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Monday linkage


Sam Roggeveen


24 May 2010 11:29

  • CORRECTION: We wrote last Monday that Australian aid to the Pacific had decreased in the new budget — it has in fact increased. See the correction appended to the post for details.
  • Malcolm Gladwell on Operation Mincemeat, a timeless parable about the pitfalls of classified intelligence.
  • Ritchie rich: Foreign Minister Stephen Smith recently announced that David Ritchie would be Australia's new ambassador to Italy. That David Ritchie should not be confused with the other David Ritchie, who is Australia's Ambassador to France. (Thanks to Sarah for the links.)
  • Reader Christopher offers more 'Oz spotting' fodder, in the form of this new Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments report on the future of US power projection capability.
  • The ABC's Four Corners program could be interesting viewing tonight: 'How the central pillar of Australia's financial system...became ensnared in an international bribery scandal.'
  • Korean Ministry of Defence briefing text and slide presentation about the investigation into the sinking of the Cheonan. (Via ACW.)
  • The Economist is debating the proposition 'that the war in Afghanistan is winnable'. Wrong topic, if you ask me. How about, 'that the war in Afghanistan is worth winning'?
  • Yet another Christopher Hitchens profile, though worth it for this:

To say that Hitchens is stirred – even obsessed – by the question of courage would be to state the obvious. It seems therefore highly likely that his longing for the great Orwellian test – the momentous moral challenge to match the 1930s – might tempt him to overstate the threat of Islamic fundamentalism.