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Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Lead item

Massacre in Kandahar "All the signs are that the United States military and its NATO allies have not only outlived their welcome in Afghanistan but also passed the point at which their presence is anything other than toxic."

New Yorker

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

General item

Pass the books. Hold the oil. "The numbers say that if you really want to know how a country is going to do in the 21st century, don't count its oil reserves or gold mines, count its highly effective teachers, involved parents and committed students." (Thomas Friedman)

New York Times

Us and them: On the importance of animals "'In the eyes of a butcher a horse is already dead,' wrote Georges Bataille. What happens when we turn this look, this strangely blind and indifferent gaze, into an industry? How can we maintain that animals are things but also beings?" (excerpt, Quarterly Essay - Anna Krien)

The Monthly

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

General item

How to be creative "Creativity is not magic, and there's no such thing as a creative type. Creativity is not a trait that we inherit in our genes or a blessing bestowed by the angels. It's a skill."

Wall Street Journal

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