Selected Reading (15/07/09)July 15, 2009 at 9:30 pm | Posted in Misc. | 6 Comments
To add some analysis which runs contrary to my rather downbeat assessment, Peter Bergen reckons Afghanistan is more winnable than people think.
- Meanwhile, Eric Martin reviews the situation for himself.
- In the 21st century, there are half a million slaves living in Mauritania.
- I said a few posts back that Mother Jones’ collection of dissenting pieces on the war on drugs was worth a read. If you can’t be bothered to read everything, this editorial makes the central argument really well.
- Thomas Mucha looks at the political violence & civil unrest which has sprung up around the world since the global financial crisis.
- Laura Woodhouse describes how a lack of confidence can sometimes be an impediment to cracking accepted stereotypes & gender roles.
- Bill Conroy on the American lobbyist hack who’s started shilling for the junta in Hondouras.
- It’s a bit old, but awesome culture mag PopMatters turned 10 at the end of last month. To celebrate, they revisited some of the most memorable albums of 1999 and pondered what they revealed about pop culture at the turn of the century.
- And since we can’t be doom-laden all the time, here’s a happy story about a 15-year-old flying an 87-year-old across America.