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Libya: In Search of a Strongman by Nicolas Pelham NYRblog The New York Review of Books

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Thursday, October 3, 2013
Category: World

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The name probably most often and most favorably circulated is Colonel Salem Joha. An unorthodox soldier, Joha led the battle to lift the siege Qaddafi laid on his hometown, Misrata, a port city of a half-million people, and safeguarded the revolution in the west.

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The Charitable-Industrial Complex - NYTimes.com

Monday, September 16, 2013
Category: World

From www.nytimes.com

Philanthropy has become the “it” vehicle to level the playing field and has generated a growing number of gatherings, workshops and affinity groups. As more lives and communities are destroyed by the system that creates vast amounts of wealth for the few, the more heroic it sounds to “give back.

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Bhaskar calling Bhaskar... Deccan Chronicle

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Thursday, September 12, 2013
Category: World

From www.deccanchronicle.com

Funny model of inefficiency from India.

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The Eastern German Identity Has Disappeared - SPIEGEL ONLINE

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Thursday, September 5, 2013
Category: World

From www.spiegel.de

The old eastern German issues have been dealt with. The adjustment of pensions to western German levels is almost complete, and hopefully a uniform minimum wage will clear away some of the absurd differentiation into east and west.

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Meet the Gypsy entrepreneurs » The Spectator

Thursday, August 29, 2013
Category: World

From www.spectator.co.uk

Traders are comfortable travelling abroad to find work. Many Gypsy men are not only fluent in English but also speak German, French and a smattering of Scandinavian languages. This is striking, since academics often bewail the fact that many can’t read or write — a relic of a nomadic lifestyle where they were often moved on every few days from stopping places and few attended schools.

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Afghanistan: What Pakistan Wants by Anatol Lieven NYRblog The New York Review of Books

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Thursday, July 25, 2013
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It is important to keep in mind how much Pakistan’s rulers and the Afghan Taliban loathe each other (with the admittedly important exception of some sections of the ISI who have been fighting alongside Afghan Islamists since the early 1970s).

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Why Britons should celebrate the American Declaration of Independence " Telegraph Blogs

Sunday, July 14, 2013
Category: World

From blogs.telegraph.co.uk

The men who raised that standard believed that they were fighting for their freedoms as Britons " freedoms which had been trampled by a Hanoverian king and his hirelings. When they called themselves Patriots " a word that had been common currency among Whigs on both sides of the Atlantic long before anyone dreamed of a separation " they meant that they were British patriots, cherishing the peculiar liberties that had come down to them since Magna Carta: jury trials, free contract, property rights, habeas corpus, parliamentary representation, liberty of conscience and the common law.

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′Professor, You′re Dividing My Nation′ - The Chronicle Review - The Chronicle of Higher Education

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Monday, July 8, 2013
Category: World

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he majority of Iraq′s four million to six million Kurds speak Sorani and write it in an adapted Arabic script. Public subsidies, fueled by oil revenues, have helped pay for the publication of books in Sorani, whether medical dictionaries or Hemingway translations.

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Kim Jong-il′s Sushi Chef Kenji Fujimoto: Newsmakers: GQ

Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Category: World

From www.gq.com

What is life like serving Kim Jong-il and his heir? A strange and dangerous gig where the food and drink never stop, the girls are all virgins, and you′re never really safe.

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Will Algeria Be The Next Arab Republic To Fall? Via Meadia

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Sunday, May 26, 2013
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From blogs.the-american-interest.com

Algeria is the last major Arab republic still standing. Perhaps it’s out-lasted the others because it’s a bit of a hybrid. The complex military and political leadership of modern Algeria, coming out of the war for independence against France, contains parties and other modern institutions but also reflects traditional forms of leadership in a country that was more heavily impacted by European colonization and settlement than any other.

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