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Bill Clinton, Diamonds, and the Supreme Court plays football

January 17, 2010

In Bill Clinton’s interview with Esquire, he mentions Paul Farmer and his organization Partners in Health. Partners in Health is on the ground in Haiti and doing good work. You can donate here.

And now, the articles:

Inside Bill Clinton’s New Plan for Haiti: Exclusive Q&A interviewed by Mark Warren (Esquire). If it wasn’t for the earthquake just outside of Port Au Prince, we might have forgotten that former President Bill Clinton is the United Nations Special Envoy to Haiti. Good long-term perspective by someone who has a stake in Haiti’s future.

Country Without  a Net by Tracy Kidder (New York Times). Kidder wrote Mountains Beyond Mountains, a (great) biography of Paul Farmer, founder and president of Partners in Health. In this Op-Ed he discusses the history of Haiti, specifically how it has been kept poor and underdeveloped – and especially susceptible to natural disasters due to lack of planning and infrastructure.

They Are So Not Ready for Some Football by Josh Levin and Dahlia Lithwick (Slate). This is not (thankfully) not depressing. Unless you equate knowledge of football with patriotism or the ability to be an effective Supreme Court justice, in which case this would be a very depressing article indeed.

The Terrorist Mind: An Update by Sarah Kershaw (New York Times). Now: back to depressing (but fascinating) articles. Psychologists are finding similarities between the thought processes of people attracted to terrorism.

Objects of Desire: Israeli Diamonds are Forever…on Your Conscience by Sean Clinton (Ad-Busters Blog). At this point, it might be worth it to discuss recognizing diamonds as exorbitantly priced, useless except-for-cutting-things rocks that they are and move on to something useful. Like food (coming soon to Notes from the Fault – a review of Eating Animals by Jonathon Safran Foer).

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