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Worldcrunch Magazine #43 — A Kherson Replay?

July 24 - July 30, 2023

Worldcrunch Magazine #43 — A Kherson Replay?

This is the latest edition of Worldcrunch Magazine, a selection of our best articles of the week from the best international journalists, produced exclusively in English for Worldcrunch readers.


This week's cover story, by Alfred Hackensberger for German newspaper Die Welt, looks at how the Ukrainian counteroffensive in Donetsk follows the "playbook" from the successful Kherson counteroffensive, months ago. Ukrainians are still looking for Russia's "weak points", which may take weeks or months, but will eventually help them with making this counteroffensive another successful one.

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Table of Contents

Donetsk: Ukraine's Counteroffensive Follows The Kherson Playbook | Die Welt By Alfred Hackensberger

The Russian National Guard: Putin’s Post-Wagner “Personal Army”? | Agents Media By Agents Media

Russian Mind-Control Tactics Prey On Ukrainians In Occupied Territories | Livy Bereg By Anatoly Bondarchuk

How Beijing’s Backing Of Myanmar Sharpens China-India Tensions | The Initium By Wen Wanying

“Undress, Squat, Cough” - Polish Police Crackdown On Abortions | Gazeta Wyborcza By Dominika Wantuch

The World Is Not Ready For 1.2 Billion Climate Refugees | Les Echos By Charlotte Meyer

River Sin Barreras, A Model Soccer Club For Disability Inclusion | Redacción By Guadalupe Rivero

The New Generation Of Brazilian Women Revitalizing Funk Music | Agencia Presented By Estela Aguiar & Ingrid Fernandes

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Murdoch Resignation Adds To Biden's Good Luck With The Media — A Repeat Of FDR?

Robert Murdoch's resignation from Fox News Corp. so soon before the next U.S. presidential elections begs the question of how directly media coverage has impacted Joe Biden as a figure, and what this new shift in power will mean for the current President.

Close up photograph of a opy of The Independent features Rupert Murdoch striking a pensive countenance as his 'News of the World' tabloid newspaper announced its last edition will run

July 7, 2011 - London, England: A copy of The Independent features Rupert Murdoch striking a pensive countenance as his 'News of the World' tabloid newspaper announced its last edition will run July 11, 2011 amid a torrid scandal involving phone hacking.

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Michael J. Socolow

Joe Biden was inaugurated as the 46th president of the United States of America on Jan. 20, 2021.

Imagine if someone could go back in time and inform him and his communications team that a few pivotal changes in the media would occur during his first three years in office.

There’s the latest news that Rubert Murdoch, 92, stepped down as the chairperson of Fox Corp. and News Corp. on Sept. 21, 2023. Since the 1980s, Murdoch, who will be replaced by his son Lachlan, has been the most powerful right-wing media executivein the U.S.

While it’s not clear whether Fox will be any tamer under Lachlan, Murdoch’s departure is likely good news for Biden, who reportedly despises the media baron.

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