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Tuesday linkage


Sam Roggeveen


15 December 2009 15:28

  • The London Times claims to have Iranian documents proving secret work on a nuclear trigger device. Arms Control Wonk has analysis. The original document and an English translation are available here.
  • Terrific piece by the New Yorker's Evan Osnos on China's 863 program, a massive clean energy technology effort.
  • After a devastating quote from former Fed Chairman Paul Volcker arguing that financial innovation contributes nothing to productivity, Kevin Drum asks, 'Has anyone made a serious, thorough defense of modern financial engineering anywhere?' My colleague Mark Thirlwell offers this in reply.
  • A new American magazine called National Affairs, inheriting the mantle of Irving Kristol's legendary The Public Interest.
  • The ABC's Geoff Thompson is returning home after 10 years reporting from overseas. He lays bare his feelings in ways that I'm sure many Australians working overseas would share:

Us correspondents have a saying for the feared phenomenon of returning home. It's called 'burning up on re-entry' and there are as many examples of that as there are of returning reporters who not only survive but thrive...I can confirm that the prospect of returning home is at least as daunting as the first time I stepped off a plane as a correspondent.

And since then, what have I really learned? Much, indeed. But I don't really know how much of it has to do with being away, as opposed to just growing up. There is one unfortunate fact however which might come as something of a shock.

The rest of the world regards Australia with much the same level of interest as we regard New Zealand. Horrible, I know.