tuesday reading list

 

“Every human being, every citizen has the right to request asylum under the declaration of human rights, under inter-American legislation, under our constitution or our law on foreigners. Snowden has the right to request asylum and it’s our country’s sovereign right to grant asylum or not. When the time comes we will decide.”

~ Ecuadorian President Rafael Corea

rebuffs threats from Washington

and Snowden’s pleas for asylum

Just 2 years after gaining independence, South Sudan depends largely on oil exports for sustenance. With reserves running low, it needs to diversify its economy.

With elections slated to happen in 7 months, the Egyptian army picks Finance Minister El-Beblawi as Premier.

Machiavelli says that it is better to be feared than loved, but the rabblerousers at Harvard say “be loved first, then feared.”

Eight years before Seal Team 6, Osama Bin Laden was pulled over for speeding in Pakistan. But those eight years brought us one kick-ass movie!

As the US prepares to leave Afghanistan (possibly with zero troops on the ground), isn’t it time we sat down and talked to the Taliban about our future apart?

the best of the sunday times

Front Page
US forces in Afghanistan must adapt to their support role just as the Afghanis must learn to lead on their own.

Business
She’s not quite the Dalai Lama, but Mata Amritanandamayi (aka Amma or “the hugging saint”), has traveled the world, spreading love and creating an empire based on hugs.

Travel
A look into Andrew Wyeth’s Pennsylvania house and boyhood home offer a glimpse into the life of an intensely energetic painter and a family of luminaries.

Sunday Review
Jo Robinson discusses the role of nutrition in health and how farmed food has lost much of the nutrition that was held by the wild foods gathered by our ancestors.

David Leonhardt pines for a new corporate tax code that is fairer, simpler, and actually makes sense. Fareed Zakaria wrote about tax reform as well on Wednesday in the Washington Post.

While the Middle East is still exploding with violence and revolution, Israel has become complacent on moving forward in a peace process with Palestine.

Magazine
The title says it all: Billy Joel on not working, not giving up drinking and not caring what Elton John says about any of it. Also, some reflection on a life of telling it like it is.

Book Review
In 41 False Starts, Janet Malcom’s collection of essays and profiles on artists and writers, a combination of biography and literary imagination makes Malcom an educational alternative to David Sedaris.