How I Became A "Terrorist"
Abdelrahman Al Ahmar | Haaretz | 23 December 2011
"Our homes were raided nightly. We saw our friends, mothers, sisters being
attacked. We saw no end in sight, just more Israelis about to move into our
neighbourhood and make our lives hell. So a group of us kids fought back"
Navigating Love And Autism
Amy Harmon | NYT | 26 December 2011
Boy meets girl. They fall in love. Nothing goes smoothly. Unusual? No.
Except both suffer from Asperger's syndrome. "Parents always ask, ‘Who would
like to marry my kid? They’re so weird.’ Another weird person, that’s who"
Snakes And Ladders
Amartya Sen | FT | 24 December 2011
Fine speech on global economy, growth, development: "I cannot hide from this
audience my belief that a great many countries in the West seem to be doing
their best to go straight into the mouth of a fairly hefty snake"
Robert Zaretsky | Tablet | 19 December 2011
Historian explains why he gave up lecturing on the Holocaust. It doesn't
obey logic or theory. You can't draw lessons or analogies from it. "Any
survivor has more to say than all historians combined about what happened”
Tyler Cowen | Less Wrong | 17 December 2011
TED talk transcript. We crave simplifying narratives, stereotypes, to help
us make sense of the world. Sometimes they help us to understand things. But
they blind us to new facts. If we rely on stories, we cease to learn
War No More
Timothy Snyder | Foreign Affairs | 19 December 2011
Historian disputes Steven Pinker's claim that humans are becoming more
peaceful. Individuals in a well-functioning modern state are less violent
than in earlier, wilder times. But the state itself can be much more violent
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