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Oliver Morton | Economist | 5 August 2010
More evidence for seeing Earth as process rather than object. Even the dense
inner core is probably not, as previously thought, a stable lump—but
something closer to a recycling mechanism
Keep Anti-Terrorism And Theology Apart
Brian Whitaker | Guardian | 5 August 2010
Challenging non-violent Islamist ideology through government channels or
anti-terrorism strategy likely to be counter-productive. Better to discredit
anti-democratic ideology through political debate
New Orleans Diary
Rebecca Solnit | LRB | 5 August 2010
Long, pessimistic reporter's notebook on oil-spill impact. "Forced labour in
toxic conditions. Dead sea turtles by the hundred. Dead whales. Pelicans
soaked in oil. Oil-smeared islands of marsh grass"
Oren Harman | New Republic | 21 July 2010
Fabulous essay on mathematicians' efforts to understand infinity. Russians
who finally cracked it early last century were inspired by Orthodox
theology. Stalin killed them
Blair Must Be Arrested
John Pilger | New Statesman | 4 August 2010
He launched an illegal war. Now he makes a fortune by monetising his public
service. This piece is wishful thinking—but still, the worlds of Blair, and
of "Ghost", are converging
Talibanisation Of British Childhood
Yasmin Alibhai-Brown | Daily Mail | 5 August 2010
Usually-liberal columnist attacks Britain as too tolerant, for allowing
"Wahhabi crusaders" to impose fundamentalist values on Muslim families. "We
need to stop this appeasement"
Conversion Of David Mamet
Terry Teachout | Commentary | July/August 2010
Illuminating essay on American playwright's public repudiation of
liberalism—probably spurred by his Zionism. A lone voice in the theatre.
Unfortunately, his latest play, "Race", is a dud
Obama's Cool Leaves People Cold
Michael Gerson | WP | 4 August 2010
Ex-Bush speechwriter on president's reserved style. Refreshing, in an age of
populism. But there's such a thing as too much calm. Voters expect to see
emotion, when crisis hits
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