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Failure porn: There’s too much celebration of failure and too little fear Geoff Lewis Sit for a while at Reveille Coffee, a popular meet-up spot for entrepreneurs in San Francisco, and you’re bound to overhear claims like this one: “I failed my way to success. Whenever anyone asks me what the secret to success is, I tell them to fail. A lot. Keep failing. Eventually success will find you.” That gem was from a young near-billionaire (on paper, at least), talking to an interviewer the other week. I don’t know if the interviewer bought it. But,...
Inside the 'world's most dangerous' hospital Chris Rogers Wherever I look I see motionless bodies lying on the crumbling concrete floor of a barren courtyard in the burning sun. The patients appear to have been heavily sedated. Their heads have been shaved and most are dressed in rags with nothing on their feet. Others are totally naked, exposing their dirty skin covered in their own faeces and urine. They look more like concentration camp prisoners than patients. The Federico Mora Hospital is home to around 340 patients, including 50...
Oil price decline may drive huge shift in wealth Steven Mufson Tumbling oil prices are draining hundreds of billions of dollars from the coffers of oil-rich exporters and oil companies and injecting a much-needed boost for ailing economies in Europe and Japan — and for American consumers at the start of the peak shopping season. The result could be one of the biggest transfers of wealth in history, potentially reshaping everything from talks over Iran’s nuclear program to the Federal Reserve’s policies to further rejuvenate...
How Facebook plans to become one of the most powerful tools in politics Political campaigns are obsessed with two things: Telling every possible voter exactly what they want to hear in order to get them to the polls and cast the "right" vote, and telling them that message for as close to zero dollars as possible. It's not a surprise, then, that Facebook has focused its social-Sauron eye on the world of politics. Already a focal point of political activity (of varying quality), the site has shifted its toolset to let campaigns target extremely specific...
Nemesis: The Shadowy Iranian Training Shia Militias in Iraq Down a dusty backstreet in the Baghdad neighbourhood of Karada this month, I met Sheikh Raad Al Kafaji, a former Iraqi Army officer specialising in artillery, and a veteran fighter from the days of the Iran-Iraq war. He is head of the al Kafaji tribe and a commander in the Kata’ib Hezbollah militia, one of the Shia militias at the forefront of the fight against ISIS in Iraq. After the fall of Mosul in July, Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani issued a religious edict (fatwa) calling on Iraqi...
Why did Obama push Chuck Hagel out? The announcement earlier this week that Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel would be leaving his post was something of a surprise, because it represents a gamble on the part of a normally cautious White House. President Obama’s team is betting that replacing its third Defense Secretary at a time of multiple foreign crises and domestic political discord will allow it to refocus and reclaim its security policy as it enters its final stretch. Hagel’s career as Secretary of Defense never...
Gül stresses support of parliamentarian regime over presidency Turkey's 11th president, Abdullah Gül, delivered a speech at British think tank Chatham House on Wednesday and emphasized his support of a parliamentarian regime rather than a presidential government. During the conference, Gül, who this year was replaced as president by Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, was asked: "You served as the Turkish president for seven years. Do you think Turkey needs a more powerful presidential post?" The question was referring to President Erdoğan's moves to boost the "...
Pope Francis complains of 'haggard' Europe in Strasbourg Pope Francis has warned that the world sees Europe as "somewhat elderly and haggard" during a speech to the European Parliament in Strasbourg. The Pope said the continent felt "less and less a protagonist", in a world that regarded it with mistrust. He also called for a "united response" to the help the boatloads of migrants arriving in Europe. Pope Francis's whistle-stop visit to Strasbourg disgruntled some, who accused him of neglecting Europe. Many of...
China’s New Global Leadership JEFFREY D. SACHS The biggest economic news of the year came almost without notice: China has overtaken the United States as the world’s largest economy, according to the scorekeepers at the International Monetary Fund. And, while China’s geopolitical status is rising rapidly, alongside its economic might, the US continues to squander its global leadership, owing to the unchecked greed of its political and economic elites and the self-made trap of perpetual war in the Middle...
Khamenei says world relies on Iran’s armed forces At an Imam Ali University for Army Officers commencement ceremony, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told young officers to prepare themselves to further the Iranian military’s scientific progress. <a data-cke-saved-href="http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2014/11/khamenei-world-counts-on-iran-armed-forces.html" href="http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2014/11/khamenei-world-counts-on-iran-armed-forces.html" target="_blank"...
Drones Aren’t Toys, U.K. Regulators Warn Britain’s aviation regulator wants people to know that when they’re buying drones they are getting more than a toy, they are buying an actual aircraft. Regulators and legislators worry that people buying drones, or those that get such remotely piloted aircraft as gifts, may simply be unaware of the responsibilities that come with operating the system. “When you get the box home, where, first of all, does it tell you that you are buying an aircraft, let alone anything else?...
