Newsletter 764


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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]Chongqing And Bo Xilai: How China Works
    Links:
      6. http://b.rw/NIoLd7

Kerry Brown | Open Democracy | 17 August 2012

"This is a system predicated on unaccountable power, where at the heart
  of governance a few individuals engage in coalition-building and mutual
  support to advance each other’s interests without input from public
  opinion" [7]Comments
    Links:
      7. https://thebrowser.com/articles/chongqing-and-bo-xilai-how-china-works

[8]What Mr Draghi Should Be Aiming At
    Links:
      8. http://b.rw/NNfVJA

Yanis Varoufakis | Yanis Varoufakis | 17 August 2012

ECB under Mario Draghi is enforcing disastrous "Ponzi austerity" on
  eurozone periphery. There is a way out. The catch is that it involves
  an irreversible move. Will those with the bargaining power now be
  prepared to give it up? [9]Comments
    Links:
      9. https://thebrowser.com/articles/what-mr-draghi-should-be-aiming

[10]Roman Frontiers
    Links:
      10. http://b.rw/NIqbEJ

Andrew Curry | National Geographic | 16 August 2012

How did Rome's obsession with borders contribute to its downfall?
  "Think of the empire as a cell, and barbarian armies as viruses: Once
  the empire’s thin outer membrane was breached, invaders had free rein
  to pillage the interior" [11]Comments
    Links:
      11. https://thebrowser.com/articles/roman-frontiers

[12]Imran Khan Must Be Doing Something Right
    Links:
      12. http://b.rw/R6gpiC

Pankaj Mishra | NYT | 16 August 2012

Visiting former cricketer, turned politician. "For many in this new
  generation of Pakistanis, there is little choice between the untried
  and evidently incorruptible Khan and such repeatedly discredited
  leaders as Zardari and Sharif" [13]Comments
    Links:
      13. https://thebrowser.com/articles/imran-khan-must-be-doing-something-right

[14]Invisible Threats
    Links:
      14. http://b.rw/S0amvI

Gabriella Blum | Hoover Institution | 16 August 2012

What do you get when robotics and nanotechnology meet 3D printing? A
  world full of home-made weaponised and surveillance drones the size of
  insects. Tech is basically there. Just a question of when it gets cheap
  and popular (PDF) [15]Comments
    Links:
      15. https://thebrowser.com/articles/invisible-threats

[16]Rereading 'The Remains Of The Day'
    Links:
      16. http://b.rw/S2jeRA

Salman Rushdie | Guardian | 17 August 2012

On the classic novel. "It is the rare achievement of Ishiguro's novel
  to pose big questions – what is Englishness? What is greatness? What is
  dignity? – with a delicacy and humour that do not obscure the
  tough-mindedness beneath" [17]Comments
    Links:
      17. https://thebrowser.com/articles/rereading-remains-day

FiveBooks Interview

[18]Edward Lucas on Putin and Russian History
    Links:
      18. https://thebrowser.com/interviews/edward-lucas-on-putin-and-russian-history

The international editor of The Economist and author of a new book
  about Russia gives an excoriating critique of Putinism and explains how
  Russia's amoral present is rooted in a failure to come to terms with
  its past [19]Read on
    Links:
      19. https://thebrowser.com/interviews/edward-lucas-on-putin-and-russian-history

Featured Special Report

[20]Paul Ryan
    Links:
      20. https://thebrowser.com/reports/paul-ryan

He's the man with the (budget) plan. What will the selection of the
  Wisconsin congressman as vice presidential candidate do for the Romney
  campaign? [21]Read on
    Links:
      21. https://thebrowser.com/reports/paul-ryan

Reader Recommendations

[22]polit2k The Catholic church in America: Earthly concerns | The
  Economist [23]t.co/y1eh6ipJ #[24]browsings h/t @[25]felixsalmon
  [26]More like this
    Links:
      22. http://twitter.com/polit2k
      23. http://t.co/y1eh6ipJ
      24. http://twitter.com/#!/search?q=#browsings
      25. http://twitter.com/felixsalmon
      26. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

Book of the Day

[27]Book of the Day
    Links:
      27. https://thebrowser.com/recommended/catch-22-by-joseph-heller

[28]Catch 22 by Joseph Heller
    Links:
      28. https://thebrowser.com/recommended/catch-22-by-joseph-heller

[29]Charles Glass says: "Catch 22 has every character in it that the
  American military did have at the time and still has today in Iraq and
  Afghanistan: The money-makers, the crooks, the officers who were trying
  to claw their way to the top where they get their men killed, the
  placing in order of priority the pretence of military success at the
  cost of many civilian lives" [30]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      29. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/charles-glass-on-americans-abroad
      30. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[31]Team Spirit
    Links:
      31. https://thebrowser.com/videos/team-spirit

Funerals for sports fans. Short film by Errol Morris [32]More videos
    Links:
      32. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[33]Tony Judt, on New York
    Links:
      33. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/08/opinion/08judt.html?_r=1&ref=opinion&pagewanted=all

New York sits at the edge: like Istanbul or Mumbai, it has a
    distinctive appeal that lies precisely in its cantankerous
    relationship to the metropolitan territory beyond.

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

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