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Friday, 9 March 2012

Lead item

Media, pollies play 'the game' "Consider this scenario. A prime minister asks an editor-in-chief for a 'fair go' in their media coverage. The editor says he'll give the prime minister and the government 'a fair go' if the government gives the paper exclusive stories. That's the trade off." 

The Drum

Friday, 9 March 2012

General item

An executive power to kill? "The President of the United States can order the killing of US citizens, far from any battlefield, without charges, a trial, or any form of advance judicial approval. That's what Attorney General Eric Holder told a group of students in a much anticipated speech." 

New York Review of Books

A new risk for Aung San Suu Kyi "By inserting herself into the cut and thrust of Burmese politics, Aung San Suu Kyi is placing some of her hard-fought prestige on the line. Increasingly, she is being asked to propose solutions to her country's woes rather than merely lament them."

New York Times

Friday, 9 March 2012

General item

China's high-speed building boom "Liu Zhangning was tending her cabbage patch when she saw a tall yellow construction crane in the distance. At night, the work lights made it seem like day. Fifteen days later, a 30-story hotel towered over her village on the outskirts of the city like a glass and steel obelisk."

LA Times
Architecture, China

The best and worst places to be a woman "Best place to be a politician: Rwanda. Rwanda is the only nation in which females make up the majority of parliamentarians. Women hold 45 out of 80 seats. The UK comes in at 45th place, behind Pakistan and United Arab Emirates."

The Independent

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