Weekly newsletter 7


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Best of the Week

[1]The Secret Sharer
    Links:
      1. http://b.rw/iz407A

Jane Mayer | New Yorker | 15 May 2011

Is Thomas Drake an enemy of the state? He faces some of the gravest charges
  that can be brought against a US citizen. Under the espionage act. For
  blowing the whistle on financial waste, bureaucratic dysfunction. Really?
  [2]Comments
    Links:
      2. http://thebrowser.com/articles/secret-sharer

[3]Chilling Story Of Genius In A Land Of Chronic Unemployment
    Links:
      3. http://b.rw/luP1Yx

Sarah Lacy | Techcrunch | 15 May 2011

Meet the "Yahoo boys" of Nigeria, successors of the 419 scammers. Astounding
  computer skills, masters of human manipulation. New con involves online
  dating. "We use our brains to get what we want. For us it’s the only way to
  live" [4]Comments
    Links:
      4. http://thebrowser.com/articles/chilling-story-genius-land-chronic-unemployment

[5]Arabs And The Long Revolution
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/kNvPwp

Brian Whitaker | Al-Bab | 19 May 2011

Superb analysis of the Arab uprisings. It's not about ideology, party
  politics. It's about changing society, reclaiming citizenship. Regimes can
  suppress immediate threats but forces driving this change are ultimately
  unstoppable [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/arabs-and-long-revolution

[7]How Power Corrupts
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/lyXYGk

Jonah Lehrer | Frontal Cortex | 18 May 2011

People in a position of authority appear to lose their natural sympathy for
  others; strange, when it's often that same sympathy that got them their
  authority in the first place. This is what's known as the Paradox of Power
  [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/how-power-corrupts

[9]Experimental Physics And The Limits Of Human Knowledge
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/k7UKfL

Rolf-Dieter Heuer | The European | 17 May 2011

Man who oversees CERN research laboratories talks candidly on the Higgs
  Boson particle, the relationship between science and belief, the nature of
  scientific proof and whether human brains are equipped to comprehend the
  universe [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/experimental-physics-and-limits-human-knowledge

[11]And I Should Know
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/ilTd9t

Roseanne Barr | New York Mag | 15 May 2011

Like or loathe her old sitcom, she tells a good story about battles with
  producers, studio execs and agents. And how fame affected her. To say
  nothing of the time George Clooney attacked a chocolate cake with a baseball
  bat for her [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/and-i-should-know

[13]Roast Chicken For Two, A Recipe
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/ifgB0z

Michael Ruhlman | Slate | 18 May 2011

Step one: Preheat oven. Step two: Wash chicken. Step three: Have sex with
  your partner. "And I'm not speaking with tongue in cheek. I'm strongly and
  earnestly recommending you make sex part of the routine of cooking". Here's
  why [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/roast-chicken-two-recipe

[15]The Price Of Gold
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/lPm2SN

Robin Hammond | Robin Hammond Blog | 17 May 2011

Stunning photo essay of Zimbabwean gold mining. Discovery of gold saves
  lives in a desperately poor country. But the search can kill too, with
  miners regularly sifting through toxic mercury deep underground. (Auto-play
  slideshow) [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/price-gold

FiveBooks Interview

[17]Lawrence F Kaplan on US Intervention
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/lawrence-f-kaplan-on-us-intervention

The foreign affairs commentator explains why US presidents have less room to
  manoeuvre on foreign policy than they think, and why President Obama has had
  to set aside his “minimalist” inclinations

Featured Topic

[18]Russia and the FSU
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/topics/russia

From the war in Chechnya to the murky depths of the KGB archive. Everything
  you need to know (well, nearly everything) about Russia's past and present

Book of the Week

[19]Le Fil de l'Epée by Charles de Gaulle
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/le-fil-de-lepée-by-charles-de-gaulle

[20]Michael Palliser says: Short and written in the early 1930s, this is a
  fascinating exposition of how a great leader has to behave. And it exactly
  describes how he did behave. in his leadership of France some 10 years later
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/michael-palliser-on-diplomacy

Reader Recommendations

@emustich RT @Salon When I fell for a doomsday prophecy [21]bit.ly/lBCZLp
  [22]#browsings
    Links:
      21. http://bit.ly/lBCZLp
      22. https://twitter.com/search?q=#browsings

Video of the Week

[23]Two Minutes Of Trump
    Links:
      23. http://thebrowser.com/videos/two-minutes-trump

That's two too many, you say?

Quote of the Week

[24]LA restaurant owner, on Humphrey Bogart
    Links:
      24. http://www.lrb.co.uk/v33/n10/jenny-diski/a-bout-de-bogart

"Bogart’s a hell of a nice guy until around 11.30 p.m. After that, he
    thinks he’s Bogart"

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