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Richard Holbrooke in Afghanistan

This week — Trump's money, Richard Holbrooke, coronavirus, and Auden on Woolf.

If you only read one thing — The Atlantic on disinformation in the 2020 election is worth the time.


The Billion-Dollar Disinformation Campaign to Reelect the President | The Atlantic | Politics

A look at the prospect in the US of a presidential election saturated with the "censorship through noise" of a coordinated disinformation campaign.

The Money Behind Trump’s Money | The New York Times | Business

A look at the longstanding financial relationship between The Trump Organisation and Deutsche Bank.

A Consciousness of Reality | The New Yorker | Books

A 1954 essay by W.H Auden examining Virginia Woolf's career and legacy through her own diary.

Imperial Graveyard | The London Review of Books | Politics

This dissection of a biography of the prominent American diplomatic Richard Holbrooke deals with a complex figure ("an exceptional shit of a human being, even aside from the defects born of extreme ambition") who served in the Balkans under Clinton and Afghanistan under Obama, and stood for a very particular vision of America's place in the world.

Six ways coronavirus will change our world | Exponential View | Society

Azeem Azhar examines the the trends in medical emergency management, scientific collaboration, genomic technologies and remote working that the coronavirus outbreak may influence.


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