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Face to face With the Taliban Guardian | A disheartening report from the other front -- Afghanistan, where the correspondent went behind the lines with a resurgent and confident Taliban.
For a Soldier's Parents, Their Own Post-Trauma Los Angeles Times | David Zucchino provides an affecting look at how the circles of trauma can spread outward in the family of a young Iraq war veteran.
Feed-In Frenzy The Walrus | This piece suggests that all it'll take to build a green-energy economy is some plain old central planning. At least, that's how a thriving solar-power industry has grown up in Germany -- hardly the sunniest country on the earth.
The Unwisdom of Crowds Weekly Standard | Chris Caldwell explains the current financial crisis by looking all the way back to the 19th century writings of Walter Bagehot, a former Economist editor who wrote the book, Caldwell says, that "still provides the bedrock of policy thinking during financial emergencies."
Beijing Metro The Atlantic: James Fallows | A dispatch from Beijing -- complete with some nifty graphics -- that shows just how ambitiously America's top new economic rival is already thinking when it comes to transportation.

By Ben Pershing  |  December 15, 2008; 8:31 AM ET
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