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Journal 198

The Sackler Library, University of Oxford

This week — Carlos Ghosn's escape, a legal scandal, the decline of the celebrity gossip machine, and testimony from Xinjiang.

If you only read one thing — The Guardian on a scandal in academia is worth the time.


A scandal in Oxford: the curious case of the stolen gospel | The Guardian | Crime

A story about an Oxford academic accused of illicitly profiting from the sale of an ancient fragment of the Gospel of Mark to a conservative evangelical family who were hoovering up biblical artefacts.

The Mysterious Lawyer X | California Sunday | Crime

She was a leading figure in the Australian legal scene, known for her effectiveness, as well as unusually close social relationships with some of the clients she defended in criminal matters. It turns out that there was a far bigger issue lying beneath the surface.

How The 2010s Killed The Celebrity Gossip Machine | Buzzfeed News | Society

An analysis of how celebrities' ability to communicate directly with their fans through social media has resulted in a power shift towards stars and away from the paparazzi driven media.

Weather Reports: Voices from Xinjiang | Believer | Society

A collection of powerful testimonies from people related to, or formerly amongst, the estimated 800,000 to 2,000,000 people understood to be detained in concentration camps in China’s Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region.

The Tokyo Job: Inside Carlos Ghosn’s Escape to Beirut | Bloomberg Businessweek | Business

The story of how a specialist team sensationally extracted the former CEO of Nissan from his house arrest in Tokyo to Lebanon, a country that has no extradition treaty with Japan.


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