With worthy competition, the Central African Republic may be the most miserable place on earth. Twelve per cent of its population is displaced, eight per cent are refugees in other countries, 54 per cent urgently need humanitarian assistance, 30 per cent of its schools and hospitals have been destroyed in recent conflicts, 7000 children kidnapped, and the per capita income has fallen from $461 in 2008 to $294 in 2014.Read More
Diplomacy often looks like a precise, punctilious activity: dapper, discreet officials armed with quill pens and cucumber sandwiches crafting cunningly worded documents with multifarious shades of meaning. That’s an important part of it. But peep behind the curtain, and you see all sorts of squalid manoeuvrings and double-crossing.Read More »
What brand doesn’t belong on this list? Amazon, Uber, Yelp, Hillary.
It’s a trick question. They all belong. In recent days, they’ve all been making it harder for their fans to love them.Read More »
Fifty years ago, on August 10, 1964, President Lyndon Johnson signed what is known as the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution. It is a day that should live in infamy.
On that day, the President gave himself the power “to take all necessary steps, including the use of armed forces,” to fight the spread of communism in Southeast Asia and assist our ally in South Vietnam “in defense of its freedom.”
Or as former Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara put it decades later, it gave “complete authority to the president to take the nation to war.”Read More »
Conventional wisdom holds that America faces a growing physician shortage and that one way of responding is by creating new medical schools. Starting a new school is an expensive proposition which may explain the modest number that has opened in the past decade. But now the private sector may be coming to the rescue by creating proprietary – or profit-making – schools to train physicians.Read More »
If you were a recent college grad or drop out with no job or underemployed or selling your mind and body as an unpaid intern, do you give a (bleep) about the Koch brothers?Read More »
It’s the morning after.
You stayed up late watching election results on TV. By the time you went to bed, the Republicans had won five of the six Senate seats they needed to take control of both houses of Congress. As the networks called each state for the GOP, it felt like a trap door had opened beneath your feet, like a Munch scream, like a nightmare – a nauseating, slow-motion wreck you were powerless to prevent.Read More »
I wonder what would happen if the world’s storytellers and artists were to throw themselves into making the 2014 summit succeed. Invite the wizards of digital creation and distribution, the social media entrepreneurs and software geniuses, the networks and studios, to lend their talents to a communication campaign. Imagine if film-, video- and game-makers, musicians, photographers, screenwriters, graphic novelists, comedians, actors, essayists and fashionistas were inspired to tell the tale of climate change. Think of what designers, logo makers, branders and advertisers could contribute.Read More »