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Collective Punishment in Gaza

newyorker.com — Three days after the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu launched the current war in Gaza, he held a press conference in Tel Aviv during which he said, in Hebrew, according to the Times of Israel, "I think the Israeli people understand now what I always say: that there cannot be a situation, under any agreement, in which we relinquish security control of the territory west of the River Jordan."
Jul 30, 2014

Pretty exciting to see #RashidKhalidi in The New Yorker with this piece: Collective Punishment in #Gaza ow.ly/zJEwP #Israel #IDF

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The Hunt for El Chapo

newyorker.com — One afternoon last December, an assassin on board a K.L.M. flight from Mexico City arrived at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport. This was not a business trip: the killer, who was thirty-three, liked to travel, and often documented his journeys around Europe on Instagram. He wore designer clothes and a heavy silver ring in the shape of a grimacing skull.
Jul 30, 2014

A fascinating read: How the world’s most notorious drug lord was captured. newyorker.com/magazine/2014/…

Jul 30, 2014

If you missed it: One of the most amazing reads of 2014: @praddenkeefe on The Hunt For El Chapo: newyorker.com/magazine/2014/…

The Interpreter - The New Yorker

newyorker.com — One morning last July, in the rain forest of northwestern Brazil, Dan Everett, an American linguistics professor, and I stepped from the pontoon of a Cessna floatplane onto the beach bordering the Maici River, a narrow, sharply meandering tributary of the Amazon.
Jul 30, 2014

Decoding one of strangest languages on Earth. No numbers, no recursion, 8 consonants and 3 vowels. Classic: newyorker.com/magazine/2007/…

Save the Elephants

newyorker.com — Satao, a bull elephant who lived in the arid plains northwest of Mombasa, had tusks so long that when he walked they nearly scraped the ground. Mark Deeble, a filmmaker who spent weeks curled up in a box by a watering hole, waiting to catch a glimpse of Satao, described him as materializing out of the haze, as in "Lawrence of Arabia"-"a magnificent, dusty behemoth."
Jul 30, 2014

RT @DSWT: 'Satao was an exceptional #elephant; his story is not' Excellent article by Mike Chase in @NewYorker nyr.kr/1s1KeDa

The Disruption Machine

newyorker.com — In the last years of the nineteen-eighties, I worked not at startups but at what might be called finish-downs. Tech companies that were dying would hire temps-college students and new graduates-to do what little was left of the work of the employees they'd laid off. This was in Cambridge, near M.I.T.
Jul 30, 2014

Jill Lepore @newyorker declares war on the idea of disruptive innovation: The Disruption Machine newyorker.com/magazine/2014/…

James Brown at the T.A.M.I. Show

newyorker.com — "Get On Up" is the second-best film ever made about James Brown. This is not a trifling achievement. For at least the first hour of an overlong bio-pic, it's fun to see Chadwick Boseman, who recently played Jackie Robinson, in "42," inhabit the Godfather of Soul's ineffable soul.
Jul 30, 2014

"Jagger had not quite worked out his peculiar blend of frugging and Satanic posturing" newyorker.com/culture/cultur… via @newyorker

Jul 30, 2014

Hair and Teeth! RT @PGourevitch: James Brown in 18 Minutes - David Remnick on his consummate performance. newyorker.com/culture/cultur…

Jul 30, 2014

The Possessed: James Brown in Eighteen Minutes - David Remnick on his consummate performance, the 1964 T.A.M.I. Show newyorker.com/culture/cultur…

What We Left Behind

newyorker.com — On Christmas Day last year, Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki appeared on Iraqi television to wish his country's Christian minority-which has been fleeing by the thousand since the American invasion, in 2003-a happy holiday. Maliki, who is sixty-three, wore a dark-blue suit and a purple tie, and stood almost perfectly still at a lectern flanked by Iraqi flags.