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17 June 2012
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Yanis Varoufakis | Yanis Varoufakis | 15 June 2012
"If the essence of tragedy is good people caught up in a vicious dilemma that makes it impossible for them clearly to distinguish the virtuous from the disastrous choice, Greek voters are experiencing a very real, personal tragedy" Comments
"The urge to change the weather has existed for as long as humans have been subject to it". Plutarch believed battles could produce rain by imitating sound of thunder. Nowadays the big hope is for cloud seeding. But will it work? Comments
Says talk-show host Bryan Fischer: "A rational culture will discriminate against adultery, pedophilia, rape, bestiality, and, yes, homosexual behavior." His goal is to make this view the official stance of the Republican Party Comments
Will bath salts become the next devastating drug epidemic – like crack in the 1980s? "With LSD, you might see pink elephants, but with this drug, you see demons, aliens, extreme paranoia, heart attacks, and superhuman strength" Comments
Pankaj Mishra | London Review Of Books | 13 June 2012
Muhammad Mossadegh was, a new biography says, the first liberal leader of the modern Middle East. He was sophisticated in his conception of liberty, more democratically minded than Ataturk. But his timing was all wrong Comments
"Buttons may seem humble today, but they have a decidedly racy side." First decorative, then functional they evolved into emblems of sex and money, used to highlight "sites of vitality, embarrassment, and thrill" Comments
Travel is a leap in the dark, says Paul Theroux – and one that will leave you a different person at the other end. He recommends five travel books that inspired him, from Mark Twain at sea to VS Naipaul in India
"Every line in the tax code is there because someone was fighting for it. The people who care about that line are concentrated and focused on it, and people who are affected by that line are diffused and really not even aware of it"