First, I would like to wish my readers a Happy Thanksgiving. I am aware it is late, but it’s the thought that matters, right? Second, I also wish my readers good luck in whatever shopping they may/may have participated in. Apparently, #WalmartFights is trending on Twitter. Along with many, many videos of people fighting it out for lowly priced consumer goods.
Speaking of which, here are some helpful economic tips concerning Black Friday (and afterwards) shopping
In any case, here are this week’s interesting readings.
- China Ups the Ante in East China Sea Dispute (Council on Foreign Affairs)
- Gang of Two: Russia and Japan Make a Play for the Pacific (Brookings Institution)
- Rouhani’s Gorbachev Moment (Foreign Affairs)
- Mexico’s president: The year of leading from behind (The Economist)
- Clean Energy Innovation: The Lunar Ring (Shimizu) see also Space Exploration and US Competitiveness (Council on Foreign Affairs)
- Stuxnet’s Secret Twin (Foreign Policy)
- An outbreak of lawlessness (Washington Post)
- Animals were harmed (Hollywood Reporter)
- The Surge (Wired)
- Former Fed Chief Greenspan Sees No Bubble in Dow 16,000 (Bloomberg)
That last news link makes me nervous.
So what the world is dealing with: The Philippines is dealing with a crisis after that storm, fewer people signed up for Obamacare than [enter mocking object of comparison here, popular choices include the White House petition to build a Death Star], and Toronto’s mayor admitted to smoking crack cocaine.
In all, something of an ordinary week I guess.
Here are this week’s interesting articles:
- Assets of the Ayatollah (Reuters)
- No Morsel Too Minuscule for All-Consuming NSA (New York Times)
- Little England or Great Britain? (The Economist)
- Japan’s Last Chance (Foreign Affairs)
- Typhoon Haiyan: Four Questions about this Super Storm and Major Humanitarian Disaster (Brookings)
- Bill Gates and President Bill Clinton on the NSA, Safe Sex, and American Exceptionalism (Wired)
- The Seduction of George W. Bush (Foreign Policy)
- One day in the life of Mikhail Khodorkovsky (Financial Times Magazine)
- The World has lost an Unbelievable amount of Forest since 1999 (The Atlantic Cities)
- 41 Century-Old Predictions for our 21st Century Socialist Utopia (Gizmodo)
These revelations that the NSA spied upon world leaders are both fascinating and, at certain times, amusing. Consider Angela Merkel’s phone being tapped: it was a Nokia 6260 Slide, which is know for being simple and relatively easy to hack into.
As Der Postillion, the German version of The Onion wrote: ”Merkel upset that U.S. is treating her like an average German citizen.”
In any case, here are the interesting articles for this week:
- How We Won in Iraq (Foreign Policy – David Petraeus)
- Special Report: As Egypt’s Brotherhood retreats, risks of extremism rise (Reuters)
- Greenland’s Rare Earths Gold Rush (Foreign Affairs)
- Chinese Land Reform: A world to turn upside down (The Economist)
- Chocolate Factory, Trade War Victim (New York Times)
- Chinese Communism and the 70-year Itch (The Atlantic)
- Pirate Trails: Tracking the Illicit Financial Flows From Pirate Activities off the Horn of Africa (World Bank)
- The Business of Business is more than Business (Project Syndicate)
- Marty Sullivan figured out how the world’s biggest companies avoided billions in taxes. Here’s how he wants to stop them. (Washington Post)
- Using Chaos Theory to Predict and Prevent Catastrophic ‘Dragon King’ Events (Wired)