Newsletter 241


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[1]The Arab World's Looming Water Crisis
    Links:
      1. http://b.rw/e7lhFp

John Vidal | Guardian | 20 February 2011

From the Maghreb to Iraq, water supplies are dwindling fast. Many Arab
  rulers rely on subsidies for social stability, but rising food prices and
  growing populations mean tough decisions ahead. Yemen may have to move its
  capital

[2]BBC's Passive Ignorance
    Links:
      2. http://b.rw/fIdPyz

Geoffrey Pullum | Language Log | 22 February 2011

Evisceration of BBC style guidance on passives. "Journalists who believe the
  drivel about passives being bad are just imbibing tired old nonsense
  repeated by generations of usage-pontificating idiots plagiarising from each
  other"

[3]Don't Call Me Comrade
    Links:
      3. http://b.rw/edfy7W

Mark Mazower | National Interest | 23 February 2011

Cold War historians gradually understanding, incorporating Russian
  perspective. For Russia it was less a conflict with America, more a struggle
  to control continental Europe. So why didn't Stalin annexe more of Europe
  into USSR?

[4]Most Decadent Emperor
    Links:
      4. http://b.rw/ihnfTm

Mary Beard | TLS | 23 February 2011

Elagabalus took power at 14, married three times by 18, ate camels' heels,
  and cocks' combs torn from living birds, suffocated guests at one dinner
  party with an avalanche of petals, fed others 600 ostrich brains. Or so
  legend holds

[5]Who Owns Kafka?
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/ig3I2W

Judith Butler | LRB | 23 February 2011

Thoughtful essay on current trial that will decide ownership of very
  valuable early Kafka manuscripts. National Library of Israel claims the
  works are an Israeli asset. German Literature Archive meanwhile takes a very
  different view

[6]Neo-Feudalism Explained
    Links:
      6. http://b.rw/hZ2NHT

Vladislav Inozemtsev | American Interest | 22 February 2011

Smart, persuasive account of Russian political system. No bombshells, but
  shows beautifully how everything holds together, with corruption as the
  binding agent. "The weak pay tribute up, and the strong provide protection
  down"

Today's FiveBooks Interview

[7]Mathew Prichard on =AGATHA CHRISTIE=
    Links:
      7. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/mathew-prichard-on-agatha-christie

Mathew Prichard’s selection of his late grandmother’s literature reveals a
  master storyteller. His own family memories — and a definitive biography —
  show Agatha Christie as kind, shrewd and sensitive. [8]Continue reading…
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/mathew-prichard-on-agatha-christie

Topic

[9]Espionage
    Links:
      9. http://thebrowser.com/topics/espionage

The irresistible subject - spies. Who are they? What do they really do? Are
  today's spies that different from the heroes of the Cold War? Read on to
  find out. [10]Continue reading…
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/topics/espionage

Book of the Day

[11]Brilliant Orange The Neurotic Genius of Dutch Soccer
    Links:
      11. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/brilliant-orange-neurotic-genius-dutch-soccer-by-david-winner

-by David Winner -

_As recommended by Simon Kuper:_ When I finished this book, I just wanted to
  break into applause. It’s completely original. [12]More recommendations…
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks

Browsings

From [13]Canvas8: don't panic! Thought Leader @[14]Ruby_Pseudo smashes a few
  media-instated myths around the UK's youth - [15]bit.ly/dF2xIP _#browsings_
    Links:
      13. http://twitter.com/Canvas8
      14. http://twitter.com/Ruby_Pseudo
      15. http://bit.ly/dF2xIP

[16]More user recommended #browsings…
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

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