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  • GEOPOLITICS, Conflicts, SOCIETY, History

    Christopher Clark, "‘This Is a Reality, Not a Threat’"

    The New York Review of Books - 22 Nov 2018

    This is a review of two books written on war by a renowned scholar and a “practitioner”: “The Future of War: A History” by Lawrence Freedman, and “Future War: Preparing for the New Global Battlefield” by Robert Latiff. Rich and dense throughout. One interesting insight, at a time when so many pundits are making predictions about a China-US conflict: predicting future wars - both who will fight them and how they will be fought - has always been a hit-and-miss affair (reads in 10-15 min).

    Published in Weekly selection 16 November 2018

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  • GEOPOLITICS, Europe

    Helen Lewis, "A Brexit Deal Has Arrived. Now the Chaos Begins"

    The New York Times - metered paywall - 14 Nov 2018

    What was previously unthinkable is now plausible: if the UK’s agreements with the European Union expire without being replaced, Britain could face utter and complete chaos - grounded planes, trucks backed up on highways, and food and medicine shortages. As Lewis (a respected political journalist) argues, the next few weeks will be an exercise in brinkmanship, and it now seems possible that Members of Parliament will really let a “no deal” Brexit go ahead. “The terrifying possibility is that they might not be able to stop it, simply because it is the only option left” (reads in 5-6 min).

    Published in Weekly selection 16 November 2018

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  • PSYCHOLOGY, Human condition

    Ephrat Livni, "The secret to being witty, revealed"

    Quartz - 14 Nov 2018

    Who doesn’t want to be? According to a book just released (“Wit’s End: What Wit Is, How It Works, and Why We Need it”), wit consists in binding together remote and separate notions, finding similarity in dissimilar things (or dissimilarity in similar things), and drawing the mind from one word to another, so it’s all about juxtaposition and unusual connections between words and ideas. It’s a practice that can be mastered. Knowledge is the starting point. Curiosity is key (reads in 5-6 min).

    Published in Weekly selection 16 November 2018

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