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Writing Worth Reading
* Koch Brothers' War On Obama
Jane Mayer | New Yorker | 23 August 2010
Profile of elderly billionaire brothers who bankroll much of America's
right-wing populism and climate-change denial. "They are the Standard
Oil of our times"
* Bushehr: We Shouldn’t Worry
Jeremy Bernstein | NYRB | 23 August 2010
Surprisingly interesting short account of Iranian town, and nuclear
reactor just built there. Looks like a legitimate power-generation
plant. Other Iranian projects much more dangerous
* Why Taxes Are Low In Middle East
Brian Whitaker | Guardian | 23 August 2010
Direct taxes rare. Suits governments and people. Eases pressure for
democracy and accountability. Governments can draw on oil revenues,
indirect taxes, foreign aid, instead
* Tells The Facts, Names The Names
Anne Helen Petersen | Celebrity Gossip, Academic Style | 22 August 2010
Excellent, footnoted history of "Confidential", pioneering 1950s
Hollywood gossip magazine which blazed cheesy trail of scandal and
innuendo followed later by National Inquirer, TMZ etc
Today on FiveBooks - Israel.
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