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10:36 AM, June 21st, 2012

Frontpage: Thursday, June 21st

1. CIA Said to Direct Arms in Syria: As Syrian shells rained down on the battered city of Homs Thursday, a handful of American black bag operatives were helping allies direct weapons to the men and women fighting back.

2. Mitt to Florida: Hush Up on Jobs: Things are bad, no matter how good they look. That’s the message the Romney campaign sent down to Florida, sources told Bloomberg News, where Governor Rick Scott has been tooting his own job-creation horn a little too much for the Romney camp’s liking.

3. Suspected Bomb at Nuclear Site: Threat levels have been increased in Sweden after explosive material was found on a truck near a nuclear power plant.

4. European Stocks Slip: After reaching a five-week high, European stocks slipped Thursday. “The mood of market participants is still characterized by great uncertainty about future developments in Europe and the slowdown in China,” Stefan Angele, investment management head at Swiss & Global Asset Management, told reporters.

5. Egypt on Edge as Results Delayed: Tahrir Square was alive again with demonstrators overnight, and Egyptian voters continued to wait Thursday for a result in the country’s presidential election as anxieties mounted in the country.

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A woman agrees to let a rescue team prevent her from falling by tying her to a building. Read more here about China’s growing concern about their suicide rate.

11:42 AM, June 18th, 2012

Frontpage: Monday, June 18th

1. Obama and Putin to Meet: World leaders talked in Mexico Sunday as a meeting of the G20 nations that will focus on the world economy got underway. President Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet Monday.

2. Markets Rally, Settle After GreeceInvestors in Europe sighed and then got back to business after a crucial Greek vote Sunday. Markets showed an early advance Monday, but soon receded as Spanish bond yields topped 7 percent and anxiety over the future of the euro zone continued unabated.

3. Attack on Israel-Egypt Border: At least one Israeli civilian was killed in what officials say was a cross-border attack by gunmen who crossed from Egypt. Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak called it a “disturbing deterioration.”

4. Iran Nuke Talks BeginThere’s not much hope, officials say. World leaders will nonetheless begin two days of meetings with the government of Iran on Monday to try to break the tension surrounding the country’s nuclear program.

5. Egyptian Generals Flex After VoteNo one voted for them. But Egyptian military leaders gave themselves wide-ranging new powers Sunday after the Muslim Brotherhood claimed victory in the country’s presidential election.

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Photo by Aaron Jackson / AP Photos:

Empty shelves at the closed Borders bookstore at Penn Plaza in New York in September 2011.

5:57 PM, June 14th, 2012
With just 36 hours to go until Egypt’s historic presidential election, the country has no Parliament and no new constitution. In a stunning 11th-hour decision, the country’s High Constitutional Court dissolved the Islamist-dominated Parliament, declaring that elections were unconstitutional, essentially leaving the new president at the mercy of the military. In the 17 months since Egyptians joined forces to topple President Hosni Mubarak, the country has evolved from one of collective euphoria to one limp with apprehension, this latest development sending the country into a tailspin.
11:16 AM, June 6th, 2012

Frontpage: Wednesday, June 6th

  1. Walker Wins Recall in WI: As numbers continue to be tallied, Gov. Scott Walker has been declared the projected winner in the Wisconsin recall election Tuesday night, beating out Democratic challenger Tom Barrett, whom he had defeated in the 2010 race.
  2. Greece: We’re Almost Broke: Greek officials said on Wednesday that despite the most recent bailout, they could run out of money as soon as July—shortly after the country’s pivotal elections.
  3. NATO Strike Kills Afghan Civilians: A local Afghan official said Wednesday that 17 civilians were killed in a NATO airstrike, although NATO officials said there were only two light injuries to civilians. The airstrike also reportedly killed six Taliban fighters.
  4. Clinton Backs Bush Tax-Cut Expansion: As if Democrats didn’t have a bad enough night, Bill Clinton gave the party some more headaches. The former president said on Tuesday he supports the extension of his successor’s tax cuts—a major break from President Obama’s position.
  5. Egyptian Protestors Return: Egyptian protesters returned to Tahrir Square on Tuesday night to protest the presidential candidacy of Ahmed Shafiq, former president Hosni Mubarak’s appointed prime minister during last year’s military crackdown.

