Newsletter 739


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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 Checkpoint
    Links:
      6. http://b.rw/NP9jxx

Oded Na'aman | Boston Review | 23 July 2012

Inside the mind of an Israeli soldier. A fantastically interesting (if
  dispiriting) account of the psychology of occupation. Israeli army has
  power without authority so it must make Palestinians think it is
  everywhere, and fear it [7]Comments
    Links:
      7. http://thebrowser.com/articles/checkpoint

[8]Swiss Freeports Are Home For A Growing Treasury Of Art
    Links:
      8. http://b.rw/MUb5d3

David Segal | NYT | 21 July 2012

Where does the art world stash its masterpieces? In a drab warehouse
  complex near Geneva. Security is excellent. The tax regime is even
  better: There isn't one. Geneva Freeport is the art world's private
  Cayman Islands [9]Comments
    Links:
      9. http://thebrowser.com/articles/swiss-freeports-are-home-growing-treasury-art

[10]Russia's Top Cyber Sleuth Foils US Spies, Helps Kremlin Pals
    Links:
      10. http://b.rw/PAO4jF

Noah Schachtman | Wired | 23 July 2012

"Kaspersky Lab isn’t just an antivirus company; it’s a leader in
  uncovering cyber-espionage. Heading such a firm would be a powerful
  position for anyone. But Kaspersky’s rise is particularly notable given
  his KGB-sponsored training" [11]Comments
    Links:
      11. http://thebrowser.com/articles/russias-top-cyber-sleuth-foils-us-spies-helps-kremlin-pals

[12]Preparing For Bashar Al-Assad's Exit
    Links:
      12. http://b.rw/PAZbJm

Marc Lynch | CNN | 23 July 2012

It's premature to think that the end is close, but Assad is doomed. The
  question, for Syria's short and medium term future, is how it ends.
  There's little hope for a "soft landing" but here is what the
  opposition and US should do [13]Comments
    Links:
      13. http://thebrowser.com/articles/preparing-bashar-al-assads-exit

[14]On The Trail Of The Warsaw Basilisk
    Links:
      14. http://b.rw/PAVZxo

Mike Dash | Smithsonian | 23 July 2012

Deadly beast feared for centuries in Europe and North Africa. According
  to legend, a crested snake that hatched from an egg laid by a rooster
  and incubated by a toad. First described by Pliny the Elder. Warsaw
  story comes from 1587 [15]Comments
    Links:
      15. http://thebrowser.com/articles/trail-warsaw-basilisk

[16]Strange Things Happen At A Football Olympics
    Links:
      16. http://b.rw/MVSjBn

Simon Kuper | MioStadium | 23 July 2012

"For decades the tournament was a relaxed affair. At the Paris Games of
  1924 the Swiss team reached the final and then planned to go home
  without playing it. Their 10-day rail passes expired before the match"
  [17]Comments
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/articles/strange-things-happen-football-olympics

FiveBooks Interview

[18]Paul Seabright on Evolution and Human Cooperation
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/paul-seabright-on-evolution-and-human-cooperation

Think of Darwinian natural selection and you may think of selfish or
  competitive behaviour, but this is far from the whole story, says the
  author of The Company of Strangers [19]Read on
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/paul-seabright-on-evolution-and-human-cooperation

Featured Special Report

[20]Air Travel
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/reports/air-travel

Airlines opened to us a world of thrilling possibility. But, for many,
  flying is still a terrifying prospect. Crashes, though rare, do happen.
  And then there are the security procedures bequeathed to us by 9/11
  [21]Read on
    Links:
      21. http://thebrowser.com/reports/air-travel

Reader Recommendations

@[22]polit2k Remembering Alex Cockburn | James Ridgeway | Mother Jones
  [23]t.co/zdjWONfY via @[24]motherjones [25]#browsings [26]More like
  this
    Links:
      22. http://twitter.com/polit2k
      23. http://www.motherjones.com/media/2012/07/ridgeway-alexander-cockburn
      24. http://twitter.com/motherjones
      25. https://twitter.com/search?q=#browsings
      26. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

Book of the Day

[27]Book of the Day
    Links:
      27. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/imperium-by-ryszard-kapuściński

[28]Imperium by Ryszard Kapuściński
    Links:
      28. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/imperium-by-ryszard-kapuściński

[29]Geoff Dyer says: “With Kapuscinski it seems to me you get humanity
  combined with politics and reportage telling you what’s going on in
  different places” [30]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      29. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/geoff-dyer-on-unusual-histories
      30. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[31]The Art of the Profile, with David Remnick
    Links:
      31. http://thebrowser.com/videos/art-profile-david-remnick

Most interviewers talk too much. Big mistake
  [32]More videos
    Links:
      32. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[33]William Deresiewicz, on tools
    Links:
      33. http://theamericanscholar.org/critical-tools-and-theoretical-machines

"Tools extend the human; machines replace it"

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

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