Newsletter 182


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[2]Timbuktu
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Peter Gwin | National Geographic | 15 December 2010

Journalist's notebook from Mali, generously populated with midnight
  meetings, salt merchants, scroll collectors, seven-foot-tall bodyguards,
  elusive one-eyed terrorists, and a lovesick American soldier. Enjoy

[3]Hasta La Vista, Failure
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Joel Kotkin | New Geography | 14 December 2010

Damning epitaph on Schwarzenegger's term as governor of California.
  "Clueless political narcissist". Elected to rescue the state's finances,
  face down the unions, cut bureaucracy. Failed on all three counts

[4]Hidden Life Of Guns
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Sari Horwitz et al | WP | 15 December 2010

Long, investigative piece charting the political clout of the National Rifle
  Association. "It is clearly the most powerful lobby in the United States".
  Can intimidate congressmen, regulators, even presidents

[5]Dress to Impress, UBS Tells Staff
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Elena Berton | WSJ | 15 December 2010

Swiss bank sends out 43-page memo advising staff how to look "polished" with
  customers. Men: don't dye your hair, no designer stubble, do wear a watch.
  Women: button your jacket, don't use black nail varnish

[6]How Britain Missed The Shah's Fall
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James Blitz et al | FT | 14 December 2010

Thirty years on, Foreign Office declassifies internal report on failure to
  foresee Iranian revolution. Embassy in Tehran was too close to the Shah, too
  busy selling him arms, too dismissive of his opponents

[7]Harry Reid's Defiance
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Mark Warren | Esquire | 13 December 2010

Gripping account of closing days of Reid's Senate re-election campaign in
  Nevada, challenged by Tea-Partier Sharon Angle. Unlikely hero, "with his
  feathery voice and his opaque countenance"—yet he won

[8]Inequality That Matters
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Tyler Cowen | American Interest | 15 December 2010

Americans assume, by and large, that the rich earn their wealth. But bankers
  no longer do. They have "tapped a hole in the social till" and they're
  sucking out money. A big problem. Maybe an insoluble one

[9]Lessons From Gawker’s Security Mess
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Daniel Kennedy | Forbes | 13 December 2010

On this analysis, Gawker did pretty much everything wrong. Used outdated
  encryption. Provoked hackers. Ignored early signs that accounts were being
  compromised. Reacted slowly to major data breach

[10]Annual Kitchen Gift Guide
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Megan McArdle | Atlantic | 13 December 2010

Megan's list. An institution. A public service. Your gift-giving problems
  solved, at least so long as the recipient has a kitchen. Lots about knives:
  if you only have one, make it the Shun 3.5 inch classic

[11]Ten Biggest Africa Stories Of 2010
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Alexis Okeowo | New Yorker | 14 December 2010

Lists are lame, but here's an exception. Unless we live there, or have some
  professional interest, most of us probably couldn't name even one Africa
  story from 2010 beyond the World Cup. Read this, catch up

[12]Anti-Semitism
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Abraham Foxman | Five Books | 15 December 2010

Director of Anti-Defamation League recommends, discusses books on
  anti-Semitism. Best-written: Anthony Julius's "Trials of the Diaspora",
  about Britain. All-round classic: Robert Wistrich's "Lethal Obsession"

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[15]Today on FiveBooks: Andrea Wulf on Horticulture
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