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Friday’s Reading List

By Taylor Marvin

Pieter Pauwel Rubens, "Portrait of Maria Serra Pallavicino", 1606. Via centuriespast.tumblr.com.

Pieter Pauwel Rubens, “Portrait of Maria Serra Pallavicino”, 1606. Via centuriespast.tumblr.com.

What I read this week:

Potemkin village in Congo hides M23 rebels’ violent rule (via Laura Seay).

Erica Chenoweth has some great thoughts on how activists’ prior preferences shape their preference for violent versus nonviolent methods of resistance.

Using terms like “civil society” is a distraction from the real problems in authoritarian countries.

Steve Saideman on Canada and the F-35.

What Susan Rice has meant for US policy in sub-Saharan Africa.

Some interesting thoughts on surveys in conflict zones by Jason Lyall.

Corey Robin has fascinating take on Thomas Jefferson and slavery.

Dollar-less Iranians discover virtual currency.

Mitt Romney hanging out in my college area: “Romney has been keeping in shape with bike rides around La Jolla, past the bistros and boutiques that hug the rugged coastline.”

Dark Captain Light Captain – Miracle Kicker

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