Seven incisive articles for your Sunday reading!
- Letter from Guatemala. (LA Book Review). Here's an excerpt:
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)
- How India can beat the oil crisis. (The Economic Times)
- 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."