Anti-Japan protests spread across China, turn violent Japan Times (YY)
Tens of thousands turn out for anti-Putin protest Financial Times
EU Bank Plan Hits Roadblock Wall Street Journal
Thousands Protest Austerity Measures in Spain and Portugal New York Times
Tax ‘traitors’ widen divisions in belt-tightening France Guardian (Mauna)
Muslims’ Movie Producer Was Arrested for PCP, Snitched for Feds Wired (Lambert)
Fury at Sydney protests Sydney Morning Herald (YY)
US Sends Drones, Military, Intelligence Personnel to Libya, Amid Chaotic Time for New Democracy Dave Dayen, Firedoglake
“Does Al-Qaeda Still Matter?” Binghampton University (Paul T)
Coal Scandal Exposes Ugly Underside of Indian Politics New York Times
Obama’s Way Michael Lewis, Vanity Fair. I’m reluctant to link to this given reader consternation. For instance:
Michael Lewis apparently turned into an Obama Toady while no one was watching; the hyperventilation over Obama’s decorating aesthetics and stoic handling of Big Issues in the Middle East juxtaposed to the utter silence on anything domestic — poverty, unemployment, Cat Food commission, Privaet Health Insurance instead of Health Care, and enabling the total takeover of the real economy by fraudulent finance, is breathtaking. It would be difficult for an author to adopt a more sycophantic tone with regards to any human subject…the last paragraph is vomitous.
SNL debuts with actual African-American ‘Obama,’ who’s secret election weapon is Mitt Romney Raw Story. Not quite sure this disproves Matt Stoller’s observation about the lack of (funny) Obama impersonators…but at points, he does have the intonation down.
Sex and credit: Is there a gender bias in lending? VoxEU. Not quite the answer you might expect.
The Lonely Redemption of Sandy Lewis, Wall Street Provocateur New York Times (Marc C). Today’s must read.
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