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Recommended Reads: Lara Logan, porn, hooch and Ukraine

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Joe Hagan – Benghazi and the Bombshell (New York Magazine)

This is really epic journalism – thoroughly researched and well written. This article received coverage in many news outlets last week, including The Huff Post and The Daily Mail. The story profiles the career of Lara Logan, the CBS reporter currently on leave of absence due to a factually inaccurate report she filed for the network’s flagship news program 60 Minutes on the attack on the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi, Libya.

Richard Abowitz and Marlow Stern – The Banks War On Porn Stars (The Daily Beast)

An unusual story involving a US bank closing down the accounts of current and ex-porn stars. The bank, Chase, did not cooperate with the article so their reasoning for doing this is still unknown. The Daily Beast links the story to the lobby group Morality in Media and then the Department of Justice probe “Operation Choke Point”. Summing up the morality issue in the story – “What could be a better 21st-century story than bankers vs. porn stars: those that fuck for money pitted against those that fuck people out of it?”

Mark Binelli – Kentucky Death Match (Rolling Stone)

Focusing on the Republican Party and the race for the Senate seat of Kentucky, the article contrasts rising star, and potential 2016 presidential candidate, Rand Paul, and the Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell. It deals with the ongoing battle of the various factions in the Republican Party, between the hard right of the Tea Party and the establishment personified in Mitch McConnell and the rise the Libertarians embodied in Rand Paul, who has assumed his father, Ron Paul’s mantle.

Paul Bugeja – Smoke Puff: Michod’s “The Rover” features @ 2014 Sydney Film Festival (The Big Smoke)

At The Big Smoke, Editor-in-Chief Paul Bugeja gives us a preview of the upcoming Sydney Film Festival. Money quote from the Festival Director: “Together in a crowded theatre, comedies are funnier, horror films are scarier and tender moments bring tears more readily; everything we feel is amplified by the power of the shared experience.” Get your tickets sorted people!

Krishna Andavolu – Uruguay and Its Ex-Terrorist Head of State May Hold The Key To Ending The Global Drug War (Vice)

Offbeat and informative, this article charts the evolution of José Mujica, from terrorist, to prisoner, to solitary confinement, to eventually being President. Uruguay, under his Presidency, has recently legalised marijuana, and in order to undercut the influence of the cartel dramatically reduced its price.  Reuters: “Uruguayans will be allowed to buy enough marijuana to roll about 20 joints a week at a price well below the black market rate . . . Uruguayans will be able to buy up to 10 grams of marijuana a week at between $0.85 and $1 (US) dollar a gram.” The journalist even sparks up a joint mid-interview.

Timothy Snyder – Fascism Returns to Ukraine (The New Republic)

Timothy Snyder, Professor of History at Yale University, takes us through, well, essentially the history of the Ukraine in the last century, fascism as an ideology and its influence in Eurasia. This is an exhaustive essay but it provides context to the current situation.

(Ed’s note – for an Australian-Russian’s view of the Ukraine situation, check back on Wednesday…must-read.)

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