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Saturday, April 7, 2012

7 Super Sunday Readings - The Best of Politics, Economics, & Ideas

Seven incisive articles for your Sunday reading!
No female is safe from the violence: not little girls, not housewives, not foreigners. The elevated level of aggression against women is not a isolated phenomenon in Central America — El Salvador and Honduras, for example, also present alarming statistics — but nowhere in the region is it worse than in Guatemala, where U.S. Cold War foreign policy aided in establishing a devastating culture of violence that persists today. [...] In other words, simply being female is a dangerous liability throughout the country, and an increasingly fatal one. 
  • Why don't Black Americans swim? Did the denial of access to pools in 1920s and 30s causing ripple effect to present day?  (BBC 
  • Q&A: The search for aliens. (Wired)
  • 2G Mess: What is Kapil Sibal going to do? (First Post)
  • The Economist's latest issue features a cover story on the military rise of China. Click here and here to read two brilliant articles. An excerpt:
China is investing heavily in “asymmetric capabilities” designed to blunt America’s once-overwhelming capacity to project power in the region. This “anti-access/area denial” approach includes thousands of accurate land-based ballistic and cruise missiles, modern jets with anti-ship missiles, a fleet of submarines (both conventionally and nuclear-powered), long-range radars and surveillance satellites, and cyber and space weapons intended to “blind” American forces. Most talked about is a new ballistic missile said to be able to put a manoeuvrable warhead onto the deck of an aircraft-carrier 2,700km (1,700 miles) out at sea.
A political anecdote for you. 

Two political candidates were having a hot debate. Finally one of them jumped up and yelled at the other: "What about the powerful interests that control you?" 

The other guy screamed back, "You leave my wife out of this."

1 comment:

Arthi said...

Sir ,

I've been reading articles from your blog since a few weeks now .
Thank you so much for the eclectic articles.
Looking forward to read a lot more.