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By Catherine Contiguglia
♦ The deal reached between China and the European Union on solar panel dumping may have stopped a potential trade war, but for EU Trade Commissioner Karel de Gucht, it was one more incident where his free trade crusade was dampened by the fragmented bloc he represents.
♦ Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei is funnelling billions of dollars into building the backbone of necessary communications networks throughout Africa, but has some worried that its domination of the sector creates the potential for widespread espionage.
♦ Despite multiple innovations in male contraceptives, progress towards their approval for widespread use has stagnated due to difficult barriers, particularly the lack of incentive for pharmaceutical companies to invest in a product with so many cultural and societal implications.
♦ Larry Summers should go ahead and book his summer vacation, John Cassidy writes, arguing that despite White House support, Summers has not made a great enough effort to appease Obama’s supporters by distancing himself from financial deregulation.
♦ Bradley Manning has been called many things, but a look at his background shows a conflicted young man struggling with his gender identity and personal values as a soldier in the U.S. Army. Read more
- If you missed it over the weekend, take a read through the FT investigation into the death of Shane Todd, a young American electronics engineer who had feared his work was compromising US security.
- Edward Luce argues that Barack Obama is right to resist the Syria hawks: “The president’s lack of diplomatic creativity, rather than his sense of caution, is his real Achilles heel.”
- Rolling protests and growing disaffection threaten the ANC’s hegemony, but President Zuma insists the ruling party is not to blame for the country’s woes.
- Nicolas Sarkozy is toying with the idea of making a return. (FR)
- The New Yorker takes a look at how Gerard Depardieu came to part ways with France and become Russian.
- Ursula Lindsey portrays the breakdown of law and order in Cairo, where activists “dream of more revolution, of the same giant peaceful crowds and sudden, improbable change of two years ago. But all they seem ready to offer is ‘awareness-raising’; the poor are well aware of their predicament, and the Islamists will be distributing food and gas canisters.”
- Jadaliyya journalists explain how not to cover Syria.