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Subtleties Of Corporate English
Gideon Lichfield | Johnson | 8 December 2010
Usage notes on current business clichés: "The dictionary definition of 'to
touch base' should be: to hold a meeting that does not require any of the
parties to check calendar availability on their Blackberries"
Assembling The Global Baby
Tamara Audi et al | WSJ | 11 December 2010
"PlanetHospital's most affordable package, the India bundle, buys an egg
donor and four embryo transfers into four separate mothers. In Panama twins
cost an extra $5,000; for $6,500 you can choose gender"
A Portrait Of Kim Jong Un?
Ruediger Frank | Foreign Policy | 9 December 2010
Art criticism meets Kremlinology. A painting newly added to a provincial
museum in North Korea may be a first official portrait of the heir-apparent,
Kim Jong Un. If so, what does its iconography tell us?
If It's Tuesday, It Must Be Taliban
Damon Tabor | Outside | 1 December 2010
Extreme tourism. Geoff Hann will take you around Afghanistan for $3,700.
Taliban and bandits permitting. His routes avoid most lethal parts of
country. But that still allows for some pretty hairy adventures
Mubarak: Egypt's President-For-Life
Margaret Scobey | Wikileaks/Guardian | 9 December 2010
American ambassador's profile of Mubarak. He sees political reform as
dangerous, destabilising. "In Mubarak's mind, it is far better to let a few
individuals suffer than risk chaos for society as a whole"
Who Is Israel's Prisoner "Mr X"?
Richard Silverstein | Tikun Olam | 11 December 2010
A man sits in an Israeli prison, incommunicado, with no lawyer, no charges,
no official acknowledgement of his existence. Is he a former Iranian
Revolutionary Guard general abducted by Mossad in Turkey?
The Cringe At The Heart Of Christmas
Giles Fraser | Guardian | 11 December 2010
To humanise or sentimentalise God is to ignore subtler, more complex
approaches to the big questions. To be a Christian isn't to have the
answers, and to ponder mystery, wonder, love isn't the preserve of the
Irvine Welsh | Five Books | 11 December 2010
Author of "Trainspotting" discusses his favourite crime novels. Bleak, with
a strong Scottish flavour. "The thing that I like about this book is that
there is this chemical plant that has poisoned everyone"
Invaders From Mars
Charlie Stross | Charlie's Diary | 10 December 2010
Why do we feel politically powerless? Because power in society has been
ceded to corporate entities, whose priorities are not those of human beings.
"We are living in the aftermath of an alien invasion"
Obama's Pivotal Moment
John Heilemann | New York | 8 December 2010
One of Obama’s greatest errors in the first two years of his term was tying
himself too closely to the congressional Democratic leadership. With the
recent deal on tax cuts, he's declared his independence
Europe’s Inevitable Haircut
Barry Eichengreen | Project Syndicate | 9 December 2010
Why heavily indebted Euro-zone countries, such as Ireland, are sure to
default. As Felix Salmon says, "a first-rate example of economic concepts
being explained in plain, easy-to-understand English"
Topic: Stieg Larsson's Sweden
Essays on the Millennium trilogy, the man who wrote it, the country in which
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