Newsletter 7

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[2]The Great Consolidation
Ross Douthat | NYT | 16 May 2010
Deep political trend of our time is entrenchment of authority. We respond to
crises by concentrating even more power in the hands of those same elites
that presided over the original disasters
[3]Searching The Gospels For Jesus
Adam Gopnik | New Yorker | 16 May 2010
Interesting if discursive essay on what we can deduce about the real or
historical Jesus from Gospel narratives. Reviews literature up to Philip
Pullman's "Good Man Jesus"
[4]Failure Of American Jewish Establishment
Peter Beinart | NYRB | 16 May 2010
For older and Orthodox Jewish Americans, and pro-Israel lobbying groups,
Israel can do no wrong. But younger and secular Jewish Americans are
indifferent, even hostile, to Netanyahu
[5]Gorbachev And Medvedev
Vladimir Frolov | Moscow Times | 17 May 2010
Short but perceptive. Like Gorbachev before him, Medvedev leans towards
openness, human rights, pragmatic foreign policy. His heart is in the right
place. But can he loosen the state's grip, and still keep control?
[6]Interview With Jean-Claude Trichet
Christoph Pauly, Thomas Tuma | Spiegel | 15 May 2010
ECB president tries unconvincingly to insist on his independence, toughness.
Blames feckless national governments for euro crisis. "There is a need for a
quantum leap in the governance of the euro area"
[7]Al Qaeda's Bomb-Making Skills
Art Keller | Foreign Policy | 14 May 2010
Amazing Al-Qaeda recruitment video (embedded here) shows bomb-makers at work
in Afghanistan. If Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad got this sort of
training, why didn't he do a better job?
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