It has not been a good week for President Obama. The flames of the Benghazi scandal (not really a scandal) continue to burn on, the IRS was found to have politically targeted conservative groups (actually a scandal), the Justice Department took phone records of journalists from the Associated Press (another actual scandal), and Russia has allegedly caught a CIA officer who was trying to recruit a Russian counter-terrorism expert.
Let’s hope next week is better for him.
In any case, this week’s interesting articles:
- Bloomberg’s culture is all about omniscience, down to the last keystroke (Quartz)
- Jaron Lanier: The Internet destroyed the middle class (Salon)
- The ‘Fucking Hipster’ Show (Jacobin)
- Israel’s Man in Damascus (Foreign Affairs)
- The End is Where We Start From (The Reformed Broker)
- How Do You Say ‘Quagmire’ in Farsi? (Foreign Affairs)
- Justifiable Cause (Slate)
- Remember When Andrew Joseph Stack Flew a Plane Into a Texas IRS Building? (The Atlantic)
- Entrepreneurship in China (World Financial Review)
- Abe’s Master Plan (The Economist)
Furthermore, in memory of Kenneth N. Watlz, father of neorealism, Foreign Affairs has made available a selection of his writings. Stephen W. Walt, a former student of the man, has written a tribute to Watlz over at Foreign Policy.
Why Iran should get the Bomb, by Kenneth N. Waltz
Iran and the Bomb, by Kenneth N. Waltz and Colin H. Kahl