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Monday, 20 February 2012

Lead item

Resurgent Rudd the man Canberra loves to hate "Has this man addressed the deep character flaws that led to his chaotic handling of the party, the cabinet and the office of PM? Has Rudd changed?" (David Marr)

Sydney Morning Herald

Monday, 20 February 2012

General item

Losing belief in the Greek state "I have been reporting the Greek crisis now for two years, and it looks like something changed, tangibly, in the past 10 days. The established parties lost belief in what the EU is forcing them to do; and the people - quite wide layers of society - lost belief in the political class."


The forgetting pill eases painful memories forever "Once a memory is formed, we assume that it will stay the same. This, in fact, is why we trust our recollections. They feel like indelible portraits of the past. None of this is true... New research is showing that every time we recall an event, the structure of that memory in the brain is altered in light of the present moment"


Monday, 20 February 2012

General item

Welcome to Coogan town "Steve Coogan is, by some distance, the most gifted comic performer to have come out of Britain in the last 20 years. But, somehow, he hasn't connected in the U.S. The good news is that Coogan may be poised, at the age of 46, to at last get his due."

Vanity Fair
Steve Coogan

And finally

Iran's female ninjas "For those of us less concerned with Japanese feudal history than with systematic depredations against the rights of women, the pictures seem to offer a more uplifting view of the situation in various parts of the Middle East than is offered in the traditional media narrative." (Pictures)

Feminism, Iran