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?

tuesday reading list

“It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education”

~ Albert Einstein

How do you make the already tense relations between Ecuador and Peru worse? How about when the Ecuadorian ambassador to Peru assaults a woman and her daughter in a supermarket in Lima.

Want to feel better about your excessive drinking this summer? Check out Grist’s Guide to Sustainable Ales.

Although Japanese and English seem to have no grammar, sound, or letters in common, linguists now believe that they were once the same language.

What’s in a name? Cash. Money. Quartz shows us how the shorter your first name, the longer the number on your paycheck.

With all of the hoopla about the Gatsby movie coming out, Kathryn Schulz of Vulture lets us know all of the reasons that she hates the book.