Eye on the Media: The Many Faces of Adaptation to Change

Posted on May 31, 2011 by


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Ross Gittins

‘Stop crying poor and fix the mess’

Sydney Morning Herald

Summary: SMH’s economic editor writes “I confess, however, I’ve needed all my optimistic instincts to avoid despair over the hash we’re making of the need to take action against global warming. We’re exhibiting everything that’s unattractive about the Australian character”.

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Helena Smith

‘Greek crisis forces thousands of Athenians into rural migration’

The Guardian

Summary: Debt, unemployment and poverty is causing mass unrest and thousands to seek a cheaper lifestyle outside the capita

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Tarek Osma

‘Ghosts and demons’

Inside Story

Summary: Egypt now has to deal with the emergence of forces suppressed by decades of authoritarian rule.

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James Dao

‘After Combat, the Unexpected Perils of Coming Home’

The New York Times

Summary: After months away at war in Iraq or Afghanistan, many US soldiers struggle with the transition back to home life. The NY Times interviews soldiers struggling with survivor guilt, injury and children they barely know.

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Tom Englehardt

‘China-risers should pause for breath’

Asia Times Online

Summary: Military types craving an age of superpower enmity and pundits picking China as the globe’s next superstar or super evildoer should take a deep breath. Unpredictability and revolution are the substrate of Chinese history, and the minute the economic “miracle” falters or some other bubble bursts, unrest could make the Arab Spring look mild. The China century is far from assured.

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Pepe Escobar

What Obama could not possibly say’

Asia Times Online

Summary: The true intent of the dodgy “dignity versus dictator” rhetoric of Barack Obama’s Middle East “reset” speech lies in a simple tally: Israel mentioned 28 times and a big zilch for Saudi Arabia. Don’t watch this United States president’s lips for the truth that a US-Saudi-Israeli counter-revolution is on to smash the Arab revolt, or that “It’s all about the oil, stupid”.

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