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Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Lead item

Syrian government beset by battles and diplomatic setbacks "Fierce fighting on the battlefield and setbacks on the diplomatic front increased pressure on the embattled Syrian government on Monday as fresh signs emerged of a worsening battle for control of the capital."

New York Times
Syria
 
 

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

General item

It's time for a carbon tax "Perhaps because a carbon tax makes so much sense — researchers at M.I.T. recently described it as a possible 'win-win-win' response to several of the country's most pressing problems — economists on both ends of the political spectrum have championed it."

New Yorker
 

Elisabeth Murdoch: The heiress "The days of lavish Chipping Norton-set parties are over. As one regular put it, 'Who would come?' A British politician said of the future of News Corp., 'I see it as like a political party at the crossroads. Which direction do they go in? What Elisabeth is articulating is not a negative view of the company but a way forward that deals with the public.'"

New Yorker
Murdoch Family
 

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

General item

Is it racist to call someone an Australian? "The events take place in Macclesfield, U.K.: 'Hurling abuse wasn't the problem for Petra Mills. But a court ruled that calling her New Zealand neighbor an Australian was racist and against the law.'"

The Atlantic
New Zealand, Racism
 

Kate Middleton's pregnancy: 10 stories I don't want to read "From baby name suggestions to speculation about Pippa, there are some articles that should remain in the writer's imagination."

Guardian
 

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