Weekend reading

As happens every three weeks, I’ve put together some ideas for reading material that I’ve found recently on the internet.

Sarah Posner in the New Republic has the shocking story of the way in which the Republican Party has become a fan club for autocrats around the world.

Also in the New Republic David Atkinson gives American readers a crash course in the history of white supremacism in Australasia in light of the Christchurch massacre.

And Nicole Hemmer in the Sydney Morning Herald ties together the threads of the international ideological movement that Christchurch was a product of.

To conclude the Christchurch theme, Liel Leibovitz at Tablet has a long essay on its predecessor, the Hebron massacre of 1994.

We’ve all had plenty of Brexit material, but don’t miss Tom McTague at Politico with a long read on how the negotiations over the Irish border framed the possible outcomes.

Rafael Behr in the Guardian also has an acute rundown on the hopelessness of Theresa May’s position.

The Economist’s “Charlemagne” compares the prospects of Italy and Spain, and argues that Spain’s fundamentals are in much better shape.

Alexander Reid Ross in Haaretz recounts the bizarre story of the New Horizons conference in Tehran and its unsavory participants.

Coming back to Australia, Peter Brent at Inside Story has a fine analysis of Scott Morrison’s predicament and how he got there.

Also on Australia, but with wider application, is Barry Jones’s eloquent lament in the Saturday Paper on the debased condition of public debate.

And finally on a lighter note, Caity Weaver in the New York Times reports on crossing the United States by train, an experience both deeply American and very untypical of actual Americans.


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