How to fight liver disease – make up for youthful excesses

Read at the South China Morning Post.


Lose Your Inches Without Losing Your Mind

American nutritionist Justine SanFilippo knows how badly a fad diet can harm your health; she has tried too many to count.”I had no energy, my brain was foggy and I had this weird, metallic taste in my mouth,” she writes of one low-carb diet’s effect. “To this day, we still think all carbs are bad. But we need them for energy. Read at the South China Morning Post.


Book review: The Inner Enemies of Democracy, by Tzvetan Todorov

During the early 20th century, French essayist Charles Péguy wrote: “There is in the Declaration of Human Rights enough to make war on everybody for as long as the world lasts!”

Péguy was right, according to Bulgarian-born historian Tzvetan Todorov.

Read at the South China Morning Post.


Book review: Expulsions: Brutality and Complexity in the Global Economy, by Saskia Sassen

Now is a dire time to be poor, according to Columbia University sociology professor Saskia Sassen. In this scathing assessment of advanced global capitalism, Sassen says that as inequality widens, have-nots face expulsion from their jobs and homes. Read at the South China Morning Post.


Book review: Seeking the Cave, by James Lenfestey

Cold Mountain Cave may sound like a mythical staple of Chinese literature, but it exists, says poet and essayist James Lenfestey. Better yet, the cave once housed Lenfestey’s idol: Tang dynasty bard Han Shan (which literally means Cold Mountain), who wrote the Cold Mountain poems. Read at the South China Morning Post


Renminbi investors unlikely to make a killing just yet

China is set to edge the United States as the world’s biggest economy this year, according to the World Bank. With the US increasingly cast as a fading force, the renminbi could well be the natural successor to the US dollar as the reserve currency, it’s said. So investing in China’s currency, the renminbi (RMB), seems a shrewd move – or is it?

Read at the Sydney Morning Herald.


Book review: The 13th Labour of Hercules, by Yannis Palaiologos

Despite narrowly avoiding eurozone expulsion, Greece remains in dire straits. In The 13th Labour of HerculesAthenian reporter Yannis Palaiologos explains how the once-flush, outwardly advanced economy collapsed so fast and stayed down. Read at the South China Morning Post


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