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The best reads from around the world

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

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Egypt, take two "From one perspective, something rather extraordinary had happened: for the first time in their history, Egyptians had freely elected a President."

New Yorker

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Lead item

Egypt showdown gains momentum "The Muslim Brotherhood appeared headed for a showdown with Egypt's ruling generals hours after claiming victory in Egypt's first freely contested presidential election. The Brotherhood ... said it would convene Parliament on Tuesday in defiance of a court order dissolving the body."

Wall Street Journal

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It's a changing media landscape - and it's your fault "The media isn't failing because it's not giving people what they want. We know exactly what you want, even if you don't care to admit it. Worthy but dull reporting of landmark health legislation? Not so much." (John Birmingham)

National Times

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

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Dirt under the rug "This is the dry story of a statistic. By which, I mean to say, it is a story that today's newspaper is no longer equipped to cover very well. And it is certainly not a story that could be easily gleaned by anyone who hasn't at some point been a full-time beat reporter."

David Simon
Crime, Journalism

Uncovering an ocean "In Greenland something has changed. The ice sheet's recent rate of loss - around 200 gigatonnes a year - represents a fourfold increase on a decade ago. Half this melting is thought to be due to the warming atmosphere. The other half is due to warmer seawater, caused by global warming or a shift in Atlantic currents."


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