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There’s Blood in the Water in Silicon Valley (Jimmy)
The author writes, “The new corporate leviathans that used to be seen as bright new avatars of American innovation are increasingly portrayed as sinister new centers of unaccountable power, a transformation likely to have major consequences for the industry and for American politics.”
Will a Kurdish State Finally Happen? (Dan)
The Iraq intervention and crisis in Syria has empowered Kurds across the Middle East. While disparate, these factions are united under their Kurdish identity and one goal: an independent Kurdistan. Yet surrounding countries, including Turkey and Iraq, are fearful of any neighbor state commanding too much power.
Russian News Network Told to Register as Foreign Agent (Jimmy)
Yahoo News reports, “RT, the Russian government television network, disclosed Monday that one of its U.S. affiliates has been notified by the Justice Department that it must register as a foreign agent that is disseminating propaganda in the United States.”
Mapping the Next Irma and Harvey (Dan)
NASA’s ‘lightning mapper’ has been following hurricane Irma’s path as it progresses up the Florida coastline. While still experimental, this could be the data that helps predict future storms.
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