Newsweek International 1/22/2021

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the archives

1980 According to Newsweek, as Russian troops “fanned relentlessly” across Afghanistan, President Jimmy Carter’s response was “to order a tough new set of economic and political reprisals against the Soviet Union, including an embargo on technology and a sharp cutback in grain exports.” This “new cold war” further escalated tensions that did not resolve until roughly 10 years later with the end of the Soviet Union. Today, the U.S. imposes sanctions on various Russian companies and agencies in response to its invasion of Ukraine, cyber attacks, election interference and other abuses. 1972 “Venereal Disease in the U.S. is epidemic,” wrote Newsweek, with syphilis and gonorrhea “rising sharply among the middle and upper classes, whose members hitherto fancied themselves above the scourge.” According to the CDC, cases of both diseases have again been on…

9 minutos
arab spring reckoning

“Not every cake baked perfectly the first time we tried” THE ARAB SPRING PROTEST MOVEMENT TOOK the Middle East and North Africa by storm 10 years ago, sparked in part by the January 2011 death of Mohamed Bouazizi, a Tunisian street vendor. Bouazizi had set himself on fire two weeks earlier in a suicidal act of anti-establishment defiance that fanned the flames of revolutionary fervor across the region. But while the early days of the Arab Spring were defined by hope, excitement and indignation, many countries where mass demonstrations occurred would see brutal crackdowns, an influx of foreign interests and fighters as well as civil war, muddling the legacy of the pan-Arab revolt for democracy. A decade after Bouazizi’s iconic self-immolation, Newsweek looks back at some of the countries most affected by the…

5 minutos
baked with love

I’M 11-YEARS-OLD AND I’M IN the fifth grade at Upper Moreland School in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, and my favorite subject at school is math. But I also love to dance and make cakes. This year on Mother’s Day in May, I made a bundt cake and gave slices of it away to different moms. Straight away they began asking me to bake them cakes. I was already interested in baking because I enjoy watching different baking shows, like Nailed It! and Sugar Rush. But when I heard that people wanted my cakes, I realized I could just go for it. So, I started my cake business: Lovely London Delights. At first, I had to try a few different times to see how long it would take the cakes to bake perfectly. There…

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talking points

“Amen and Awoman.” —REP. EMANUEL CLEAVER (D-MO) CONCLUDING THE OPENING PRAYER OF THE 117TH CONGRESS “OUR DEMOCRACY IS UNDER AN UNPRECEDENTED ASSAULT.” —PRESIDENT-ELECT JOE BIDEN “I wish I could say that I’m shocked. It’s another instance in a string of misapplications of justice.” —WISCONSIN LT. GOV. MANDELA BARNES IN RESPONSE TO PROSECUTORS DECLINING TO CHARGE THE OFFICER WHO SHOT JACOB BLAKE “Our country experienced a traumatic and entirely avoidable event as supporters of the President stormed the Capitol building following a rally he addressed. As I’m sure is the case with many of you, it has deeply troubled me in a way that I simply cannot set aside.” —transportation secretary elaine chao on her resignation “IT’S IMPORTANT THAT WE’RE EXPOSED TO A WIDE SPECTRUM OF OPINION, BUT WHAT WE HAVE NOW IS THE DIGITAL EQUIVALENT OF THE MEDIEVAL…

7 minutos
a giant fail

THEY KNEW IT COULD HAPPEN. THEY FEARED THAT Donald Trump would pull a “Samson,” bringing down the whole house on top of him in the two weeks before he left the White House. Officials from the FBI, the Secret Service, Homeland Security, the District of Columbia government, the Pentagon, the National Guard and the Joint Task Force–National Capital Region who spoke to Newsweek on condition of anonymity in the days before the Capitol Hill riot, all talked about the potential for protesters, militias and paramilitary goons—egged on by the president—to storm Capitol Hill and even the Capitol building itself. A half-dozen sources spoke openly about this very scenario: that the mob would attack the “People’s House” and that somehow the system would break down. They speculated that this could occur because…

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“tested— but not broken”

AS HE FINALLY EXITS AMID PREDICTABLE chaos, Donald Trump’s final few acts have tested, but not broken, America’s democratic institutions. In what should have been a pro forma ceremony for Congress to accept the Electoral College vote and Joe Biden’s election as president, Senate Republicans maneuvering to succeed Trump in four years and House Republicans desperate for his continuing affection dragged Congress through hours of empty procedural delays, irrelevant rhetoric and in the end, a predictably futile result. They thus joined Rudy Guiliani and his “elite strike force” of gumshoe attorneys in their half-baked challenges to Biden’s win. The occupation of the U.S. Capitol by a terrorist mob and the violence that ensued is heartbreaking to all Americans, especially to those of us who have worked in and around Congress. This…