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Monday linkage



4 January 2010 10:15

So, it's 2010 and The Interpreter is back after an 11-day break. Let's see, what did we miss?

  • This important piece actually pre-dates Christmas, but I only just spotted it: 'How do I know China wrecked the Copenhagen deal? I was in the room.'
  • Very cool infographic on global carbon emissions and the cuts various counties have pledged.
  • On the failed bombing of a US airliner on Christmas Day, Marc Lynch says we should be encouraged at how little attention the story got in the Arab world, while Jeffrey Goldberg says most airport security measures do nothing but torture passengers. I also liked this, from the Cato Institute:

Thankfully, we have an opportunity to learn about our security from this failed attack. Had it succeeded, it appears that our society remains ill-equipped to maintain an even keel. The intensity of commentary and analysis on this event shows that a successful terrorist would likely knock us off our game. The impulse to do something—anything—would overwhelm us, and we would likely overreact by retaliating imprecisely, by pouring our energy into security measures that don’t actually work, and so on. Such missteps are congenial to terrorism, and we should try to avoid them.

  • Here's a blog from a Washington think tank called Asia Policy Point, an institute that focuses on economic and scientific relations between Japan and the West.
  • Gideon Rachman shares a joke told by Abdurrahman Wahid, the recently deceased former Indonesian president. We'll have more on the death of 'Gus Dur' soon.
  • Via the PeaceBuilder blog, a new analysis of the strategic implications of China's antisatellite weapons.
  • Lee Kuan Yew's weird interview with National Geographic.
  • Offshore wind power is set to boom, claims a new report. Plug-in electric cars are the wave of the future too — here are ten models due for release this year.
  • Tyler Cowen rounds up various economic surveys of the past decade. GFC notwithstanding, it's a good news story.
  • William Easterly lists certain rules to follow if you are going to write about poor people.
  • The Dutch monarch gave a controversial Christmas speech about technology and alienation. (Thanks to Dan for the link.)
  • We've featured Rory Stewart's Afghanistan work before on The Interpreter. His latest is on Obama's surge, and is rather brilliant. (Thanks to Will for the link.)

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