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Journal 196

A monument to the periodic table in Bratislava, Slovakia

This week — a gathering of psychics, a terrible roommate, people falling onto South West London, the periodic table, and Jo Cox's murderer.

If you only read one thing — The Guardian on Jo Cox's murderer is worth the time.

This week's edition also contains a supplement of two articles about the Middle East's geo-politics, including a profile of Qassem Suleimani, the Iranian military and political operative who was killed this week by a US drone strike.


The making of a bedsit Nazi: who was the man who killed Jo Cox? | The Guardian | Crime

A story examining Thomas Mair, the man who murdered the British MP Jo Cox in 2016.

The Histories Hidden in the Periodic Table | The New Yorker | Science

The stories behind the discoveries that built the periodic table.

Where people fall from the sky | Maclean's | Life

A story examining the tragic phenomenon of stowaways falling from airplane holds over South West London.

Worst Roommate Ever | New York | Life

It started with a refusal to contribute to bills, then with bulbs started disappearing from her room and appearing in his. It got a lot worse.

Lost in Summerland | The Atavist | Life

A trip to the world’s largest gathering of psychics and mediums.



These are two articles shared in previous Journal editions that have a renewed relevance after this week's events -

First, from Journal 169:

The Shadow Commander | The New Yorker | Politics

A 2013 profile of Iranian military and political operative Qassem Suleimani, of renewed relevance in the context of the current tensions between Iran and the United States. Suleimani was recently described as "Iran's Deadly Puppet Master" in Foreign Policy's Global Thinkers 2019 series.

and from Journal 180:

The Secret History of the Push to Strike Iran | The New York Times | Politics

A fine piece of reporting that goes deep into the geopolitics of the Middle East and America's approach to the region.


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