Today’s Straya news cloud
  • Smethurst’s High Court challenge a ‘high stakes’ test for press freedom (SMH)
  • Josh Frydenberg calls for reform of World Trade Organisation and its dispute rules (The Guardian)
  • Passenger films as American Airlines flight slides off runway in snowy Chicago (ABC)
  • ‘Praying to every god’: Locals suffered in shed as fire swept their town (ABC)
  • More than 30,000 payday loans targeting the financially vulnerable taken out each week (The Guardian)
  • Australian white nationalists reveal plans to recruit ‘disgruntled, white male population’ (The Guardian)
  • Finance

  • Queen Victoria was on the throne when this jewellery store opened, now it’s closing (ABC)
  • More than 30,000 payday loans targeting the financially vulnerable taken out each week (The Guardian)
  • Josh Frydenberg calls for reform of World Trade Organisation and its dispute rules (The Guardian)
  • Shareholder activism might sound good, but it’s delusional to think it will change anything much (The Conversation)
  • Amazon is opening its own supermarket (SMH)
  • Villagers in Guinea say Australian joint-owned mine is polluting their community (ABC)
  • Opinion

  • We’ve been in bushfire hell in Glen Innes – and the scientists knew it was coming | Carol Sparks (The Guardian)
  • In the Blue Mountains, I’m hoping for a boring day (SMH)
  • Like it or not, David Warner has kept his spot — but no-one knows who his partner will be (ABC)
  • Close reading the colonial archive (Overland)
  • We have thirsty habits, and we can’t afford to keep taking our water supply for granted (ABC)
  • One union, one fight: on the first day of the United Workers Union (Overland)
  • World

  • Passenger films as American Airlines flight slides off runway in snowy Chicago (ABC)
  • Three blasts kill at least 6 in Syrian town near Turkey (Al Jazeera English)
  • Farage says he won’t challenge Johnson’s Conservatives in UK elections (France 24)
  • Britain to return Buddhist artifacts to Afghanistan after 17 years (Deutsche Welle)
  • ‘Trump alliance must be stopped’: Labour slams Brexit Party boost for Boris (ABC)
  • Neil Young US citizenship ‘delayed over marijuana’ (BBC News)
  • Climate

  • Africa turns increasingly to renewables and gas to meet rising energy demand (IEEFA)
  • Opponents sound alarm over planned gas plant expansion in New Orleans (IEEFA)
  • Rural electric co-ops in New Mexico and Colorado speed towards renewables (IEEFA)
  • Flood defences simply aren’t good enough – here’s what needs to be done (The Conversation)
  • Sport

  • VAR chief Neil Swarbrick marks new system as ‘seven out of 10’ despite criticism (BBC Sport)
  • Sri Lanka passes bill criminalising match-fixing (Cricinfo)
  • Azam 157*, Shafiq 119* as Australia A toil (Cricinfo)
  • Pep Guardiola to face no action after Manchester City’s defeat by Liverpool (BBC Sport)
  • Further reading

  • I came from the unknown to sing (Aeon)
  • Little Ice Age lessons (Aeon)
  • Apple Card is being investigated over claims it gives women lower credit limits (MIT Tech Review)
  • Socked Into the Puppet-Hole on Wikipedia (Wired)
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