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Friday’s Reading List

By Taylor Marvin

Willem van de Velde the Younger, Ships on a Stormy Sea, 1672.

Willem van de Velde the Younger, 'Ships on a Stormy Sea', 1672.

What I read this week:

This week’s Economist cover is pretty great.

The road to hell is paved with viral videos: “Kony 2012 exemplifies is not new thinking but a new delivery system for the humanitarian wing of the old imperial enterprise, in all its stunning condescension toward the Global South, its sense of entitlement, and not just its contempt for both historical and moral complexity and ambiguity, but its actual reveling in that ignorance.”

Al Qaeda in Iraq’s staying power.

Why is President Obama keeping a journalist in prison in Yemen? Glenn Greenwald is furious. Kevin Drum dissents. Adam Serwer wonders if we’re asking the right questions.

Advising local forces: Build a house and burn it down.

Ever wonder what all the buttons in a 737 cockpit do? Now you know.

Where Myanmar keeps trampling rights.

Photos of absurdly tiny homes.

Peter Beinart’s new Zion Square blog is worth adding to your reading list.

Community’s back. You should be happy about this (trailer via Slate’s Browbeat).

A journey to al Qaeda’s Islamic emirate in southern Yemen.

Heartbreaking photos from Israel and Gaza. Plus: Israel’s revolutionary Iron Dome missile defense system in action.

I really enjoyed John Carter. Vulture on how the film was doomed by atrocious marketing and big egos.

Ben Howard – Soldiers.

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