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Towel Story, Part II
Elif Batuman | My Life And Thoughts | 12 November 2010
In which Ms Batuman rescues a suitcase of clothes and towels from Turkish
customs. Introducing Mehmet Bey, who has a great future as a literary
taxi-driver. (There is a part one, but it's not quite as good)
Aung San Suu Kyi Speaks
Aung San Suu Kyi | UNDP | 14 November 2010
English transcript of Burmese dissident's address, to crowds awaiting her
release from house arrest. Inspiring stuff. "The burden of these
expectations is great and the responsibilities are immense"
Edward Glaeser | City Journal | 15 November 2010
Enthralling tales of historic New York entrepreneurship: Jeremiah Thompson,
inventor of on-time freight shipping; Isaac Roosevelt, sugar refiner; A.E.
Lefcourt, bootblack to property billionaire. More such needed
Mumbai Massacre Mastermind
Sebastian Rotella | Pro Publica | 13 November 2010
Investigation into 2008 terrorist attack by Lashkar-i-Taiba. Identifies main
planners, based in Pakistan, ties to intelligence service. Why doesn't
Pakistan arrest them? They are too well-connected
Can Obama Rise Again?
Michael Tomasky | NYRB | 15 November 2010
Rahm doesn't seem to think so. He's walking. And he may be right. Obama can
only recover if Republicans overreach, as they did under Gingrich in 1990s,
uniting centrists and liberals against them
Hope. Change. Reality.
Wil S. Hylton | Esquire | 15 November 2010
Superb portrait of US attorney-general Eric Holder. Took office with high
hopes of prosecuting torture, closing Guantanamo, rolling back extraordinary
presidential powers. None of it happened. He's chastened
Sultan Of The Muslim World
Soner Cagaptay | Foreign Affairs | 15 November 2010
Modern Turkey born as Muslim state. Secular nationalism guided foreign
policy for decades. But no more. AKP has exploited post 9/11 geopolitics to
restore Muslim identity, bid for leadership of Muslim world
US Voters Don't Care About Deficit
Ryan Avent | Economist | 15 November 2010
Treasuries at lowest yield in 50 years. Deficit hardly an issue with voters:
they're much more worried about unemployment. So maybe legislators right to
panic about jobs now. They can panic about deficit later
Russian Justice Works Around Juries
Ellen Barry | NYT | 15 November 2010
Juries introduced to Russian judicial system in 1993, when state was
pursuing liberal model. Now they're getting squeezed out, especially in
high-profile cases where state prosecutors can't risk acquittals
Topic: Front-Line Detroit
Charlie LeDuff, Blogger John and others report on a collapsing city. "If
you're not capable of... Continue reading...
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