Newsletter 536


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[1]All of our Best of the Moment article recommendations, plus FiveBooks
  interviews and other selected content from thebrower.com
    Links:
      1. http://thebrowser.com

[5]Three Big Questions For The Eurozone
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/tojrg1

Paul Mason | BBC | 30 December 2011

Compelling predictions for 2012. Shape of the crisis in Europe will be
  determined by how three major issues play out. Mason hazards some answers.
  Also predicts return of protectionism internationally, rise of conviction
  politicians [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/three-big-questions-eurozone

[7]The Ghosts In The Living Room
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/vEieQ2

Adam Curtis | BBC | 22 December 2011

Engaging piece, with video, on history of ghosts on television. Not
  fictional ghosts but "real" ones, or reports of their appearances. And why
  the BBC promised not to show its 1992 programme Ghostwatch ever again
  [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/ghosts-living-room

[9]Sanctions Against Iran Are Overrated
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/sZQiNE

Ivan Eland | National Interest | 29 December 2011

Excellent piece on uses and limitations of sanctions. An economic means
  trying to achieve a political end. Even if economic impact is severe they
  rarely work. They don't avoid war either. Can even lead to it [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/sanctions-against-iran-are-overrated

[11]A History Of Disappointment
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/tYEY86

Jackson Lears | London Review Of Books | 29 December 2011

"How did Obama develop his paradoxical combination of fierce ambition and
  persistent timidity?" Hostile assessment of US president says part of the
  answer may lie in his family background and a "genealogy of disappointment"
  [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/history-disappointment

[13]How Much Dam Energy Can We Get?
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/tWJlIa

Tim Murphy | Do The Math | 20 December 2011

Physicist investigating how we can replace fossil fuels turns attention to
  hydroelectric power. Steady, self-storing, efficient, low-carbon. Better
  than tidal. But a few calculations show it'll never be a big player
  [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/how-much-dam-energy-can-we-get

[15]Revolutionary Chaos
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/rv5IUV

Sergei Karaganov | Foreign Affairs | 28 December 2011

Harsh, perceptive global view from dean of Russian foreign policy analysts.
  Western democracy follows communism into oblivion. Authoritarianism emerges
  as best form of government. History returns to "customary state of chaos"
  [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/revolutionary-chaos

FiveBooks Interview

[17]Roman Krznaric on The Art of Living
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/roman-krznaric-on-art-living

To learn how to live well we must look to the past, says the author of a new
  book on the subject. He recommends five books, from Thoreau to Orwell, that
  inspire us to live more adventurously [18]Read on
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/roman-krznaric-on-art-living

Featured Special Report

[19]North Korea
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/reports/north-korea

In the aftermath of Kim Jong-il's death, we look back at the legacy of his
  tyrannical rule over North Korea [20]Read on
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/reports/north-korea

Reader Recommendations

@polit2k  Debt  Britannia | Steve Keen's Debtwatch t.co/2eTXQfiI #gfc2
  #browsings h/t @Iain_Fraser [21]More like this
    Links:
      21. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

Book of the Day

[22]Book of the Day
    Links:
      22. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/russia-war-by-alexander-werth

[23]Russia at War by Alexander Werth
    Links:
      23. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/russia-war-by-alexander-werth

[24]Anna Reid says: “Part history, part memoir, shrewd, lively, funny,
  descriptive – a brilliant book. It’s the best one-volume history of the war
  in Russia there is” [25]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      24. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/anna-reid-on-siege-leningrad
      25. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[26]2012
    Links:
      26. http://thebrowser.com/videos/2012

The world will not end this year. Here's the evidence. Happy new year!
  [27]More videos
    Links:
      27. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[28]Karl Smith, on elites
    Links:
      28. http://modeledbehavior.com/2011/12/30/wealth-and-power

"People are not typically powerful because they are rich, they are rich
    because they are powerful"

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

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