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Monday, 23 April 2012

Lead item

Hollande on top "But the surprisingly high vote for the extreme-right candidate, Marine Le Pen, boosted the overall figures for the right and meant that the final runoff vote on 6 May remains on a knife-edge."


Monday, 23 April 2012

General item

Still no checkmate in minority government chess game "The government does not want Slipper to resign, preferring to wear the odour of tainted support. Slipper maintains his innocence, showing no inclination to jump. All roads now point to budget day, the next time Parliament sits."

Sydney Morning Herald

How an election in Greece could cause Europe to crumble "It’s an open question whether Europe's fragile political balance - and Greece's tenuous hold on membership in the Eurozone - will survive the subsequent aftershocks. What's already clear is that life in Greece will never quite be the same."

The New Republic
European debt, Greece

Monday, 23 April 2012

General item

The Ayatollah under the bed(sheets) "The brutal reality is that Iranians had entrusted their national destiny to a man, Khomeini, who had spent far more time thinking about the religious penalties for fornicating with animals than how to run a modern economy."

Foreign Policy

The secret life of Alan Z. Feuer "He lived on the East Side; I lived on the West. He wore top hats; I wore baseball caps. Alan told me that he was from a family of Austrian bluebloods transplanted to New York. There had been, he said, a family fortune once; but, he added wistfully, 'Mother lived too long.'"

New York Times

And finally

Everyday items exploding in slow-motion (video) - From Danish TV show "Dumt & Farligt"