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Challenge To German Liberalism
David Goodhart | Prospect | 17 November 2010
Review of Thilo Sarrazin's book, "Germany Abolishes Itself", which claims
Muslim immigration is dragging Germany down. Book serious, relatively
intelligent. Useful in promoting mainstream debate
Slim Chance Of Success
Johann Hari | Independent | 22 November 2010
When even the Dalai Lama calls him fat, and the local KFC sends him a
Christmas card. Hari realises it's time to lose some weight. Works out,
sweats down from "obese" to merely "fat". Lovely stuff
A Man Who Sings Like a Woman
Fernanda Eberstadt | NYT Magazine | 19 November 2010
Fascinating profile of Philippe Jaroussky, counter-tenor. "The voice, a high
girlish tone produced using the outer edges of the vocal cords, is an
acquired taste, on the knife edge between creepy and sublime"
A Fistful of Dollars
Mac McClelland | Mother Jones | 21 November 2010
Oklahoma Indian reservations have high rate of violent crime, little faith
in police and courts. Many resort to vigilante justice. Profile of "Ruben",
hit-man who charges $1,000 for each bone he breaks
Secret Liaisons In The Middle East
Michael Luongo | GLR/Utne | 20 November 2010
Writer explores gay culture in Middle Eastern countries. "Our special
condition oversteps boundaries, overcoming the political, religious, and
social barriers that keep nations at war with their neighbors"
The Case Against Health
Richard Klein | Chronicle Review | 21 November 2010
More precisely, the case against joyless, moralising approaches to public
health, as in America. How about a bit more fun? Bend an ear to Socrates,
who said the secret of health was dancing every morning
In China's Orbit
Niall Ferguson | WSJ | 18 November 2010
China's resurgence ends Western global dominance. West led for 500 years
thanks to rule of law, science, economics. When Japan imported these
keystones in 19th century, power began to shift eastwards
Leo Tolstoy, Thunderous Prophet
A.N. Wilson | Slate | 20 November 2010
Reflections on centenary of death of Russian writer, moralist, national
hero. "It is hard to think of any of the great public questions facing the
world today that Tolstoy did not anticipate and address"
R U Lovin’ Sarah’s Alaska?
Matt Labash | Weekly Standard | 20 November 2010
Snarky review of Sarah Palin's reality-TV show. "That’s what going rogue is
all about. Letting it fly. Following your gut. But there’s no compelling
reason to suggest the rest of us should tag along behind"
Andy Martin | NYT Opinionator | 21 November 2010
Not all philosophers are autistic. Or men. But there seems to be a strong
correlation. Starting with Wittgenstein. And Russell. And Sartre. Perhaps
some degree of emotional dysfunction is an asset here
What Good Is Wall Street?
John Cassidy | New Yorker | 21 November 2010
Big think-piece on what banks are for. Not much good to society since they
got bored with financing industry, shifted to trading securities. Much of
this a bit obvious, all of it too late, still a good primer.
NATO’s Wager With Karzai
Ahmend Rashid | NYR Blog | 22 November 2010
Stunning account of interview with Afghan leader. "Sea-change" in his views.
"He no longer supports war on terrorism as defined by Washington. His single
overriding aim now is making peace with the Taliban"
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