Worthwhile reading from other sites – 2022

Another year. And the beginning of the third year of living with the blight of Covid which still dominates daily news stories.

And that is a wrap for 2022.

December 2022

Pelé radiated the quality of joy: an instant appeal to the eye and heart Guardian
The winner is … Qatar: curtain comes down on Project Hard Football Power Guardian
Paul McCartney shares ‘magical’ Glastonbury memories and exclusive photos BBC
From Musk to Truss, 2022 was the year reckless populists came crashing down to Earth Guardian
Putin’s War – NYT
As Qatar’s World Cup ends it is time for truth: Fifa chose death and suffering Guardian
More People Need to Watch the Most Underrated Sci-Fi Gem on Television CNET
Indonesia’s new criminal code turns representatives into rulers New Mandala
Thailand’s new penalty point system for driving offences – here’s what you need to know Hua Hin Today
Ben Stokes’s all-conquering captaincy marks daring England win a true great Guardian
Sean Turnell on being framed as Suu Kyi’s ‘puppet master’ Frontier Myanmar
Who is Viktor Bout, the Russian arms dealer swapped for Griner? Reuters

November 2022

Nationalism is the ideology of our age. No wonder the world is in crisis Guardian and others
John Oliver on British monarchy: ‘Like an appendix. We’ve long evolved past needing them’ Guardian
The Guardian view on Qatar’s World Cup: sportwashing stains football’s image Guardian
Qatar World Cup stadiums: pitch fever at any price Guardian
Are we really prisoners of geography? Guardian long read
World Cup 2022 team guides part 5: England Guardian
Qatar calling its critics racist opens a debate that may be worth having Guardian
Musk begins his Twitter ownership with firings, declares the ‘bird is freed’ Reuters
‘I think about death 35 times a day’: Bill Nighy on sex, social media – and still being able to manage the stairs Guardian

October 2022

The unravelling: the full story of how Liz Truss lost her way – and her authority in the Tory party Guardian
Thailand nursery attack: Final farewell after massacre BBC
Fear driving China’s tech manipulation poses threat to all – UK spy chief Reuters
‘Proof I was there’: every Japanese American incarcerated in second world war finally named Guardian

September 2022

The cost of China’s information vacuum FT
Did newsrooms know about the Queen’s death before the official announcement?  Press Gazette
America’s Throwaway Spies Reuters
The BBC’s Crowning Moment Foreign Policy
Queen Elizabeth II Wasn’t Innocent of Her Empire’s Sins Foreign Policy
Spider cameo and Tindall’s medals – social media reacts to quirky side of funeral coverage Guardian
The Guardian view on the Queen’s funeral: stirring emotions that transcend logic
Guardian Editorial
Alternative views from the Queen’s funeral – in pictures Guardian
Queen Elizabeth II’s state funeral: key moments in pictures Guardian
Stokes and McCullum inspire bowling attack to transform England Guardian
Not everyone mourns the queen. For many, she can’t be separated from colonial rule NPR
One of Long COVID’s Worst Symptoms Is Also Its Most Misunderstood – The Atlantic
Uncovering the brutal truth about the British empire – Guardian
‘London Bridge is down’: the secret plan for the days after the Queen’s death – Guardian

July and August  2022

Opinion: Why NASA’s Artemis Matters Aviation Week
A Conversation with James Noble Hot Magazine
Green Ambition – James Noble Supper Magazine
Meliá Chiang Mai launches sustainable farming initiative Trade Arabia
The mixed-gauge mess of Thailand’s railways Future South East Asia
Happiest meal? Feel-good royal charity ad backfires on social media Prachatai
ASEAN governments need to act on Myanmar
The Interpreter/Lowry Institute
Controversy, but louder: Stenson’s LIV Golf title takes backseat in Trumpland  Guardian
ASEAN Can No Longer Remain Neutral on Myanmar The Diplomat
Enjoy the blood money LIV golfers Lake County Record-Bee
A Progressive Perspective: Blood money — The new Saudi Arabia LIV golf series The Trentonian

