Newsletter 731


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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]The Transformation Of The Arab World
    Links:
      6. http://b.rw/NM3jVR

Olivier Roy | Journal Of Democracy | 13 July 2012

After the Arab Spring. Democratisation is now becoming rooted in Arab
  societies, and Islamist groups that benefited at the ballot box will
  adapt to this or face marginalisation. This is the start of the
  "post-Islamist" era (PDF) [7]Comments
    Links:
      7. http://thebrowser.com/articles/transformation-arab-world

[8]Confessions Of An Ex-Mormon
    Links:
      8. http://b.rw/Sz7Agg

Walter Kirn | New Republic | 13 July 2012

"Sometimes a person doesn’t know what he’s made of until strangers try
  to tear it down." Kirn reflects on life in the Mormon church,
  "America’s most misunderstood religion" and its "longest experiment
  with communitarian idealism" [9]Comments
    Links:
      9. http://thebrowser.com/articles/confessions-ex-mormon

[10]Mind Bending: Why Our Memories Are Not Always Our Own
    Links:
      10. http://b.rw/SzePor

Charles Fernyhough | Independent | 15 July 2012

Fascinating look at disputed and false memories. How is it that you can
  start to believe someone else's memory is your own? And why is it so
  straightforward to give people memories of events they never actually
  experienced? [11]Comments
    Links:
      11. http://thebrowser.com/articles/mind-bending-why-our-memories-are-not-always-our-own

[12]Dark Soldiers Of The New Order
    Links:
      12. http://b.rw/Nq3AOp

Edward Lucas | Foreign Policy | 14 July 2012

Book extract. The Cold War is over, but the spirit of the KGB lives on.
  "Russia's new spies engage in the subversion, manipulation and
  penetration of the West. They defend a regime that is tyrannical,
  criminal and even murderous" [13]Comments
    Links:
      13. http://thebrowser.com/articles/dark-soldiers-new-order

[14]The Golden Rules Of Banking
    Links:
      14. http://b.rw/NGRYWS

Buttonwood | Economist | 13 July 2012

"Managers get promoted to their level of incompetence. The
  trader-cum-executive will make the biggest mistake when he is in charge
  of the whole bank. By this stage, he will be rich and will remain so
  even if the entire bank fails" [15]Comments
    Links:
      15. http://thebrowser.com/articles/golden-rules-banking

[16]Born Poor? Bad Luck
    Links:
      16. http://b.rw/SueeEE

Will Hutton | Observer | 15 July 2012

"Protracted depression is making life ever harder and disillusioning
  for those, and their children, trapped at the bottom—while making those
  at the top ever more robust about looking after themselves and their
  own" [17]Comments
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/articles/born-poor-bad-luck

FiveBooks Interview

[18]Sophie Ratcliffe on PG Wodehouse
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/sophie-ratcliffe-on-pg-wodehouse

A prolific writer sometimes oblivious to events going on around him, PG
  Wodehouse remains so well loved because of his enduring characters and
  inimitable style, says the editor of his letters [19]Read on
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/sophie-ratcliffe-on-pg-wodehouse

Featured Special Report

[20]How To Die
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/reports/how-die

How to face the end? Peacefully? Still fighting? With all of medicine's
  help? Or naturally? [21]Read on
    Links:
      21. http://thebrowser.com/reports/how-die

Reader Recommendations

@polit2k MT @markmackinnon... absolutely tantalizing stuff in
  instalment 1 of Asahi Shimbun's series on ... Bo Xilai
  [22]t.co/rpLPp2IU [23]#browsings [24]More like this
    Links:
      22. http://t.co/rpLPp2IU
      23. https://twitter.com/search?q=#browsings
      24. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

Book of the Day

[25]Book of the Day
    Links:
      25. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/born-losers-by-scott-sandage

[26]Born Losers by Scott Sandage
    Links:
      26. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/born-losers-by-scott-sandage

[27]Oliver Burkeman says: “This is an historical account of changing
  attitudes towards failure. He takes American culture as his focus, but
  his insights apply far beyond that” [28]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      27. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/oliver-burkeman-on-happiness-through-negative-thinking
      28. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[29]Transforming Tomorrow
    Links:
      29. http://thebrowser.com/videos/transforming-tomorrow

Peter Thiel will pay you to change the world. One condition: You have
  to drop out of college [30]More videos
    Links:
      30. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[31]Jonathan Good, on photographs
    Links:
      31. http://1000memories.com/blog/94-number-of-photos-ever-taken-digital-and-analog-in-shoebox

"Ten percent of all photos ever taken were taken in the past 12
    months"

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

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