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Monday, 23 July 2012

Lead item

One more massacre "Every country struggles with madmen and ideologues with guns, and every country has had a gun massacre once, or twice. Then people act to stop them, and they do - as over the past few years has happened in Australia. Only in America are gun massacres of this kind routine, expectable, and certain to continue."

New Yorker
 
 

Monday, 23 July 2012

General item

The staggering wealth hidden offshore "A global super-rich elite has exploited gaps in cross-border tax rules to hide an extraordinary £13 trillion ($21tn) of wealth offshore – as much as the American and Japanese GDPs put together."

Guardian
 

Bo Xilai: Power, death and politics "As the cyanide took effect, Neil Percival Heywood must have looked around at the tacky photos of trees and waterfalls on the mustard-coloured wallpaper and wondered how he ever got involved in the vicious world of Chinese politics."

Financial Times
Bo Xilai, China
 

Monday, 23 July 2012

General item

China says Great Wall of China longer than previously thought "To the extent that the Great Wall is a symbol of China, a bigger wall means, well, a bigger China, if only symbolically." (Also: The 'inscrutable and elegant, unfathomable' Great Wall, in pictures)

LA Times
China
 

And finally

N.R.A proposes sweeping ban on movies "Saying it was 'high time to take action against the number one cause of violence in America,' the National Rifle Association issued a statement today urging a sweeping ban on movies."

New Yorker
Satire