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Friday’s Reading List

By Taylor Marvin

Anne-Louis Girodet de Roussy-Trioson, 'Portrait of J. B. Belley, Deputy for Saint-Domingue,' 1797. Via Wikimedia.

Anne-Louis Girodet de Roussy-Trioson, ‘Portrait of J. B. Belley, Deputy for Saint-Domingue,’ 1797. Via Wikimedia.

What I read this week:

Challenging the narrative of Latin America’s left vs. right framework, which Roberta S. Jacobson comments “attempts to sort the region’s governments by that dated rubric lead one down a confused path to contorted conclusions.” Greg Weeks agrees, noting that these labels “will persist because they offer very easy ways to show whether you approve or not of a given person/country and/or want to project a certain image of them.”

Why are the Obama administration’s political-appointee ambassadors so unqualified? (Via Graham Jenkins and Andrew Exum.)

Why did Vladimir Putin choose sub-tropical beach resort Sochi as the site of Russia’s first Winter Olympics?

What’s a responsible, progressive position on an Israeli settlements boycott? Matt Duss urges economic pressure on settlements as a road to the least-bad option of a two-state solution.

More linkage at Political Violence @ a Glance.

The Frames – Santa Maria.

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