Positive: McNeish, Vatican, Brookings, Jal.
Negative: DW, UPI, IRIN, everyone who quotes the ‘Friends’.
Most major internationals, like the Guardian and the Economist, went for reporting on the letter from the ‘Friends’, who seem to be trying to stage an intervention (original letter here). I would recommend reading to the bottom of the Economist, just for the mental picture of a nightmare bistro dinner conversation, among people who call themselves ’emperor’ apparently in semi-seriousness.
In other comment: Hannah McNeish as ever makes the effort to talk to people, and comes out with positive responses; John Kerry goes for ‘gloom’ with the UPI. IRIN go for a list of problems which they say $485 million to aid agencies will improve. A well-balanced 2-year summary from DW. The Vatican quotes Sister Pat as noting the Jonglei crisis as ‘low-grade conflict’ and ‘a measure of unrest.’ Brookings disguises nation-building in business language, which leaves me a bit baffled. Emmanuel Jal is positive, in general. That’s it for this year.