Conexões etc.

Às quintas, porque sim.

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::: Steven Gerrard, maior ídolo que tenho no futebol e fora dele, anunciou hoje que está pendurando as chuteiras. Tempos atrás, quando ele deixou o Liverpool, escrevi um texto que, acredito, também serve para este momento. E ter visto, in loco, o último gol que ele marcou pelo Liverpool em Anfield (naquele 2×1 contra o QPR em maio do ano passado) está entre as maiores alegrias que tive na vida. YNWA.

::: Mudando completamente de assunto:

I am arguing that Islam is exceptional. I think there’s a general discomfort among American liberals about the idea that people don’t ultimately want the same things, that there isn’t this linear trajectory that all peoples and cultures follow: Reformation, then Enlightenment, then secularization, then liberal democracy.
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I see very little reason to think secularism is going to win out in the war of ideas. But the question is: Why would it in the first place? Why would that even be our starting presumption as American observers? It’s presumptuous and patronizing to think a different religion is going to follow the same basic trajectory as Christianity..

Shadi Hamid, autor de Islamic Exceptionalism, em entrevista à Atlantic. Leia um trecho do livro AQUI.

::: No fim das contas, Fukuyama talvez tenha antevisto os tempos interessantes que vivemos — ou começamos a viver: “Perhaps this very prospect of centuries of boredom at the end of history will serve to get history started once again”. A lembrança é do mesmo Shadi Hamid, que sublinha: estamos condenados a viver tempos excitantes.

::: Dos arquivos da Economist, uma resenha do ótimo Gulag: A History, de Anne Applebaum. Anos atrás, traduzi e li um trecho dele numa reunião de centro acadêmico, porque havia por lá uns idiotas que pensavam como a velhinha de Desde que Otar Partiu. Fui convidado a me retirar.

::: E, falando em Gulag, como não pensar em Varlam Chalámov, de quem resenhei para o Estadão o primeiro volume de seus estupendos Contos de Kolimá?

::: Leio os jornais e penso: que saudades do bom e velho Sula.

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As far as the Middle East and North Africa go, the dilemma is not so much Thucydidean (rising powers challenging established rivals) as Machiavellian: a multitude of rivals with shifting allegiances challenging each other for primacy. We have lacked a common understanding and collective purpose for at least a decade. Determined and smart US political engagement across the region is essential to rebuilding both. Without that we won’t see a new and stable order created by the regional states: we will see more entropy. US partners in the region will feel both abandoned and licensed. US enemies will feel liberated. In both cases, the costs of hedging with other external powers – Turkey, Russia, China, India – will decrease dramatically. Good luck with the aftermath of all that. However bad the region may look today, “the worst is not. So long as we can say: ‘This is the worst.’”

John Jenkins na New Statestman. Leia na íntegra.