- good update on the mayhem in the Middle East
- as good as that update is, though: Iraq, Saudi Arabia to reopen border crossings after 27 years
- great read on Russia’s Far East and Russia’s travel writing genre
- in Russia, Lutheranism (Protestantism) is considered a “traditional” religion (h/t NEO)
- how social is reason?
- Athens on the Midway: Defending Leo Strauss
- Should Earth Shut the Hell Up?
- Space of Mediation: Why do international labor recruiters in China charge so much, and why are they difficult to regulate?
- The strange normality of life in the middle of Syria’s war
Christmas went well. I’ve got four books I have to read before the three books I ordered from amazon.com (thanks to a gift card) arrive.