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EsadeGeo Daily Digest, 09/11/2021

EsadeGeo Daily Digest, 09/11/2021

Politico – Jan Cielski / The politics behind Poland’s border crisis

  • There’s no doubt Poland faces a legitimate emergency. Thousands of migrants aiming to come across the border with Belarus have set up camp in the damp birch forests that mark the frontier between the two countries.
  • A reported nine people have died so far trying to make their way into the country, and Polish border guards say there have been more than 30,000 illegal attempts to cross the border since August.
  • It’s a result of the policies of Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko, who is trying to weaponize thousands of desperate people hungering to get into the EU as a way of punishing the bloc for the sanctions imposed on him and his allies.
  • But that doesn’t mean the crisis isn’t coming at an opportune time for Poland’s ruling nationalist Law and Justice (PiS) party. PiS has been sagging in opinion polls after its toughening of abortion laws.
  • Euractiv – Alexandra Brzozowski / EU pushes to extend sanctions on airlines ‘involved in human trafficking’ via Belarus

The Guardian – Damian Carrington / 1bn people will suffer extreme heat at just 2C heating, say scientists

  • A billion people will be affected by extreme heat stress if the climate crisis raises the global temperature by just 2C, according to research released by the UK Met Office at the Cop26 climate summit. The scientists said that would be a 15-fold increase on the numbers exposed today.
  • The key goal of Cop26 is to keep the chance of limiting global heating to 1.5C alive but delegates said there is much work to do to achieve this in the summit’s final week.
  • The Met Office assessed wet-bulb temperature, which combines both heat and humidity. Once this measure reaches 35C, the human body cannot cool itself by sweating and even healthy people sitting in the shade will die within six hours.
  • Heat is the most obvious impact of global heating and extreme heat in cities across the world has tripled in recent decades, according to a recent study. In the summer of 2020, more than a quarter of the US population suffered from the effects of extreme heat, with symptoms including nausea and cramps.
  • The Economist / How might climate change affect European gastronomy?

The New York Times – Luke Broadwater / Jan. 6 panel subpoenas Flynn and Eastman, scrutinizing election plot

  • The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol issued new subpoenas on Monday for a half-dozen allies of former President Donald J. Trump, including his former national security adviser Michael T. Flynn, as it moved its focus to an orchestrated effort to overturn the 2020 election.
  • The subpoenas reflect an effort to go beyond the events of the Capitol riot and delve deeper into what committee investigators believe gave rise to it: a concerted campaign by Mr. Trump and his network of advisers to promote false claims of voter fraud as a way to keep him in power.
  • One of the people summoned on Monday was John Eastman, a lawyer who drafted a memo laying out how Mr. Trump could use the vice president and Congress to try to invalidate the election results.
  • Mr. Flynn discussed seizing voting machines and invoking certain national security emergency powers after the election. Mr. Eastman wrote a memo to Mr. Trump suggesting that Vice President Mike Pence could reject electors from certain states during Congress’s count of Electoral College votes to deny Joseph R. Biden Jr. a majority.
  • The Washington Post – Jacqueline Alemany, Tom Hamburger and Josh Dawsey / House Jan. 6 committee issues subpoenas to 6 top Trump advisers, including pair involved in Willard hotel ‘command center’

Financial Times – Gideon Rachman / China’s self-isolation is a global concern

  • The most important invited guest at COP26 did not show up. As president of China, Xi Jinping leads a country that emits more carbon dioxide than the US and the EU combined.
  • But, unlike other world leaders, Xi did not give a speech to the climate summit. Instead he submitted a written statement of less than 500 words for the conference website.
  • Xi’s dismissive attitude to the climate talks was not so much Middle Kingdom as middle finger. But the Chinese leader’s refusal to travel to Glasgow for COP26 — or to the G20 summit in Rome, before it — is part of a broader pattern of national self-isolation.
  • China’s zero-Covid policies now risk becoming a trap. As the outside world transitions towards living with low levels of the disease, contact with foreigners may look even more dangerous to China — leading to a renewed emphasis on restricting interaction with the outside world.
  • South China Morning Post – Josephine Ma / How war fever could become a major headache for China

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The selected pieces do not necessarily reflect the views of Javier Solana and EsadeGeo. The summaries above may include word-for-word excerpts from their respective pieces.


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