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?

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thursday reading list

“My government is listening to the voices calling for change.”

~ Brazilian President Dilma Rouseff

While there have been plenty of scholars and politicians condemning NSA leaker Edward Snowden, Laura Frost and George Orwell argue that he is keeping Big Brother from having the final word. Michael Moynihan of Newsweek plays the other side.

Behind our Black President are more African-Americans on probation, parole, or in jail than there were slaves in 1850. Obama’s former spritiual advisor, Joshua Dubois, searches for the progress we tout.

After understanding the popular protests in Brazil’s cities, it is time to figure out the injustices truly behind them.

If you hate your job, it might be time to initiate employment with the Taliban.

Grocery store magazine racks have a history of reflecting the American life. What do today’s Good Housekeeping and Ladies’ Home Journal say about modern America?