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Thursday, 12 July 2012

Lead item

How Syria divided the world "So the Great Powers are facing off in the most volatile region on earth... But while Russia and the US want to keep the confrontation below boiling point, their proxies will seek to drag them in deeper." (Also: Syrian defection a major blow to regime)

New York Review of Books
Syria
 
 

Thursday, 12 July 2012

General item

Catholic Melinda Gates defies the Vatican over birth control funds "At an extraordinary summit in London, Mrs Gates announced that the charitable foundation she set up with her Microsoft founder husband Bill was donating $560m to family planning services."

The Independent
 

How the Mormons make money "The mall is part of a sprawling church-owned corporate empire that the Mormon leadership says is helping spread its message, increasing economic self-reliance, and building the Kingdom of God on earth."

Bloomberg Business Week
Religion
 

Thursday, 12 July 2012

General item

The death of Eva Rausing and the decline of the Tetra Pak dynasty "Each member of the Rausing dynasty has, perhaps understandably, run shy of publicity while trying to retain a family reputation for philanthropic generosity. That image was tarnished this week when the tawdry details of the tragedy in Cadogan Place emerged."

Guardian
Crime
 

And finally

Lovely sky monsters (image gallery)

The Atlantic
Photography