Think Pieces on . . . Everything
Timothy Snyder, “The American Abyss.”
Jelani Cobb, “Georgia, Trump’s Insurrectionists, and Lost Causes.”
Mike Davis, “Riot on the Hill” and “Hopes for 2021?”
Blair McClendon, “Lost Lost Causes.”
Adam Kotsko, “An Apocalypse about Nothing.”
Yoni Appelbaum, “How America Ends.”
Gabriel R, “Trump the Despot.”
Franklin Foer, “The Triumph of Kleptocracy.”
William Callison and Quinn Slobodian, “Coronapolitics from the Reichstag to the Capitol.”
Masha Gessen, “The Trial of Donald Trump Must Tell the Full Story of the Capitol Insurrection.”
Leah Donnella, “How The Storming of the Capitol Was — And Wasn’t — About Police.”
Eric Fretwell, “From Lynchings to the Capitol: Racism and the Violence of Revelry.”
As predicted, I have been quite busy indeed and have not had a chance to post anything over the past couple of weeks. A bunch of fascinating stuff has been happening, a bunch of interesting books are coming out, etc., so I’m sad that I’ve been remiss in my duties. Hopefully this large batch of links will make up for that.
Apocalypse and After
George Dvorsky, “Have Humans Already Conquered the Threat of Extinction?”
Or not. Graham Turner and Cathy Alexander, “Limits to Growth Was Right: New Research Shows We’re Nearing Collapse.”
One of the first reviews of Naomi Klein’s new book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate.
Jessica Corbett and Ethan Corey, “5 Crucial Lessons for the Left from Naomi Klein’s New Book.”
Eric Holthaus, “New Study Links Polar Vortex to Climate Change.”
Eugene Thacker on Radiolab.
And who knows where to put this one: Alison Flood, “Margaret Atwood’s New Work Will Remain Unseen for a Century.”
As I have been lax in posting things, yesterday I posted a bunch of links on recent stories regarding the NSA. Today I’m posting links of more general interest. I’ve tried to organize them by category.
The biggest story I have not had time to address were the diplomatic talks regarding Iran’s nuclear program. So here are some links to that.
On 5 November 2013 Reuters reported that Iran, Israel, and Middle East countries “took part in a meeting two weeks ago about prospects for an international conference on banning nuclear weapons in the Middle East.”
Temporary nuclear pact.
UN nuclear inspectors in Iran.
“Iran, from Enemy to Ally.”
Right on the verge of a nuclear agreement, perhaps the biggest event in nuclear nonproliferation in my lifetime, Bob Mendez fights Obama on imposing new sanctions on Iran, as do fifteen other democrats. More here.
Though from today: progress in nuclear talks.