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Thursday, 24 April 2014

Lead item

Kidnapping of Ukrainian patriots has Russia's full support, says Kiev "Over the weekend, Vladimir Rybak's battered body was found in a river... According to investigators, he had been tortured. The gruesome case is the latest in a string of kidnappings and murders in eastern Ukraine which Kiev blames on Russia and its undercover agents."

The Guardian

Thursday, 24 April 2014

General item

Lesson for New York Police: Be careful what you Tweet for "Almost immediately after the call went out from the department’s official Twitter account, storms of users took the opportunity to instead attach some of the most unfavorable images of New York City officers that could be found on the Internet. And judging by the output on Tuesday, there are quite a few."

Also: The trial of Cecily McMillan (Jacobin Magazine)

New York Times

Cracking down on Nairobi's Somalis "Over the past three weeks, Somalis living in Kenya have been under attack by a police force often criticised for brutality and corruption. Somali neighbourhoods in Nairobi are on lockdown, and those who have protested, including rights activists, have been labelled as terrorist sympathisers."


Thursday, 24 April 2014

General item

Europe's African refugee crisis: Is the boat really full? "Is it better to adopt policies of deterrence or to accommodate the newcomers? The issue of refugees is bringing Europe into direct conflict with its own self-image. A Continent dedicated to the principle of human rights and is fond of pointing out its own Christian roots to other cultures is still lagging behind its own aspirations."

Der Spiegel

Speed-reading apps will not revolutionise anything, except your understanding "We’re probably not on the verge of a revolutionary epistemological breakthrough because cognitive comprehension is actually quite dependent on the eye movements that [the app] aims to nix."

Pacific Standard

A fine balance: A memoir of vertigo "In my dreams, I walk like a normal person. I even run and skip. Sometimes I jump rope... People talk about searching for and finding balance in their lives. I want to hit them with my walking stick."

Aeon Magazine

And finally