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Friday’s Reading List

By Taylor Marvin

Arnold Böcklin, "Attack by Pirates". Via Wikimedia.

Arnold Böcklin, “Attack by Pirates”. Via Wikimedia.

What I read this week:

Is the Korea crisis a symptom of a turnover trap?

I don’t see this specific outline of a potential conflict on the Korea Peninsula as particularly plausible, but it’s thought-provoking nevertheless.

UC San Diego’s Stephan Haggard on why Kim Jong-un is not crazy.

US Food Aid rules: If you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention (via Kevin Drum).

Popularism vs. the lame duck: Ahmadinejad continues his struggle. The availability of populist politics to the presidency, and not the Supreme Leadership, strikes me as a structural fault line in the IRI regime.

Small modular reactors and US military bases.

The advocates of the Iraq War continue to misunderstand the lessons of their failure.

Are the nordic countries a viable model for the US?

Scientific racism, militarism, and the new atheists.

Fair trade is a form of protectionism, and it should not be allowed to hide behind the mask of morality.”

Finally, very sad news from author Iain Banks. I finished Excession this week.

The Joy Formidable – This Ladder Is Ours.

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