Jargonbuster: Skirting around716
The habit of using long words where short ones will do has spawned a small dictionary of business-speak, and today’s first example is ‘monetization’. It became a vogue phrase in the early days of the internet, when newspapers started to put their articles online and then scratched their heads over how to make money out of them. Then it was adopted by people whose videos of their children doing funny things became popular on YouTube, and who wondered if they could cash in on their exhibitionism.
Testing the Arab springs716
Sex and the Citadel: Intimate Life in a Changing Arab World
Shereen El Feki, Vintage, £8.99
Cameron’s Euro vote victory is far from certain716Professor Matthew Goodwin
David Cameron has outlined his plans for the renegotiation of Britain’s membership of the European Union and the concessions he intends to win in the hope that this will convince British voters to remain in the club when they cast their ballots in the forthcoming referendum.
The Iron Lady’s magnetism716Alan Philps
New books cast the Thatcher-Gorbachev relationship in a harsher light
2015: Reasons to be cheerful716
Yes, it was grim, but there were events worth celebrating
The roots of the Central African Republic's dysfunction716
Making Sense of the Central African Republic
Edited by Tatiana Carayannis and Louis Lombard, Zed Books, £19.99
Europe’s terror challenge716
Islamic State gunmen brought death to the streets of Paris on November 13, leaving the European Union in a state of shock. This is a turning point at which Europe must decide how best to defend its way of life. The way forward should be guided by three principles: defending liberty, ensuring the equality of Muslim communities, and radically improving EU-wide security measures including exchange of information and defence of external borders
Reading list: Myanmar716
Twilight over Burma: My Life as a Shan Princess
Inge Sargent (Silkworm Books, £15.50)
Magical yet true, the story of a young Austrian woman who fell in love with the last prince of the remote Shan state of Hsipaw and watched a feudal way of life eke out its final years. Her husband vanished after a military coup in 1962.
Middle Eastern regional rivalries716Jane Kinninmont
The complexity of Middle Eastern politics plays into terrorists’ hands. Detente between Iran and Saudi Arabia is required before Gulf States are likely to share western priorities in Syria
Nawal El Sadaawi, Egyptian author716
Agnes Frimston talks to the Egyptian author of more than 50 books including Woman at Point Zero and The Face of Eve. She is one of the BBC’s 100 inspirational women of 2015