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by Tony Judt from The New York Review of Books I suffer from a motor neuron disorder, in my case a variant of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS): Lou Gehrig’s disease. Motor neuron disorders are far from rare: Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and a variety of lesser diseases all come under that heading. What is distinctive about ALS—the [...]
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On the Couch with Philip Roth, at the Morgue with Pol Pot

by Charles Simic from The New York Review of Books blog As a rule, I read and write poetry in bed; philosophy and serious essays sitting down at my desk; newspapers and magazines while I eat breakfast or lunch, and novels while lying on the couch. It’s toughest to find a good place to read history, since [...]
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Google and the new digital future

by Robert Darnton from The New York Review of Books November 9 is one of those strange dates haunted by history. On November 9, 1989, the Berlin Wall fell, signaling the collapse of the Soviet empire. The Nazis organized Kristallnacht on November 9, 1938, beginning their all-out campaign against Jews. On November 9, 1923, Hitler’s Beer Hall [...]
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Love and Truth: Václav Havel in Bratislava, Twenty Years After 1989

by Timothy Snyder from The New York Review of Books – Blog It can’t happen often that citizens of one country gather to honor someone who was the president of two other countries, all the while claiming him as their own. But so it was on November 18, 2009, twenty years after student protests in Prague that [...]
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Axler's Theater

by Elaine Blair from the New York Review of Books One of the rare funny moments in Philip Roth’s recent novel Everyman (2006) takes place when the unnamed hero visits his parents’ graves in Newark. His health has been poor, his colleagues and friends have been dying, and though he has no reason to think that his [...]
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Loans to the Poorest: Where Does the Money Really Go?

by Sue Halpern and Nicholas Kristof from The New York Review of Books Sue Halpern: As you know, the controversy over the way the microfinance website Kiva.org presents its work was the subject of a Times piece early this week—a piece that, in fact, cited you. For those who may not be familiar with the controversy, the [...]
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Dairy Queen and Barbed Wire: The New Reality of US Occupation

by Charles Simic from The New York Review of Books Blog Back in September, I read an article in The New York Times about an American base in Iraq that I haven’t been able to get out of my mind. It describes a U.S. military installation in the Sunni Triangle north of Baghdad that houses 28,000 American [...]
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Secret Love in the Lost City

by Pico Iyer from The New York Review of Books The Museum of Innocence by Orhan Pamuk, translated from the Turkish by Maureen Freely Knopf, 536 pp., $28.95 Istanbul, with its many signs of the time when it was the center of the world, becomes something of a museum in the work of Orhan Pamuk, a writer clearly in love [...]
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Can Our Shameful Prisons be Reformed

by David Cole from The New York Review of Books With approximately 2.3 million people in prison or jail, the United States incarcerates more people than any other country in the world—by far. Our per capita rate is six times greater than Canada’s, eight times greater than France’s, and twelve times greater than Japan’s. Here, at least, [...]
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Something New on the Mall

by Michael Tomaskyfrom the NEW YORK REVIEW OF BOOKS We have never seen, at least in the modern history of the United States, a right-wing street-protest movement. Conservatives who oppose Roe v. Wade march on Washington every January 22, the anniversary of that 1973 decision; but aside from that single issue and that single day, the [...]
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Entangled Giant

by Garry Willsfrom THE NEW YORK REVIEW OF BOOKS George W. Bush left the White House unpopular and disgraced. His successor promised change, and it was clear where change was needed. Illegal acts should cease—torture and indefinite detention, denial of habeas corpus and legal representation, unilateral canceling of treaties, defiance of Congress and the Constitution, nullification [...]
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The Torture Memos: The Case Against the Lawyers

by David Colefrom THE NEW YORK REVIEW OF BOOKS On Monday, August 24, as President Obama began his vacation on Martha’s Vineyard, his administration released a previously classified 2004 report by the CIA’s inspector general that strongly criticized the techniques employed to interrogate “high-value” al-Qaeda suspects at the CIA’s secret prisons.[1] The report revealed that [...]
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The Complicit General

by Philippe Sands from THE NEW YORK REVIEW OF BOOKS On April 24, 1863, President Lincoln signed his General Order No. 100, written by Columbia University professor Francis Lieber, to decree that “military necessity does not admit of cruelty.” The United States military formally respected that rule for nearly 140 years—until, on December 2, 2002, Secretary of [...]
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