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July 11, 2011

Most of these great items come from my Twitter feed or Facebook news feed. Follow me on Twitter and on Facebook for more fascinating videos, articles, essays and criticism. Read past recommendations from this series here.

1. Venezuelans ponder life without Chavez
By Jack Chang | Associated Press | July 6
“Talk about [President Hugo] Chavez’s future is buzzing across [capital city Caracas], as newspapers, radio programs and conversations on the street weigh questions of succession and the fate of Chavez’s socialist-inspired Bolivarian Revolution.”

2. Women re-enact Civil War as men, quite accurately
By David Dishneau | Associated Press | July 6
“A century and a half ago, women weren’t allowed into military service; masquerading as men was the only way in for those who weren’t satisfied with supporting the war effort from home or following their husbands’ military units around.”

3. An interview with Ollanta Humala, Peru’s president-elect
By Lally Weymouth | The Washington Post | July 8
“Peru has changed. It is no longer the Peru of 2005. It is the Peru of 2011, and it is different from when I campaigned in 2005. Obviously, we politicians have to adapt to these changes.”

4. Japanese SuperSub
Secrets of the Dead :: PBS
“With missions to attack U.S. cities and blow up the Panama Canal, the aircraft carrier submarine had the potential to change the course of the war in the Pacific.”

5. Q&A: Lenny Kravitz
By Matt Hendrickson | Details | August 2011
“After more than two decades, Lenny Kravitz, 47, hasn’t shed the trappings of rock stardom — even if it’s his daughter who’s wearing the boas now.”

6. The Idea of Germany, From Tacitus to Hitler
By Cullen Murphy | New York Times Book Review | June 10
“As described by the Roman historian Tacitus, three Roman legions led by Quinctilius Varus had crossed the Rhine from Gaul, intent on incorporating the vast area known as Germania into the empire. They were ambushed and annihilated by German tribes under the command of a warrior named Arminius. It was one of the worst military disasters the Romans ever suffered.”

7. Army releases modernization plan
By Brian Gebhart | Army.mil | July 7
“The goal of the Strategy to Equip the Army in the 21st century is to develop and provide an affordable and versatile mix of the best equipment available to Soldiers and units to succeed in current and future military operations.”

8. How E.B. White Wove Charlotte’s Webb
By Chloe Schama | Smithsonian.com | June 3
“A new book explores how the author of the beloved children’s book was inspired by his love for nature and animals.”

9. Is Sex Dead?
By Tom Matlack | The Good Men Project | July 10
“I keep hearing about the complex calculus of how and when these guys might get some action, when it will be withheld, and the rules of passionate engagement for married men in 2011.”

10. Ron Kovic – Ex US Marine and peace activist
Witness :: BBC News | July 4
“Alan Johnston talks to the former US Marine and peace activist Ron Kovic about two moments that changed his life forever – one on the battlefield, and one at anti-war protest in Washington.”

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