Striking Syria, Free-Trade Malaise and Michael Scott's Dinner Party

(Bloomberg View) -- The weekend is here! Pour yourself a mug of Danish blend coffee, grab a seat by the bulkhead, and get ready for our longer-form weekend reads:

  • Everything We Know (And No One Has Said So Far) About The First Waves Of Air Strikes On Syria. (Aviationist)
  • The Free-Trade Malaise Vindication -- and a change of heart -- for a veteran contrarian who saw it coming (Literary Review of Canada)
  • John Casey, the Billionaires’ Consigliere (Institutional Investor)
  • A Saudi Prince’s Quest to Remake the Middle East: In his work with the White House, is Mohammed bin Salman driving out extremism, or merely seizing power for himself? (New Yorker)
  • The Problem with Mindfulness (Nautilus)
  • How a Defense of Christianity Revolutionized Brain Science (Nautilus)
  • In the Battle for the American West, the Cowboys Are Losing: Federal lands west of the Rockies are now also home to more hikers and campers, and the competition is fierce (Wall Street Journal)
  • The fall of Milo Yiannopoulos (Spectator USA)
  • Ticks Rising: In a warming world, ticks thrive in more places than ever before, making Lyme disease the first epidemic of climate change (Aeon)
  • The Oral History of ‘The Dinner Party,’ the Best ‘Office’ Episode Ever (Rolling Stone)

Be sure to check out our Masters in Business interview this weekend with Annie Duke, an expert in the science of decision-making, and one of the top poker players in the world. In 2004, she won the World Series of Poker (WSOP). She is the author of “Thinking in Bets: Making Smarter Decisions When You Don’t Have All the Facts.”

How Trade Tensions Will Test Companies and Investors 

Striking Syria, Free-Trade Malaise and Michael Scott's Dinner Party

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