Recommendation 1 from ‘The New York Times’

Article Name:‘Is fiction changing, for better or worse?’

By: ‘Editorial’

This topic has become the room for debate in The New York Times. Article is questioning that are the novels expected to be more entertaining today and less serious? And there are various views points listed in the article to answer this question. For example, one view point states that once novels were expected to be a blow to a head and now these are just an escape. One view point states that such things change over a period of time according to our reactions, which in a way determines the art’s role for us.

Summary:

Well, the kind of art that is served to us on the platter is exactly according to our tastes, reactions and demands. So, even if the novels have become more entertaining that is because, people want it to be so. Now the purpose of art has become to offer an escape to people from their dreadfully serious lives.

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Conversation: Talk
Determining: Influencing
Fringes: Outer edge

Recommendation 2 from ‘The New York Times’

Article Name:‘Counting by murders’

By: ‘Francisco Toro’

Article states that in Venezuela One hundred fifty-five thousand seven hundred and eighty-eight murders have been committed since 1999. This equals to an attack of the scale of 9/11 every three months. Article states that there is hardly any parallel to draw a comparison to the crime of this scale in human history. Further, article states that this is not the only thing worrisome about the country, infact it is the upward trend in these crimes and article states that there is only one reason for it .i.e. Hugo Chavez has not invested enough in criminal justice system.

Summary:

It is astounding and scary that such kind of violence exists in any country. This means India is in a way better than Venezuela and many other countries in this case. However, worrisome indeed in this case is the fact that criminal justice system is not doing anything about the upward trend in the murders. It seems a genocide is occurring somewhere in the streets of Venezuela everyday.

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Machinery: Equipment
Subculture: A cultural subgroup differentiated by status, ethnic background, residence, religion, or other factors
Attorney: Lawyer

Recommendation 3 from ‘Foreign Policy’

Article Name:‘A tear in China’s invisibility cloak’

By: ‘Colum Lynch’

The article states that China has always maintained non-meddling position as far as every crisis facing United Nations is concerned. The same stands true for Syrian conflict also and it is China’s and Russia’s stand that is preventing tougher action in Syria. Last time when China vetoed a resolution condemning Syria’s crackdown on demonstrators, it invited criticism from the entire Arab world, as it had backed the resolution. But the time has come that finally Chinese stand is being seen openly as the Chinese fear of losing the Russian support on Iran if it makes the slightest shift in its stand.

Summary:

It can be called diplomacy at its best. China states that it does not want to meddle with the country’s sovereignty. From perspective point of view it is correct, a country’s sovereignty should not be threatened. However, when it comes to crisis of Syrian scale, international community’s tougher stand and tougher action should be pushed not prevented by below standards diplomatic stand.

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Mediation: Arbitration
Sovereignty: Dominion
Exposed: Bare
Accountable: Answerable

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