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A Somber Mood in Hollande's France

Francois Hollande, Socialist Party candidate for the 2012 French presidential el

It's not those glory days in 1981when the French elected François Mitterrand the first socialist president since the founding of the Fifth Republic in 1958. For his supporters there was ardent hope and wild enthusiasm, while in the hearts and minds of many on the right they cowered at home fearing the rumble of tumbrils before dawn. Not so after Hollande's election in May. Read more...

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Journalism Is Not Karaoke

Marie Colvin and Remi Ochlik die in Homs trying to get the message out.

Today's karaoke journalism lets anyone step up to the mike, and a lot of fresh voices sound great. But too many enthusiastic amateurs get the words wrong. Our spectacularly skewed world needs more real reporters to get things right. Read more...

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How Journalists Can Maintain Their Influence

H.L. Mencken

Three recent reshufflings in the media world continue a trend of promoting people who don't necessarily understand what quality journalism is. Read more...

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Press Pays a High Price for Arab Spring

Press Pays a High Price for Arab Spring

A year into the Arab Spring, the journalists, bloggers and Tweeters who risked so much to speak freely have won only partial victories.  Read more...

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Why Some Smaller Cultures Do So Well

A Dutch tulip field.

Holland one of the most successful countries. With only 16 million people, the Dutch obviously have to cooperate with each other to survive. There is a real economic vitality to the place, based in part on Amsterdam's ability to attract talented foreign expatriates from all over the world. Read more...

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