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12:40 PM, March 7th, 2013
motherjones:

theatlantic:

In Burma, the End of Censorship Means a Scramble to Figure Out Journalism

The country’s media will be free to print daily newspapers for the first time in five decades starting on April 1. But first, they have to learn how.
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motherjones:

theatlantic:

In Burma, the End of Censorship Means a Scramble to Figure Out Journalism

The country’s media will be free to print daily newspapers for the first time in five decades starting on April 1. But first, they have to learn how.

Read more. [Images: Jake Spring]

What we’re reading, East Coast lunch edition.

Very cool. 

2:28 PM, April 30th, 2012

Frontpage: Monday, April 30th

  1. Ex-Aide’s Wife: Edwards KnewCheri Young, the wife of Andrew Young, John Edwards’s former aide, testified Monday that the former presidential candidate told them it was legal to take funds to pay off Rielle Hunter, Edwards’s mistress. Both Youngs are considered crucial witnesses in the case to prove that Edwards used $1.2 million in donations to hide his mistress, then pregnant with their child, as he contended for the presidency in 2008. 
  2. Suu Kyi to Take Oath of OfficeAung San Suu Kyi and her party agreed Monday to take their seats in Burma’s Parliament later this week, despite a bitter disagreement over the wording of their oath of office. The oath requires that lawmakers vow to “safeguard the Constitution,” a promise that rankled the reform leader. 
  3. Pakistan: Drone Strikes ‘Violative’Pakistani officials said Monday that they were outraged by a drone strike Sunday that killed three suspected militants. Drone strikes in the country are “violative of its territorial integrity and sovereignty,” Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement Monday, two weeks after Parliament demanded that all American drone strikes against militants in the country cease. 
  4. Microsoft Invests $300M in NookBooks are always a good investment. That’s what shareholders of Barnes & Noble discovered as the company’s stock skyrocketed 95 percent before the market even opened Monday on the news that Microsoft had secured a 17.6 percent stake in the bookseller’s Nook business.
  5. 1WTC to be NYC’s Tallest Building: The Manhattan skyline’s highest point will shift downtown Monday, if the weather holds, as workers erect the 100th floor of the new 1 World Trade Center. The building’s steady upward climb over New York City continues, and the new floor will take it to 1,271 feet, more than 20 feet taller than the Empire State Building. The structure, when completed, is planned to top out at 1,776 feet.

Photo: A campaign poster of France’s opposition Socialist Party (PS) candidate for the 2012 French Presidential election Francois Hollande covered by lipstick kisses. (Joel Saget, AFP / Getty Images) 

More Photos of the Day, or read: "Would Francois Hollande Really Be a ‘Dangerous’ French Leader?" from Newsweek. 

10:10 AM, April 20th, 2012
Frontpage: Friday, April 20th
Suu Kyi to Boycott Parliament: Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi and her fellow Burmese opposition lawmakers will boycott Monday’s historic Parliament opening, her party, the National League for Democracy, announced Friday.
White House Supports Secret Service Head: White House spokesman Jay Carney said Thursday the Obama administration has confidence in Mark Sullivan, the director of the Secret Service, even though 11 agents are under investigation for consorting with prostitutes while on official business in Colombia last week. Carney added that the president’s security was never in jeopardy in Cartagena. 
Breivik: I Learned From al Qaeda: Confessed Norwegian mass killer Anders Behring Breivik said he read case studies of al Qaeda attacks before he went on a shooting rampage that killed 77 last July, he told the court Friday during day five of his sensational public trial in Oslo.
U.N. Observers Monitor Syria: Seven United Nations observers have been deployed in Syria to ensure compliance with a brokered ceasefire that the government has largely failed to uphold, a spokesman for U.N. envoy Kofi Annan said Friday. The rest of an advanced team of about 30 unarmed monitors is expected in the coming days. 
Poll: National Mood Improving: It’s getting better all the time. According to a CNN/ORC International survey released Friday, 43 percent of Americans say things are going well in the country, 3 points higher from February but up a huge 19 points from August. But 57 percent say things are still going badly.
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Frontpage: Friday, April 20th

