Best of the Month: August 2010

10. U.S. Middle East Peace Talks: Wrong Approach to Region? — Tony Karon
9. The Surveillance State Thrives on Fear — Glenn Greenwald
8. Iraq Special Report: “American Soldiers Sacrificed a Lot. But We Sacrificed More.” — Jonathan Steele and Obama Plays Down Plan for Post-2011 Iraq Troop Presence — Gareth Porter
7. Enrichment Still the Key to Nuclear Diplomacy with Iran — Flynt Leverett & Hillary Mann Leverett
6. Is Congress Subsidizing Slackers? — Ruth Marcus
5. Book Notes: Ramos’s “A Country for All” — Bryce Covert and Fact-Checking the Claims about “Anchor Babies” and Whether Illegal Immigrants “Drop and Leave” — PolitiFact
4. The Digital Surveillance State: Vast, Secret, and Dangerous — Glenn Greenwald
3. The Myth of the Social Security System’s Financial Shortfall — Michael Hiltzik
2. Filibusters and Arcane Obstructions in the Senate — George Packer
1. News at 11: How Climate Change Affects You — Amy Goodman and Media Wakes Up to Hell and High Water: Moscow’s 1000-Year Heat Wave and “Pakistan’s Katrina” — Joseph Romm
BONUS: American Dream Needs a Redesign — Anthony W. Orlando

Best of the Week: August 1-7, 2010

10. Would Small Business Be Hurt by Obama’s Tax Plan? — Edmund L. Andrews and What’s Holding Small Business Back? — National Federation of Independent Business
9. Massachusetts Mandates at Work — Austin Frakt
8. Behind the Columbia/Venezuela Tension — Conn Hallinan
7. Like New Deal, Stimulus Should Create Jobs Directly — Robert J. Shiller and The Real Reason Banks Aren’t Lending — Marshall Auerback
6. Extreme Function: Why Our Brains Respond So Intensely to Exaggerated Characteristics — Vilayanur S. Ramachandran & Diane Rogers-Ramachandran
5. Whose Hands? Whose Blood? Killing Civilians in Afghanistan and Iraq — Tom Engelhardt and 2010 Arabic Public Opinion Poll — Shibley Telhami
4. Unpacking Claims on the Auto Bailout — e21
3. Enrichment Still the Key to Nuclear Diplomacy with Iran — Flynt Leverett & Hillary Mann Leverett
2. Book Notes: Ramos’ “A Country for All” — Bryce Covert and Fact-Checking the Claims About “Anchor Babies” and Whether Illegal Immigrants “Drop and Leave” — PolitiFact
1. Filibusters and Arcane Obstructions in the Senate — George Packer
BONUS: Topic of Cancer — Christopher Hitchens

What “The New Yorker” Doesn’t Say About Richard Holbrooke

George Packer’s recent profile of Richard Holbrooke in The New Yorker is, as I’ve come to expect of Packer, very well written with thorough analysis of the conventional wisdom in foreign policy. But, as I’ve also come to expect of journalists in Packer’s position, it ignores anything outside conventional wisdom—e.g., broader questions of strategy, morality, or international law—and ignores all the questionable (to put it lightly)—and perhaps the most telling—aspects of Holbrooke’s career. So I went to my bookshelf and paged through Robert Scheer’s indispensable The Pornography of Power. Scheer has been covering American foreign policy for over 40 years. Legendary writer Joan Didion calls him “one of the best reporters of our time.” He kindly allowed me to reproduce this passage about Richard Holbrooke:   Continue reading “What “The New Yorker” Doesn’t Say About Richard Holbrooke”

Best of the Week: October 4-10, 2009