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Question Of Bandwidth
Susan McGregor | Morning News | 23 November 2010
Sri Lankan activist built online platform for government to run peace talks
with Tamil Tiger rebels in 2004. Didn't work, but yielded useful pointers as
to possibilities and limitations of virtual diplomacy
Can China Discover Urge to Splurge?
David Leonhardt | NYT Magazine | 24 November 2010
From afar, China's economy looks unstoppable. From within, it looks much
shakier. An export-driven sweatshop. Rising prosperity demands new economic
model driven by education, innovation, domestic consumption
Lender Seizes Desperate Borrowers' Homes
Christine Willmsen | Seattle Times | 13 November 2010
Sordid confessions of a loan shark. You miss a payment, however small, Emiel
Kandi will take your house. "I am a wolf," he says. "I can charge someone a
thousand percent a week, compounded by the minute"
Why Russia Isn’t A Democracy
Martin Sixsmith | Five Books | 24 November 2010
BBC correspondent discusses, recommends books that illuminate Russian
political history, starting with Tibor Szamuely's "Russian Tradition" ending
with V.D. Nabokov's "Russian Provisional Government"
Ashley Halsey et al | WP | 23 November 2010
Four survivors of Alaskan plane crash that killed Senator Ted Stevens tell
of aftermath, injuries, 18-hour wait for rescue. No phone, no radio, no
medical kit. Exciting, if a touch overwrought
America And China’s First Big Test
Zbigniew Brzezinski | FT | 23 November 2010
Former US national security adviser says North Korean leadership is insane,
or out of control. Only make things worse if US and China start feuding over
right response. Obama should call Hu, seek co-operation
Sarah Palin, Riot Grrrl
Elizabeth Wurtzel | Atlantic | 23 November 2010
"I like her because she is such a problem for all these political men,
Republicans and Democrats alike. She's kind of a sexy librarian, kind of a
MILF, kind of just crazy, and altogether does what she wants to do"
Cycling's New Rules Of The Road
Tom Perrotta | WSJ | 22 November 2010
New York adds bike lanes to accommodate, and encourage, more cyclists. But
how to get drivers, cyclists, pedestrians to respect one another? "Dangerous
cycling" becomes major complaint on Upper East Side
Wrong Scientific Beliefs
Richard Thaler et al | Edge | 23 November 2010
Edge contributors offer 59 answers (so far) to Thaler's question: "The flat
earth, and geocentric world, are examples of wrong scientific beliefs that
were held for long periods. Can you name more examples?"
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