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Faisal Devji in The Hindu: Image via Time One of the peculiarities of Indian political debate is that everyone claims to be secular while accusing others of not being so. Secularism’s hegemony as an idea was made clear by L.K.... Continue reading
Posted 11 hours ago at 3quarksdaily
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Sara Black McCulloch in The New Inquiry: We “contract” disease, as if it were something we could sign for, sign up for. We “fight” disease, as if we were drafted in service of our country. We “fall sick,” as if... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at 3quarksdaily
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NB: This article, published two days ago, seems particularly relevant in light of today's horrific killing of more than a hundred schoolchildren in Peshawar, Pakistan. Halima Mansoor in the Express Tribune: Coffins in storage area at Lady Reading Hospital, Peshawar.... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at 3quarksdaily
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Sven Beckert in The Chronicle of Higher Education: If capitalism, as many believe, is about wage labor, markets, contracts, and the rule of law, and, most important, if it is based on the idea that markets naturally tend toward maximizing... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at 3quarksdaily
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P.J. O'Rourke in The Daily Beast: I had my 14-year-old daughter, Poppet, instruct me in how to watch an episode of Girls on my computer. (Turns out “content” is not completely “free.”) Two seconds into the opening credits I was... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at 3quarksdaily
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Adia Benton in The New Inquiry: The two leaders’ statements were upsetting. Why was Sirleaf’s concern for Americans’ health expressed with anger? Why did Koroma need to give official assurances that the contagion would not spread? What was at stake... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at 3quarksdaily
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Tanzina Vega in NYTimes: To hear Mikia Hutchings speak, one must lean in close, as her voice barely rises above a whisper. In report cards, her teachers describe her as “very focused,” someone who follows the rules and stays on... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2014 at 3quarksdaily
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Tim Parks in NYRBlog: A pen is not a magic wand. The critical faculty is not conjured from nothing. But it was remarkable how many students improved their performance with this simple stratagem. There is something predatory, cruel even, about... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2014 at 3quarksdaily
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Dara Mohammadi in The Guardian: “Let’s be clear,” says Edzard Ernst, emeritus professor of complementary medicine at Exeter University, “there are two types of detox: one is respectable and the other isn’t.” The respectable one, he says, is the medical... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2014 at 3quarksdaily
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Matthieu Aikins in Rolling Stone: Across the province, hundreds of thousands of people were taking part in the largest opium harvest in Afghanistan's history. With a record 224,000 hectares under cultivation this year, the country produced an estimated 6,400 tons... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2014 at 3quarksdaily
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Brendan O'Connor in The Oyster Review: It can be hard to talk about reading a book like Moby-Dick without sounding like, well, kind of a dick. The book has taken on a cultural significance that outweighs its admittedly hefty pages;... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2014 at 3quarksdaily
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Ten years ago, WIRED contributing editor Joshua Davis wrote a story about four high school students in Phoenix, Arizona—three of them undocumented immigrants from Mexico—beating MIT in an underwater robot competition. That story, La Vida Robot, has a new chapter:... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2014 at 3quarksdaily
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Frank Rich interviews Chris Rock in Vulture: What would you do in Ferguson that a standard reporter wouldn’t? I’d do a special on race, but I’d have no black people. Well, that would be much more revealing. Yes, that would... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2014 at 3quarksdaily
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Tahir Qadiry in BBC News Magazine: "The reason they gave me for the turmoil in their minds was the uncertainty in their lives. They had no control over what was happening to them. Everything was in the hands of their... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2014 at 3quarksdaily
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Aaron Bady in The New Inquiry: University of Leeds professor Brendon Nicholls made a list of the “Five African Novels to Read Before You Die” yesterday, and it’s a fine list, if your best-case scenario is that literate first-world types... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2014 at 3quarksdaily
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Freddie deBoer over on his blog: This is a question that people like Andrew absolutely have to answer if they want to grapple with this issue in an honest way: are you comfortable with a university system with incredibly low... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2014 at 3quarksdaily
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Michael Schulson in Salon: How do ritual and religion become entangled with this violence? Well, because state-building was imbued with religious ideology. Every state ideology before the modern period was essentially religious. Trying to extract religion from political life would... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2014 at 3quarksdaily
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In The Economist: Since around 1970 the world’s most Roman Catholic continent has become steadily less so. This trend, much remarked, shows no sign of slowing down, according to an exhaustive new study by the Pew Research Centre, a self-described... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2014 at 3quarksdaily
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Jeff Yang in Quartz: That’s one way of looking at Koenig’s enterprise—as pure cultural tourism, exploitative of the people and communities involved for the sake of streaming-audio melodrama. And it’s not an inaccurate one, either: There’s something deeply uncomfortable about... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2014 at 3quarksdaily
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Carrie Arnold in Nautilus: You have just been appointed Conservation Czar. But there is a catch. You can only save three animals...After you make your choices, you will learn about the endangered status of each animal. If you chose to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2014 at 3quarksdaily
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Operation Zarb-e-Azb is a military offensive being conducted by Pakistani military forces against various militant groups in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas bordering Afghanistan. Up to 30,000 Pakistani soldiers are involved in Zarb-e-Azb, described as a "comprehensive operation" to flush... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2014 at 3quarksdaily
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Steve Landsburg in The Big Questions: I never met Grothendieck. I was never in the same room with him. I never even saw him from a distance. But whenever I think about math — which is to say, pretty much... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2014 at 3quarksdaily
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Jody Rosen in NYTimes' T Magazine Blog: McCabe had spent the last three years of his life thinking about London’s roads and landmarks, and how to navigate between them. In the process, he had logged more than 50,000 miles on... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2014 at 3quarksdaily
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Gabriella Coleman on Medium: For six years I have been studying the protest ensemble Anonymous. Some challenges come with the job. By definition, Anonymous is a faceless collective. As many participants in this milieu conceal their identities carefully, it was... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2014 at 3quarksdaily
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Eve Hepburn in openDemocracy: What should the EU do? At the moment, the official position is to keep its head down and say nothing about the internal affairs of one of its valued member-states. But will this strategy work when... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2014 at 3quarksdaily