June 2022

What’s the future for Hong Kong? Economist
AN ANATOMY OF ERASURE – How a free and open Hong Kong became a police state Economist
How the Money Works on LIV Golf  Firepit Collective
Yorkshire cricket’s great divide: ‘We’ve got to stop looking over the fence at each other’ The Guardian
New Hong Kong textbooks ‘will claim city never was a British colony’ The Guardian
Absolute Power The Atlantic
What Does Russia Want?The Atlantic
The One Witness at the January 6 Hearing Who Matters Most The Atlantic
Inside the strange world of NFTs Guardian
‘Ooh, yeah, you’re amazing!’ The wonder of Kate Bush – and 10 tracks to delight new listeners Guardian
The Mae Klong Railway  Thai Train Guide
70 things we know about the Queen – from corgis and cornflakes to HMY Britannia and Bond Guardian
Pitcairn Islands to light final Platinum Jubilee beacon Reuters
Secretary of State Anthony J. Blinken – Speech at George Washington University -The current government’s policy towards the People’s Republic of China US Embassy in China
San Francisco International Airport SFO – California USA The Airchive
How the Queen’s sense of duty prevailed in an age of individualism New Statesman

May 2022

Pep Guardiola and Manchester City’s sky blue wash will define this era Guardian
Dubai Uncovered: Data Leak Exposes How Criminals, Officials, and Sanctioned Politicians Poured Money Into Dubai Real Estate OCCRP
He’ll be Australia’s next prime minister. So who is Anthony Albanese? The Conversation
What is the Northern Ireland protocol and why is it back in the news? Guardian
Analysis: Condolence calls from elite show UAE ruler’s power AP
The Guardian view on the Buffalo shooting: a wake-up call for the Republican right Guardian
A barrage of ‘never-ending gunshots’: Inside the Buffalo massacre Washington Post
Hong Kong, my vanishing city FT

April 2022

Free media in Hong Kong almost completely dismantled – report Guardian

Elon Musk offers to buy Twitter for more than $40bn Guardian

Ukraine’s President Zelensky to BBC: Blood money being paid for Russian oil BBC

Forty years after the Malvinas war, Britain still acts as if the dispute is settled. It isn’t Guardian

The war makes China uncomfortable. European leaders don’t care The Economist

Why Qatar is done with saying sorry for human rights and equality issues Guardian

Ukraine: Apparent War Crimes in Russia-Controlled Areas HRW

‘This is inhumane’: the cost of zero Covid in Shanghai Guardian

March 2022

Shane Warne state memorial service – in pictures Guardian

China at a COVID Tipping Point Medriva

John Mearsheimer on why the West is principally responsible for the Ukrainian crisis Economist

Roman Abramovich and Chelsea symbolise the rotten state of football The Guardian

Shouldn’t someone in football also care about the war in Yemen just a little? The Guardian

Don’t embrace Saudi Arabia and the UAE because of the Ukraine crisis The Hill

Is Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport Haunted? Aviation for aviators

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine Economist

February 2022

‘His final disgrace’: how the papers covered Prince Andrew’s sex assault case settlement | Prince Andrew MassBlog

What Prince Andrew’s settlement says about wealth and accountability Washington Post

‘Flawed’ U.S. Falls Down List of World’s Most Democratic Countries Bloomberg

New Zealand authorities deploy Barry Manilow against Covid protesters Guardian

How Russia’s neighbours are turning against Putin New Statesman

Russia’s choices and the prospect of war in Ukraine IISS

South-East Asia’s tourism industry is hobbled by uncertainty Economist

US Covid death toll surpasses 900,000 Guardian

Closed China: why Xi Jinping is sticking with his zero-Covid policy FT

Northern Pacific CEO sees 757 service launch this year RunwayGirlNetwork

The Assault on Apple Daily Bloomberg

Warning against traveling to Thailand Scandasia

One by One, My Friends Were Sent to the Camps The Atlantic

January 2022

As Rival Factions Gain Traction, Xi Seeks to Secure Support from the Military The Jamestown Foundation

The triumph of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine Economist

How to kill a god: the myth of Captain Cook shows how the heroes of empire will fall Guardian

Emirates 777 close call The Air Current