Monthly Archives: Ožujak 2011

Dealing with Saif Gaddafi: naivety, complicity or cautious engagement?

Korupcija na LSE? Poznati politolog, demokrat, David Held, ravnatelj London School of Economics objašnjava zašto je uzeo novac od Gadafijeve fondacije…

For those who knew Saif Gaddafi in a different context, this creates a most disturbing paradox. How could we, who saw in him the potential to project a credible reformist agenda, reconcile this with the man he has become? In this context, I have been at the eye of a storm and accused of many things, including naivety or even complicity. The media has raised important questions about the role of engagement in regimes that are autocratic.

putemDealing with Saif Gaddafi: naivety, complicity or cautious engagement?.

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I trust you will let me ask you further questions about the wider significance of what you have done and how you might handle the trouble that has come your way… Your resignation spared your conscience from facing the painful irony buried in these words, especially after your acquaintance began talking of fighting ‘to the last bullet’ and ‘rivers of blood’.

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Stanković o Kosor i ostalima – Danas.hr

Stanković na svojem blogu:

Recimo, meni su osobno gori od Jadranke Kosor jedino ljudi čija životna sreća ovisi o Jadranki Kosor. Auu, kakvi su to tek besprizornici, kakva luzerska bratija. Oni koji u 7.15 pale Dnevnik, pa se drogiraju Šukerom i Jandrokovićem, Čobankovićem i Hebrangom, a onda u pola osam okreću na HTV jer im još nije dosta. Žele još masakra, Šeksa, još Bebića, Josipovića i Stazića. Pa onda čitaju Ivkošića i seru kako je sve otišlo u vražju mater.

Osim malo grubog jezika, s ostalim se slažem. Ja sam smrad, a što si ti? – Danas.hr.

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Condemned to Joy by Pascal Bruckner – City Journal

Condemned to Joy by Pascal Bruckner – City Journal. The Western cult of happiness is a mirthless enterprise.

Now that it has become the horizon of our democracies, a matter of ceaseless work and effort, happiness is surrounded by anxiety. We feel compelled to be saved constantly from what we are, poisoning our own existence with all kinds of impossible commandments. Our hedonism is not wholesome but haunted by failure. However well behaved we are, our bodies continue to betray us. Age leaves its mark, illness finds us one way or another, and pleasures have their way with us, following a rhythm that has nothing to do with our vigilance or our resolution.

What is needed is a renewed humility. We are not the masters of the sources of happiness; they ever elude the appointments we make with them, springing up when we least expect them and fleeing when we would hold them close…

The Western cult of happiness is indeed a strange adventure, something like a collective intoxication. In the guise of emancipation, it transforms a high ideal into its opposite. Condemned to joy, we must be happy or lose all standing in society. It is not a question of knowing whether we are more or less happy than our ancestors; our conception of the thing itself has changed, and we are probably the first society in history to make people unhappy for not being happy.

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Modigliani – By Meryle Secrest – NYTimes.com

Amedeo Modigliani was one of modern art’s fabled beauties. His life was box-office gold, a classic mortal tale of squalor and salvation. An artist-genius sinks under the weight of poverty, illness and addiction, dies at 35, leaving behind ruined lives — his distraught mistress kills herself and their unborn child — and a body of hugely popular art. He viewed artists as privileged beings. At 17, he wrote that as a species they had “different rights, different values than do normal, ordinary people because we have different needs which put us — it has to be said and you must believe it — above their moral standards.” Many adolescents play with such ideas. Modigliani went on to live them.

Book Review – Modigliani – By Meryle Secrest – NYTimes.com.

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Why Last Chapters Disappoint – NYTimes.com

DAVID GREENBERG Why Last Chapters Disappoint – Essay – NYTimes.com.

In his 1922 treatise “Public Opinion,” the young Walter Lippmann dealt a blow to Progressive Era dreams of a rational, well-functioning mass democracy. In the modern world, Lippmann argued, the number and intricacy of policy issues and the human tendency to cling to irrational stereotypes had rendered the public far less capable of enlightened deliberation than liberals had long supposed. For all the bleakness of “Public Opinion,” Lippmann concluded on a curiously optimistic note. In his coda, he claimed that despite everything he had said in the previous 250 pages, he rejected the notion that “intelligence, courage and effort cannot ever contrive a good life for all men.”

Greenberg zaključuje da društveni znanstvenici iz svojih analiza izvode utopijske zaključke jer to od njih traže urednici, i jer bi nepopravljivost stanja lišila smisla svaku analizu. A vjerojatno i egzistenciju analitičara.

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Venezuela’s socialist mafia « Prospect Magazine

Caracas has become one of the world’s most dangerous places to live. Behind a smokescreen of respectability, once charitable organisations called colectivos are now terrorising the city’s population through extortion and hard crime….

putemVenezuela’s socialist mafia « Prospect Magazine.

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Are paywalls the future? « Prospect Magazine

The New York Times is putting its website behind a paywall. But is this the future of online journalism? Emily Bell, the mastermind behind Guardian online, isn’t so sure

putemAre paywalls the future? « Prospect Magazine.

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Why I’m leaving Britain « Prospect Magazine

On 6th April, my daughter, two sons and I are getting on a plane to join my husband in Sydney. Our tickets are one-way. We’re leaving Britain behind for all kinds of reasons—not least because, as one British expat friend recently put it: “In Australia, no one can box you into a corner unless you want to be boxed into that corner. That’s just not the case in Britain.”

She has a point. Look at the people who run the two countries. In Australia, it’s an array of tough women whose rise has not been down to bloodlines or schooling, but to grit and determination.

putemWhy I’m leaving Britain « Prospect Magazine.

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Stvari danas duže traju – NYTimes.hr

Mnogi pripadnici konzumentskog društva sve će manje bacati ono što kupuju. Naime, pokazalo se da čitav niz proizvoda, kao što su automobili, telefoni, računala, čak i šamponi i zubne paste, danas ima nešto duži životni ciklus i potrošnja im duže traje. U velikom se broju slučajeva radi o razlici o čak nekoliko mjeseci, no ekonomisti i potrošači smatraju da će takav trend potrajati i kad ne bude krize jer je recesija tako snažno utjecala na sve.

putemStvari danas duže traju – poslovni.hr.

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Troškovi materijala rastu, porast cijena sve izgledniji – NY Times.hr

“Doći će do nazadovanja”, kaže Joshua Shapiro, glavni ekonomist za područje SAD-a u tvrtki MFR. Za mnoge će tvrtke više cijene značiti ograničenu dobit, zbog čega će manje ulagati u opremu i vjerojatno neće krenuti u znatnije zapošljavanje. Ljudima koji imaju male prihode znatno je teže dok rastu cijene hrane, goriva, odjeće i higijenskih potrepšitna jer uglavnom na takve osnovne stvari i troše većinu novca. Cijene hrane za 8 posto su niže od vrhunca koje su dosegnule u ljeto 2008. godine, a cijene energetskih resursa gotovo su dvostruko niže od dosadašnjeg vrhunca. Usto, cijena potrošačke košarice 4 posto je niža od najviše cijene zabilježene sredinom 2008. godine.Trošak sirovina čini tek manji dio troška većine potrošačke robe; trošak rada, procesiranja i pakiranja ipak je znatno veći. Namirnice kao što su kava, meso i mlijeko bliže su sirovinama pa će vjerojatno tu porast cijena biti najveći.

putemTroškovi materijala rastu, porast cijena sve izgledniji – poslovni.hr.

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