Smart reads, 25 November 2013

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By Luisa Frey

♦ Instead of euphoria, relief swept through Tehran after the reach of a historic deal over Iran’s nuclear programme. Although the agreement is an interim one, Iran now hopes for an end to its isolation and the revival of its economy. But the FT’s David Gardner comments that sceptics will want proof Iran is becoming ‘a player for peace’ – “given Tehran’s record, it could hardly be otherwise”.

♦ In developed countries eight in 10 children who fight cancer survive, while in some parts of the poor world a few as one in 10 win the battle. In its Seasonal Appeal, FT launches a campaign in support of World Child Cancer.

♦ As the 20th anniversary of the North American Free Trade Agreement approaches, the New York Times is running a series of articles debating its economic significance. Here, Dean Baker looks at its impact on wages.

♦ With an array of Middle Eastern governments grappling with uprisings and spreading violence, the long-oppressed Kurds are beginning to benefit, writes Ranj Alaaldin in The Guardian.

♦ Journalist Aris Roussinos won the Rory Peck news award for Ground Zero Mali: The Battle of Gao. Filmed in February, it shows the fighting between government troops and Islamist insurgents, with the untrained Malian soldiers struggling in their battles with jihadists.

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