my apology if I posted this already…cleaning out articles from my in-basket:
What the World’s Emptiest International Airport Says About China’s Influence : The Mattala airport has annual revenues of roughly $300,000, but now it must repay China $23.6 million a year for the next eight years, according to Sri Lanka’s Transport and Civil Aviation Ministry. Over all, around 90 percent of the country’s revenues goes to servicing debt. Even a new president who took office in 2015 on a promise to curb Chinese influence succumbed to financial reality. To relieve its debt crisis, Sri Lanka has put its white elephants up for sale. In late July, the government agreed to give China control of the deepwater port — a 70 percent equity stake over 99 years — in exchange for writing off $1.1 billion of the island’s debt. (China has promised to invest another $600 million to make the port commercially viable.)

RT, Sputnik and Russia’s New Theory of War : How the Kremlin built one of the most powerful information weapons of the 21st century — and why it may be impossible to stop.

Jeff Flake says he will not seek re-election to the Senate : JEFF FLAKE, Arizona’s junior senator, is among the upper chamber’s more reliably conservative members. But Mr Flake is also thoughtful, decent and the author of a book opposing Donald Trump and his “affection for authoritarians and strongmen”. For a president as unprincipled, ignorant of policy and demanding of personal loyalty as Mr Trump, Mr Flake proved stylistically and substantively unacceptable.

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