From Le Monde diplomatique, an article on Western Sahara and Morocco (and more). From IRB, a review of The Beautiful Struggle: A father, two sons, and an unlikely road to manhood by Ta-Nehisi Coates and Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men by Michael Kimmel. A review of Apocalypse Then: Prophecy and the Making of the Modern World by Arthur H. Williamson. An online project by graphic designer Dill Pixels has collected together the final frame of classic movies. Call me Bush: Moby Dick is an eerily prophetic allegory of 21st-century America; it should be named as the nation's epic novel. From Cafe Babel, playing football — Iran vs Basque "Seleccion de Euskadi" or Basque "Euskal Herria"? An interview with Seth Kaplan, author of Fixing Fragile States: A New Paradigm for Development. Bye-bye boojums: Scientific names lose their sparkle. From Folio, straight to CMS: Is MS Word no longer preferred? An interview with Michael Pollan on what's wrong with environmentalism. Can Obama's plan for universal broadband turn the recession into a political nightmare resembling the 1930s? From Dark Roasted Blend, a look at the ghosts of Antarctica: Abandoned stations and huts. What’s worse, the genocide in Darfur or the horrors of North Korean prison camps? The “Dirty War Index” shrinks human atrocities into useful data.

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