Newsletter 717


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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

[6]After America
    Links:
      6. http://b.rw/N3GWXA

Dexter Filkins | New Yorker | 2 July 2012

Afghans fear that their civil war, suspended but never settled, will
  resume when US troops leave. "Everyone is preparing. It will be
  bloodier and longer than before, street to street. This time, everyone
  has more guns, more to lose" [7]Comments
    Links:
      7. http://thebrowser.com/articles/after-america

[8]The Libor Scandal And The Price Of Prosperity
    Links:
      8. http://b.rw/OUEA3g

Umair Haque | HBR | 29 June 2012

"This scandal isn't about price-fixing. It's not about a bank. It's not
  even about power and privilege, corruption and compromise. It's about
  life, tragedy, and human potential. It's about the capacity to create a
  worthwhile future" [9]Comments
    Links:
      9. http://thebrowser.com/articles/libor-scandal-and-price-prosperity

[10]Mitt Romney And The New Gilded Age
    Links:
      10. http://b.rw/N3Vqds

Robert Reich | Robert Reich | 30 June 2012

"The reforms of the Progressive Era at the turn of the 20th century
  saved American democracy from the robber barons, but the political
  power of great wealth has now resurfaced with a vengeance." Will
  Democrats do anything about it? [11]Comments
    Links:
      11. http://thebrowser.com/articles/mitt-romney-and-new-gilded-age

[12]Apes With Apps
    Links:
      12. http://b.rw/OUBxIy

Ken Schweller | IEEE Spectrum | 1 July 2012

"Sitting with his Motorola Xoom tablet, he’s rapt, his dark eyes fixed
  on the images, fingers pecking away at the touch screen." Teco can't
  speak, but he's building a vocabulary of thousands of words. And he's
  an ape, not a child [13]Comments
    Links:
      13. http://thebrowser.com/articles/apes-apps

[14]The Real Hong Kong Handover
    Links:
      14. http://b.rw/McyNFN

BreakingViews | Reuters | 29 June 2012

Special report (13-page PDF) from Reuters' crack commentary team,
  arguing that the appointment of a new chief executive with no deep
  roots in the old colonial order is a change at least as profound as the
  legal handover was in 1997 [15]Comments
    Links:
      15. http://thebrowser.com/articles/real-hong-kong-handover

[16]The ‘Busy’ Trap
    Links:
      16. http://b.rw/OUCRuI

Tim Kreider | NYT | 30 June 2012

You're busy. I'm busy. Even our children are busy. It's the curse of
  modern life, but one we seem to have chosen rather than had forced upon
  us. Why? "Busyness serves as a kind of existential reassurance, a hedge
  against emptiness" [17]Comments
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/articles/‘busy’-trap

FiveBooks Interview

[18]Wai Chee Dimock on Hemingway in Paris
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/wai-chee-dimock-on-hemingway-paris

Paris in the 1920s was a creative melting pot, the haunt of Ernest
  Hemingway, Gertrude Stein, F Scott Fitzgerald and James Joyce. The Yale
  English professor gives us a feel for what it was like to be there
  [19]Read on
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/wai-chee-dimock-on-hemingway-paris

Featured Special Report

[20]Sport's Violence Problem
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/reports/sports-violence-problem

Nobody wants to take away the thrill and drama of the NFL or NHL, but
  is middle age dementia an acceptable price for ex-players to pay?
  [21]Read on
    Links:
      21. http://thebrowser.com/reports/sports-violence-problem

Reader Recommendations

@[22]polit2k Confronted by hypocrisy | Cliff Schecter | Opinion Al
  Jazeera English [23]t.co/fjbEP7jZ via @[24]ajenglish #[25]browsings
  #[26]teaparty [27]More like this
    Links:
      22. http://twitter.com/polit2k
      23. http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2012/06/2012630131753593235.html
      24. http://twitter.com/ajenglish
      25. https://twitter.com/search?q=#browsings
      26. http://twitter.com/#!/search?q=#teaparty
      27. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

Book of the Day

[28]Book of the Day
    Links:
      28. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/kill-mockingbird-by-harper-lee

[29]To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
    Links:
      29. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/kill-mockingbird-by-harper-lee

[30]Clive Stafford Smith says: "Atticus Finch is a great hero. The book
  touches on so many issues and deals with so many prejudices. It’s a
  book that was way ahead of its time" [31]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      30. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/clive-stafford-smith-on-capital-punishment
      31. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[32]Snow White And The Huntsman
    Links:
      32. http://thebrowser.com/videos/snow-white-and-huntsman

Walkthrough of the special effects needed to make a monster materialise
  out of a melting mirror [33]More videos
    Links:
      33. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[34]Henry Kissinger, on realism
    Links:
      34. http://www.newcriterion.com/articles.cfm/The-limits-of-universalism-7397

"History cannot be shaped, only enacted"

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

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