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Friday, 27 April 2012

Lead item

Charles Taylor of Liberia found guilty of war crimes "The International Criminal Court has reached a verdict in the trial of the former warlord-turned-president, Charles Taylor. The court found him guilty of eleven counts of aiding and abetting war crimes... It's a historic moment in the annals of international justice: the first time since Nuremberg that a head of state has been indicted for war crimes."

New Yorker

Friday, 27 April 2012

General item

Bo Xilai said to have spied on other top officials "The story of how China's president was monitored also shows the level of mistrust among leaders in the one-party state. To maintain control over society, leaders have embraced enhanced surveillance technology. But some have turned it on one another."

New York Times
Bo Xilai, China

No one stays clean in a mud fight "Does the stench of sleazy sexual innuendo and misuse of taxpayers' money hurt the government? Absolutely. But the path of such stories so often proves to be more complicated than the first set of allegations would suggest. Remember Godwin Grech? There is a link in the two controversies." (Laura Tingle)

Australian Financial Review

Friday, 27 April 2012

General item

Food: Organic growth? "The headline conclusion is pretty unequivocal; across the board, organic farming produces lower yields than conventional methods, by about 25%."


How Rupert Murdoch became Simon Cowell's paperboy "We lay our scene in January 2010, in the waters surrounding the Tobago Cays, five tiny uninhabited islands in the Grenadines. Here, a gaggle of billionaires' yachts are anchored."

Rupert Murdoch

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