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R.I.P. Ray Bradbury: The “Fahrenheit 451” author, who wrote numerous other literary classics in his day, died Wednesday at 91. ”If I had to make any statement, it would be how much I love and miss him, and I look forward to hearing everyone’s memories about him,” Danny Karapetian, Bradbury’s son, said to io9. Sad news. 

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11:07 AM, May 25th, 2012

Frontpage: Friday, May 25th

  1. Tony Blair to Testify Monday: Former British prime minister Tony Blair will testify Monday in Parliament’s Leveson Inquiry, the investigation into media ethics and standards at Rupert Murdoch’s News International. 
  2. Morsi Leading Egypt VoteResults of Egypt’s presidential elections are trickling in on Friday. The final results will not be released until Tuesday, but Egyptian newspapers say the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohamad Morsi is emerging as the frontrunner. 
  3. Patz Suspect Taken to Bellevue: Pedro Hernandez, the man who has been arrested in connection to the 1979 death of Etan Patz, was transferred Friday morning to Bellevue Hospital and has been placed under suicide watch. Hernandez had been scheduled to be arraigned on Friday morning—the 33rd anniversary of the day that Patz disappeared.
  4. Spain’s Bankia Asks for $19B Bailout: Spanish lender Bankia will ask the country for a $19 billion bailout Friday, after it was partially nationalized and a new management team presents a restructuring plan. Bankia spells trouble for Spain’s already fragile economy, and loan losses from the 2008 property crash could make the country seek international aid. 
  5. SpaceX’s Dragon Capsule Docks: The privately owned Dragon capsule has successfully docked at the International Space Station on Friday. This is the first time a private company has launched a spacecraft that has been snared by the robotic arm at the International Space Station. The unmanned craft, owned by the California-based SpaceX, was on track to deliver a half ton of supplies.

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Station Crew Catches A Dragon by the Tail

After a painstakingly and careful approach to the space station, a cargo capsule built and operated by SpaceX, was captured by astronauts aboard the orbital outpost.

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11:12 AM, May 24th, 2012

Frontpage: Thursday, May 24th

  1. Inquiry Grills Murdoch LobbyistNews Corp. lobbyist Frédéric Michel appeared before the Leveson Inquiry into the ethics of the British press on Thursday to answer allegations that he communicated with an adviser to the British culture minister, who was overseeing News Corp.’s $12 billion bid to take over the cable company BSkyB. Michel admitted to exchanging phone calls, texts, and email messages with Adam Smith, the government aide, though he denied knowledge that Smith was feeding his communications to the culture minister.
  2. Egypt Votes for Second Day: Egyptians returned to the polls on Thursday for the second day of voting in the country’s first free election since ousting former President Hosni Mubarak last year. Lines at the polls were not as long as Wednesday, although Egyptian authorities proclaimed Thursday a holiday to allow public-sector employees access to vote.
  3. Zimmerman Criticized Cops in 2011: George Zimmerman, the self-appointed neighborhood watch volunteer who has been charged with shooting and killing 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, apparently criticized Sanford police last year after he went on a 12-hour ride-along, according to recordings from an open city forum. “What I saw was disgusting,” Zimmerman told mayor-elect Jeff Triplett, who held the forum following a scandal that ousted former police chief Brian Tooley. 
  4. Europe to Greece: Stay in the Euro: It’s been a tumultuous few weeks in Europe. And now that it looks like Greece might leave the euro zone, other European leaders are planning for what could be explosive markets to follow. Most countries agreed that they should issue bonds to help members in financial turmoil, but German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that Greece would have to “uphold the commitments it has made.” 
  5. Suspect Confesses to Strangling Etan PatzA New Jersey man reportedly confessed to police that he strangled Etan Patz, the 6-year-old boy who disappeared in 1979, and hid his body in a box, officials told The New York Times on Thursday.

