Gideon Rachman

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The Covid situation in China is not looking good right now. The authorities have trapped themselves into a situation from which there's no obvious escape strategy. Whatever they choose - or will be forced - to do next will be very costly. 1/
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Indian ex-pats waiting to greet England at their team hotel. ‘It’s coming home’ and ‘Southgate is our super coach’.
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An excellent paper on how Brexit is hurting British science - and what can be done to ameliorate the damage. twitter.com/CER_EU/status/…
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There is some speculation on how the state will respond to recent contentious events in China. The state conceptualizes these as "sudden public incidents" 突发公共事件. Detailed contingency plans exist at every level, instructing authorities how they should respond. A brief 🧵
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Worried that Francis Fukuyama has become too powerful and may try to end other subjects, like physics, chemistry, or mathematics itself.
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I can't overstate enough how rare this is in China. Watching this video gives me shivers: it's so intense. twitter.com/SiminaMistrean…
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Could this be the first mass movement to use sarcasm in chants? twitter.com/tony_zy/status…
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A post from Zhao Lijian’s wife might be the a glimpse into what their circle is thinking? She resorts to the classic “foreign forces” argument. But of course all her comments & reposts are hidden despite there are 7000+ of them.
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Brief notes on accidentally deleting my entire 20-year-old Gmail inbox: theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/…
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Chengdu Candle vigil turns into a gathering of chanting slogans again. Ppl shouted “ freedom of press, freedom of expression”. I have to say it’s amazing to hear these slogans so loudly& earnestly shouted out by Chinese ppl without fear. Unknown why gov could allow this. To watch
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And now FIFA investigating rancid anti-Kosovo hate posters put up in Serbian dressing room. Doubt if anything will come of it but W Cup does reveal dark side of some participants @ZakiLaidi @albinkurti twitter.com/gideonrachman/…
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Protests erupting across the country, demanding the end of zero covid restrictions. Really feels like things are getting to a breaking point. twitter.com/whyyoutouzhele…
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Martin Wolf, with some difficult home truths for UKG. Worth reading in full ft.com/content/5a8d43…
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Thread! Zero-COVID affects everybody, workers, peasants, students etc. So protesting against COVID policy transcends the divisions between different citizen groups and, on the basis of nation-wide shared experience, allows to develop common language of protest. #NotSinceCharta08 twitter.com/wjhurst/status…
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So good from @JackGrealish and @PhilFoden 👌 Just watch until the end, though! �8K
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Chengdu. The crowd chanting I want freedom or otherwise death. twitter.com/whyyoutouzhele…
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Storm about LGBT rights just one of the political stories to come out of World Cup. Also protests from the Iranian team & fans; appearance of MBS in Qatar; most intriguing of all, reaction in China to seeing unmasked crowds on TV & how its played into discontent about Zero Covid
Simon exuding happiness in his Argentina shirt twitter.com/KuperSimon/sta…
Angry protests continue in China. This in Beijing.
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“All objective indicators show there is a very strong drop in economic activity,” said Vladimir Milov, a former deputy energy minister, now an opposition leader in exile. “The spiral is escalating, and there is no way out of this now.” with @RobynDixon__ washingtonpost.com/world/2022/11/…
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Loved @laurapitel's write up of the (much maligned) city of my youth, including riffs on "Ankara Pink", esnaf lokantaları and a taxi rank buzzer I definitely recognise enterprise-sharing.ft.com/redeem/b5f8764…
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“All celebrities are a bit weird, because wanting to be famous is a weird thing and living your life as the object instead of a subject is a genuinely maddening way to exist.” twitter.com/hadleyfreeman/…
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A new Middle East is being born. Look how young Iranians are treating an Israeli reporter:
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Audio of our event in Melbourne with @gideonrachman is now available. The 2022 Distinguished International Fellow spoke at @NGVMelbourne with @arcanakhalil about 'The Age of the Strongman'. Search for Lowy Institute in your podcast app, or listen here: lowyinstitute.org/event/gideon-r…
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If you're obsessed with politics, our foreign affairs commentator @gideonrachman's 2022 reading list - including titles by @maggieNYT, @sallyhayd, @LawDavF & @ajwsmall – might make your holidays more interesting 📚#booksof20222ft.com/content/76ec61…S
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Glad I was able to join @LowyInstitute for this very insightful talk between @arcanakhalil and @gideonrachman about his book 'The Age of the Strongman' - an absolute must read
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Insane story : In the court of Mar-a-Lago, ‘King’ Trump still reigns supreme via @FT@jemimajoannaon.ft.com/3V79KsE
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This is a very insightful @FT article on the global chip market and the impact of US sanctions against China Lex in-depth: the cost of America’s ban on Chinese chips on.ft.com/3gqHeDq
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Solovyov is the kind of strutting, chest-thumping little man who embodies the Russian inferiority complex. He does not represent, in my experience, most Russians. But he does channel the worst and most insecure aggressiveness of a *lot* of Russians. twitter.com/JuliaDavisNews…
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A Foxconn worker shared live footage from the ongoing protest at the Zhengzhou factory. He said workers had marched out from their dorms this morning to demand compensation, now they are facing riot police.
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So I received more threats and abuse after this message👇 than when I criticized Lula during the elections…proof that a) yes, Brazil is still soccer-mad and b) no, Twitter still does not have a sense of humortwitter.com/samanthapearso…0
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Iran’s World Cup captain: “In the name of God, creator of rainbows… I want to say condolences to all the grieving families in Iran… we want them to know we are with them and by their side and share their pain.”
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This is a terrible game
Very rare to see England fans outnumbered at a World Cup game but they are by Iranians here. It’s a particular Iranian demographic: no beards or veils; lots of long hair and shorts. England fans: short hair, no veils either #ENGIRA
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Huge risk for these guys. Regime has issued arrest warrants for football legends who have spoken out against it, and has arrested famous actresses just for appearing without hijab in public. How will they be treated when they return to Tehran to a heroes welcome at the airport?
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Brave Iranians not singing the anthem.
Falun Gong outside the Australian parliament in Canberra today
@DSORennie "An orderly exit requires long preparations. Instead China has squandered 2022. All-out vaccination campaigns should have started months ago, notably for older people." econ.st/3TM7k0X
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Courage is contagious: Iranian women’s basketball team collectively remove their compulsory hejab.
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How the British constitution works (from the FT's article on Johnson's last stand):
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Join us in Melbourne for this event with 2022 Distinguished International Fellow @gideonrachman who will discuss the rise of autocrats and the era of strongman politics with @arcanakhalil. Register here to join us at @NGVMelbourne next Thursday: lowyinstitute.org/event/gideon-r…
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🎙️The Rachman Review | Brazil’s Lula pushes for change in Latin America @ChrisSabatinii discusses with the@FTT's@gideonrachmann the emergence of left-wing leaders in Latin America. Listen 🎧 in fullft.com/content/aa4268…UZ
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Fantastic news for all three and their families if true. Looking forward to the day I can see @SeanTurnell and @VickyBowman3 free again. I hope Htein Lin is included as part of a broader political prisoner release. twitter.com/MayWongCNA/sta…
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Tonight, #QandA is live from Sydney with @JoeHockey, @PeterKhalilMP, Santilla Chingaipe, @LawDavF, and @gideonrachman. Tune-in at 8.30pm AEDT on @ABCTV and iview
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