Weekly newsletter 12


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Best of the Week

[5]The Invisible Army
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/lsV1Yd

Sarah Stillman | New Yorker | 6 June 2011

Horrifying investigation, recently ungated, into "third-country nationals"
  working for US military in war zones. Employed by unscrupulous
  subcontractors, they're lied to, abused, trapped in jobs that are more like
  indentured labour [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/invisible-army

[7]Time For Plan B
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/mKINs6

Anonymous | Spiegel | 20 June 2011

More excellent reporting on euro woes. Includes explanation of why "if the
  current situation continues, the monetary union will invariably turn into a
  transfer union, a path the inventors of the euro were determined to prevent"
  [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/time-plan-b

[9]The Illusions Of Psychiatry
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/lO9OMp

Marcia Angell | NYRB | 19 June 2011

Second article in a damning series on mental illness. This piece, by way of
  a dual book review, discusses widespread use of psycho-active drugs in
  children and how pharmaceutical firms influence the field of psychiatry
  [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/illusions-psychiatry

[11]The Rise And Inglorious Fall Of Myspace
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/ieHl6d

Felix Gillette | Businessweek | 22 June 2011

How Myspace snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. "There were things
  that we knew would be more efficient for the user that we didn't act on
  immediately because it would reduce page views." Big mistake. And not the
  only one [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/rise-and-inglorious-fall-myspace

[13]A Dirty Business
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/ls6pbR

George Packer | New Yorker | 20 June 2011

Long piece on hedge fund Galleon and Preet Bharara, lawyer charged with
  bringing Wall Street to heel. “When sophisticated business people begin to
  adopt the methods of common criminals, we have no choice but to treat them
  as such" [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/dirty-business

[15]Michele Bachmann's Holy War
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/jOCry5

Matt Taibbi | Rolling Stone | 22 June 2011

Aspiring Republican gets the Taibbi treatment. "Bachmann is exactly the
  right kind of completely batshit crazy. Not medically crazy, not
  talking-to-herself-on-the-subway crazy, but grandiose crazy, late-stage Kim
  Jong-Il crazy" [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/michele-bachmanns-holy-war

[17]The Liberty Scam
    Links:
      17. http://b.rw/mtWuuD

Stephen Metcalf | Slate | 20 June 2011

Robert Nozick, philosophical father of libertarianism, attacked theories of
  social justice. He paved the way for Ronald Reagan's political revolution,
  for rising inequality, and for market fundamentalism. Then he changed his
  mind [18]Comments
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/articles/liberty-scam

[19]Long, Lame Afterlife Of Mikhail Gorbachev
    Links:
      19. http://b.rw/ioJpkI

Anne Applebaum | Foreign Policy | 20 June 2011

Portrait of former statesman written in acid. B-list celebrity abroad.
  Despised at home. Most of the historic events associated him happened either
  by accident, or by mistake, or against his will. He wasn't bold, just
  ignorant [20]Comments
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/articles/long-lame-afterlife-mikhail-gorbachev

FiveBooks Interview

[21]Paul Krugman on Inspiration for a Liberal Economist
    Links:
      21. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/paul-krugman-on-inspiration-liberal-economist

Continuing our weekly series on American progressivism, we talk to the Nobel
  prize-winning economist, Paul Krugman, on why he counts himself a liberal
  [22]Read on
    Links:
      22. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/paul-krugman-on-inspiration-liberal-economist

Featured Topic

[23]Film
    Links:
      23. http://thebrowser.com/topics/film

What do film directors read? Is screenwriting literature? What are the best
  Indian films? Is there fame in film subtitling? Our experts and editors have
  the answers. For the film buff who browses ... [24]Read on
    Links:
      24. http://thebrowser.com/topics/film

Reader Recommendations

_@sophiemaynard_  10 myths about introverts: [25]t.co/NTrEJEY _#browsings_
  h/t _@kottke _[26]More like this
    Links:
      25. http://t.co/NTrEJEY
      26. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

Book of the Week

[27]Book of the Day
    Links:
      27. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/taxi-by-khalid-al-khamissi

[28]Taxi by Khalid Al Khamissi
    Links:
      28. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/taxi-by-khalid-al-khamissi

[29]Humphrey Davies says: "This is a delightful book. It’s very much the
  view from the street" [30]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      29. http://HumphreyDaviessays
      30. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks

Video of the Week

[31]True Cost Of Oil
    Links:
      31. http://thebrowser.com/videos/true-cost-oil

Center For Investigative Reporting adds up the hidden costs of a gallon of
  gasoline [32]More videos
    Links:
      32. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Week

[33]Charles Crawford, on negotiating
    Links:
      33. http://charlescrawford.biz/blog/diplomatic-carrots-undiplomatic-sticks

"If you don't know what you really want from a negotiation, don't be
    surprised if you don't get it"

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

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