First Past the Post: August 7

South Korea’s leading presidential candidate Park Geun-hye takes a more flexible stance on the history of her father’s coup (which led to his rule of South Korea from 1961 to 1979).

Mario vs. Mario vs. Mariano.

Brussels is impressed with neither Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte nor the Dutch electorate (English summary here).

Spencer Ackerman at Foreign Policy takes a look at Pussy Riot and their turn as the face of the Russian opposition.

NPR continues some superb coverage of the Mali separatist crisis.

Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur, former governor of the Bank of Ghana, has been sworn in as the new vice president of Ghana.

Former Chilean president Michelle Bachelet argues that economic empowerment for women is central to future Latin American prosperity.