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"Australians are just British people who are happy"
— Craig Hill

Slow Violence In East Jerusalem

“The Israeli oppression is not necessarily – or at least not always – as crude as Western media can make it seem. It is extremely refined, and involves a dizzying assemblage of laws and by-laws, contracts, ancient documents, force, amendments, customs, religion, conventions and sudden irrational moves, all imposed with the greatest care … The permanent residency of a Palestinian in East Jerusalem is anything but permanent” (1,885 words)

Epic Of A Genocide

Franz Werfel “worked a miracle for Armenians around the world” by collecting memories of the 1915 genocide and working them into an epic novel, The Forty Days Of Musa Dagh, which immortalised the Armenian tragedy and foreshadowed the Jewish one. Musa Dagh was published in Germany in November 1933, banned in February 1934; Werfel was a Jew and a “burned author”. He remains to this day “a virtual Armenian saint” (2,480 words)

The Asshole Factory

I had great trouble resisting a suitable photograph to go with this fine rant. “Our world is now full of Asshole Factories. That’s what the stores, offices, industrial parks, skyscrapers, malls, low-rise blocks, gleaming headquarters, whimsically designed corporate campuses, really are. It’s the grand endeavor of today. We don’t make stuff anymore. We make assholes. The Great Enterprise of this age is the Asshole Industry” (1,580 words)

The Great Unraveling Of Globalization

Everybody said globalization was the future of industry. Everybody was wrong. Globalization “is proving a barely-profitable and perplexing strategy for most companies.” Markets are closing, profit margins are falling, cost-savings are being competed away. “What was until recently a taboo topic inside multinationals — to wit, should we reconsider, even rein in, our global growth strategy? — has become an urgent, if still hushed, discussion” (2,530 words)

The Flying Car Takes Off

They promised us flying cars — and they kept the promise; a flying car comes to market, built by two Slovaks who hatched the idea in communist times as a means for escaping to the West. “No longer or wider than a standard five-door Bentley, it drives along the road like a space-age roadster. It flies through the skies like a private jet. And if everything goes to plan, it could be in customers’ garages within two years” (2,025 words)

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