Three Big Questions For The Eurozone
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
The Ghosts In The Living Room
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
Sanctions Against Iran Are Overrated
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 Comments
A History Of Disappointment
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"
How Much Dam Energy Can We Get?
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
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"
Roman Krznaric on The Art of 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 Read on
Featured Special Report
In the aftermath of Kim Jong-il's death, we look back at the legacy of his
tyrannical rule over North Korea Read on
Book of the Day
Book of the Day
Russia at War by Alexander Werth
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” FiveBooks Archive
Video of the Day
The world will not end this year. Here's the evidence. Happy new year!
Quote of the Day
Karl Smith, on elites
"People are not typically powerful because they are rich, they are rich
because they are powerful"
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