Does Our Military Know Something We Don't About Global Warming? Every branch of the United States Military is worried about climate change. They have been since well before it became controversial. In the wake of an historic climate change agreement between President Obama and President Xi Jinping in China this week (Brookings), the military’s perspective is significant in how it views climate effects on emerging military conflicts. China will be our biggest military and political problem by the middle of this century. It would be nice to understand...
Time to get serious about right wing extremism In the last few weeks the Front National has succeeded in winning seats in the Senate, France’s upper chamber, for the first time. And in Sweden – yes Sweden – the Far Right has gained 13% of the vote and now has 49 parliamentary seats. This adds to the strong showing for Far Right and xenophobic political parties which ran right across the continent in May’s European elections. At home, the BBC has highlighted the actions of ISIS in Iraq/Syria and the media...
Hong Kong: the stakes are high The confrontation in Hong Kong between pro-democracy demonstrators and the Beijing-backed authorities has implications reaching beyond the protesters camped on the streets of the city’s business district or the administration in the official buildings beholden to the central government in Beijing. It epitomises the wider challenge facing China as it seeks economic modernisation while retaining monopolistic Communist Party political rule. Nothing could be more modern in China than the...
Foreign nations’ proxy war in Syria creates chaos The squabbling factions that make up the Syrian “moderate opposition” should get their act together. But so should the foreign nations — such as the United States, Turkey, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Jordan — that have been funding the chaotic melange of fighters inside Syria. These foreign machinations helped open the door for the terrorist Islamic State group to threaten the region. From the beginning of the revolt against President Bashar al-Assad in 2011, Syria has been...
John Lewis boss: ‘France is sclerotic, hopeless and downbeat … it’s finished’ John Lewis’s managing director has described France as “sclerotic, hopeless and downbeat” and advised British entrepreneurs doing business in the country to pull out. Andy Street said France was “finished”, adding: “I have never been to a country more ill at ease … nothing works and nobody cares about it.” He made his comments, reported in the Times, at an event in London marking the end of a John Lewis competition for startup companies....
The Guardian: Fifa opens disciplinary proceedings over Luis Suárez 'bite' Fifa has opened disciplinary proceedings against the Uruguay striker Luis Suárez after he appeared to bite Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini. “Fifa can confirm that disciplinary proceedings have been opened against the player Luis Suárez of Uruguay,” the body said in a statement. Suárez could face a ban of up to 24 matches if found guilty. The incident occurred during Uruguay’s 1-0 victory over Italy, a result that knocked the 2006 champions out of the World Cup....
Il Giornale compie 40 anni: Parla Berlusconi Oggi Il Giornale compie 40 anni. Onore a Indro Montanelli che l'ha fondato, a Vittorio Feltri che l'ha ereditato e rilanciato, ai direttori che si sono avvicendati e alle centinaia di giornalisti che l'hanno sostenuto con il loro lavoro. Oggi troverete allegato un inserto che ricostruisce la storia di questi quarant'anni così come l'hanno vissuta e raccontata le grandi firme de Il Giornale. Tutto questo non sarebbe stato possibile se Silvio Berlusconi e suo fratello Paolo...
The Guardian: World Cup 2014: ready or not, it is Brazil's time to show the world The countdown clocks have clicked down towards zero. The air force is on alert. Navy frigates patrol the coastline and an army of 147,000 police and soldiers has been mobilised. Roads usually choked with traffic are emptying of cars. Schools have been closed. Offices are finishing early. Hundreds of millions of TV sets are being tuned in to the same event. By 5pm on Thursday, Brazil should finally be ready for the moment this football-obsessed nation has been dreaming of – and...
Huffpost.com: ISIS Militants Seize Iraqi City Of Tikrit Al-Qaida-inspired militants pushed deeper into Iraq's Sunni heartland Wednesday, swiftly conquering Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit as soldiers and security forces abandoned their posts and yielded ground once controlled by U.S. forces. The advance into former insurgent strongholds that had largely been calm before the Americans withdrew less than three years ago is spreading fear that Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, struggling to hold onto power after indecisive elections, will be...
Il Corriere della Sera: La rinascita del califfato Quando decise l’invasione dell’Iraq, agli inizi del 2003, George W. Bush, presidente degli Stati Uniti, sostenne di avere due buone ragioni: il regime di Saddam Hussein nascondeva nei suoi arsenali armi di distruzione di massa e i Servizi iracheni avevano rapporti organici con Al Qaeda, l’organizzazione di Osama bin Laden che aveva lanciato un attacco terroristico contro le Torri gemelle nel settembre di due anni prima. Non era vero. Le armi non furono mai trovate e i rapporti...
Il Corriere della Sera: L’inutile tiro al bersaglio su Prandelli A Cesare Prandelli sta accadendo quel che accade in Italia alle persone perbene, che non alzano la voce, non insultano, rispettano il prossimo. La loro correttezza viene scambiata per accondiscendenza. E alla prima difficoltà viene ritorta contro di loro. Il processo che si è aperto anzitempo contro il ct, più che ingeneroso, è grottesco. Quando mai si è visto un allenatore della Nazionale costretto a giustificarsi per non aver convocato un calciatore? Quattro anni fa, Lippi lasciò a casa Rossi...
