Newsletter 469


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[1]The Browser
    Links:
      1. http://thebrowser.com

[5]Colonel Gaddafi: The Last Of The Buffoon Dictators?
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/n9kx0n

Kevin Connolly | BBC | 22 October 2011

"He was an old-fashioned, theatrical sort of tyrant, whose lineage you can
  trace from the bombastic ravings of Mussolini, through the kilted debauchery
  of Idi Amin, to the platform-heeled kleptocracy of Omar Bongo of Gabon"
  [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/colonel-gaddafi-last-buffoon-dictators

[7]Shanghai Gets Supersized
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/orZZwY

David Devoss | Smithsonian | 20 October 2011

Brief history of Chinese boom city. Opium trade key to 19th century growth.
  Now home to 23 million people and more than 200 skyscrapers. "We’re from
  Shanghai. We care only about money. You want to talk politics, go to
  Beijing" [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/shanghai-gets-supersized

[9]Our 'Broken System' Of Criminal Justice
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/qsbwGW

John Paul Stevens | NYRB | 21 October 2011

You cannot accuse the former Supreme Court judge of being an easy read, but
  plenty to ponder in this review-essay focusing on the history of
  discrimination against African-Americans. They are under-policed, and
  over-punished [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/our-broken-system-criminal-justice

[11]Africa's Albertine Rift
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/qArZhv

Robert Draper | National Geographic | 19 October 2011

Despatch from Rift Valley where a desperate, violent battle for land and
  resources is playing out. "Overcrowding has spawned an anxiety so primal and
  omnipresent that one hears the same plea over and over again: We want land!"
  [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/africas-albertine-rift

[13]Post-Imperial Blues: A Letter From Vienna
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/nNQsJt

Franz Cede | American Interest | 21 October 2011

Former Austrian ambassador to Moscow compares post-Habsburg Austria with
  post-Soviet Russia. Very different countries, many points of comparison.
  "The sudden loss of empire has a way of taking the wind out of politics in
  general" [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/post-imperial-blues-letter-vienna

[15]How The Nomad Found Home
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/q3cKrd

Michael McRae | Outside | 21 October 2011

More than a decade ago, biologist Mike Fay walked across Africa, spurring
  the creation of national parks and making him a conservation star. So why,
  after fighting to protect wild places, is he now questioning the basis of
  his work? [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/how-nomad-found-home

FiveBooks Interview

[17]Ruth Gomberg-Muñoz on America’s Undocumented Workers
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/ruth-gomberg-muñoz-on-america’s-undocumented-workers

The anthropologist tells us about books that give voice to low-wage migrant
  labourers and explains the mutual dependence of slums and “urban glamour
  zones” [18]Read on
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/ruth-gomberg-muñoz-on-america’s-undocumented-workers

Featured Topic

[19]Revolution In Libya
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/reports/revolution-libya

With the death of Colonel Gaddafi, the Libyan uprising is almost complete
  and the nation-building can begin. Read our selection of articles about the
  ousted Libyan leader's brutal 42-year rule and the revolt that's raised
  hopes of a better future   [20]Read on
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/reports/revolution-libya

Reader Recommendations

_@polit2k_ RT _@creditplumber_: "Do not pronounce a bank profitable until it
  is dead." Powerful FT piece by Martin Sandbu
  [21]t.co/iT4aFqbR [22]#browsings [23]More like this
    Links:
      21. http://t.co/iT4aFqbR
      22. https://twitter.com/search?q=#browsings
      23. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

Book of the Day

[24]Book of the Day
    Links:
      24. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/first-human-by-ann-gibbons

[25]The First Human by Ann Gibbons
    Links:
      25. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/first-human-by-ann-gibbons

[26]Tim White says: “This gives the reader the most up-to-date knowledge of
  how modern paleoanthropology is done. And a sense of the personalities
  involved” [27]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      26. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/tim-white-on-prehistoric-man
      27. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[28]Go Beyond The Cover
    Links:
      28. http://thebrowser.com/videos/go-beyond-cover

The timeline is a bit confusing, and the pace a bit slow, but here's the
  basic story: We hide tattoos [29]More videos
    Links:
      29. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[30]Henry Adams, on politics
    Links:
      30. http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/reason/Articles/~3/5QFWpls7HQw/the-politics-of-personal-destr

"Politics is the systematic organisation of hatreds"

[31]More quotes
    Links:
      31. http://thebrowser.com/quotations

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