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"No More Growth Miracles" by Dani Rodrik Project Syndicate

Sunday, August 12, 2012
Category: World

From www.project-syndicate.org

uccessful long-term development therefore requires a two-pronged push. It requires an industrialization drive, accompanied by the steady accumulation of human capital and institutional capabilities to sustain services-driven growth once industrialization reaches its limits.

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The Border Between Israel and Palestine - NYTimes.com

Saturday, August 11, 2012
Category: World

From opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict involves a very small area of land, only a few million people, and no mineral resources. The reasonable solution has always been obvious: to draw a borderline somewhere between the Mediterranean Sea and the Dead Sea that both sides, however grudgingly, could live with.

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Buddhists Behaving Badly Foreign Affairs

Saturday, August 11, 2012
Category: World

From www.foreignaffairs.com

Since the war ended, Buddhist clerics have been at the forefront of promoting punitive triumphalism. The Sinhalese majority widely views its victory over the Tamils as a ratification of its scripturally ordained dominion, with other groups occupying a subordinate position.

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Jina Moore: The White Correspondent’s Burden

Saturday, August 11, 2012
Category: World

From www.bostonreview.net

Ultimately, the problem with journalism from Africa isn’t about professional conventions. It’s about all of us—writers and readers, producers and viewers. We continue a storytelling tradition that hasn’t fundamentally changed since Joseph Conrad slapped Congo with “the heart of darkness” label.

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Blurry Glasses=Modesty Police " Sisterhood Blog " The Jewish Daily Forward

Friday, August 10, 2012
Category: World

From m.forward.com

It’s not a joke, although it certainly seems like one. In some ultra-Orthodox communities in Israel, shops are now selling eye glasses with lenses that intentionally blur whatever the wearer is looking at, the web site ynet reports.

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Jordan′s New Politics of Tribal Dissent

Friday, August 10, 2012
Category: World

From mideast.foreignpolicy.com

Jordan wants the United States to believe that Islamists, headlined by the Muslim Brotherhood′s Islamic Action Front (IAF) party, are the most dangerous opposition in the kingdom. Yet this is pure fiction, a ruse that exploits Western fears of an Islamist takeover while justifying the authoritarian monarchy′s preference for shallow political reforms cloaked in the language of democracy.

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D Magazine : How to Rebuild Haiti Using Trash

Thursday, August 9, 2012
Category: World

From www.dmagazine.com

Haiti, and Port-au-Prince especially, is a third world/first world mash-up—modern clothes, primitive structures, old traditions, new technology. (Everyone has cell phones and Facebook pages.) There are parts that were broken by the earthquake in January 2010, but there are parts that were always broken.

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Qaddafi′s Spawn

Friday, August 3, 2012
Category: World

From www.foreignaffairs.com

The military campaign against Muammar al-Qaddafi′s regime has been hailed a success. In March, Permanent U.S. Representative to NATO Ivo Daalder and NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe James Stavridis wrote in Foreign Affairs that, faced with the humanitarian disaster in Libya, NATO "succeeded in protecting those civilians and, ultimately, in providing the time and space necessary for local forces to overthrow Muammar al-Qaddafi.

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In Zimbabwe Land Takeover, a Golden Lining

Friday, August 3, 2012
Category: World

From www.nytimes.com

Before Zimbabwe’s government began the violent and chaotic seizure of white-owned farms in 2000, fewer than 2,000 farmers were growing tobacco, the country’s most lucrative crop, and most were white.

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Even the Taliban eat ice-cream

Sunday, July 29, 2012
Category: World

From www.guardian.co.uk

Ahmad Faizy′s network reaches into the most restive corners of Afghanistan: lawless, Taliban-dominated areas where government officials and troops, if they are present at all, have to hunker down behind thick defensive walls.

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