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Russia's Toughest Away Games
James Appell | Football Ramble | 23 September 2010How Moscow has been using
football in the North Caucasus as a political tool. With mixed results,
particularly for the teams who have to visit Grozny and Nalchik, and the
hardy fans who follow them there
Rejuvenating The Old Lady
Kieron O'Connor | Swiss Ramble | 23 September 2010Interesting, if
number-heavy, analysis of Juventus four years on from the match-fixing
scandal. Debts are low, costs under control. But attendance figures are
feeble, Champions League qualification crucial
The Fed, Translated Into English
Jacob Goldstein | Planet Money | 21 September 2010Latest statement from the
Federal Reserve, with click-to-translate into plain English. Nice gizmo. And
a great improvement in the prose. If only central bankers would write this
Should You Be The Next Larry Summers?
Keith Hennessy | 22 September 2010White House Economic Council identifies
issues that need presidential decision, supplies advice, communicates
policy, co-ordinates implementation. Summers had high profile, but it's
mostly behind-scenes work
US-China Trade Ties
Andy Xie | Caixin | 21 September 2010Exchange-rate tensions will continue.
US Congress may threaten protectionist bill. But it won't follow through,
because so much of the value-added in the trade relationship is captured at
the US end
Mathieu von Rohr | Spiegel | 21 September 2010Explaining how the Swiss
federal government gets elected. Not an easy task, given that it's a
leaderless council with proportional representation for parties, and
regional, linguistic and gender diversity
W.Daniel Hills | Edge | 23 September 2010
Argument for changing the way we approach cancer treatment. Cancer is not a
collection of specific diseases. It's a class of symptoms indicating that
your body's self-regulatory mechanisms have broken down
The Real Greek Economy
Aristos Doxiadis | Open Democracy | 23 September 2010
Interesting sociological account of Greek economy. "Culture of opportunism".
Very different from EU norm. No internalisation of social rules. Individuals
rarely co-operate, except to make demands
Meredith Maran | Salon | 20 September 2010
Writer tells how she fell victim to mass panic in 1980s, came to believe her
father had molested her, later realised she had "false memory syndrome".
Moving, troubling, in many ways
Dickens In Lagos
George Packer | Lapham's Quarterly | 23 September 2010
To understand life in Lagos, it helps to read Dickens, and vice-versa. The
great cities of the developing world are a century or two behind the West,
full of the colour and characters of 19th-century novels
Dahlia Lithwick | Slate | 21 September 2010
Women account for 13% of murders, but only 2% of death sentences. Should
society have a special revulsion against executing women, and, if so, why?
Virginia about to execute woman for first time in 100 years
Topic: Farming And Food
George Steinbrenner, Claude Levi-Strauss, Dash Snow, Alan King-Hamilton,
Mont Liggins, John Simplot... Continue reading...
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