Friday news picks

Posted on 3 June 2011

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A Frenchwoman talked about the chauvinist culture of France:

“We know in France that the general culture makes it comfortable for men to take liberties with women, and in America it’s not like that,” Ms. Cottavoz, 49, said.

A Pakistani journalist, Syed Saleem Shahzad, was found dead. He had been investigating links between the Pakistani military and Al Qaida.

Mobile phones might cause cancer, but 3G phones might be safer than others.

Female protesters in the Egyptian revolution were subjected to “virginity checks” when they were in police custody in an attempt to reduce their ability to accuse the police of sexual assault. It occurs to me that anything you have to do to a person to verify their “virginity” would be sexual assault anyway.

Windows is rumoured to be bringing out an HTC phone with a 12 megapixel camera.

The Chinese Government banned jasmine flowers because they might incite revolution and public uprising after the Tunisian Revolution was named the Jasmine Revolution. The regions that produce jasmine flowers are now in some fairly difficult circumstance.

After Japan’s troubles, the German Government is going to phase out nuclear power by 2022.

Really interesting and thought-provoking (and flattering) analysis of Australia’s economy by the US’s The Economist magazine.

The Emerging Writers’ Festival went off. It’s going until Sunday. I’ve been workpartying for nine days straight and I’m still excited. Probably has something to do with having been relatively healthy this festival.

A reporter from the New York Times talked about how he wouldn’t have been able to report on the disasters in the USA without Twitter.

While Nigeria’s delightfully named new President, Goodluck Jonathan, was sworn in, some people bombed some places nearby and hurt people. They say no one was killed.

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