Monday, February 6, 2023
Cameron Hood, Newsletter EditorCameron Hood
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A devastatingly strong earthquake in Turkey and northern Syria

The 7.8-magnitude quake that struck Turkey and Syria in the early hours Monday was particularly punishing for several reasons. The tremor — which matched the largest ever recorded in Turkey — hit several densely populated areas with large numbers of concrete and brick buildings vulnerable to collapse. It also struck a region that is home to the world’s largest population of Syrian refugees. And while the magnitude was high, the depth was relatively shallow, increasing the likelihood of death and damage. A second powerful quake of magnitude 7.5 struck nine hours later on a different branch of the area’s fault system, compounding the destruction.

These photos capture a sense of the damage in urban and rural areas, on both the Turkish and Syrian sides of the border. Tom Nagorski and Mariana Labbate


The U.S. effort to arm Ukraine starts in Scranton, Pennsylvania

“For all the public focus on advanced weapons systems being sent to supply Ukraine’s military — from HIMARS to drones to Patriots and even Abrams tanks — the weapon that may prove most decisive in the country’s fight against Russia’s invasion is the humble 155-milimeter artillery shell,” Joshua Keating reports. 

“These 100-pound, explosive-filled steel canisters have been in the arsenals of Western militaries for over a century, and now the old-fashioned, artillery-heavy, trench warfare taking place in Ukraine has created a
nearly inexhaustible need for them.”

Last week, Josh visited the Scranton Army Ammunition Plant in Scranton, Pennsylvania, for an inside look at the U.S. effort to produce ammunition for Ukraine – and why the city plays such an important role.


The context on what you need to know today:
  • Keeping abusers out of policing: Tyre Nichols’ death at the hands of Memphis police officers has raised many questions about policing and violence – including how to screen out potential officers with violent predispositions. But “most states, including Tennessee, fail to follow best practices in screening police candidates, experts told Grid,” Steve Reilly reports. Research has found that policing may attract candidates “with propensities for violence” – making the hiring and screening process critical. And as Steve notes, “Four of the five Memphis officers charged in Nichols’ death had previously faced reprimands or suspensions, including for violations relating to use of force.” Learn more about the research and what experts say needs to be done.


“Excellent reporting!” – Newsletter reader Chris, on our story about how Russia’s economy is forecast to grow faster than Germany’s and Britain’s in 2023.

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