Links, Notes, Bookmarks & Briefs For November 30, 2015

An open thread and (almost) daily notes to myself; feel free to eavesdrop, join in or drop a relevant link in the comments. Updated several times throughout the day.

To friends, colleagues and readers in the U.S., I hope you had an enjoyable extended Thanksgiving weekend in the company of family and friends; to those of you elsewhere, I hope your weekend was as pleasant as mine.

09:15 GMT – The COP 21 climate summit got underway just a few minutes ago in Paris[webcasts]; news from the gathering in the French capital will likely dominate these daily summary notebooks for the next 12 days. Feel free to add your own in the comments. – BR

COP 21

COP21: Everything you need to knowPolitico Europe
Is the 2 °C world a fantasy?Nature
What you need to know about climate changeDeutsche Welle
Deutsche Welle’s Climate Change info hubDeutsche Welle
Pope: Failure at COP21 in Paris would be ‘catastrophic’Deutsche Welle


After shooting down Russian jet, what’s next for Turkey? Al-Monitor


Ex-US Intelligence Chief on Islamic State’s Rise: ‘We Were Too Dumb’ | Without the Iraq war, Islamic State wouldn’t exist today, former US special forces chief Mike Flynn openly admits – Spiegel

Refugee/Migrant Crisis

 Merkel creates EU core group on refugees EU Observer
EU hopes €3bn will see Turkey halt migrantsEU Observer

2016 US Presidential Election

Donald Trump May Not Be a Fascist, But He is Leading Us Merrily Down That PathOrcinus. Excellent read (but longish, 6000wds).

Colorado Murder Spree at Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood Shooting Appears To Have Been Politically MotivatedAP / Huffington Post

Cleveland : Tamir Rice case, one year on

Expert reports ordered by Tamir Rice family attorneys call shooting ‘objectively unreasonable’


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