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Debacle in Beijing "The story of a blind Chinese lawyer's flight to the US Embassy in Beijing is likely to ignite accusations and recriminations until the US presidential election in November. But what few will acknowledge is a harsher truth: that for all our desire to effect change, outsiders have little leverage to shape China’s future."
Fascism rises from the depths of Greece's despair "One of the new lawmakers is likely to be Elias Panayiotaros. Speaking at the party's offices, Mr Panayiotaros said that the priority in the midst of the economic crisis was to throw out foreigners. The cost of jailing or deporting more than a million people would be offset, he said, by putting them into work camps."
Young Obama and his girlfriends "In his own telling, (Obama) emerges as a conflicted and sensitive, but also intellectually confident and rather self-absorbed, young man, who is seeking his path. What Maraniss has done, thanks to some meticulous reporting, is complement this picture with a more objective view of Obama from two women, young at the time, who knew him intimately."
One universe among many? "An astonishing concept has entered mainstream cosmological thought: physical reality could be hugely more extensive than the patch of space and time traditionally called 'the universe.'" (Martin Rees)
Kvelling in Their Seats: On Old Jews Telling Jokes "On Broadway, finding four Jewish producers was like finding hay in a haystack. I had always imagined that the role of the producer was to make decisions, eat pastrami sandwiches, and cash checks. So far, I’m batting two for three."