  1. Suu Kyi to Boycott ParliamentNobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi and her fellow Burmese opposition lawmakers will boycott Monday’s historic Parliament opening, her party, the National League for Democracy, announced Friday.
  2. White House Supports Secret Service Head: White House spokesman Jay Carney said Thursday the Obama administration has confidence in Mark Sullivan, the director of the Secret Service, even though 11 agents are under investigation for consorting with prostitutes while on official business in Colombia last week. Carney added that the president’s security was never in jeopardy in Cartagena. 
  3. Breivik: I Learned From al Qaeda: Confessed Norwegian mass killer Anders Behring Breivik said he read case studies of al Qaeda attacks before he went on a shooting rampage that killed 77 last July, he told the court Friday during day five of his sensational public trial in Oslo.
  4. U.N. Observers Monitor Syria: Seven United Nations observers have been deployed in Syria to ensure compliance with a brokered ceasefire that the government has largely failed to uphold, a spokesman for U.N. envoy Kofi Annan said Friday. The rest of an advanced team of about 30 unarmed monitors is expected in the coming days. 
  5. Poll: National Mood Improving: It’s getting better all the time. According to a CNN/ORC International survey released Friday, 43 percent of Americans say things are going well in the country, 3 points higher from February but up a huge 19 points from August. But 57 percent say things are still going badly.

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10:13 AM, April 18th, 2012

Frontpage: Wednesday, Apr 18th

  1. Burma’s Suu Kyi to Go Abroad: Burma’s pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi plans to visit Norway and the U.K. this summer, her first trip out of the country in 24 years. She spent almost 20 years under house arrest in Burma, and refused to leave the country lest the military government refuse to let her back in. 
  2. Zuckerberg Made Instagram Deal: Facebook’s purchase of Instagram for $1 billion took everyone by surprise—including Facebook’s board. Mark Zuckerberg told his board the day before the deal was publicly announced that they were buying the photo-sharing app. He’d worked out the deal himself, in three days of negotiations with Instagram founder Kevin Systrom in Zuckerberg’s home. 
  3. U.S. Soldiers Posed with Taliban Bodies: A soldier from the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne division has released photographs showing soldiers posing with the remains of Afghan suicide bombers. He told the Los Angeles Times he released the photos in order to bring attention to a breakdown in leadership and discipline. The photos show soldiers holding limbs and smiling after being sent to recover the remains of a suicide bomber. 
  4. Obama, Romney in Dead HeatA new CBS News/New York Times poll released Wednesday has President Obama and Mitt Romney in a dead heat, with each receiving 46 percent of registered voters. 
  5. GOP Chooses Kelly for Giffords’s SeatRepublicans chose Jesse Kelly to go against Gabrielle Giffords’s former aide Ron Barber in what will likely be a closely contested special election for the congresswoman’s vacated seat. Kelly, an Iraq War veteran and Tea Party favorite, lost to Giffords by only 4,000 votes in 2010.

Photo: Photographer Jon Lowenstein, who recently received a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, has spent a decade documenting the neighborhoods and the lives of the people living on the South Side. On assignment for Newsweek and The Daily Beast, he photographed the neighborhoods of Englewood and Little Village, among others, to look at the rise in violence and the impact it is having on the people there. View more photos. (Jon Lowenstein / NOOR for the Daily Beast)

