Weekly World Tour – August 1 to August 7

Here is my selection of articles, video and cartoon concerning the latest on world events during this first week of August. Enjoy the lecture!

 

Political Articles of the week:

Gideon Rachman’s last article before his vacation in the South of France, “Beware of the guns of August,” offers an historical analysis of the month of August as an active month in international politics:

http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/d996051c-bc6b-11e0-acb6-00144feabdc0.html#axzz1TslZJEhp

Charles Grant of the Center for European Reform wrote an insightful piece, “It does not matter who is the president of Russia,” on the coming Russian presidential elections:

http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/defda42e-bc6b-11e0-acb6-00144feabdc0.html#axzz1TslZJEhp

Tough reality for the French, how is the increasing gap between political ambitions and reality affecting its role on the international stage:

http://www.npr.org/2011/08/02/138892701/some-worry-french-military-stretched-too-thin&sc=nl&cc=nh-20110802

David Pilling’s argument argues that the dramatic train crash last week in China has had considerable consequences on the Chinese middle class’ perceptions of their government and the strengthen of the country:

http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/0558876e-be1b-11e0-bee9-00144feabdc0.html#axzz1Tyz9VCGr

Terry Gross’ guest, journalist Robert Draper, analyzed the dynamics within the House of Representatives between Republican Freshmen – led by Kevin McCarthy – and the Republican establishment:

http://www.npr.org/2011/08/03/138922932/inside-the-tea-partys-rising-influence

Cartoon of the Week:

By Schrank

Cartoon by Schrank published in The Sunday Business Post

Video of the week:

Analysis on the euro crisis and stock market crisis:

http://www.social-europe.eu/2011/08/larry-elliott-on-the-stock-market-crash-and-the-eurozone-crisis/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+social-europe%2FwmyH+%28Social+Europe+Journal%29


Fun articles of the week: 

Both the FT and the Guardian published on Saturday excellent articles on the 100 anniversary of the burglary of Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa at the Louvre:

http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/2/069d8662-be37-11e0-bee9-00144feabdc0.html#axzz1UOJ5Ly8g and http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/2011/aug/05/mona-lisa-theft-louvre-leonardo?INTCMP=SRCH

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