Aretha & Sanctions

THE SHORT: “The biggest thing that Washington gets wrong about sanctions”

by Max Fisher (Vox)

For as often as the United States uses economic sanctions as a foreign policy tool, we sure don’t talk about them much. That’s even more surprising given that the academic research on sanctions is pretty mixed, and often finds that they don’t work.

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THE LONG: “Soul Survivor”

by David Remnick (The New Yorker)

On the counter in front of her, next to her makeup mirror and hairbrush, were small stacks of hundred-dollar bills. [Aretha Franklin] collects on the spot or she does not sing. The cash goes into her handbag and the handbag either stays with her security team or goes out onstage and resides, within eyeshot, on the piano. “It’s the era she grew up in — she saw so many people, like Ray Charles and B. B. King, get ripped off,” a close friend, the television host and author Tavis Smiley, told me. “There is the sense in her very often that people are out to harm you. And she won’t have it. You are not going to disrespect her.”

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