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Is Islam an Obstacle to Democracy? - Room for Debate - NYTimes.com

Saturday, October 6, 2012
Category: World

From www.nytimes.com

As Arab populations “pursue values like freedom, justice, equality, autonomy and pluralism, and new models of democracy and of international relations,” the scholar Tariq Ramadan wrote in The New York Times this week, “they need to draw on Islamic traditions.

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Oh, to be Jewish in China - NYTimes.com

Saturday, October 6, 2012
Category: China

From latitude.blogs.nytimes.com

Racial stereotyping is commonplace in China. Many Chinese view their own 55 ethnic minorities through a checklist of supposedly inherent talents and skills. And though it can work in the Jews’ favor here, such stereotypes can also work against other foreigners, notably Africans visiting China who regularly battle racism.

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Charter City Plan to Fight Honduras Poverty Loses Initiator - NYTimes.com

Saturday, October 6, 2012
Category: Society

From www.nytimes.com

Romer, an expert on economic growth, is out of his own project, tripped up by the sort of opaque decision making that his plan was supposed to change. An internal contradiction in the theory is playing out: To set up a new city with clear new rules, you must first deal with governments that are trapped in the old ones.

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Aircraft Carriers in Space - By Michael Peck Foreign Policy

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Saturday, October 6, 2012
Category: Military

From www.foreignpolicy.com

There are a lot of naval metaphors that have made their way into sci-fi. They are analogs, models of ways to think about naval combat. When people started writing about science-fiction combat, it was very easy to say that a spaceship is like a ship that floats on the water.

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The Post-Apocalyptic Tech Scene - Alexis C. Madrigal - The Atlantic

Saturday, October 6, 2012
Category: Technology

From www.theatlantic.com

There are a lot of places where the apocalypse has already happened. Where "post-apocalyptic" is not a term for a new television show. Whole communities have been destroyed, predatory gangs and drugged out zombies left to roam the vacants as the locals hurry indoors before night falls.

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