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[2]Moral Hazards Of Humanitarian Aid
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Philip Gourevitch | New Yorker | 4 November 2010

Journalists generally too uncritical of aid agencies. Should treat them
  sceptically, scrutinise consequences of their work, just as when dealing
  with politicians, corporations, interest groups

[3]Flyovers Of Shanghai
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Owen Hatherley | Sit Down, Man | 4 November 2010

"I feel like the proverbial European visitor to New York or Chicago around
  1920. The components of this cityscape are all familiar, but they have been
  transformed into monstrous and illegible new combinations"

[4]Foreign Aid For Scoundrels
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William Easterly | NYRB | 7 November 2010

Aid agencies subsidise dictators, just as in cold war. Why? "War on
  terror” legitimates tyrants in central Asia, east Africa. Aid agencies exist
  to give aid: they'll find a justification to work with almost anyone

[5]The Big Blink
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Raghu Rajan | Fault Lines | 7 November 2010

Who will blink first in the showdown over currencies, the US and industrial
  countries or emerging markets? Answer is they both should, simultaneously.
  There is a sensible compromise here but will anyone take it?

[6]Animal Research Groupthink
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Lawrence Hansen | Chronicle Review | 7 November 2010

Animal researcher who is also an animal rights supporter says scientific
  establishment lies about utility of most of its animal research; while PETA
  spoils its own cause by crude campaigning

[7]Diplomatic Speech-Writing
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      7. http://b.rw/9N9AD1

Charles Crawford | Diplomat | 4 November 2010

Words of advice, from speech-writer to British foreign secretary in 1980s.
  It's not the speech-writer's job to show off his own cleverness. And it's
  not what you say that matters, it's what they hear.

Topic: 2010 Mid-Terms

Obama rebuffed. What happened, why it happened, what happens
  next. [8]Continue reading...
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[9]Today on FiveBooks: the Wonderful Cookbooks
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      9. http://fivebooks.com

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