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Newsweek 09/27/2019

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8 Min.
qatar: the transition to a knowledge based economy

Qatar’s economy has successfully absorbed the shocks from the 2014-16 drop in oil prices and the continuing diplomatic rift, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The country has managed to retain export ties to develop newer trade relations, sustaining its one-third share of global liquefied natural gas (LNG) trade. “Overall, the blockade has helped to build resilience and provided a platform for growth for Qatar going forward,” says Abdulla al-Misnad, Deputy Chief Executive at Qatar Free Zone Authority (QFZA). Saleh bin Hamad Al-Sharqi, Director General of Qatar Chamber of Commerce and Industry, adds, “After the initial setbacks due to the diplomatic rift with GCC neighbors in June 2017, Qatar has weathered the consequences of the dispute with sound economic confidence, aided by its financial reserves and infrastructural strength. The country has…

3 Min.
pioneering future energy: a profile of nebras power

Nebras Power (“Nebras”) is a Qatari company established in 2014 by the Government of the State of Qatar to invest globally in electric power generation and water desalination on behalf of its shareholders. Nebras Power shareholders are: 60%, the national power generation company QEWC (Qatar Electricity and Water Company) and 40% Qatar Holding, a private equity arm of QIA (Qatar Investment Authority), Qatar’s sovereign wealth fund. Nebras was set up to take advantage of the investment opportunities created by continuously growing demand for electricity and water throughout the world, especially in the rapidly developing markets in the Middle East, Asia, Africa and Latin America. It was also set up to participate in the evolving nature of the global power industry and to pioneer future energy solutions in its investments. Nebras was created…

1 Min.
the archives

1963 Summer in Birmingham was “a sweaty season of tension,” Newsweek reported. An Alabaman city in the throes of desegregation, the powder-keg burst on Birmingham’s “Bloody Sunday” when dynamite was planted and an explosion rocked the “well-attended” 16th Street Baptist Church. It resulted in the deaths of four black girls attending Sunday school, and the city erupted. “Blood-splattered kindergarten leaflets” strewn across the ground read: “Dear God, we are sorry for the times when we were unkind.” Amid lingering racial tension, history reminds us of the kindness we still need. 1975 The tale of newspaper heiress Patty Hearst was the “most bizarre kidnap case in United States history,” wrote Newsweek. The unabashed “captive-turned-commando revolutionary” became the picture of radicalism when she was finally arrested after a 19-month romp as a partner to her…

9 Min.
taking on the grim reaper

IT REQUIRES NERVES OF STEEL TO TAKE ON MITCH McConnell, arguably the most powerful man in Washington. But Amy McGrath has already been to war and back, three times. The 44-year-old retired Lieutenant Colonel, an Independent-turned-Democrat, is challenging the self-declared Grim Reaper for the Senate seat he’s clung onto since 1985. McGrath has had tougher, though. During her 20-year career with the Marines, she became the first woman to fly in a F/A-18 fighter jet in combat and took on 89 missions in the Middle East, fighting Al-Qaeda and Taliban insurgents. When she retired into civilian life in 2017, she was dismayed by what she saw as a lack of action in Congress so she ran for office in a district that voted for Trump by 15.3 points. She lost by…

6 Min.
teen risk-taking: a good thing?

TEENAGERS ARE NOTORIOUS RISK-TAKERS, AND THE OUTRAGEOUS, unpredictable things they do—from extreme sports to binge-drinking—can seem inexplicable to the adults around them. Are they driven by rebellion, poor judgment or immature brains? In this excerpt from their book Wildhood, the bestselling authors of Zoobiquity, Barbara Natterson-Horowitz and Kathryn Bowers, present findings from their five-year study on wild animal adolescence. They uncovered evidence that young folks are hardwired to take risks—and with good reason. Across the animal kingdom, risky behavior helps adolescents develop into safer and more confident adults. Can understanding the animal basis of a human teenager’s behavior help a parent balance the urge to protect with the need to develop independence? VULNERABLE BY NATURE Adolescent humans suffer much higher rates of traumatic injury and death compared to adults. Around the world,…

4 Min.
q&a: kathryn bowers and barbara natterson-horowitz

Why this book? KB & BNH: We’ve spent the past decade studying the natural world to find insights into cancer, heart disease, depression, drug addiction and more. As the mothers of teenagers, the issue seemed more urgent. We saw our children wading into the waters of social media. Academic stress seemed suffocating. Guiding teens through a changing landscape of sex and sexuality presented challenges of its own. On a national level, we knew that rates of adolescent anxiety and depression were soaring, and more teens seem to be totally unprepared for life as adults. We wanted to have these conversations with our own children, and so applied our methodology to the challenges of modern human adolescence. Are there animal behaviors that you think humans could learn the most from? KB & BNH: Odd-looking…