Sunday reading

Some interesting things I’ve found from my week’s reading, which others might find interesting as well:

Noah Feldman in the New York Review of Books gives a very good balanced assessment of what Anthony Kennedy’s retirement means for the Supreme Court and American politics in general.

Speaking of the Supreme Court, Matt Ford in the New Republic shows how bad judgements get made, with the upholding of a Texas gerrymander.

Dahlia Scheindlin in Foreign Policy on confederation as a solution to the Israel/Palestine conflict – very thoughtful and thought-provoking.

Mehmet Ozalp at the Conversation with a good analysis of Erdoğan’s victory in Turkey and its implications for the region.

Daniel Cole and Aurelian Craiutu in a long read at Aeon consider the regular pronouncements of the death of liberalism, which they find to be still alive and kicking.

Richard Cooke’s weekly dispatch from the U.S. at the Monthly is about immigration, news overload and the debate on civility.

The Southern Poverty Law Centre apologised for wrongly calling someone an anti-Muslim extremist – Robby Soave at Reason explains why that’s problematic.

Ronald Bailey, also at Reason, traces the history of moral panics about non-white immigration.

John Quiggin at Inside Story makes a good case for optimism in troubled times.

Andrew Elder at Press gallery reform chimes in with some thoughtful analysis of the Ramsay Centre fracas.

And finally, don’t miss the ABC’s report on the striking results from searching the residences of former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak.



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