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Jon Lowenstein

Photographer Jon Lowenstein took this wonderful photo of last weekend’s anti-NATO demonstrations in Chicago. Lowenstein, who recently received a Guggenheim fellowship, has spent a decade photographing the people and neighborhoods in the South Side of Chicago. Last month, on assignment for Newsweek/Daily Beast, he photographed South Side neighborhoods hit by a dramatic rise in crime and gang violence. View that work here. And you can see many more of Jon’s photographs here.

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11:53 AM, May 2nd, 2012

Frontpage: Wednesday, May 2nd

  1. Chinese Dissident in Medical Facility: Blind Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng, who fled house arrest last month, has left the U.S. embassy and is at a medical facility in Beijing, a U.S. official said Wednesday—the first public acknowledgment by the U.S. that his whereabouts are known. 
  2. Hiring Slows in AprilA monthly report from the payroll giant ADP said Wednesday that U.S. hiring slowed in April, marking the second straight month that job growth disappointed forecasters. Companies hired 119,000 people in April after hiring 201,000 in March. 
  3. 11 Killed in Cairo ClashAt least 11 people were killed early Wednesday in Cairo and at least 160 injured in clashes when a group of armed “thugs” attacked protesters demanding an end to military rule. The violence comes just weeks ahead of Egypt’s first post-Mubarak campaign, and resulted in two Islamist candidates suspending their campaigns. “Where is the Army? Why are they not stopping these people?” cried one bystander during the violence.
  4. Watson Defends hacking Report: British M.P. Tom Watson, the man who has led the investigation into hacking allegations at News Corp., fired back Wednesday at critics of the findings that Murdoch is not “fit and proper” to run the media conglomerate. While some Conservative members of the committee have claimed Watson “hijacked” the report and made it “partisan,” Watson dismissed the criticism, saying “that’s exactly what they said when we did the report in 2009.
  5. Gingrich to Suspend CampaignIt’s not quite June, but Newt Gingrich is ready to call it quits. The onetime Republican hopeful will suspend his campaign on Wednesday, he announced in a video message on Tuesday. In his farewell video, Gingrich promised he will endorse presumptive nominee Mitt Romney. Tweet your idea for Newt’s next job with #NewtsNextAct.  

Photo: A trainer walks a horse off the track at Churchill Downs after a morning workout in preparation for the Kentucky Derby this weekend. (Charlie Riedel / AP Photo)

4:10 PM, March 19th, 2012
I was depressed last week after the verdict. But after the massive support I received, I am now stronger than ever. I realized that I can take on the army, because now I have an army of supporters on the street.
Samira Ibrahim speaks out after the Egyptian army doctor accused of conducting a forced “virginity test” on her last year was declared innocent by an Egyptian military court. 
10:13 AM, February 15th, 2012
Frontpage: Wednesday, Feb. 15th
Fake Cancer Drug Hits U.S. Market: The pharmaceutical company Roche is telling hospitals that there’s a fake version of its cancer drug Avastin floating around American markets. This was discovered after counterfeit vials were shown to have none of the active ingredients that combat cancer. 
Iran to Reveal Nuke Steps: Uh oh. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will announce “key nuclear achievements” Wednesday. Iranian news reports that the progress will probably be that the uranium enrichment plant, Fordo, located inside a mountain, is “fully operational.” 
Romney Rushes to Defend Michigan: With Rick Santorum surging ahead of Mitt Romney in the polls, the former frontrunner is returning to defend his home state. Romney’s campaign bought nearly $1.3 mil in airtime. 
Biden Lectures Chinese VP: Leave it to Vice President Biden to give a straight-talking toast to China’s vice president, and likely future leader, Xi Jinping. “As Americans, we welcome competition,” Biden said during a State Department lunch. “But cooperation, as you and I have spoken about, can only be mutually beneficial if the game is fair.” 
Syria’s Assad Sets Referendum Date: President Bashar al-Assad says Syria will hold a referendum on a new constitution on Feb. 26, but even as he made this seeming concession, his forces increased their bombardment of opposition towns.
Photo: "Untitled" by Weaam El-Masry, a fiery Egyptian artist whose nudes are risqué by almost any standards. She says she is worried about the prospect of an Islamist-dominated government. “They don’t think. They don’t use logic,” she says. “They think art is forbidden.” See more of her work and read Ty McComrick’s piece on Egyptian artists and government censors. 
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Frontpage: Wednesday, Feb. 15th

