Monthly Archives: August 2015

Dr. Sacks explored some of the brain’s strangest pathways in best-selling case histories like “The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat,” achieving a level of renown… nytimes.com|By Gregory Cowles

” “And now, weak, short of breath, my once-firm muscles melted away by cancer, I find my thoughts, increasingly, not on the supernatural or spiritual, but on what is meant by living a good and worthwhile life — achieving a … Continue reading

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Rui Hai International Logistics, the company whose warehouses were hit by the deadly blasts, has become a symbol of the high cost of rapid industrialization in… nytimes.com|By ANDREW JACOBS

There is tremor in the force from China. “Now, more than two weeks after explosions at its warehouses leveled a swath of that district, killing 145 people, injuring more than 700 and leaving millions here fearful of toxic fallout, Rui … Continue reading

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America’s Dangerous Bargain With Turkey – The New York Times

“Shortly after granting access to the base, Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, launched a wave of airstrikes on Kurdish targets, reigniting a conflict that had been on the road to resolution. To make matters worse, Turkey has struck hard at … Continue reading

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Signs, Long Unheeded, Now Point to Risks in U.S. Economy – LANDON THOMAS Jr., NYT

“What was driving weakness in all these countries was the gradual slowdown in the Chinese economy. As China bought less steel from Brazil, iron ore from Australia (its stock market was down by 22 percent during this time frame) and … Continue reading

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A Warning on China Seems Prescient – Andrew Sorkin on Kenneth Rogoff, The New York Times

“Kenneth Rogoff has long warned of a potential financial crisis in China. Mr. Rogoff, a professor of economics at Harvard University, accurately predicted the eurozone debt crisis and for years has been telling anyone who would listen that China posed … Continue reading

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Mideast governments that are often focused on bloody conflicts are being stressed by the pressures brought on by Mother Nature. nytimes.com|By Thomas L. Friedman

Originally posted on Inconvenient News .Wordpress.com:
Tom Friedman: “Here’s my bet about the future of Sunni, Shiite, Arab, Turkish, Kurdish and Israeli relations: If they don’t end their long-running conflicts, Mother Nature is going to destroy them all long…

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Activist Targeting Modi’s Government Becomes Government’s Target – The New York Times

“MUMBAI — One of India’s best-known human rights activists, Teesta Setalvad, was brewing her morning tea on July 14 when she got a telephone call from her security guard. “C.B.I. is at the gate, ma’am,” the guard said, referring to … Continue reading

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Post-Katrina, Vietnamese Success Why did one community recover so well? nytimes.com|By Mark J. Vanlandingham

What I missed in this academic piece, is an appreciation that the Vietnamese are used to floods and rebuilding. That is a part of their environment in Vietnam. Post-Katrina, Vietnamese Success Why did one community recover so well? nytimes.com|By Mark … Continue reading

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The High Price of Rejecting the Iran Deal – James Lew, The New York Times

“In the eyes of the world, the nuclear agreement — endorsed by the United Nations Security Council and more than 90 other countries — addresses the threat of Iran’s nuclear program by constraining it for the long term and ensuring … Continue reading

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Bungling Beijing’s Stock Markets – Paul Krugman, The New York Times

“China is ruled by a party that calls itself Communist, but its economic reality is one of rapacious crony capitalism. And everyone has been assuming that the nation’s leaders are in on the joke, that they know better than to … Continue reading

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