What We Read Today 11 October 2014

October 11th, 2014
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Econintersect: Every day our editors collect the most interesting things they find from around the internet and present a summary "reading list" which will include very brief summaries (and sometimes longer ones) of why each item has gotten our attention. Suggestions from readers for "reading list" items are gratefully reviewed, although sometimes space limits the number included.

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  • Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi share Nobel Peace Prize (Laura-Smith Spark, CNN World) The 2014 Nobel Peace Prize is for children and for common aspirations for good of major religions. The youngest ever Nobel Prize winner is Pakistani Malala Yousafzai, a 17-year-old Muslim advocate for education for girls. She shared the prize with 60-year-old Hindu Kailash Satyarthi of India. Satyarthi has been a long-time activist in India against the financial exploitation of children. Yousafzai gained global attention when she survived a Taliban assassination attempt because of her outspoken advocacy for education for girls, surviving a serious gunshot wound to the head at age 15. See also next two articles.
  • South Asia’s Peace Heroes (Alyssa Ayres, Council on Foreign Relations) There is an unspoken message from the Nobel Committee. It regards "a long history of India-Pakistan civil society collaboration to try to overcome tensions in the region". The committee undoubtedly had this in mind when they finalized their selections. But there are also concerns that the award for Malala may produce future problems for her. See Will Malala's Nobel Prize Backfire? (Elias Groll, Foreign Policy)
  • Nobel Peace Prize: They didn't win, either (Dana Ford, CNN World) A number of leading candidates who didn't the Nobel Peace Prize in years past are listed. They include Pope Francis, who was the odds-on favorite according to CNN this year. Mahatma Ghandi was nominated five times, and never won. The fifth time was in 1948, but he was assassinated before the award that year was announced - actually was not announced because the committee announced "there was no suitable living candidate". Sima Samar was the leading candidate in 2009 for her work on women's rights in Afghanistan and around the world but the surprise winner was Barack Obama. Cesar Chavez was nominated three times for his work in non-violent farm worker and labor activism. He is credited as the first leader to use the phrase "Si, se puede" ("Yes, we can"). Pope John Paul II, who was the favorite in 2003, former Philippine President Corazon Aquino and Eleanor Roosevelt are also great peace leaders who never won.

  • Recent articles about Scotland Independence and Similar Movements

Farage says UKIP could hold balance of power in 2015 (BBC News)

UKIP: The story of the UK Independence Party's rise (BBC News)

Barcelona continue to back vote for Catalonia’s secession from Spain (The Guardian)

  • Articles about conflicts and disease around the world


Ebola Response: Economics As Well as Epidemiology (Roll Call)

More admitted to Spain's Ebola unit as global death toll passes 4,000 (The Globe and Mail)

Isolating Ebola-affected nations could worsen outbreak, experts say (Al Jazeera)

Is the U.S. Prepared for an Ebola Outbreak? (The New York Times)

Ebola Spread Shows Flaws in Protective Gear and Procedures (Scientific American)


As ISIL attacks Kobane, Turkey and United States mired in stalemate (Al Jazeera)

Turkey Seeks Buffer Zone on the Border With Syria (The New York Times)

Hagel: US wants use of Incirlik Air Base in fight against Islamic State (Stars and Stripes)


UN warns of massacre if militants take Syrian town (Associated Press, MSN News)

Assessing the Syrian Refugee Crisis (Council on Foreign Relations)


Iraq's Anbar appeals for help against Islamic State (BBC News)

ISIS encroaches on ultimate prize in Iraq (CBS News)

Islamic State: Is Iraq's army staging a comeback? (BBC News)


Explosion at Key Military Base in Iran Raises Questions About Sabotage (The New York Times)

Can Iran and the United States Make a Meaningful Deal? (Council on Foreign Relations)


Will Ukraine Commit Economic Suicide? (Worldpress.org)

Ukraine to launch 'full clean-out' of corrupt officials (Reuters)

Special Report: Flaws found in Ukraine's probe of Maidan massacre (Reuters)


Russian economy slows after US sanctions (News.com.au)

Chechen Isis fighters under Omar al-Shishani threaten to take fight to Putin (The Independent)

Hong Kong

Why Hong Kong showdown could never have morphed into Tiananmen 2.0 (Reuters)


The antagonism towards Malala in Pakistan (BBC News)

Pakistan shocked by massive Indian Army retaliation after govt's fire-at-will directive (India Today)

Pakistan Says Indian Border Fire Set Back Peace (abc News)


U.S. Air Force probed for scrapping costly planes bought for Afghans (Reuters)

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