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Why have Sunnis in Tikrit and Fallujah welcomed ISIS? They are more afraid of the government than of the militias. j.mp/1qpbZ5L
Garry Wills on the Vatican’s four big structural problems: clericalism, celibacy, homophobia, patriarchy j.mp/1jy7t6t
MT @jackgillum: "Good news" says NSA exec's email re Guardian being forced to destroy computers bigstory.ap.org/article/us-giv…"
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The Pope and the Pederasts by Garry Wills j.mp/1jy7t6t
Jessica Mathews debunks some of the current fantasies and illusions about US involvement in Iraq: j.mp/1qpbZ5L
Jessica Mathews of @CarnegieEndow on what’s misleading, and outright wrong, in media accounts of the violence in Iraq j.mp/1qpbZ5L
ISIS’s offensive in Iraq has given the Kurds hope for an oil-rich independent state. But many obstacles remain. j.mp/1zrNxqw
"It’s difficult to defend liberal democracy with much enthusiasm abroad if it works so poorly at home" - @M_Ignatieff bit.ly/1omW0mm
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Deeply intermixed, the city of Kirkuk shows just how hard it would be to divide up Iraq, writes Joost Hiltermann: j.mp/1zrNxqw
Garry Wills wrote this about the 2012 GOP primary + it is still relevant now: "Contraception's Con Men" nybooks.com/blogs/nyrblog/… via @nybooks
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Only Borges would think to explicate Boswell's relationship to Johnson with reference to a Hindu school of philosophy nybooks.com/blogs/nyrblog/…
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Virginia Woolf: “Great writers often require … heroic efforts to read them rightly. They bend us and break us.” j.mp/TFFwwV
Tibetan writer Woeser placed under house arrest in China after invitation to U.S. Embassy meeting. sinosphere.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/07/09/tib…
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Today's @the_intercept reporting brings to mind Hoover-era FBI surveillance of UC Berkeley: nybooks.com/articles/archi… @nybooks
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“The saving grace of democracy is its adaptability. It depends for its vitality on discontent.” – Michael Ignatieff j.mp/1mbVOcJ
Arthur Miller’s The Crucible “endures as drama because of the biting contrasts it draws between sanity and insanity.” j.mp/1ogu7MF
Democracies today are in “a period of envy and despondency” like that of the 1930s, writes @M_Ignatieff j.mp/1mbVOcJ
Ingrid D. Rowland on Yaël Farber’s production of ‘The Crucible’ in London, and “the tyranny of male over female” j.mp/1ogu7MF
"Doing more than George W. Bush abt climate change is not only a low bar, it’s also an irrelevant one" @billmckibben go.350.org/1zk11EL
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Charlotte Brontë published Jane Eyre as Currer Bell. But before that she picked pseudonyms like “the Genius C.B.” bit.ly/1lx25e6
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Charles Simic, Alma Guillermoprieto, Simon Critchley on the World Cup: j.mp/VIURip
An essay by Christopher Benfey on Robert Frost, Taoism, Rock-a-bye Baby, yoga, Virginia Woolf, and bending the rules j.mp/TFFwwV
For Kafka’s birthday, read Václav Havel’s short speech about his work, alienation, self-doubt, and shame j.mp/TFHLQU