This Week’s (Late) Reading

Apologies for not posting this earlier, dear readers. You see, on Thursday, around 11 am local time, tragedy struck: a technician working on our neighbor’s TV accidentally cut the cable that gives us internet and landline telephone. Of course, we immediately called the internet and telephone provider and believe it or not, a repairman arrived around two today, worked for twenty minutes, and fixed the internet. (I forgot to check if the phone is fixed or not.) And of course, I could not post without a proper internet connection. (Have you ever tried posting via iPhone 3GS? I assure you, it is most unpleasant.) Without further ado, I present the links for this week.

I found this very, very touching tribute to the late American ambassador Chris Stevens, written by one of his friends. It is by far the best I have read. And yes, I am a bit fixated on this whole embassy attack in Libya issue, but it is very important (and very, very sad).

As a Stalin scholar, this article is so interesting. It is about Putin’s call for a Stalin-style leap forward in the Russian defense industry. And people have the gall to say that Russia is irrelevant after the Cold War. (US intelligence agencies, please hire me to do Russia analysis! I have mad Russian skillz. And pretty good analysis skills, too.)

And finally, an article asserting that music lessons for children have beneficial effects later in life. I really am considering sending it to the headmaster of my high school, who was always so keen on sports and promoted them at the expense of art and music.

Enjoy your weekend, everyone! I will leave you with a video of Tomaso Albinoni’s Adagio in G minor.