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Family Differences, Global Issues (NYT)
Recent Greek history is in many ways defined — for better or for worse — by three generations of Papandreou prime ministers.
A People’s History of the Egyptian Revolution (Left Turn)
No matter how it unfolds, the Egyptian revolution will go down in the history books as a defining moment in the 21st century. Millions of Egyptians brought down one of the world’s most repressive regimes, that of the US-backed Hosni Mubarak, in just 18 days. Their bravery, perseverance, and tactfulness in the face of the regime’s brutal crackdown not only triggered uprisings across the Arab world but inspired and influenced protests against government austerity in the US, Spain, Portugal, and Greece. Despite the fact that it is only a few months old, it’s important to begin piecing together a people’s history of the revolution to convey what happened and how it happened so that the lessons from this critical struggle can be disseminated.
Not Ready to Change Baseball History? (NYT)
“The Curious Case of Curt Flood,” a new HBO Sports documentary, raises the question: what if Flood’s case against baseball’s reserve clause had had a better advocate before the Supreme Court?
20,000 Leagues Under the State (Washington Monthly)
Beneath the surface of American government lurks a system of social programs for the wealthy that is consuming the federal budget. It’s time for progressives to do battle with tax expenditures.
America’s New Culinary Renaissance (Christian Science Monitor)
We’re becoming a nation of food fanatics, signing up for cooking classes, turning into gourmets in the kitchen, and making dining in or out the equivalent of a cultural event. Is America the new France?
I Am the Walrus – Oasis