- Italy has a long record of weak and fragmented coalition governments – and it’s at risk of voting for yet another one, warns Guy Dinmore in today’s Global Insight.
- Willy Mutunga, Kenya’s chief justice, said that he and members of the judiciary have received threats ahead of next months’ elections.
- The elections have also stirred up old grievances – “ethnically based militias are mobilized and neighbors start killing neighbors.”
- Robert Mackey over at The Lede has noticed that an innocent Syrian bystander, who often seems around to comment on events in Syria, may not be such an innocent bystander after all.
- The New York Times has an in-depth report on the science of engineering junk food and the “bliss point”, the optimum level of sweetness. One ex-Coke employee says he is now paying his “karmic debt” for working there by selling carrots. After walking through an impoverished area in Brazil, he thought: “‘These people need a lot of things, but they don’t need a Coke.’ I almost threw up.”
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