Dear readers, I can’t recall war-related news so dominating Links by virtue of its prominence in the media (and in the world). Sad times and tragic for those who have the misfortune to live in the wrong places.
Rabid free-marketeer subsidised by mum Daily Mash
The War Photo No One Would Publish Atlantic
Disaster at the Mount Polley Mine (BC): Update KateCA, Firedoglake
WHO declares Ebola global emergency Financial Times
Rare diary gives details of life under Khmer Rouge Associated Press
Boeing, United Technologies Stockpile Titanium Parts Wall Street Journal (Richard Smith)
Why Have So Many Ukrainians Fled to Russia? Real News Network
An incoherent Iraq strategy Washington Post. An editorial, therefore important.
What Obama Told The Caliph Moon of Alabama
Middle East Diary – 8 August 2014 Sic Semper Tyrannis (Chuck L)
Imperial Collapse Watch
Death Knell in Fine Print USC Center on Public Diplomacy
The West on the wrong path Handelsblatt. Sorry for the failure to give hat tips, but this article got a record number. Note that Handelblatt is center-right.
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
NSA, struggling to recruit top talent, turns to Silicon Valley Reuters. EM: “Making nice-sounding noises while the mass surveillance continues apace.”
Did Anthony Coppolino Fib about NSA’s New Architecture? Marcy Wheeler
Legal student uses ‘cute EU privacy laws’ to take on Facebook Financial Times. This is not just any student.
Migrant courts bring new problems Guardian
Making Sense of the US Oil Story Gail Tverberg (Peter W)
White House Delays Proposal To Reclassify ‘Factoryless Goods Producers’ David Sirota, IBT
Corporate 1% in U.S. Gets Wealthier While Cash Piles Up: Economy Bloomberg. (Joe Costello)
Wall Street Gift: GOP Suit Aims To Overturn SEC Anti-Corruption Law David Sirota, IBT
Versailles Watch. Extremely conspicuous consumption merits its own category.
Student Debt Linked to Worse Health and Less Wealth Gallup (JohnL)
Credit card debt growth exceeds wage growth in the US Walter Kurtz
BREAKING: Judge strikes down Techtopus wage theft settlement Mark Ames, Pando
Judge tells of others’ ‘fear’ of Apple’s Jobs Financial Times
100 Best Novels in English, Since 1900 CounterPunch. I’m sure readers will nominate their favorite sleepers as additions. Off the top of my head, Somerset Maughm’s The Razor’s Edge isn’t beautifully enough written to make this sort of list, but it’s still a great read. I also have a weakness for Keri Hulme’s The Bone People. And one of my favorite books was written in French, Memoirs of Hadrian, by Marguerite Yourcenar, so it’s not a candidate. I’m not a huge fan of To Kill a Mockingbird, but its omission seems odd, although it may not skew highbrow enough for this compilation.
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