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The Explosive, Inside Story of How John Kerry Built an Israel-Palestine Peace Plan—and Watched It Crumble – A detailed account of how he came close to getting a deal, then watched it all fall apart. Rationalist theories of international relations hold that war occurs when the sides in a conflict have informational problems and commitment problems – this is a case study in both.
The tech utopia nobody wants: why the world nerds are creating will be awful – We’re in a world where someone is making, actively marketing and recommending for the poor a food substitute called Soylent. Science fiction hasn’t predicted jet packs for years, but it’s been entirely correct about the soulless grey corporate dystopia we’re stumbling into.
Time for 21st century democracy – How old assumptions about the way the British political system should work are making it less in tune with people’s expectations.
Guy Walks Into A Bar – A joke becomes an anti-joke, then a story.
Two Enemies – Alex Andreou on trying to understand the situation in Israel and Palestine.

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Some more things from the interwebnets that have caught my attention:

Mail gets it wrong on US broadcast of ‘Downton Abbey’ – Tabloid Watch reports on how Downton Abbey isn’t being dumbed-down for American audiences. I’m shocked – shocked! – that there’s inaccurate and badly researched reporting going on in the Daily Mail.
A Con-LibDem merger? I will not be a member of such a mongrel party – Oh, so many reasons to link to this angrily mad piece (with some even more bonkers comments) by Roger Helmer MEP on Conservative Home, not least the author’s picture which looks as though it should be illustrating ‘harrumph’ in the dictionary. It’s like someone distilled the essence of Conservative Home into a single page.
Man of Mystery – Interesting article from the New Yorker on why Steig Larsson’s novels have such an appeal.
Tilting Towards Israel – A guest post on Media Lens about the subtle biases in the reporting of Israel and Palestine in the British media.
Quite contrary: Inside the Battle of Ideas – For New Humanist, Richard Wilson looks at the Institute of Ideas, and some of the other groups and organisations connected to the old RCP

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