Weekly World Tour –August 29 to September 4

This is what caught my attention this week.

Politics as Usual

1. Dominique Moïsi wrote an insightful piece on the question of French interventionism (in french).

2. Justin Vaïsse of the excellent Brookings Institution talks about the success of NATO operations in Libya and its consequences for the future of the transatlantic relations.

3. Former Foreign Minister of Germany, Joschka Fischer, speaks with Spiegel about the role of Germany on the international stage.

4. Gideon Rachman of the Financial Times, wrote his first piece since coming back from vacations. He wonders if 2011 will be remembered along with 1968 and 1989, as a year of global indignation.

5. In Europe, the state provides assistance to the weakest, in Asia, the family does it, and in America, individual philanthropists. However, Dominique Moïsi argues that in this current economic climax, these unwritten social nets have been scrolled down.

6. Will Apple in the post-Jobs era survive and remain as dominant? Jason Pontin thinks that it will not be as lovable.

7. On the promotional tour for his new book, In My Time: A Personal and Political Memoir, former Vice President Cheney gives the reasons why he should be in jail instead of being a TV guest.

8. Krugman has ‘gone wild’ with his latest article in the New York Times, and I like it. This time he argues that the GOP has become the anti-science, anti-knowledge party.

9. One of the best articles written so far on the challenges facing Libya in its post-Gaddafi period.

Cartoon of the Week

http://www.slate.com/id/2112318/fr/nl/

Videos of the Week

Q&A with Al Gore on the environment.

Former Republican Senator and Chairman of the Atlantic Council, Chuck Hagel, has some harsh words on the republican party.

Lunch

As part of the Saturday routine, the Financial Times has a guest for lunch. This week it is Mr. Bill Barton, also known as Supercop. He was the former Chief of the NYPD during the Giuliani era and LAPD later on. Following the riots in England last month, UK Prime Minister Cameron brought him to London as a consultant in order to fix the ‘depress’ Metropolitan Police and implement new police strategies. Rumor had it that he could become the next chief of the Metropolitan Police.

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