Reading List: August 20, 2013

Along the world’s longest border, China and India are still deciding where the border truly lies. But in this game of chicken, an uneasy peace.

The US Post Office says you haven’t received a handwritten letter in seven weeks. If you showed other people you loved them in real life as well as the internet, maybe they’d return the favor.

The Prime Minister he deposed and the judges he attempted to dismiss are now making Pakistan’s Pervez Musharraf the first-ever military official to be arraigned.

Former Chinese Communist Party official, Bo Xi Lai, is to go on trial next week. His son, Bo Guagua went to the New York Times to appeal to his homeland.

Are you pissed that the Obama administration has not cut aid to the Egyptian army? It turns out they did.

After 60 years of lying and anti-Americanism in Iran, the CIA finally admits what everyone else has admitted already: the CIA was responsible for the 1953 coup that ousted the democratically-elected, centrist leader, Mohammed Mossadegh.

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best of the sunday times

“An objective rule in the process of modernization is we have to complete the process of urbanization and industrialization.”

~ Li Keqiang (Chinese Prime Minister)

Front Page

As China attempts to accelerate the urbanization of its rural farmers, high costs and pitfalls abound.

As a conservative legislature makes abortion an increasingly difficult option for Texans, Mexico offers a prescription-free abortion pill just across the border.

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friday reading list

“God helps those who help themselves.”

~ Algernon Sydney

(not the Bible or Benjamin Franklin)

Martin Luther King Jr. had Malcolm X and the Dailai Lama has Ashin Wirathu, the charismatic and militant monk.

Whether it’s convenient for President Dilma Rouseff or not, more than one million people in more than eighty cities are protesting in a Brazilian awakening.

While China proves that totalitarianism is an environmentalist’s ideal system by threatening to execute its worst polluters, the United State of Virginia attempting to tax hybrid and electric cars since their owners do not pay their “fair share” of gas taxes.

Is the depthless realm of coffee tables and and public shelving the future of books once content has moved online for good? With this future focus on the book’s binding, is the paperback a thing of the past?

Close on the heels of rising televangelism came the “prosperity gospel.” BBC4 and Andrew Brown discuss the Christian antithesis posing as the church.

friday reading list

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Ohio State president, Mormon, and fecal sculpture, Gordon Gee, manages to insult, Notre Dame, Louisville, Kentucky, and the whole of the SEC all in one fell swoop. Gee violated the Mormons’ strict no sodomy policy when Rick Pitino put him on the receiving end.

After the recently successful drone strike in Pakistan, killing the number-two in the Pakistani Taliban, they have decided not to continue peace talks with Nawaz Sharif.

After losing out on the Communist Party elite for decades, Mao’s Red Flag luxury car is attempting to beat out Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz with these socialist movers and shakers both in China and abroad.

People of arts and letters have long kept their eyes fixed on the grasslands, forests, and mountains. Now it’s time for the humanities to take to the seas.

Despite Mitch’s freezing cold approval rating and Grimes’ negligible name recognition, the two are essentially tied in a Kentucky Senate poll.

best of the sunday times

Front Page
Get to know Pakistan’s current political and economic situation through the state of its railroads.

International
Hong Kong’s bookstores thrive as Chinese nationals buy mountains of exposés and dirt on the Chinese political elite.

Sunday Review
Thomas Friedman on drought, climate change, and the Syrian Civil War.

Travel
A case for getting away from the city and deep into the heart of nowhere.

Book Review
Ellen Ullman reviews Evgeny Morozov’s tirade against technology and internet centrists who believe that the internet is the answer to an imperfect humanity.

tuesday reading list

A close read on today’s happenings.

Erwin Chemerinsky of the LA Times adds to the rapidly increasing body of opinion pieces regarding the rights of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev as he prepares to stand trial.

Theo Hobson of The Spectator makes his case for the end of Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens-style atheists, saying that anti-religious rhetoric has gone out of style in favor of a softer approach to not believing.

Joe Romm at Climate Progress drips with rage as he illustrates BP’s elaborate cover-up of the Deep Water Horizon oil spill‘s toxicity while they simultaneously made it worse.

The Science Blog discusses the disturbing trend of prescription drug abuse among teens as the figures have skyrocketed by more than 30% since 2008.

In the Hindu, India asks China to return to the “status quo” regarding the Kashmiri region of Ladakh. The move reflects hopes to tamp down a military standoff near the border.