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Monday, 27 February 2012

Lead item

Gillard wins 71-31: What now? "Julia Gillard has always had problems with authority and legitimacy. This vote, while not solving that difficulty, must help in some small way to address it. She has had a win. Wins are always good." (Barrie Cassidy)

The Drum

Monday, 27 February 2012

General item

The lost party "That Mitt Romney finds himself so imperiled by Rick Santorum - Rick Santorum! - is just the latest in a series of jaw-dropping developments in what has been the most volatile, unpredictable, and just plain wackadoodle Republican-nomination contest ever."

New York Magazine

Are they really religious? "When the Egyptian revolution broke out, most of those affiliated with the Islamist movement did not take part. When the revolution succeeded we found the Salafists suddenly changing their beliefs, forming parties and taking part in democracy, which had been haram a few days earlier."

Huffington Post
Egypt, Islam

Monday, 27 February 2012

General item

Between roses in Mumbai "In a slum hut by the international airport, Abdul's parents came to a decision with an uncharacteristic economy of words. The father would wait inside the trash-strewn, tin-roofed shack where the family of eleven resided. He'd go quietly when arrested." (Prologue, Behind the Beautiful Forevers, Katherine Boo)

New York Review of Books

And finally

Oscars 2012 winners - the full list