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What's Eating David Axelrod?
Noam Scheiber | New Republic | 27 September 2010
Fine portrait of White House strategist. "Homesick and bone-weary". Probably
heading back to Chicago after November. Frustrated by Washington politics,
by Obama's willingness to deal on banks, health care
Being Glenn Beck
Mark Leibovich | NYT | 29 September 2010
Eyebrow-raising profile. Obvious subject, much new insight. Recovering
alcoholic. Smoked dope for 15 years. "Sheepish and approachable". Quite a
feminine personality. Speaks "the language of therapy"
Wal-Mart's African Adventure Begins
Joshua Brown | Reformed Broker | 28 September 2010
Wal-Mart a tough company that does its homework, knows its markets, can
operate anywhere. If it's moving into Africa, this is a tipping-point for
foreign investment there, despite low incomes and political risk
Obama In Command
Jann Wenner | Rolling Stone | 28 September 2010
Mostly pedestrian interview—but a great closer, on having Bob Dylan play at
White House. Dylan didn't want to talk, didn't want picture taken with
president, sceptical about the whole thing. Obama duly thrilled
How To Write About Pakistan
Mohsin Hamid et al | Granta | 28 September 2010
Writer's guide to national stereotypes. All articles must refer to mangoes,
maid-servants, and Partition. Women wear bridal or burka. And don't forget
our slogan: "The most dangerous place in the world"
Happy Birthday, You're Fired
Julia Ioffe | Foreign Policy | 28 September 2010
Thorough piece of reporting on sacking of Yuri Luzhkov as mayor of Moscow.
Oligarchic bully. Departure long overdue. Pro forma speculation on what this
says (not much) about Putin-Medvedev tandem
Time To Get Off The Analyst's Couch?
Roman Krznaric | Outrospection | 26 September 2010
Can psychotherapy help people find meaning or purpose in their lives? This
piece argues that inward-looking therapy is more or less the opposite of a
more likely route to fulfilment
Topic: Mexican drug wars
The battling cartels control cities, provinces, police and prisons. How long
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