FM newswire for July 20, interesting articles about geopolitics

Today’s links to interesting news and analysis.   If you find this useful, please pass it to friends and colleagues.

  1. Important and recommended:  “Greenland Hype Meltdown“, Steve Goddard, 14 July 2010
  2. Money flowing into the US can hurt as much as money flowing out:  “The capital tsunami is a bigger threat than the nuclear option“, Michael Pettis (Prof Finance at Peking U), 14 July 2010
  3. Yes, right after we push the tides to reverse:   “Can reset push Russia toward democracy?“, Fred Hiatt, op-ed in the Washington Post, 18 July 2010 — Our hubris has become pathological when the Editor of a major newspaper writes such things without people laughing at him.
  4. Recommended:  “A hidden world, growing beyond control“, Washington Post, 19 July 2010
  5. Pentagon acts to protect the reputation of generals acting as paid shills for military vendors:  “Pentagon reworks disclosure rule for ‘senior mentors’“, USA Today, 19 July 2010
  6. The essence of propaganda to use one set of words for what enemies do, but different words for what we do, as shown in this article by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, 18 July 2010 — But we’ve come to accept this as natural and proper, as do all domesticated animals.
  7. Recommneded:  “National Security Inc.“, Washington Post, 20 July 2010
  8. What should be blindingly obvious:  “Why Hasn’t Israel Bombed Iran (Yet)? The military risks are large; the political risks could be even bigger.“, Bret Stephens, Wall Street Journal, 20 July 2010
  9. Recommendedreview of Invisible War: The United States and the Iraq Sanctions by Joy Gordon, London Review of Books, 22 July 2010

Today’s Feature article

(10)  Journalism lives!  See “Barack and Hamid’s excellent adventure: Afghanistan’s president visits the White House“, David Samuels, Harper’s, August 2010 — It’s subscription-only, an example of why Harper’s magazine has had a top reputation for so many generations.

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