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  1. Dec 2023
    1. Fiona Harvey fasst mehrere Interviews zusammen, die sie mit Sultan Al Jaber geführt hat. Es ist offensichtlich, dass sein primäres Interesse darin besteht, die Geschäfte der UAE-Staatsfirmen Adnoc und Masdar langfristig zu sichern und auszubauen, und das offenbar in enger Abstimmung mit Saudi-Arabien. Man hofft, als letzte im Öl- und Gas-Business übrigzubleiben und will dann stark bei den Erneuerbaren sein. Die Förderung von Öl und Gas wird durch den Hinweis auf die Wünscher der Verbraucher:innen legitimiert; außerdem brauche man sie für die Petrochemie. Die Strategie ist verwandt mit der der OMV (die nicht erwähnt wird) https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2023/oct/07/meet-the-oil-man-tasked-with-saving-the-planet-cop28

  2. Mar 2023
    1. Mr. Guo, who also goes by Miles Kwok and several other names, held court at his $68 million residence at the Sherry-Netherland with sweeping Central Park views. While buying the apartment, he provided the building’s co-op board a recommendation from former Prime Minister Tony Blair of Britain. “Miles is honest, forthright and has impeccable taste,” Mr. Blair wrote in the letter, unearthed by a British tabloid in 2021.

      Mr Blair seems to have quite a few low-integrity acquaintances.

  3. Jun 2021
  4. Mar 2021
    1. In 1997, Prime Minister Tony Blair’s Labour government passed an act that would permanently change the face and character of the United Kingdom, something that the writer and social critic Benjamin Schwarz called the country’s “most profound social transformation since the Industrial Revolution.” In an effort, apparently, to make the U.K. a full participant in the modern, globalized world, the government radically relaxed immigration policies, making it much easier for people to settle there. It initiated a wave of mass immigration to the country, which continues to this day. As Schwarz noted in his essential essay, “Unmaking England,” in 2014 “636,000 migrants came to live in Britain, and 27 percent of births in Britain were to foreign-born mothers.” The majority of the immigrants were from Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Somalia, and Nigeria. The result is that Britain, of all places, is becoming one of the most multiethnic, multiracial, and culturally diverse countries in the world—yet a monarchical structure remains within it that is and has always been 100 percent white.

      This is some important context that many (Americans at least) are missing in this general story.