Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials — February 18, 2021

An Airman directs an F-35A Lightning II pilot to stop for a hot pit refuel at Hill Air Force Base. The US government awarded contracts for heavy rare earth mineral separation and issued solicitations for the processing of light separation and for neodymium magnets, which are used in F-35 fighter jets. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Phil Cowen)
Dave Makichuk, Asia Times: Tussle over rare earth elements heating up: FT
Beijing wants to know if the US may have trouble making F-35 fighter jets if China imposes a ban
In a move clearly meant to taunt the United States and its allies, China is looking at limiting the export of rare earth elements (REEs) that are crucial to sophisticated weaponry, according to an exclusive report in the Financial Times.
In an ominous development, industry executives said government officials had asked them how badly companies in the US and Europe, including defence contractors, would be affected if China restricted rare earth exports, FT reported.
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Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials — February 18, 2021
Special Program – Biden’s America: Too damaged to lead? — DW
Erbil Attacks Part of Iran's 'Opening Overture' To Biden — Newsweek
Turkey-US relations: A rocky road ahead — Galip Dalay, Middle East Eye
Who are the Syrian Kurdish women fighters who took down the Islamic State? Gayle Tzemach Lemmon tells the inside story — Al-Monitor
How China's national security law threatens Hong Kong's internet freedom — William Yang, DW
Heir Apparent? The Grooming Of Turkmenistan's Serdar Berdymukhammedov — Bruce Pannier, RFE
Euphoria of Morocco's Arab Spring has fizzled out — AFP
Why Russia Is Terrified of SpaceX — and Starlink — Rich smith, Motley Fool
Medieval treasure, Nazi pressure: Germany struggles to keep up with demands of its past — Yasmine Salam, NBC
Cuomo-gate: a Nixonian scandal is engulfing New York — David Sirota, The Guardian
Facebook blocks news in Australia: What's behind the move? — Stephen Carroll, France 24
Facebook Australia row: How Facebook became so powerful in news — BBC
Could Google really leave Australia? — BBC
A day in the life of a New York retail stock investor — Al Jazeera
Ebola Is Back. Can the WHO Contain It? — Ethen Kim Lieser, National InterestOriginal Article

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