Four short links: 03 March 2013


An essential reading to inspire your morning
  1. As Chávez fights cancer, Venezuela prepares for life after the president – While a gravely ill president undergoes a new, tougher course of chemotherapy, both his supporters and opponents are unsure of what the future holds for their country.
  2. ‘Unfinished Empire: The Global Expansion of Britain ’ by John Darwin – During the five centuries in which the British came astonishingly close to ruling the world, it was often said, to the point of cliche, that “the sun never sets on the British Empire,” extending as that empire did literally around the globe. In this remarkable history of the empire, John Darwin goes an important step further: “ ‘Once the British Empire became world-wide,’ it was once shrewdly remarked, ‘the sun never set on its crises.’
  3. Is slow growth America’s new normal? – Good economists are great storytellers. They sculpt narratives with squiggly graphs and crowded charts. Like a novel, a good economic forecast has action and characters and, in the end, helps you make a little better sense of the world.
  4. Facebook sends invite promising ‘new look for the News Feed’ – Facebook appears to be planning another redesign, sending out press invites to come see a “new look for the News Feed” Thursday at the company’s headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif.
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