Newsletter 560


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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]Will Israel Attack Iran?
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/ymWvl7

Ronen Bergman | NYT | 25 January 2012

Gripping account of Israeli perspective on Iranian nuclear programme.
  Israel estimates that it has about nine months in which to derail the
  project. After that, Iran would be able to withstand an attack. Will it
  act? Looks that way [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/will-israel-attack-iran

[7]George Soros On The Coming US Class War
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/yTV1vb

John Arlidge | Newsweek | 23 January 2012

"Europe is confronting a descent into chaos and conflict. In America,
  Soros predicts riots that will lead to a brutal clampdown that will
  dramatically curtail civil liberties. The global economic system could
  even collapse" [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/george-soros-coming-us-class-war

[9]Citizen Philosophers
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/yyyLNx

Carlos Fraenkel | Boston Review | 21 January 2012

Intriguing look at Brazil, where all high-school students, irrespective
  of class or background, have to study philosophy for two hours each
  week. Can it teach students to build a better, fairer society?
  [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/citizen-philosophers

[11]Europe’s Own Human Rights Crisis
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/yUsmxc

Benjamin Ward | Human Rights Watch | 22 January 2012

A European crisis? Perhaps—when you consider debates around minorities
  and migrants, state infringements on civil liberties in name of
  anti-terrorism, rise of popular extremist parties, waning influence of
  human rights institutions [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/europe’s-own-human-rights-crisis

[13]Private Inequity
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/xKYztk

James Surowiecki | New Yorker | 23 January 2012

How private equity firms make their money, and what they do to the
  companies they buy. An issue that's come into sharp focus, thanks to
  Mitt Romney. Criticisms of him don't always hit the mark, but the rules
  should still be changed [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/private-inequity

[15]By The Sword: The Science Of Sword-Swallowing
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/y2CXsL

Jennifer Ouellette | Cocktail Party Physics | 25 January 2012

No, it's not an illusion, the sword really is swallowed. Initially an
  Indian fakir trick that spread via China, Japan to Europe. Key is to
  learn not to gag. Best to practice with spoons, paint brushes, coat
  hangers. Even snakes [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/sword-science-sword-swallowing

FiveBooks Interview

[17]Timothy Snyder on Dissent
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/timothy-snyder-on-dissent

The history professor tells us what today’s dissidents can learn from
  the experience of Eastern Europe and explains how Václav Havel leaves a
  lasting legacy of how to challenge the over-mighty [18]Read on
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/timothy-snyder-on-dissent

Featured Special Report

[19]Moral Philosophy
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/reports/moral-philosophy

Do babies have morals? Does surveillance make us better? Is free will
  an illusion or not? Is there such a thing as evil? Get to grips with
  the big questions of right and wrong [20]Read on
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/reports/moral-philosophy

Reader Recommendations

@[21]polit2k "cleavages are huge" MT @[22]Nouriel 'We've Got Bigger
  Problems Right Now' My Davos intervu with
  @[23]ianbremmer FP [24]t.co/rRaaknex [25]#browsings [26]More like this
    Links:
      21. http://twitter.com/polit2k
      22. http://twitter.com/Nouriel
      23. http://twitter.com/ianbremmer
      24. http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2012/01/24/weve_got_bigger_problems_right_now?page=0,1#.Tx9_ZyzHcoA.twitter
      25. https://twitter.com/search?q=#browsings
      26. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

Book of the Day

[27]Book of the Day
    Links:
      27. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/inequality-reexamined-by-amartya-sen

[28]Inequality Reexamined by Amartya Sen
    Links:
      28. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/inequality-reexamined-by-amartya-sen

[29]Will Hutton says: “Sen says it’s not just about poverty relief. He
  puts on the table a much more tolerable statement than simply, everyone
  should be equal” [30]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      29. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/will-hutton-on-fairness-and-inequality
      30. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[31]Slavoj Žižek On Coffee
    Links:
      31. http://thebrowser.com/videos/slavoj-žižek-coffee

Is coffee without cream the same thing as coffee without milk? [32]More
  videos
    Links:
      32. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[33]Arthur Laurents, on musicals
    Links:
      33. http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/288873/man-who-gave-us-newt-mark-steyn

"The trouble with a bad show is that you can make it better, but you
    can never make it good"

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

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