Newsletter 256


Hic sunt camelopardus: this historical edition of The Browser is presented for archaeological purposes; links and formatting may be broken.

[1]Digital Africa
    Links:
      1. http://b.rw/fcTDlJ

Jonathan Ledgard | Intelligent Life | 14 March 2011

Internet and social media spreading through Africa. Changing politics and
  society. Google, Facebook, Nokia lead way. Main platform: smart-phones.
  Broadband far dearer than in Europe due to protectionism, regulation,
  corruption

[2]Hollywood Shadows
    Links:
      2. http://b.rw/f7Fqx0

Dana Goodyear | New Yorker | 14 March 2011

Portrait of Barry Michels, Hollywood's favourite Jungian psychotherapist.
  "Sometimes, with agents, Michels starts by prohibiting them from bringing
  their BlackBerrys into their children’s rooms when they are putting them to
  bed"

[3]Mexico's Drug War Comes To Monterrey
    Links:
      3. http://b.rw/fV1WgQ

Nick Miroff & William Booth | Washington Post | 14 March 2011

Story of how Mexico's third largest city, once peaceful and even a prospect
  as a home for Major League Baseball, has become battle ground for rival drug
  gangs. 267 murders in 2009, 828 in 2010. 144 already in January 2010

[4]Tsunamis: A Primer
    Links:
      4. http://b.rw/dMvNW0

Jeremy Bernstein | NYR Blog | 14 March 2011

On the physics of tidal waves. "The speed is proportional to the square root
  of the ocean depth. When they get to the shallow water near shore they slow
  down, but since the energy remains the same, the wave increases in height"

[5]The Fourth Wave
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/fjS75q

Carl Gershman | New Republic | 14 March 2011

Big think-piece on Arab awakening. Offers "conclusive evidence" that
  democracy still a universal value, despite recent setbacks in Russia,
  central Asia. Internet makes unrest contagious. Cuba, even China, showing
  signs of fragility

[6]Family Pet Power
    Links:
      6. http://b.rw/h9lS9Y

Benedict Carey | NYT | 14 March 2011

"The nature of individual human-pet relationships varies widely, and only
  now are scientists beginning to characterize those differences, and their
  impact on the family". Pet owners: are you a dominionist, humanist or
  protectionist?

Today's FiveBooks Interview

[7]Peter Atkins on =THE EMERGENCE OF UNDERSTANDING=
    Links:
      7. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/peter-atkins-on-emergence-understanding

British chemist and prominent atheist discusses why he thinks science is the
  only way to make sense of the world [8]Continue reading…
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/peter-atkins-on-emergence-understanding

Topic

[9]Russia and the FSU
    Links:
      9. http://thebrowser.com/topics/russia

From the war in Chechnya to the murky depths of the KGB archive. Everything
  you  need  to  know  (well, nearly everything) about Russia's past and
  present [10]Continue reading…
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/topics/russia

Book of the Day

[11]How Terrorist Groups End
    Links:
      11. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/how-terrorist-groups-end-by-seth-g-jones-and-martin-libicky

by Seth G. Jones and
  Martin Libicky

[12]David Cortright says: "Terrorist groups are not defeated by military
  means,  but  rather  through other processes – law enforcement and the
  political process."
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/david-cortright-on-non-military-solutions-political-conflict

[13]More recommendations…
    Links:
      13. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks

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