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Monday linkage

By

Sam Roggeveen

@SamRoggeveen

13 September 2010 12:33

  • Malcolm Cook recommends this piece on China's trade mercantilism, and this one on China's ambitions to build rail infrastructure in the Middle East.
  • This is not a parody: American journalist meets Castro, who admits the Cuban model has failed. Castro then takes journalists to dolphin show, where they meet Che Guevara's daughter. (UPDATE: Castro takes it all back.)
  • A couple of oddities from Foreign Policy: a drunken toast from a Chinese UN diplomat causes a stir, and a far-right party in Austria has launched computer game that lets the user to shoot at mosque minarets. 
  • Two new think tank reports on Afghanistan which both seem to recommend paring back our ambitions: one from the IISS (thanks to Will for the link) and another sponsored by the New America Foundation.
  • The NY Times announces it will eventually stop producing a dead-tree version.
  • And also in the NY Times, our student readers will be interested in this guide to good study habits. Hint: most of what you believe is wrong.
  • New book skewers myths about the environmental and economic impact of meat production.
  • Honour killings: Robert Fisk recounts some appalling stories.
  • Hugh White's Quarterly Essay has produced this withering response from Greg Sheridan. Hugh's response here. We'll have more on this debate on The Interpreter soon.