Newsletter 179


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[2]Subtleties Of Corporate English
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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"

[3]Assembling The Global Baby
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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"

[4]A Portrait Of Kim Jong Un?
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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?

[5]If It's Tuesday, It Must Be Taliban
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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

[6]Mubarak: Egypt's President-For-Life
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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"

[7]Who Is Israel's Prisoner "Mr X"?
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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?

[8]The Cringe At The Heart Of Christmas
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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
  religious

[9]Crime Novels
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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"

[10]Invaders From Mars
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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"

[11]Obama's Pivotal Moment
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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

[12]Europe’s Inevitable Haircut
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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"

[13]Topic: Stieg Larsson's Sweden
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Essays on the Millennium trilogy, the man who wrote it, the country in which
  it is set, the murder... [14]Continue reading...
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[15]Today on FiveBooks: Irvine Welsh on Crime Novels
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