests


[New York Times] “Foxconn Aims to Resume Half of Output in Virus-Hit China by Month-End

[Washington Post] “Tom Cotton keeps repeating a coronavirus conspiracy theory that was already debunked

South / SE Asia

[Al Jazeera] “Indonesia says will not repatriate citizens who fought with ISIL

[Al Jazeera] “At least 15 dead after boat capsizes off Bangladesh

[Al Jazeera] “Malaysia growth slumps to 10-year low as US-China trade war bites

[New York Times] “Toxic Gas Leak Kills 5, Sickens Dozens in Karachi Port City

Middle East

[US News] “Syrian Civil War Enters Dangerous New Phase

  • Even though Turkey has been backing rebels in Syria since the beginning of the Civil War, Syria has now engaged with Turkish soldiers occupying Idlib. Now that the rebels are now nearly ousted, Turkey might step in themselves.

[Reuters] “Syrian forces seize most of Aleppo province, on eve of Turkey-Russia talks

[Al Jazeera] “UAE issues operating licence for Arab world’s first nuclear plant

[Al Jazeera] “Yemen’s warring sides agree to ‘large-scale’ prisoner exchange

[CNBC] “Iran’s Rouhani says Tehran will never talk to US under pressure

[New York Times] “Israel Accuses Hamas of ‘Catfishing’ Soldiers to Plant Malware

[Haaretz] “Lebanon Opens Fire at Israeli Drones, Forcing Them to Leave Lebanese Airspace

[Al Jazeera] “Egypt’s booming population hits 100 million

South America

[New York Post] “New mystery virus that scientists can’t even recognize found in Brazil

[Al Jazeera] “Heavy rain and mudslides kill eight in Bolivia


[Reuters] “Euro struggles near three-year lows on economic worries

[New York Times] “Hungary’s Orban Warns About Climate Crisis, Slow EU Growth

[Deutsche Welle] “Berlin court stops forest clearance for Tesla ‘Gigafactory’

[Moscow Times] “‘She Will Flee to Russia’: Portugal Freezes Accounts of Africa’s Richest Woman


[Engadget] “Why Clearview AI is a threat to us all

[CNBC] “Judge temporarily blocks Microsoft Pentagon cloud contract after Amazon suit

[The Verge] “Microsoft and Samsung partner on Xbox cloud-based game streaming

[Nikkei Asian Review] “Samsung links with Netflix to vie with Apple’s in-house entertainment

[Yahoo] “Huawei Rift Between U.S. and Europe Becoming an Issue for NATO

[USA Today] “Trump crowns Microsoft, Amazon, Google and Apple as trillion-dollar ‘MAGA’ companies


[New York Post] “Prince Andrew openly groped girls on Jeffrey Epstein’s ‘Pedophile Island’: prosecutor

[The Hill] “An iceberg twice the size of DC broke off an Antarctica glacier

[Market Watch] “GM to pull out of Australia, New Zealand and Thailand

[New York Times] “Caroline Flack, Who Hosted ‘Love Island,’ Dies by Suicide at 40

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