What We’re Reading
Preeti Aroon Do Business and Islam Mix? Ask Him, by G. Pascal Zachary in the New York Times. A moderate Muslim billionaire, the Aga Khan, is using business and philanthropy to help people in some of the poorest parts of the world. Christine Chen Her Jewish State, by Roger Cohen, New York Times Magazine, July ...
- Do Business and Islam Mix? Ask Him, by G. Pascal Zachary in the New York Times. A moderate Muslim billionaire, the Aga Khan, is using business and philanthropy to help people in some of the poorest parts of the world.
- Her Jewish State, by Roger Cohen, New York Times Magazine, July 8. A brilliant profile of Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni. Not only do we get a sense of who this possible future prime minister is, but we also get a better sense of the conundrum of those who want a Greater Israel, a Jewish Israel, and a democratic Israel. faced with the facts on the ground, Livni realizes that it may be impossible to have all three.
- The Taliban’s Opium War, in last week’s New Yorker. Jon Lee Anderson tells a heart-stopping tale of being caught in the crossfire of the joint U.S.-Afghan government assault on Afghanistan’s poppy farmers and their Taliban guardians.
- Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA. Tim Weiner, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter at the New York Times, has written a gripping—and extremely damning—history of America’s spy agency. The best part? He used the CIA’s own declassified records to do it.
- Hearts and minds of young Muslims will be won or lost in the mosques, by Madeleine Bunting in The Guardian. There’s a new battle being waged to win the hearts and minds of Muslim youth. This time, it’s Muslim activists and imams who are fighting extremism in the United Kingdom.
- When Dictators Dictate, by Michael Young, Reason.com, July 6.
Blake Hounshell is a former managing editor of Foreign Policy.
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