Meridian Reads: leaks, Israel and the fall of the U.S. economy

Hey there, Meridian Readers! It’s the start of a new week, which means it’s time to catch up on all the happenings of the diplomatic community so you’re ready for any conversation that comes your way. Let’s dive in to this week’s #MeridianReads… Leaks are changing how diplomats talk Publication: The Atlantic | By Tom McTague and Prashant Rao With the Darroch scandal, WikiLeaks and the era of cyberwarfare, many diplomats have voiced concern that they are just one disgruntled colleague or successful hack away from the premature end of their careers. To avoid professional and personal destruction, several...

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Meridian Reads: Ebola, Uzbekistan and the future of cities

Hi there, Meridian Readers. We’re enjoying the last few weeks of summer, and we hope you are too. Thanks so much for spending a bit of your Sunday with us, let’s dive into this week’s international news roundup. WHO says Ebola is now a ‘public health emergency of international concern’ Publication: NPR | Transcription from Mary Louise Kelly You’ve heard of Ebola, and you probably know it’s a pretty big deal. Especially in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The disease has been raging in the DRC for almost a full year, and more than 2,500 people have been infected...

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Meridian Reads: Missiles, Sanctions and the Trade War

Has it been a good weekend, Meridian Readers? We sure hope so. Now it’s time to kick up your feet and settle in for you weekly dose of diplomatic news. Let’s jump in. North Korea’s missile tests raise stakes for Trump’s personal diplomacy with Kim Publication: The Washington Post | By Anne Gearan There’s nothing like relaxing on a Sunday and reading about nuclear missiles, right? Here’s the deal: After a pretty long hiatus, North Korea has returned to missile testing. Uh-oh. What does this mean for the United States? For starters, this raises the stakes for President Trump...

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Meridian Reads: the U.S. economy, bananas and big tech

Hey there, Meridian Readers! Happy Sunday. We’re feelin’ good, we hope you are too – now let’s sit back and catch up on the latest news. US economy slows to 2.1 percent growth in second quarter Publication: The Hill | By Sylvan Lane We know that the slowing of the economy is never a good thing, but what does this actually mean? According to data released Friday (7/26) by the Commerce Department, the U.S. GDP grew at a rate of 2.1 percent between April and June, in line with expectations, but well below the 3.1 percent growth-rate notched in the first...

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Meridian Reads: Twitter, USMCA and Green Motoring

Happy Sunday, Meridian Readers! We hope you beat the heat this weekend. Now, let’s jump into this week’s #MeridianReads… China’s envoys try out Trump-style Twitter diplomacy Publication: The Guardian | By Lily Kuo Twitter is banned in China, but that isn’t stopping officials from using President Trump’s favorite outreach tool. How are they doing this if it’s banned? Well, the app is mostly being used by diplomats based in other countries. The surprising factor? Most of the foreign service officers who are taking to Twitter to confront Beijing’s critics more directly aren’t usually outspoken. “It is a new communication...

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