4:10 PM, March 29th, 2012
Early in her career, the idea began to get around that she was more than merely human—that she was perhaps a bodhisattva, a living Buddha, born to save her people from suffering. In 1990, after the regime chose to ignore the landslide election victory of her party, the National League for Democracy, it was reported that Buddha statues around the country had begun to weep from the left breast. This was seen by many as confirmation of Suu Kyi’s supernatural provenance, and an indication that sooner or later this tender woman—the left breast indicating the feminine principle, weeping out of pity—was bound to prevail.
Peter Popham describes Aung San Suu Kyi, Burma’s pro-democracy leader and Nobel laureate. Popham has also written a biography of the extraordinary woman called The Lady and the Peacock, which I just bought and am super excited to read. 
9:52 AM, January 13th, 2012
Frontpage: Friday, Jan. 13th
Obama Send Iran’s Ayatollah Warning: The New York Times reports that using secret communications, the Obama administration has directly warned Iran’s Supreme Leader that blocking the Strait of Hormuz is a “red line”—and the United States will take action. 
5 Pardoned Men Missing: Five men who were pardoned by former Mississippi governor Haley Barbour are still on the loose—and the attorney general says they will likely be sent back to prison.  New Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant, a fellow Republican, said Thursday that he would support a state constitutional amendment to tweak the governor’s clemency powers. 
U.S. Warns of Bangkok Threat: The U.S. Embassy in Bangkok warned Friday that there is a credible threat of a terrorist attack against Americans in the Thai capital. Tourists have  been urged to use extreme caution in the area. 
Newt Jabs Romney for Speaking French: In a bizarre online ad titled “The French Connection” that’s sure to go viral for all the wrong reasons, Gingrich’s campaign emphasizes the similarities between Massachusetts politicians Mitt Romney and John Kerry.
Burma Releases 651 Prisoners: Almost all of Burma’s most prominent political dissidents have been set free, as the thawing government released 651 prisoners Friday in another move toward democracy. 
Photo: A political prisoner, is welcomed by his friend as he comes out of the Insein prison in Yangon, Burma. (AP Photo/Khin Maung Win via The Telegraph)
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Frontpage: Friday, Jan. 13th

  1. Obama Send Iran’s Ayatollah Warning: The New York Times reports that using secret communications, the Obama administration has directly warned Iran’s Supreme Leader that blocking the Strait of Hormuz is a “red line”—and the United States will take action. 
  2. 5 Pardoned Men Missing: Five men who were pardoned by former Mississippi governor Haley Barbour are still on the loose—and the attorney general says they will likely be sent back to prison.  New Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant, a fellow Republican, said Thursday that he would support a state constitutional amendment to tweak the governor’s clemency powers. 
  3. U.S. Warns of Bangkok ThreatThe U.S. Embassy in Bangkok warned Friday that there is a credible threat of a terrorist attack against Americans in the Thai capital. Tourists have  been urged to use extreme caution in the area. 
  4. Newt Jabs Romney for Speaking French: In a bizarre online ad titled “The French Connection” that’s sure to go viral for all the wrong reasons, Gingrich’s campaign emphasizes the similarities between Massachusetts politicians Mitt Romney and John Kerry.
  5. Burma Releases 651 Prisoners: Almost all of Burma’s most prominent political dissidents have been set free, as the thawing government released 651 prisoners Friday in another move toward democracy. 

Photo: A political prisoner, is welcomed by his friend as he comes out of the Insein prison in Yangon, Burma. (AP Photo/Khin Maung Win via The Telegraph)

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10:02 AM, January 10th, 2012

Frontpage: Jan. 10th

  1. 29 Killed in Pakistan Bombing: At least 29 people were killed and another 44 people were wounded Tuesday in a bombing in northwest Pakistan, in the region used as a supply route for NATO forces into Afghanistan. 
  2. New Hampshire Primary Begins: Today’s the big day. New Hampshire residents begin voting in their primary today. Romney is polling between 35 and 40%, and thus is expected to win easily. Second place, however, is another question.
  3. Syria’s Assad Promises ‘Iron Fist’: In his first speech since June, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad told his people that he’s not going anywhere. Once again blaming unrest on “foreign planning,” Assad promised to fight “terrorists with an iron fist.”
  4. U.S. Warns Iran: The U.S. has shot back at Iran, saying the enrichment of uranium has escalated the nation’s violations of U.N. resolutions.
  5. Opposition Leader Will Run in BurmaBurma’s Aung San Suu Kyi may finally get to take office after 15 years spent under house arrest. The Nobel Peace Prize laureate confirms that she will run for Parliament this April. 

Photo: Newt Gingrich poses with participants of a town hall meeting in the cafeteria of Salem High School in Salem, NH. The woman at left is wearing a lobster hat. (Khue Bui for Newsweek)

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