(Very) belated weekend reading

Sorry, last weekend got away from me a bit, so now we have midweek reading! Normal service may or may not resume next month.

A long essay but a very good one by Ellen Broad in Griffith Review on the whole question of women in technology. Particularly useful for anyone who took the Google memo dude seriously a while back.

Rafael Behr in the Guardian explains Jeremy Corbyn’s predicament – the moral being that history doesn’t always do what you expect it to, and you can prepare yourself for the critical moment only to find that a quite different one turns up instead.

This one’s a few weeks old now, but not to be missed: Stian Westlake in the Medium describes how the British Conservative Party has stopped talking and thinking about economics, and instead has taken on a quite different and more authoritarian way of looking at the world.

With Eurovision drawing people’s attention to the Israel/Palestine question, Yossi Beilin at Al-Monitor argues that the continued existence of the Palestinian Authority only hampers efforts to hold Israel accountable for the occupation.

One that’s already been shared a lot, but still well worth a read: Tony Koch trains both barrels on News Corp, which he worked for for 30 years. Good stuff, but you do wonder why it took him so long to work out that it was something other than a media organisation.

A very comprehensive piece by Rodney Tiffen at Inside Story summarising Australia’s electoral history, including what we know about swings, polling and margins. Good background reading before Saturday.

Dalibor Rohac at CapX with a lucid analysis of Victor Orbán’s authoritarian regime in Hungary, and the disgraceful way in which it has been supported by large sections of the conservative movement in America.

Anna Flagg at the Marshall Project reports on recent American research on the relationship between crime and unauthorised immigration, which finds no correlation. That won’t surprise anyone who’s been following the evidence, despite popular belief to the contrary.

Also on the subject of immigration, a sobering but also inspiring report by John Psaropoulos at Al-Jazeera on the work of integrating refugee communities in Greece.

Sam Roberts in the New York Times has a very fine obituary of John Lukacs, the great historian of mid-twentieth-century Europe, whose work on populist nationalism sadly seems more relevant now than it has for a long time.

And finally, a lovely piece by Sarah Yahm at Atlas Obscura on the library that straddles the US-Canada border. Not just a historical curiosity, but a parable for our times and our dangerous obsession with immigration control.

 

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