A curious caravanserai of notoriety and nonsense, poetry and prophecy.

Articles

INTERNATIONAL/POLITICS:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/20/opinion/lebanon-overrun-by-syrian-refugees.html?src=recg

Current (June 2013) situation of Syrian refugees in Lebanon

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/23/magazine/the-price-of-loyalty-in-syria.html?pagewanted=1&_r=0&hp

June 2013 NYT Magazine piece on the complex (and compromised) position of Alawites in Syria

http://www.rferl.org/content/article/1068856.html

An old article about the potential of saffron to replace opium poppies as a cash crop in Afghanistan — a concept that I think, if implemented, could be revolutionary!

LIFE:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/09/opinion/sunday/how-not-to-be-alone.html?pagewanted=all&_r=3&

Terrific op-ed adapted from Jonathan Safron Foer’s 2013 Commencement address at Middlebury.  A moving meditation on our common humanity in a digital age. (via Hannah Giorgis)

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/26/opinion/sunday/breeding-the-nutrition-out-of-our-food.html?pagewanted=all

Phenomenal opinion piece on the declining nutrition of our produce and the most recent iteration of post-Green Revolution dietary challenges

POP CULTURE:

http://www.cleveland.com/music/index.ssf/2013/06/is_miley_cyrus_a_twerking_rich.html

An excellent commentary on the class/race implications of Miley Cyrus’s contraversial “We Can’t Stop” video (via Yobi Kelati)

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