06 August 2012

Some Interesting Things to Read

In The New York Times Avraham Burg published this essay on the dire state of what passes for democracy in Israel.

In Dissent, Rebecca Solnit argues the case for debt relief for young folks who've incurred burdensome student loan debt.

In The Guardian last Friday this update on the Moscow show trial of Pussy Riot on charges of hooliganism.

Amartya Sen in The New Republic, writing on the apparent demise of Europe, and especially on how the neglect of democracy and the demands of social justice has contributed to to the problem.

And a couple of posts at the Economix Blog (The NY Times) by Simon Johnson here and here on the serious need for regulation of financial markets and on the tall tales bankers tell as they try to derail that prospect.

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