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Follow Friday: @nils_gilman, prognosticating the paradox of the future

Nils Gilman is a futurist, pessimist and just about the smartest person you could follow on Twitter. He takes on banks, the GFC, social inequality, and where we as a species are heading.

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Escalation in Syria may (or may not) be a step to peace

The Syrian conflict is beginning to look a lot like a proxy war between Russia and the West. Is this a return to the Cold War?

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Rundle: Libya … neocon era, Western supremacy done and dusted

Arabia must be either an enemy, a colony or a petrol station. There are no other choices.

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Teetotallers’ total tops total tipplers

The world has more non-alcohol-drinkers than drinkers, the World Health Organisation reported overnight.

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The New Yorker | LINKS|

How to survive a terrorist attack

The director of Columbia University’s National Center for Disaster Preparedness explains what to do when the bomb drops. Start building your fallout shelter now.

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Newsweek | THE REST|

We are all Rogue States now

The notion of “rogue states” is completely out-dated, says Nader Mousavizadeh, presupposing most of the world is united behind common Western (and American) values and interests. The US no longer gets to call the shots.

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Air & Space Magazine | EUROPE|

How the world was saved from orbiting laser battle stations

In the 1970s, the Soviet Union came this close to launching a huge satellite with a giant laser attached to it to take out America’s anti-missile shield. The fascinating and largely untold story of how it all fell to pieces.

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Crikey wrap: remembering the fall of the Wall

The fall of the Berlin Wall, 20 years ago today, reunited Germany and marked the official end of the 40-year Cold War. Crikey intern Michelle Loh does a wrap of what the pundits are saying.

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Newsweek | EUROPE|

Why the fall of the Berlin Wall didn’t really matter

Forget the fall of the Wall in 1989, says Niall Ferguson, the truly revolutionary, world-changing events took place a decade earlier: the USSR invaded Afghanistan, the UK elected Thatcher, China began opening up to the West, and Iran became an Islamic Republic.

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The Times (UK) | ENVIRONMENT|

Gorbachev: The battle over climate change is the new Cold War

On the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and ahead of the Copenhagen climate summit, former Soviet Union President Mikhail Gorbachev has a message for the leaders of today: climate change is your Wall.

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The Times (UK) | EUROPE|

REVEALED: Thatcher feared the fall of the Wall

Documents smuggled out of the Kremlin have revealed details of a secret meeting between Margaret Thatcher and Mikhail Gorbachev in 1989, where the Iron Lady stated plainly that Britain did not want Germany to be reunited.

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World Affairs Journal | UNCATEGORIZED|

1989: the end of history?

Twenty years since the end of the Cold War and the world is now dealing with the fallout of global financial disaster. Is capitalism still the ultimate victor in great ideological battle?

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The Cold War remains unfinished business

The Cold War remains unfinished business in Australia — and, with the global crisis, we’re seeing a kind of political return of the repressed, writes Jeff Sparrow.

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