  1. Fake Cancer Drug Hits U.S. Market: The pharmaceutical company Roche is telling hospitals that there’s a fake version of its cancer drug Avastin floating around American markets. This was discovered after counterfeit vials were shown to have none of the active ingredients that combat cancer. 
  2. Iran to Reveal Nuke Steps: Uh oh. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will announce “key nuclear achievements” Wednesday. Iranian news reports that the progress will probably be that the uranium enrichment plant, Fordo, located inside a mountain, is “fully operational.” 
  3. Romney Rushes to Defend Michigan: With Rick Santorum surging ahead of Mitt Romney in the polls, the former frontrunner is returning to defend his home state. Romney’s campaign bought nearly $1.3 mil in airtime. 
  4. Biden Lectures Chinese VP: Leave it to Vice President Biden to give a straight-talking toast to China’s vice president, and likely future leader, Xi Jinping. “As Americans, we welcome competition,” Biden said during a State Department lunch. “But cooperation, as you and I have spoken about, can only be mutually beneficial if the game is fair.” 
  5. Syria’s Assad Sets Referendum Date: President Bashar al-Assad says Syria will hold a referendum on a new constitution on Feb. 26, but even as he made this seeming concession, his forces increased their bombardment of opposition towns.

Photo: "Untitled" by Weaam El-Masry, a fiery Egyptian artist whose nudes are risqué by almost any standards. She says she is worried about the prospect of an Islamist-dominated government. “They don’t think. They don’t use logic,” she says. “They think art is forbidden.” See more of her work and read Ty McComrick’s piece on Egyptian artists and government censors

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12:12 PM, February 9th, 2012

uprisingsintranslation:

Peoples’ Ambulance

On a wall encircling the American University in Cairo’s downtown campus on Mohammed Mahmoud Street. Throughout clashes in Tahrir Square and surrounding streets, people on motorcycles have delivered wounded protesters to field hospitals for treatment. 

This Tumblr translates and explains graffiti and other protest art found in Egypt. Cool! (h/t @zoeschlanger, @annie_werner

10:45 AM, February 3rd, 2012

Frontpage: Friday, Feb. 3rd

  1. SEC Letting Large Banks Off: A New York Times analysis shows that the Securities and Exchange Commission has been giving a pass on the biggest Wall Street firms in the last decade, letting them off on punishments meant to apply to fraud cases. Lulzies/headscratch. 
  2. U.S. Jobless Rate Drops: Great news, and much better than expected: The U.S. economy created 243,000 non-farm jobs in January, up from a 200,000 increase in December, and the unemployment rate dropped from 8.5 percent to 8.3.
  3. U.S. Fears Israel Will Strike IranDefense Secretary Leon Panetta is reportedly worried that Israel is going to attack Iran because of its nuclear ambitions. 
  4. U.S. Tourists Kidnapped in EgyptTwo American tourists and their guide were kidnapped Friday after gunmen stormed their minivan in the Sinai near a popular Red Sea resort. 
  5. Komen Founder Defends Decision: Nancy Brinker, the founder and CEO of the Susan G. Komen breast-cancer foundation, has come out to defend the organization’s decision to stop awarding grant money to Planned Parenthood for breast-cancer screening—a move that many say is backlash against abortion. Watch Brinker’s interview on MSNBC.
Video: Michelle Goldberg talks about the Komen/Planned Parenthood situation. Read her new pieces on the issue: one on Komen taking a side on abortion, and another titled How a GOP Win Would Hurt Global Women
10:48 AM, February 1st, 2012

Take a second and read this:

And Cairo unraveled with bravado. Every thread of that once tightly ordered pattern breaking loose: blue and green and red and black and every shade and texture, all sprung away from the tapestry, in disarray, tangled, knotted, vivid, sizzling, present. The city stayed awake longer, put more people on the streets. It threw up new haphazard districts, and when the government would not supply them with water or electricity, people stole them from the mains.

