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For Next Steps in Congo, Listen to the Congolese

6879038911_24bdd46f78_o1-300x225Joshua Marks over at the SSRC's Possible Futures project:





It’s difficult to make sense of the reactions of many Western governments and international actors to the disastrous elections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) on November 28, 2011. Initial responses from the United States...

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Bearing Witness in Syria: A War Reporter’s Last Days

Idlib-articleLargeTyler Hicks in the NYT:





It was damp and cold as Anthony Shadid and I crossed in darkness over the barbed-wire fence that separated Turkey from Syria last month. We were also crossing from peace into war, into the bloodiest conflict of the Arab Spring, exploding just up the rocky and sparsely...

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Can Russia be Modernized?

2012-02-21-inosemtzev-2Vladislav Inozemtsev in Eurozine:





The debate on modernisation taking place in contemporary Russia at times puzzles western researchers, accustomed to a strict understanding of the term. Indeed, they may also consider Russia to be a country in which problems related to traditional...

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The jacket of Geoff Dyer’s “Zona” describes it as “A Book About a Film About a Journey to a Room.” It is also a hall of mirrors in which the author watches himself watching (and remembers himself remembering) a movie that, according to his impressively detailed description, ends with a...

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Rohan Maitzen on Virginia Woolf’s literary essays

From Open Letters Monthly:

CommonReaderFrom a certain perspective, Virginia Woolf did not write criticism at all. Her literary essays and journalism are truer specimens of belles lettres than of the kind of writing that surrounds Woolf’s Common Reader series on my university library’s shelves, books...

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People Aren't Smart Enough for Democracy to Flourish, Scientists Say

Natalie Wolchover in Yahoo! News:

ScreenHunter_37 Mar. 03 13.09The democratic process relies on the assumption that citizens (the majority of them, at least) can recognize the best political candidate, or best policy idea, when they see it. But a growing body of research has revealed an unfortunate aspect of the human...

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Australian Doctors, Scientists Wage War on Alternative Medicine

Marina Kamenev in The Atlantic:

ScreenHunter_36 Mar. 03 13.02In 1997 Kevin Sorbo, known for his starring role in the television series Hercules, felt a searing pain in his left shoulder during a workout. Thinking it was a strain, he went to see his chiropractor, who manipulated his neck for treatment. Several days later...

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Vijay Kumar: Robots that fly and cooperate


 
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Homeward Bound: The Rise of Multigenerational and One-Person Households

From The New York Times:

BookSo these two sociologists go into a bar and the man says to the woman, “What have you been up to?” “I’ve been studying what I call ‘accordion families,’ ” she says. “Right now something like three and a half million American parents are sharing a house...

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Words from the dictionary of American Regional English

From Smithsonian:

Perception-Language-631On to Z!” reads the tombstone of Frederic Cassidy, the first editor of the Dictionary of American Regional English (DARE). He started the project in 1962, and the dictionary’s last words (Sl-Z) will finally be published this month. Thanks to DARE, we will always know that...

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Saturday Poem

Toba 1
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I have nothing to write about
My flesh is bared to the sun
My wife is beautiful
My children are healthy

Let me tell you the truth
I am not a poet
I just pretend to be one

I was created, and left here
Look, the sun cascades among the boulders
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