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Amanda Knox: The Publishing - And P.R. - War Is On

Amanda Knox will publish her account of being accused - and cleared - of murdering her roommate Meredith Kercher. Her ex-boyfriend has a book deal too. But the victim’s father, who still believes the pair murdered his daughter, is fighting back with his o

Knox after her release (Wikipedia)
Knox after her release (Wikipedia)

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The trial in Perugia is over, but the battle for the truth is only just beginning. Amanda Knox has already signed a $2.5 million book deal with publishing house Harper Collins. With the help of ghost writers, the former American exchange student in Perugia, Italy will write a memoir to be published in 2013, offering her story of being accused of sexually assaulting and murdering her British flatmate, Meredith Kercher.

Knox and her boyfriend were convicted and jailed in 2007, but cleared in 2010.

But John Kercher, the father of the slained student, will have his say first. On April 26, Kercher will publish a book about his daughter, focusing on her life rather than her horrendous death. In the 304-page-long book, he tells the story of their travels around the world -- as well as how he coped with the murder.

A freelance journalist, John Kercher remains convinced that Amanda Knox is "unmistakably guilty" of his daughter's death, despite an Italian court clearing the American woman and her Italian boyfriend of sexual assault and murder charges. Kercher says Knox's "publicity stunt" is making it "much harder" for his family to grieve.

On top of that, Rafaelle Sollecito, Amanda Knox's former boyfriend, has also signed a book deal to tell his version of the story. The Italian signed a contract with Gallery Books to publish Presumed Guilty: My Journey to Hell and Back with Amanda Knox. The publishing house advertises the book as "the story of an involuntary protagonist," victim of a hasty trial despite the lack of evidence. The book is written with the help of British journalist Andrew Gumbel, author of a book on the 1995 Oklahoma City bombings.

Amanda Knox may also sign a deal for a film adaptation of her story, and Sollecito is hoping to sign deals with local and national TV channels in the US for a series of "exclusive" interviews.

Ivory Coast national Rudy Guede, who was convicted in a separate trial of sexually assaulting and stabbing Kercher, is serving a 16-year prison sentence. No word yet on any book deals for him.

Read the original Italian article in full by Maurizio Molinari

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And If It Had Been Zelensky? How The War Became Bigger Than Any One Person

Ukraine’s Minister of Internal Affairs Denys Monastyrsky was killed Wednesday in a helicopter crash. The cause is still unknown, but the high-profile victim could just have well been President Zelensky instead. It raises the question of whether there are indispensable figures on either side in a war of this nature?

Photo of ​Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky looking down in a cemetery in Lviv on Jan. 11

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in Lviv on Jan. 11

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-Analysis-

The news came at 8 a.m., local time: a helicopter had crashed in Brovary, near Kyiv, with all the top management of Ukraine's Ministry of Internal Affairs on board, including Interior Minister Denys Monastyrsky. There were no survivors.

Having come just days after a Russian missile killed dozens in a Dnipro apartment, the first thought of most Ukrainians was about the senseless loss of innocent life in this brutal war inflicted on Ukraine. Indeed, it occurred near a kindergarten and at least one of the dozens killed was a small child.

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But there was also another kind of reaction to this tragedy, since the victims this time included the country's top official for domestic security. For Ukrainians (and others) have been wondering — regardless of whether or not the crash was an accident — if instead of Interior Minister Monastyrsky, it had have been President Volodymyr Zelensky in that helicopter. What then?

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