California fire: What started as a tiny brush fire became the state’s deadliest wildfire — here’s how. The Paradise fire is catastrophic, and the wildfire threat to California is only growing: The ingredients that fueled the deadly wildfire were brewing for years — residents only had minutes to flee. The view from the ground: A wildland firefighter on how fires have transformed since his career began 20 years ago. California’s DIY firefighters battle alone as the richest hire private teams. California’s wildfires have spawned a truly weird new conspiracy theory. Wildfires have changed California — they’ve changed journalism, too. List of missing in California fire is over 1,000 people — here is how they’re being counted.

In California, climate change has turned rainy season into fire season. Why the wildfire in Northern California was so severe: Heat, wind, and drought — and long-term climate trends — conspired to create the deadly Camp Fire. How does California’s wildlife cope with massive wildfires?


Deborah Hellman (Virginia): The Epistemic Commitments of Nondiscrimination. Rare microbes lead scientists to discover new branch on the tree of life. Massive crater under Greenland’s ice points to climate-altering impact in the time of humans. What the reported charges against Julian Assange may — and may not — mean. Stop eco-apartheid: The Left’s challenge in Bolsonaro’s Brazil. The moral and ethical rot at Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg’s Facebook. Facebook betrayed America. After the midterms, Robert Mueller’s got a new wingman on Capitol Hill. “Preparing for the worst”: Mueller anxiety pervades Trump world. Why did the House get bluer and the Senate get redder?


Joyman Lee (UCL): Economics and Policy in Modern China. Christopher R Rossi (Iowa): Treaty of Tordesillas Syndrome: Sovereignty ad Absurdum and the South China Sea Arbitration. Nicholas Andrew Assef (LCC Asia Pacific): China’s Polar Silk Road: Overview, Challenges and Opportunities. Jyh-An Lee (CUHK): Great Firewall. How e-commerce is transforming rural China: JD.com is expanding its consumer base with drone delivery and local recruits who can exploit villages’ tight-knit social networks to drum up business. Burying “one child” limits, China pushes women to have more babies. China once denied detaining Uighur Muslims — now an official claims it’s a good thing. The environment in China: Inside the Middle Kingdom. China rules: They didn’t like the West’s playbook — so they wrote their own. The American Dream is alive — in China.

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