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Who defeated Roy Moore?

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Esquire: Black women get shit done, but we’ve always known that. We’ve raised your kids and taught in your schools and prayed for your healing. We are the most reliable force in this increasingly frustrating country, and it is because of our strength and resilience in the face of systemic adversity that we are often ignored, or, worse temporarily utilized to redeem the future of America. White progressives take our sanity and reason for granted when they no longer find a use for our ballots after election day.

But after Democrat Doug Jones’s historic win in Alabama last night, black women must no longer be ignored. Exit polls show 17 percent of Alabama voters were black women and 98 percent of them voted for Jones. If we truly want to steer this country toward progress, we must support, understand, listen to, and grow the voice of the party’s most collectively reliable voters: Black women >>>

Amazon forest

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Reuters: Amazon.com Inc said on Tuesday it was expanding its cloud computing business in China with a new local partner, aiming to win share in an increasingly crowded and highly regulated market.

Amazon Web Services (AWS) will start offering customer services based out of the northwestern Chinese region of Ningxia in partnership with local firm Ningxia Western Cloud Data Technology Co Ltd (NWCD), the U.S. firm said.

"AWS has formed a strategic technology collaboration with NWCD, and NWCD operates and provides services from the AWS China Ningxia Region, in full compliance with Chinese regulations," Amazon said in a statement.

The move comes a month after AWS said it will sell the hardware assets of its Beijing-registered cloud unit for up to 2 billion yuan ($302.06 million) to its partner Beijing Sinnet Technology Co Ltd to comply with new regulations.

China launched strict new regulations in June that require foreign firms to store data locally and outsource hardware elements to local partners.
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Cloud services have become a crowded and competitive field in China in recent years, with domestic companies, including Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, opening dozens of new data centers in just the past year.

Chinese firms account for roughly 80 percent of total cloud services revenue in China, according to Synergy Research Group >>>

Condolence

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War on the Rocks: "... global terrorist attacks rose dramatically after 2004: There were just over 1,000 in 2004, but almost 17,000 in 2014. The numbers from 2015 and 2016 (not shown) have remained remarkably high, but below the 2014 peak. The upward pattern holds even when removing attacks in Iraq and Afghanistan.

It is tempting to surmise from the strong trend upwards in Figure 1 that terrorism is on the rise and that the threat is expanding worldwide. The absolute numbers are, after all, higher in the past few years than they were a decade ago. However, this is only part of the story. More than 70 percent of the attacks in the past 10 years transpired in just two regions, both of which have seen extensive insurgency and civil conflict during that time: North Africa/Middle East and South-Central Asia.

It is no secret that most terrorism transpires in the context of insurgency, but to equate the two phenomena is misleading and inaccurate >>>

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