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NATO Tank Meeting, Greta At Davos, RIP David Crosby

NATO Tank Meeting, Greta At Davos, RIP David Crosby

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg talks with Ukrainian Defense Minister Olexiy Resnikov at the Ramstein Air Base in Germany.

Ginevra Falciani, Hugo Perrin and Anne-Sophie Goninet

👋 Daag!*

Welcome to Friday, where NATO leaders gather in Germany to speed up future military aid to Ukraine, Greta Thunberg wags her finger at Davos, and U.S. folk-rock legend David Crosby dies at 81. Meanwhile, in the wake of the arrest of Italy’s most-wanted mafia boss, Worldcrunch takes you on a tour of international villains’ secret hideouts and what was found in them.

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• Key Ukraine-NATO summit on weapons supply: The defense ministers of Ukraine, NATO and other countries are meeting today at Ramstein Air Base in Germany to discuss shipment of new military equipment needed in the war against Russia. Meanwhile, a video made by Russia's Wagner mercenary group to encourage recruitment for the war in Ukraine alongside Russian troops has prompted outrage in Serbia.

• Greta in Davos: Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg lambasted business and political leaders attending the World Economic Forum, saying it was "absurd" to listen to them while they were the ones responsible for "the destruction of the planet."

• Alec Baldwin to be charged with involuntary manslaughter: American actor Alec Baldwin will be charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter over the shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, who was killed in 2021 on the set of the film Rust when he accidentally fired a prop gun.

• South Korea slum fire: Hundreds of people have had to be evacuated after a fire broke out in a shanty town in South Korea's capital, Seoul. There have been no reports of deaths or injuries, but around 60 homes have been destroyed. It took more than 900 firefighters and several helicopters five hours to put out the blaze.

• Google parent company to lay off 12,000: Google’s parent company Alphabet has announced it is laying off 12,000 employees, just a day after competitor Microsoft said it would be parting with 10,000 workers. Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai sent a staff memo explaining that said the company was facing "a different economic reality" than when it was created.

• Netflix co-founder steps down: Reed Hastings is stepping down from his role as co-chief executive of Netflix, the firm he helped found more than 25 years ago. The firm will now be run by Ted Sarandos and Greg Peters, both already in senior executive positions.

• David Crosby dies: U.S. folk rock pioneer David Crosby, twice inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a founding member of The Byrds and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, has died at 81 after a long illness, his family announced Thursday.


“Germany, the embarrassing partner,” titles German weekly magazine Stern, asking if the country, in this decisive phase of the war, can “still be relied upon.” German Chancellor Olaf Scholz is facing mounting pressure to send Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine as talks between more than 50 countries are currently underway at the country’s Ramstein air base to coordinate efforts to increase weapon supplies.



Consumer prices in Japan rose by 4% in December year-on-year — the sharpest inflation increase since 1961, government data shows. Although the country’s inflation remains well below countries such as the UK and the U.S., it doubles the Bank of Japan’s long-held target of about 2%.


Weird stuff, guns & money: Inside the hideouts of mob bosses and fugitive warlords

After the capture this week of Sicilian Mafia boss Matteo Messina Denaro, police revealed some notable contents of two of his hideouts after 30 years on the run. There's a long history of discovering the secret lairs and bunkers of the world's Most Wanted bad guys.

💍 Expensive watches, perfumes, designer clothes and sex pills. A day after top Sicilian Mafia boss Matteo Messina Denaro was captured after 30 years on the run, police revealed some of the possessions found in the Palermo apartment where he’d been hiding out under a false name. By Wednesday, Italian daily La Stampa was reporting, police had found a second hideout near Messina Denaro's hometown in the Sicilian province of Trapani, with a secret vault hidden behind a closet, where jewelry, gold and other valuables were found.

🦛 Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar owned a handful of luxury properties, including the 5,500-acre Hacienda Nápoles estate in Puerto Triunfo, Colombia. When he was finally tracked down and shot to death by Colombian security forces in 1993, authorities got a close-up of the true extent of his possessions. The main complex included two swimming pools, a private airstrip and a race track for Escobar's collection of luxury cars. He also built a zoo to house animals including elephants, ostriches and, most famously, four hippos.

🖼️ The most infamous historical bunker, Adolf Hitler's führerbunker in Berlin, was almost destroyed after the war by East German authorities, who were concerned it would become a pilgrimage site for neo-Nazis. Photos taken after Soviet forces took control of the bunker in 1945 show the space looted and burned, including copies of news reports and a smashed painting — reportedly a 16th century work stolen from Milan. The remains of the bunker are now buried underneath a parking lot.

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“The time of the Wild West is over.”

— Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, the European Commission’s Vice-President for Values and Transparency Věra Jourová warned Elon Musk that “we have rules which have to be complied with, otherwise there will be sanctions." The EU is putting in place a new regulatory framework aiming to protect users' rights online and remove illegal content or misinformation. Breaking the rules set by EU regulators could lead Twitter and others to face a fine of up to 6% of their annual revenue.

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Shame On The García Márquez Heirs — Cashing In On The "Scraps" Of A Legend

A decision to publish a sketchy manuscript as a posthumous novel by the late Gabriel García Márquez would have horrified Colombia's Nobel laureate, given his painstaking devotion to the precision of the written word.

Photo of a window with a sticker of the face of Gabriel Garcia Marquez with butterfly notes at Guadalajara's International Book Fair.

Poster of Gabriel Garcia Marquez at Guadalajara's International Book Fair.

Juan David Torres Duarte


BOGOTÁ — When a writer dies, there are several ways of administering the literary estate, depending on the ambitions of the heirs. One is to exercise a millimetric check on any use or edition of the author's works, in the manner of James Joyce's nephew, Stephen, who inherited his literary rights. He refused to let even academic papers quote from Joyce's landmark novel, Ulysses.

Or, you continue to publish the works, making small additions to their corpus, as with Italo Calvino, Samuel Beckett and Clarice Lispector, or none at all, which will probably happen with Milan Kundera and Cormac McCarthy.

Another way is to seek out every scrap of paper the author left and every little word that was jotted down — on a piece of cloth, say — and drip-feed them to publishers every two to three years with great pomp and publicity, to revive the writer's renown.

This has happened with the Argentine Julio Cortázar (who seems to have sold more books dead than alive), the French author Albert Camus (now with 200 volumes of personal and unfinished works) and with the Chilean author Roberto Bolaño. The latter's posthumous oeuvre is so abundant I am starting to wonder if his heirs haven't hired a ghost writer — typing and smoking away in some bedsit in Barcelona — to churn out "newly discovered" works.

Which group, I wonder, will our late, great novelist Gabriel García Márquez fit into?

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