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* My Maiden Aunt's Second Cousin
Gideon Lichfield | Economist | 2 September 2010
Short, pleasing note on precision with which different languages
describe family members. English has one term for offspring of your
parents' siblings: "cousin". Hebrew has four, Arabic eight
* Strictly English: On Exaggeration
Simon Heffer | Telegraph | 2 September 2010
Overstatement may grab attention, but devalues the currency of language.
"If a man who scores a goal is a hero, what term do we reserve to
describe one who wins the Victoria Cross?"
* Insights From The Afghan Field
Anatol Lieven | Current Intelligence | 6 September 2010
Powerful review-essay of new scholarly books on Afghanistan. Lieven
regrets they weren't there to be read by arriving Americans in
2001-2002, doomed in advance by ignorance of country and history
* Sweep Economists Off Their Thrones
Gideon Rachman | FT | 6 September 2010
Economists should learn some modesty from historians, whose craft dates
back to Herodotus, and who understand rather better the complexity of
human society and the limits of social science
* Unwisdom Of Crowds
David Rieff | New Republic | 6 September 2010
Comradeship is usually a good thing. Crowds are often fun. But in
politics they are dangerous. They encourage simplicity and selfishness,
override individual conscience. Crowd easily becomes mob
* Crimewave That Shames The World
Robert Fisk | Independent | 7 September 2010
Ferocious attack on "honour killings" in Muslim culture. At least 5,000
women murdered each year, often by close relatives. Horrific catalogue
of crimes given here. Sickening. Infuriating. Depressing
* Topic: Happiness
And the pursuit thereof. How to find it, how to measure it, how to
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