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Newsweek International 08/16/2019

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1 min.
the archives

1990 “It was Saddam Hussein’s easiest conquest—and the most dangerous one of all,” Newsweek reported of the tyrant’s maneuvering in the Middle East. “By ordering Iraqi troops to invade wealthy Kuwait, Saddam seized control of 20 percent of the world’s reserves of oil,” which marked the “first military crisis of the post-Cold War era,” and made Saddam “the most potent force in the global oil market.” The repercussions from this invasion are still felt today in the form of economic and trade sanctions and monitoring and inspections of weapons of mass destruction. 1940 “After nine months of nonbelligerency,” Mussolini’s Italy “swung into the opening phase of a major campaign” in Africa: to take Somaliland and Egypt from the British, reported Newsweek. An Italian victory would ensure empire expansion, raw materials and “an open…

7 min.
the pathway to innovation

FOR MANY FOLKS, COMING UP WITH AN IDEA for a great business—or just any sort of idea for that matter—is a mystery. But for Rob Walker, the author of the new book The Art of Noticing, the key to creativity starts with making simple observations. The founder of the office supply chain, Staples, for instance, launched a multibillion dollar business after noticing he couldn’t buy a typewriter ribbon—remember those?—on a Sunday. The founders of Uber and Lyft hit the jackpot on ride sharing because we couldn’t find a cab when we needed one. They noticed that. The following is advice from Walker’s book. Maybe it will help you crack the code. Or at least help you find a little peace in your frantic day-to-day. You likely don’t need to be convinced…

3 min.
q&a: rob walker

How did you come up with the idea for the book? By now I think we all know the feeling that someone or something else is constantly trying to grab our attention. It’s partly about our phones, but it’s more than that. And for a while I thought I’d write a book about this dilemma, with a short section at the end offering some suggestions for “fighting back in the attention war”— for building your attention muscles, maintaining focus, noticing what mattered most to you. Eventually I realized I was a lot more interested in that short section of advice and suggestions. So I made that the book! Instead of a list of five ideas at the end—I came up with 131 ideas that fill the whole thing. Really, nobody needs to be…

1 min.
talking points

“This is biblical proportion. Nothing like this has ever been seen.” —BIOLOGIST PAUL HARTFIELD OF THE UNITED STATES FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE OF FLOODING IN THE MISSISSIPPI DELTA “THE FIRST THING THAT I’M GOING TO DO WHEN I’M PRESIDENT IS CLOROX THE OVAL OFFICE.” —KIRSTEN GILLIBRAND “I’m not interested in getting on a ship that’s sinking, and I don’t see any indication that this ship is not sinking.” —COUNTRY JOE MCDONALD ON WOODSTOCK 50 BEFORE IT WAS CANCELED "I'm just so happy. Everything I've done, the grind, it's all paid off. It's just insane." —FORTNITE WORLD CUP CHAMPION 16 YEAR-OLD KYLE “BUGHA” GIERSDORF “I’M OLD AND I’M FAT AND I LOOK AGE-APPROPRIATE FOR WHAT MY AGE IS, AND THAT IS NOT WHAT THAT WHOLE SCENE IS ABOUT.” —Kelly McGillis on not appearing in the Top Gun sequel “But he does…

19 min.
the truth about student debt

IT’S BAD. But that’s no reason not to borrow. Here’s why. THE FACTS SEEM STARK: ABOUT 45 MILLION AMERICANS now owe a stunning $1.6 trillion in student debt. That’s roughly one in every four adults, nearly double the number who had higher education loans 15 years ago. Among millennials, the number is one in three, often cited as a reason why so many young adults can’t afford to buy a home, get married, have a family or move out of their parents’ basements. Meanwhile, the average amount that undergraduates borrow has shot up 60 percent over the same period, and defaults on loans have jumped as well. More than one-quarter of students can’t keep up with their payments 12 years after borrowing, vs. 18 percent just a few years ago, and that…

3 min.
how to avoid a personal student debt crisis

WHEN YOU’RE APPLYING > Check the Scorecard. Uncle Sam’s College Scorecard (collegescorecard.ed.gov) is a treasure trove of info that can help you make informed choices about what particular schools will cost, based on your family’s income. Other key data: how much debt the typical student has at graduation; the percentage of undergrads who get aid; and the average salary of grads who got aid. > Calculate Your Net Price. Even schools with the same sticker price can vary widely in cost to you, depending on how generous they typically are with aid—and how much of that assistance comes in the form of grants vs. loans. By federal law, most schools are required to post a net price calculator on their website that will give you onalized estimate of your costs. d also…