Newsletter 164


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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

[3]Can China Discover Urge to Splurge?
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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

[4]Lender Seizes Desperate Borrowers' Homes
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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"

[5]Why Russia Isn’t A Democracy
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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"

[6]The Waiting
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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

[7]America And China’s First Big Test
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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

[8]Sarah Palin, Riot Grrrl
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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"

[9]Cycling's New Rules Of The Road
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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

[10]Wrong Scientific Beliefs
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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?"

Topic: How To Write

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[12]Today on FiveBooks: Martin Sixsmith on Why Russia isn’t a Democracy
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