So You’ve Been Contacted By Aliens, Now What? Motherboard
New bill takes aim at men’s masturbation habits San Francisco Chronicle
2016 Post Mortem
When Nothing “Left” Is Left The People Will Vote Far Right Moon of Alabama
Camille Paglia Predicted 2017 New York. Love her, hate her, sometimes completely bonkers, sometimes right on point (e.g., on the Clintons). I confess I find her rants to be a guilty pleasure. And I’m with her on disdaining the horrible pink pussy hats.
Time To Revisit The Two Cultures Standpoint. A mentor directed me to C.P. Snow’s essay during my first year as an MIT undergraduate, and it’s always stuck with me.
Parts From Hell Jacobin
Attempts to honor Obama legacy generate fury Politico. Moi: As well they should. Can’t wait to see what you, dear readers, have to say about this.
SCHOLARLY DOUBLE STANDARDS AND THE AMERICAN PRESIDENCY War on the Rocks. Much more interesting than the dull headline suggests.
Scandal-Free Obama The American Conservative
The Commonwealth and Britain: the trouble with ‘Empire 2.0’ The Conversation
How I help my children navigate their incredible life journeys FT. How I will miss Lucy Kellaway when she quits the FT later this year (IIRC, to retrain as a maths teacher).
New York’s Vast Flop NYRB
Yemen is a complicated and unwinnable war. Donald Trump should stay out of it Independent. Patrick Cockburn’s latest.
DEATH IN AL GHAYIL The Intercept
Theresa May wants British people to feel ‘pride’ in the Balfour Declaration. What exactly is there to be proud of? Independent. Although this is from last week, I always make time for Robert Fisk.
Big Brother IS Watching You Watch
Scrutiny Intensifies on the Warrantless Collection of Americans’ Communications MIT Technology Review
New Cold War
Diplomats warn of Russia hysteria The Hill
US-Russia Relations 2017: Hacking Claims Affect Prospects Of Improving Relations, Kremlin Spokesman Says International Business Times
Imperial Collapse Watch
The Empire should be placed on suicide watch Vineyard of the Saker
Holi 2017: Here’s how people are celebrating the festival of colours in India, Pakistan and Nepal The Indian Express. Flick through these fab photos. Happy Holi!
The need for a museum on British colonisation of India Al Jazeera. Shashi Tharoor promotes his new book that debunks Raj nostalgia.
Rubber and Heroin in a Dying City The Baffler
Now even high school journalists are getting smeared with ‘fake news’ claim Columbia Journalism Review
Short Cuts LRB
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