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Signs of Hope – A continuing series February 26, 2021

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Gewerkschaftler suggested this recently:

I suggest this blog should have a regular (weekly) slot where people can post happenings at the personal or political level that gives them hope that we’re perhaps not going to hell in a handbasket as quickly as we thought. Or as the phlegmatic Germans put it “hope dies last”.

Any contributions this week?

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1. NFB - February 26, 2021

Formula E is back today, racing in Saudi Arabia (yes, I know). They have a calendar in a few different countries for the next few months, after finishing last season with six races in a week in Berlin. First of two races this weekend on Eurosport at 1630: I find it vastly more entertaining than F1 and would encourage anyone to give it a look of you like motorsport and the efforts to make it more sustainable environmentally.

The Extreme E off-road spin-off due to start relatively soon also worth a look: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Extreme_E

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2. CL - February 26, 2021

-A US intelligence report has found that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman approved the murder of exiled journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018….
“We assess that Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman approved an operation in Istanbul, Turkey to capture or kill Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi,” the report by the office of the US director of national intelligence says.-
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-56213528

” Bruce Riedel, a former CIA officer who specialised in Saudi Arabia, said he sensed “considerable division” within the Biden administration over the response it should take.

“Assuming [the report] states clearly that MBS is a murderer then how do you not sanction him?” said Riedel.
The Trump administration has already imposed sanctions against 17 Saudi officials, but Trump stood by Prince Mohammed and failed to make the intelligence report public, despite being legally required to do so. ”
https://www.ft.com/content/b2817e43-7a47-43b9-9900-42c77ff0a5fa

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CL - February 26, 2021

-President Biden has decided that the price of directly penalizing Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, is too high, according to senior administration officials,…
For Mr. Biden, the decision was a telling indication of how his more cautious instincts kicked in, and it will deeply disappoint the human rights community and members of his own party who complained during the Trump administration that the United States was failing to hold the crown prince, known by his initials M.B.S., accountable for his role….
Mr. Biden came to essentially the same place on punishing the young and impetuous crown prince as did Mr. Trump and the secretary of state at the time, Mike Pompeo. While officials said there was no question the Prince Mohammed has ordered the killing and imprisonment of dissidents and other opponents, a ban would make it impossible to deal with the Saudis in the future.

He was, they concluded, simply too important to American interests to punish.-
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/26/us/politics/biden-mbs-khas

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3. Klassenkampf Treehugger - February 27, 2021

We’re getting out the posters here in Berlin for a referendum to oblige the city government to bring flats owned by private equity rackrrenters into public ownership and control. A gramme of ownership in capitalism is worth a tonne of regulation.

We need to collect 100,000 signatures for the referendum to go on the election papers in September. That’s a challenge in Covid times.

The website: (in German)

https://www.dwenteignen.de/

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4. Paul Culloty - March 1, 2021

Dublin City Council votes to make the Oscar Traynor development 100% social or affordable housing (40% social, 40% affordable rental, 20% affordable purchase):

https://www.rte.ie/news/dublin/2021/0301/1200266-oscar-traynor-development/

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