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Thanassis Cambanis in The Boston Globe: The medical students disappeared on a run to the Aleppo suburbs. It was 2011, the first year of the Syrian uprising, and they were taking bandages and medicine to communities that had rebelled against... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2014 at 3quarksdaily
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James Palmer in Aeon: Mia could win over anybody who knew her. But to get those chances meant battling past a wall of entrenched prejudice and fear. Willy had been able to get past his initial feelings about her, motivated... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2014 at 3quarksdaily
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Omar Waraich in Roads & Kingdoms: When the British ruled India, they had a habit of establishing garrisons in towns across the subcontinent. One of these was located in the ancient town of Sialkot, which now lies in Pakistan’s Punjab... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2014 at 3quarksdaily
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Gina Kolata in the NYTimes: One of the largest and most meticulous studies of mammography ever done, involving 90,000 women and lasting a quarter-century, has added powerful new doubts about the value of the screening test for women of any... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2014 at 3quarksdaily
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Rachel Aviv in The New Yorker: Hayes had become accustomed to steady praise from his colleagues, but, when Syngenta cast doubt on his work, he became preoccupied by old anxieties. He believed that the company was trying to isolate him... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2014 at 3quarksdaily
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Toby Lester in the Boston Globe: Where, exactly, was the Garden of Eden? Few people stay awake at night worrying about that anymore, but for more than a millennium, from the early Middle Ages well into the Renaissance, plenty of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2014 at 3quarksdaily
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Glenn Dynner in OUP blog: So much of East European Jewish history is viewed through the lens of antisemitism and violence. But there is a reason that the Jews of Eastern Europe (mainly in the vast Polish-Lithuanian areas annexed by... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2014 at 3quarksdaily
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Benjamin Moser in The New Yorker: Any biographer knows the unease, sometimes verging on nausea, that extended research into a single person’s life brings. I never met Sontag or Clarice Lispector, the subject of my last book. But after years... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2014 at 3quarksdaily
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Ryan Jacobs in Pacific Standard: A group of researchers at the Center for Applied Criminology at Birmingham City University in the U.K. has recently analyzed newspaper articles, court records, and a series of “off-the-record” interviews with informants “who have, or... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2014 at 3quarksdaily
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Sean Jacobs at Roads & Kingdoms Most black South Africans, however, were not scandalized by Mandela’s one-time celebration of violent struggle or his communist leanings, or by Winnie’s complicated, but flawed, legacy, which was formed in a more compromising, violent... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2014 at 3quarksdaily
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Eric Schlosser in the New Yorker: Half a century after Kubrick’s mad general, Jack D. Ripper, launched a nuclear strike on the Soviets to defend the purity of “our precious bodily fluids” from Communist subversion, we now know that American... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2014 at 3quarksdaily
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Esther Dyson in Project Syndicate: According to Taleb, things that are anti-fragile – mostly living things – not only resist being broken; they actually grow stronger under stress. When coddled too much, they grow weaker. Evolution is an anti-fragile process…... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2014 at 3quarksdaily
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Greg Grandin in the NYTimes: “Benito Cereno” tells the story of Amasa Delano, a New England sea captain who, in the South Pacific, spends all day on a distressed Spanish ship carrying scores of West Africans who he thinks are... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2014 at 3quarksdaily
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Charles Isherwood in the NYTimes: For all its physical exuberance — the actors often appear to pummel one another with an intensity that you half expect to draw blood — Mr. Farrington’s approach to the material is primarily cerebral, inspired... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2014 at 3quarksdaily
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Ryan Leas in The Atlantic: Ain’t the American Dream grand? Michael, one of three playable characters in “Grand Theft Auto V,” yells this periodically during firefights, typically when you’re rampaging against cops. In a nutshell, that context is all you... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2014 at 3quarksdaily
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Cord Jefferson in Gawker on plausibly deniable racism: I think one of the most damaging effects America's omnipresent racism has on a person's psyche isn't the brief pang of hurt that comes from being called a slur, or seeing a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2013 at 3quarksdaily
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Pankaj Mishra in The Guardian: The unctuous belief that British imperialists, compared to their Belgian and French counterparts, were exponents of fair play has been dented most recently by revelations about mass murder and torture during the British suppression of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2012 at 3quarksdaily
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An incisive piece by Charles Davis in The New Inquiry: Tritely declaring President Obama no different from George W. Bush, these nominally left-wing suppressors of the vote even adopt the same bigoted, “pro-life” language one would expect to find outside... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2012 at 3quarksdaily
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A brilliant piece by Gavin Mueller in Jacobin: Wayne has no interest in profit, in accumulation, in investing his wealth to produce more wealth. If you don’t see M-C-M’ you don’t have capitalism. Now, the character of Bruce Wayne has... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2012 at 3quarksdaily
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Amy Bass in Salon: In 1988, Jimmy “The Greek” Snyder (in)famously stated that the prowess of African-American football players could be traced to slavery, saying “the black is a better athlete to begin with because he’s been bred to be... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2012 at 3quarksdaily
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Richard Wall in Folio Weekly: Denny Fouts (1914-1948) was handsome, charming, witty, entertaining and moody. He didn’t have money himself, but lived luxuriously off the wealth and infatuation of others. He played a starring role in the pre-war aristocratic bohemian... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2012 at 3quarksdaily
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John Carlos Frey on abuses by American Border Patrol agents, via Salon: Border Patrol protocol requires agents to provide detainees with food, drinking water and emergency medical services, to hold them under humane conditions, and to refrain from making degrading... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2012 at 3quarksdaily
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Conor Friedersdorf in The Atlantic: Does the U.S. have a responsibility to intervene abroad to stop egregious human rights abuses? The so-called "responsibility to protect" was the subject of a panel that my colleague Jeffrey Goldberg moderated Sunday in Aspen.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2012 at 3quarksdaily
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William Saletan, via Slate: In Syria, the U.S. has used the T-word to describe rebel operations that inflicted mass casualties, such as two car bombs that killed 44 people in Damascus last December. Russia and China have used the same... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2012 at 3quarksdaily
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Julian Baggini in The Guardian's Comment is free: Herein contains what we might call the paradox of revelation, which is confronted by any organised religion that is based on revelation, in whole or part. As its meaning makes clear, you... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2012 at 3quarksdaily