Small art galleries opened, and tiny performance spaces, and new bands formed across the musical spectrum. Mosques and cultural centers clutched at the derelict spaces under flyovers. Green spaces vanished, but every night the bridges would be crammed with Cairenes taking the air. We suffered a massive shortage of affordable housing, but every night you’d see a bride starring in her wedding procession in the street. Unemployment ran at 20 percent, and every evening there was singing and drumming from the cheap, bright, noisy little pleasure boats crisscrossing the river.

Trees that were not cut down refused to die. They got dustier, some of their branches grew bare, but they grew. We looked out anxiously for the giant baobab in Sheikh Marsafy Street in Zamalek, for the Indian figs on the Garden City Corniche, for what my kids called the Jurassic Park trees by the zoo. If they cut a tree down, it grew shoots. If they hammered an iron fence into its roots, the tree would lean into the iron, lean on it. If a building crowded the side of a tree, the tree grew its other side bigger, lopsided. I knew trees that couldn’t manage leaves anymore but put all they had into a once-a-year burst of pink flowers. And once I saw a tree that seemed looked after, that had just been washed: it couldn’t stop dancing.

Cairo is unique. And her streets, her Nile, her buildings, and her monuments whisper to every Cairene who’s taking part in the events that are shaping our lives and our children’s futures as I write. The city puts her lips to our ears, she tucks her arm into ours and draws close so we can feel her heartbeat and smell her scent, and we fall in with her and measure our step to hers, and we fill our eyes with her beautiful, wounded face and whisper that her memories are our memories, her fate is our fate.

Whoa, right?

(Photo: Moises Saman / Magnum)

11:09 AM, January 30th, 2012

Frontpage: Jan. 30th

  1. Romney Widens Lead: With one day left before the Florida primary, Mitt’s got a 12 point lead in the state, according to a Reuters poll on Sunday. 
  2. Syrian Forces Seize Damascus SuburbsThe day after the Arab League said it was abandoning its monitoring mission, Syrian forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad on Monday raided Damascus suburbs that have been under the control of opposition fighters.
  3. Occupy D.C. Faces Eviction: After a violent protest in Oakland and a solidarity march in New York where 12 were arrested, occupy protesters in DC have until noon today before police try to evict them. 
  4. U.S. Embassy in Cairo Hides Expats: In a sign that the relationship between the United States and Egypt continues to worsen, the American Embassy in Cairo took the unusual step of opening its doors to U.S. citizens working for nongovernmental organizations. Can’t help but think of that scene in The Saint.
  5. Bain Capital Raises $600M Fund: The venture capital wing of Bain Capital announced Monday that it had raised $600 million for a new fund—its largest to date. 

Photo: Novak Djokovic celebrated his victory over Rafael Nadal in the Australian Open men’s final. (Ryan Pierse, Pool, EPA / Landov)

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6:32 PM, January 23rd, 2012

Cairo, Egypt: Parliament begins its first session since the revolution. (ASMAA WAGUIH)

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10:22 AM, January 5th, 2012

Frontpage: Jan. 5th

  1. Candidates Descend on NH: The Republican circus packed up in Iowa and headed straight to New Hampshire Wednesday. Most significantly, Mitt Romney accepted the endorsement of John McCain
  2. U.S. to Cut Thousands of Troops: Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and President Obama will announce a new military budget that cuts troops by 10 to 15%. 
  3. Death Penalty Sought for Mubarak: Egyptian prosecutors are seeking death by hanging for the former president Hosni Mubarak, his two sons, and some of his former aides. They are on trial for ordering the shooting deaths of protesters in Cairo’s Tahrir Square last February. 
  4. Herman Cain to Launch Bus Tour: Cain will begin a national bus tour touting his 9-9-9 tax plan, a tour he is calling “Cain’s Solutions Revolution.” 
  5. Bombs Kill Dozen in Iraq: Four bombs killed at least 29 and wounded dozens more in Shiite areas of Baghdad, further raising the specter of civil war. 

Photo: Workers listen to Jon Huntsman give a speech in Pittsfield, N.H. (Matt Rourke)

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