The Guardian: Hillary Clinton on running for president: I have a decision to make Hillary Clinton says she knows she has a decision to make about running to become the first female US president, and believes "we need to break down that highest, hardest glass ceiling in American politics". The former secretary of state told People magazine she wants to enjoy the moment – she is about to become a grandmother – as she considers "what I think is right for me". But she says many in the US think the nation has "unfinished business" in...
Huffpost.com: The Pope and Peace in the Middle East: We Are All Francis Now There were many striking images during the extraordinary 72 hours that Pope Francis spent in the Middle East. The Pope at the River Jordan, visiting with Syrian refugees, celebrating mass in Bethlehem, praying at the separation wall, uniting with the Ecumenical Patriarch, visiting the Dome of the Rock, leaving a note at the Western Wall, kissing the hands of Holocaust survivors... to name a few. However, the image that stood out most to me was a spontaneous embrace between Sheikh Omar Abboud,...
The Guardian: Marine Le Pen to meet other far-right leaders in move to create EU bloc France's Front National leader Marine Le Pen will meet other far-right and eurosceptic leaders on Wednesday in an attempt to create a powerful bloc in the European parliament. However, Le Pen ruled out joining forces with the extreme-right Golden Dawn in Greece, the Hugarian party Jobbik and Ataka in Bulgaria. Having spent years trying to shake off the FN's reputation as a refuge for Nazi sympathisers – her father, the party founder Jean-Marie Le Pen, once dismissed the...
The Economist: The Eurosceptic Union NIGEL FARAGE, the leader of Britain’s UK Independence Party (UKIP), best summed up the earthquake that shook European politics on May 25th and 26th. European integration once seemed inevitable, he said; from now on it is no longer so.  Early results (see here) show that right-wing anti-EU parties of various flavours have won in France, Britain and Denmark. The anti-euro (but pro-EU) Alternative für Deutschland has broken through in Germany. In Greece, the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn...
The Telegraph: 12 lessons learned from the European elections Labour are the worst Euro opposition in history It was a historic night for Labour, but for all the wrong reasons. Ukip’s win means this is the first time the main opposition party has lost the European Elections since 1984 when Neil Kinnock led Labour. In fact, on vote share, Labour’s was the worst ever performance for the main opposition party in the history of the UK’s European elections. The Tories didn’t do much better The Tories lost seven MEPS and at least 4...
EUobserver: Ukraine: The other European election Pro-Russia separatists killed 16 Ukrainian soldiers on Thursday (22 May), as the country prepares to elect the man or woman who will try to end de facto Russian rule. The attack, near Volnovakha in eastern Ukraine, is the deadliest incident since clashes in Odessa, in the south, led to more than 40 deaths on 2 May. It augurs badly for Ukrainian and EU leaders who fear Russian President Vladimir Putin will try to derail Ukraine's presidential vote on Sunday despite EU threats to impose...
Huffpost.com: Education Reform Has Failed; Here Are Four Lessons From Abroad to Make It Succeed No Child Left Behind, "school choice," "recovery school districts," and Common Core are what the United States has done to solve the education "crisis." Mind you, the "crisis" is that the United States is not number one in education. According to both a Huffington Post article and a global report by Pearson, the United States was ranked 17th worldwide in 2012. In other words, within the 40 developed countries measured, we were about middle of the pack. If...
Washington Post: The ‘impossible’ woman boss My first boss at The Washington Post could be an impossible woman. Mercurial and secretive, Meg Greenfield, the editorial page editor, was a terrible manager of people. She knew how to hire them, but she didn’t know how to nurture them, guide them or fire them. Or maybe she just didn’t want to learn. If you made a mistake, or overlooked something, or didn’t follow through, or just wore too much perfume, her response was to give you the silent treatment. It was a deep, deep...
Open Democracy: Faith in rights: ethics of the public square At the corner of a Protestant and a Catholic street in Belfast, goes a joke recounted by the sociologist Olivier Roy in Holy Ignorance: When Religion and Culture Part Ways, a Bangladeshi grocer opens a store to serve both communities. A hooded man storms in, holds a gun to the grocer’s head, and asks, “Catholic or Protestant?” The grocer replies, “But I am Muslim.” Undeterred, the gunman asks, “I mean a Catholic Muslim or a Protestant Muslim?...
Huffpost.com: Karl Rove, Have You No Sense of Decency? Since Karl Rove first turned up as a youthful dirty trickster for the Nixon campaign in 1972, his underhanded attacks have always been calculating. When he decided that he would question whether the fall and concussion Hillary Clinton suffered in 2012 to try to disqualify her from consideration for the presidency, it was only his latest cynical move. That Rove is up to his old dirty tricks should come as no surprise. After all, his history of cheap shots, divisive wedge issues, and slanderous...