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I'm not sure if you've seen these two articles by UCLA historian Perry Anderson (Editor of New Left Review) in LRB:
Both are big articles, I was wondering what you make of them, if of course you find the time and the inclination to check them out!

I note in passing that Anderson's article on the Cyprus issue was spot-on IMHO and an excellent introduction to the problem.

The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom - William Blake

by talos (mihalis at gmail dot com) on Thu Mar 5th, 2009 at 07:38:36 AM EST
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Thanks for pointing him out. I have just done a fast read through and find both articles on target. He even points out a little known fact theorized by a Palermo judge on what brought on the political institutional crisis in the Nineties: corruption had been financed by a flexible exchange rate, domestic inflation and deficitary finance. Realigning with Europe dried up resources for oiling the machine. This coupled with the fall of communism and the crackdown against organized crime by American policy makers put Italian politicos on the defensive. The Milan judges moved in on a system that was already in deep crisis.
by de Gondi (publiobestia aaaatttthotmaildaughtusual) on Thu Mar 5th, 2009 at 06:05:49 PM EST
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