- Full text of the report by President Obama's Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technology.
- 'This war is ending, not with victory, not with defeat but with hope that Afghanistan is a better place'. That's Tony Abbott's assessment of the Afghanistan war. Can't we even claim defeat of Al Qaeda?
- Incredible photos of Shanghai from atop the world's second-highest building.
- Ouch: the expensive and star-studded op-ed shop Bloomberg View is 'practically dull by mandate'.
- A profile of Washington's new ambassador to Beijing, Max Baucus.
- Stricter Marxist training for China's journalists.
- Reuters is in the middle of an eight-part investigative series which purports to go 'inside China's military buildup.'
- The most political of literary genres is science fiction, says Tim Kreider in the New Yorker:
If historians or critics fifty years from now were to read most of our contemporary literary fiction, they might well infer that our main societal problems were issues with our parents, bad relationships, and death. If they were looking for any indication that we were even dimly aware of the burgeoning global conflict between democracy and capitalism, or of the abyssal catastrophe our civilization was just beginning to spill over the brink of, they might need to turn to books that have that embarrassing little Saturn-and-spaceship sticker on the spine.