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In the News 04.03.15 : Today’s Articles of Interest from around the Internets

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In the News 04.03.15 : Today’s Articles of Interest from around the Internets
 
 
1. Disunited Kingdom: London in a world of its own

“London is globalisation incarnate. Its neighbourhoods, its financial sector, its restaurants, even its football clubs, have been remade by outsiders. Yet it sits in a country that sometimes seems to be turning away from global forces and the upheaval they bring. The UK Independence party, that make-the-world-go-away movement, is the electoral sensation of the day. It picks up votes across England on its anti-immigration platform, and even won the European Parliament election in May. In London, however, its performance is much less impressive. The capital tends towards Labour, though it is more liberal than strictly leftwing, which is why the cosmopolitan Conservative Boris Johnson has won two mayoral elections.”

 
Read the rest of this article at the Financial Times

 

 


 

 

2. Phantom of the Orchestra

“The night Mamoru Samuragochi lost his hearing completely, he had a dream. “I was sitting on a beach at night, alone, holding my knees,” he wrote in his 2007 autobiography, Symphony No. 1. He stood and walked into the sea until the water came up to his neck. All he could hear was the sound of waves crashing on the shore. “At that moment, something grabbed my ankles and started pulling me under.” He struggled to swim to the surface but kept sinking. “The sound became smaller and smaller as the water entered my ears,” he wrote. “All of a sudden I couldn’t breathe anymore, and I lost consciousness. It was then that I woke up.”

 
Read the rest of this article at New Republic

 

 


 

 

3. The Vanishing

“One year ago this month, Malaysia Airlines flight 370 disappeared from the skies. No trace, not even wreckage. The void has confounded experts, anguished families, and hatched endless conspiracy theories. But as Sean Flynn reports, some disturbing truths are emerging, including a clear trail of failure that turned a disaster into something so much worse.”

 
Read the rest of this article at GQ

 

 


 

 

4. The spy who came in from al-Qaeda

“Aimen Dean is a founder member of al-Qaeda, who changed tack in 1998 and became a spy for Britain’s security and intelligence services, MI5 and MI6. Interviewed by Peter Marshall, he describes his years working in Afghanistan and London as one of the West’s most valuable assets in the fight against militant Islam.”

 
Read the rest of this article at BBC News Magazine

 

 


 

 

5. The Resistible Rise of Vladimir Putin

“How did twenty-first-century Russia end up, yet again, in personal rule? An advanced industrial country of 142 million people, it has no enduring political parties that organize and respond to voter preferences. The military is sprawling yet tame; the immense secret police are effectively in one man’s pocket. The hydrocarbon sector is a personal bank, and indeed much of the economy is increasingly treated as an individual fiefdom. Mass media move more or less in lockstep with the commands of the presidential administration. Competing interest groups abound, but there is no rival center of power. In late October 2014, after a top aide to Russia’s president told the annual forum of the Valdai Discussion Club, which brings together Russian and foreign experts, that Russians understand “if there is no Putin, there is no Russia,” the pundit Stanislav Belkovsky observed that “the search for Russia’s national idea, which began after the dissolution of the Soviet Union, is finally over. Now, it is evident that Russia’s national idea is Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin.”

 
Read the rest of this article at Foreign Affairs

 

 


P.S. previous articles & more by P.F.M.

 

 

 

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