Thursday, October 30, 2014

Provocateur’s Death Haunts the Dutch - NYTimes.com

Provocateur’s Death Haunts the Dutch - NYTimes.com:



"AMSTERDAM — Nothing marks the spot on an unremarkable street in east Amsterdam where on Nov. 2, 2004, Mohammed Bouyeri, a 26-year-old Moroccan Dutchman — saying he was acting to defend the name of Allah — shot dead, then slashed the throat of the Dutch filmmaker, television host and provocateur Theo van Gogh. Few events have been planned to mark the 10th anniversary, and many here are weary of the national soul searching the killing prompted. But the day is still seared in people’s minds."



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U.S. Economy Grew at 3.5% Annual Pace in Third Quarter - NYTimes.com

U.S. Economy Grew at 3.5% Annual Pace in Third Quarter - NYTimes.com:



"The government reported on Thursday that the nation’s economic output rose at a 3.5 percent annual rate in the third quarter, offering a strong sign that the economy’s plodding growth may be picking up speed."



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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

ISIS and Vietnam - NYTimes.com

ISIS and Vietnam - NYTimes.com:



 "In May, I visited Vietnam and met with university students. After a week of being love-bombed by Vietnamese, who told me how much they admire America, want to work or study there and have friends and family living there, I couldn’t help but ask myself: “How did we get this country so wrong? How did we end up in a war with Vietnam that cost so many lives and drove them into the arms of their most hated enemy, China?”"



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‘Goodbye to Language,’ the Latest From Jean-Luc Godard - NYTimes.com

‘Goodbye to Language,’ the Latest From Jean-Luc Godard - NYTimes.com:



"Jean-Luc Godard, who will soon celebrate his 84th birthday, holds a special place in the pantheon of modern cinema. He is an imp who is venerated as a deity, a Rorschach test, a lightning rod, a fighting word. His name seems to divide the world into skeptics and worshipers, with not much middle ground. Analogous figures can be found in other zones of 20th-century art: Andy Warhol, Bob Dylan, Ezra Pound. They have their singularity in common. They also tend to confound easy distinctions between genius and trickery, and to marshal armies of exegetes in what may be the futile enterprise of figuring out what they mean."



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Russian Government Linked to More Cybersecurity Breaches - NYTimes.com

Russian Government Linked to More Cybersecurity Breaches - NYTimes.com:



"SAN FRANCISCO — For the second time in four months, researchers at a computer security company are connecting the Russian government to electronic espionage efforts around the world."



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Iranians Hope for Nuclear Deal With West to Kick-Start Economy - NYTimes.com

Iranians Hope for Nuclear Deal With West to Kick-Start Economy - NYTimes.com:



"TEHRAN — Mohammad Heydarian, an Iranian contractor, still has work finishing off a single-family home. But things look bleak after that, he said. He has already fired his workers, and is struggling to make ends meet, providing for his wife and two teenage children."



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Monday, October 27, 2014

D. A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus’s Counterculture Archive - NYTimes.com

D. A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus’s Counterculture Archive - NYTimes.com:



"“Johnny’s in the basement, mixing up the medicine,” and a young Bob Dylan, lean of body and scruffy of hair, flips cue cards along to his lyrics as the poet Allen Ginsberg stands off to the side, chatting. This landmark video, for “Subterranean Homesick Blues,” opened the 1967 documentary “Dont Look Back,” which became a rock doc classic and also earned the man behind the camera, D. A. Pennebaker, a place in film history."



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