Newsletter 627


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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]The God Of Gamblers
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/H6WuMV

Evan Osnos | New Yorker | 2 April 2012

"By 2006 Macau's casino revenues had surpassed those of Las Vegas,
  until then the world's largest gambling town. Today, the quantity of
  money passing through Macau exceeds that of Las Vegas five times over."
  Here's how it happened [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/god-gamblers

[7]Revenge Of Wen Jiabao
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/HsAKen

John Garnaut | Foreign Policy | 29 March 2012

Another big take on the ructions at the top of China's Politburo.
  Portrays clash between Wen and Bo Xilai as culmination of intra-Party
  struggle between reformists and leftists going back 30 years, to Deng
  Xiaoping's time [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/revenga-wen-jaibao

[9]Deflecting Asteroids
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/HB4rZo

Gregory Matlof | IEEE Spectrum | 29 March 2012

Significant asteroid collisions may be extremely rare but could be
  devestating to life. So best have a plan to protect the planet. Enter
  physics professor Gregory Matlof, whose research focuses on celestial
  engineering [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/deflecting-asteroids

[11]Who Killed Alexander The Great?
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/HvYRK4

James Romm | History Today | 27 March 2012

"Like the death of Stalin, to which it is sometimes compared, the death
  of Alexander poses a mystery that is perhaps insoluble but nonetheless
  irresistible." Murdered by his generals? Died of natural causes? Or
  poisoned by his wife? [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/who-killed-alexander-great

[13]Letter From Guatemala
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/H2g2SG

Aaron Shulman | LA Review Of Books | 29 March 2012

5,000 women murdered since 2000. Only 2% of cases get to court. Abuse
  of women probably worst in Central America, which is saying something.
  A 36-year civil war ended in 1996, culture of violence still part of
  everyday life. [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/letter-guatelama

[15]Bodybuilding And Nation-Building
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/HFP0iT

Adam Curtis | BBC | 27 March 2012

A typically weird and wonderful Curtis blogpost, lavishly illustrated
  with video and all but uncategorisable. Here is your chance to discover
  the links between yoga, Barbara Cartland, and the modern history of
  Iraq [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/bodybuilding-and-nation-building

FiveBooks Interview

[17]James Holland on Perspectives of World War II
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/james-holland-on-perspectives-world-war-ii

The author of a new book on the Dam Buster squadron tells us about
  works of fiction or memoir that show the horror of the Second World War
  in a human light and with fresh immediacy [18]Read on
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/james-holland-on-perspectives-world-war-ii

Featured Special Report

[19]Israel and Iran
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/reports/israel-and-iran

Will Israel bomb Iran? What is it telling the US, and what will
  Washington do? And where does Iran stand? [20]Read on
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/reports/israel-and-iran

Reader Recommendations

@[21]nuzav China’s Death-Row Reality Show by Jonathan Mirsky | NYRblog
  | The New York Review of Books:[22]t.co/wnCu2x8O via @[23]AddThis
  [24]#browsings [25]More like this
    Links:
      21. http://twitter.com/nuzav
      22. http://www.nybooks.com/blogs/nyrblog/2012/mar/27/chinas-death-row-reality-show
      23. http://twitter.com/AddThis
      24. https://twitter.com/search?q=#browsings
      25. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

Book of the Day

[26]Book of the Day
    Links:
      26. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/hello-america-by-jg-ballard

[27]Hello America by JG Ballard
    Links:
      27. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/hello-america-by-jg-ballard

[28]John Gray says: “This is a vision of a century or so from now. The
  novel is a tremendous gallery of images, beginning with a ship pulling
  into an empty New York” [29]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      28. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/john-gray-on-critiques-utopia-and-apocalypse
      29. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[30]Marco Tempest
    Links:
      30. http://thebrowser.com/videos/marco-tempest

TED talk: Magic as augmented reality, and vice-versa
  [31]More videos
    Links:
      31. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[32]Jean Renoir, on film-making
    Links:
      32. http://kaleidoscope-press.com/web-specials/the-difficulty-of-having-once-loved-woody-allen-words-by-christopher-silva

"A director only makes one movie in his life. Then he breaks into
    pieces and makes it again"

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

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