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Torn Apart By Childbirth
Joanna Moorhead | Guardian | 10 December 2010
Daunting accounts of suffering caused by obstetric fistulas, a consequence
of difficult childbirth. Not the sort of thing many people find easy to
discuss. Strong piece, even more remarkable comments thread
Elizabeth Wurtzel | Atlantic | 9 December 2010
Harsh, shrewd obituary. "And so, one political wife passes away, but
somewhere right now, another one is busy being born, because every woman is
sure the glass slipper will finally fit her dainty foot"
Editorial | Economist | 9 December 2010
Succinct, pessimistic outlook for world economy in 2011. America prints
money, risks bond crash. Europe struggles to save Euro. Emerging markets
grow but overheat. 2010 was easy by comparison
William Zinsser | American Scholar | 10 December 2010
A classic. On the clichés of hesitant headlines. "Risks are seen, fears
stoked. Losses are predicted, also delays and obstacles, setbacks and snags.
Questions linger. Misgivings are expressed. Legislators balk"
Eyeless In Cairo
Leon Wieseltier | New Republic | 10 December 2010
Should America want democratisation in Egypt, at risk of bringing Muslim
Brotherhood into government? Yes, because trying to prop up Mubarak's regime
only makes it more likely that radicals will take power
Worst Bathroom In New York
Elizabeth Dwoskin | NYT | 8 December 2010
Reporter's notebook. Criss-crossing the Bronx in search of New York's most
run-down residential buildings, for a project on derelict landlords. "Let’s
just say this was a hugely depressing assignment"
The Orwellian Present
Anna Raccoon | 6 December 2010
Heartbreaking. Autistic Brit of 20 cared for by father. Father gets flu. Son
goes into hostel for three days. Taps people on shoulder for attention. That
counts as "assault". A year later, he's still locked up
Academics And Net Neutrality
Bruce Gottlieb | Atlantic | 9 December 2010
Essay on internet regulation, pegged to Tim Wu's "The Master Switch" which
argues that each wave of disruptive innovation yields a new monopolist.
Answer isn't to break up these monopolies, but to contain them
E-Type Jaguar: The Difference Engine
Nick Valery | Economist | 10 December 2010
Fast. Beautiful. The most innovative piece of automotive machinery of its
age. And half the price of anything remotely comparable. A petrol-head's
hymn of praise to the E-Type Jaguar, on its 50th anniversary
State Of Statelessness
Henry Farrell | American Interest | 10 December 2010
Political scientist reviews books on anarchism and the state. Interesting
throughout. Nation-states have become too strong to destroy. Anarchists have
lowered their sights, from revolution to agitation
What I Found In North Korea
Siegfried Hecker | Foreign Affairs | 9 December 2010
Scientist reports on tour of Yongbyon nuclear complex. "I was stunned by the
sight of 2,000 centrifuges in two cascade halls and an ultramodern control
room". North Korea well equipped to build, export nukes
Michael Barry | Le Métier | 9 December 2010
Lovely vignette. Pro cyclist recalls building his first bike in his Dad's
shop, aged 11. It started with a twisted frame discarded by a customer. Then
came the tearing around town, the hiding of torn pants from his Mum
Topic: Stieg Larsson's Sweden
Essays on the Millennium trilogy, the man who wrote it, the country in which
it is set, the murder... Continue reading...
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