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Friday’s Reading List

By Taylor Marvin

Soga Shohaku, 18th century. Via Wikimedia.

What I read this week:

The failure of light-footprint intervention to provide long-term stability. Dan Trombly has a good reaction piece.

Stephen Walt makes the good, and obvious, point that extracting concessions from Iran comes with considerable long-term downsides. Relatedly, at Tehran Dispatch Abi Mehregan interviews a mechanic in Tehran: “Imam Khomeini had lofty ideas. He was the only one I loved, and when he left, he took everything with him… [Iran] has fallen into the hands of a bunch of thieving people who think of nothing but their personal well-being.”

Eli Lake continues to have very solid reporting on the attack in Benghazi.

Sanctions’ unfolding human catastrophe in Iran.

Wired interviews Tom Ricks about his new book. David Betz has a convincing take on the intersection between command and policy.

Five things I learned this week in Afghanistan, including “empowered women put other women in jail in record numbers”.

Ending rape illiteracy, and the GOP defense of coerced mating.

Globalization and the importance of value-added metrics.

Cultura Profética – La Espera

Apologies for the Western-centric art feature of the past few months. It was totally unintentional, which I guess says something about my own subconscious biases.

One Comment Post a comment
  1. Gary Owen (El Snarkistani) #

    Thanks for the repost to the “5 Things I Learned” post!

    November 7, 2012

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