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Newsweek 12/07/2018

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the archives

1992 Scary times for baby boomers! “Not since the Selective Service Board sent ‘greetings’ to 18-year-old men during the Vietnam War has a birthday salutation been so dreaded by so many,” Newsweek observed. The “generation that refused to grow up” was growing middle-aged—with some resistance. “I wear clothes my mother never would have when she was this age,” said one 49-year-old. Boomer icons who’d recently turned 50 included Paul McCartney. And look at him now: He’s 76 and still spritely. 1936Josef Stalin wasn’t likened to Santa Claus because he was generous; it was because after proclaiming “heretofore unknown civil liberties,” he had “thousands of simple workers sending him letters about their achievements.” Unmentioned in the article: That year’s Great Purge, resulting in the execution of at least 600,000 people.…

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a dream deferred

Supporters of presidential candidate Martin Fayulu celebrate as they wait for him to speak at the launch of his campaign on November 21. Election season comes after two years of setbacks, broken promises and delays. President Joseph Kabila, who has ruled since his father’s assassination in 2001, remained in power after his second term ended in 2016 and had resisted efforts to force him to step down. Voters are now set to go to the polls on December 23 in what will be the first democratic transfer of power for a nation gripped by armed conflict and an Ebola outbreak. ■…

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fuel to the fire

Protesters demonstrate against rising fuel prices and living costs near the Arc de Triomphe on November 24. In what has been dubbed the “yellow vest” movement for its attire, more than 100,000 took to the streets across France that day. The price of diesel has risen by about 23 percent over the past year—its highest price since the early 2000s—partially because of new levies on gas, part of President Emmanuel Macron’s campaign for renewable energy. ■…

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eyes on the prize

A Central American migrant rests under a bridge near the El Chaparral port of entry at the U.S.-Mexico border on November 23. The first members of the caravan began arriving in mid-November and, as of press time, numbered about 7,400 in the cities of Tijuana and Mexicali. The processing of asylum claims by U.S. authorities has gone slowly, and on November 25 a small group of migrants clashed with Customs and Border Protection officers, who fired tear gas at the crowd and temporarily closed the border. ■…

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heavy hands

A female riot police officer comes face to face with women’s rights activists as they try to march to Taksim Square on November 25. Hundreds had gathered to mark the U.N. International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Activists said the government—which has restricted public demonstrations for years—was more concerned with protests than stopping male violence in a country where reportedly 337 women were killed by domestic abuse in the past year.FRANCOIS GUILLOT/AFP/GETTY; PEDRO PARDO/AFP/GETTY; BULENT KILIC/AFP/GETTY BULENT KILIC ■…

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anarchy in the u.k.

“We need to stop being the bad people in the news and change what we’re doing.” » THE CUPBOARDS OF JO ELGARF’S LONDON home are bursting with provisions. Dried foods, tinned meat, coffee, powdered milk, even detergent. “Anything that has a long shelf life,” she says.The hoarding began a few months ago as British negotiators struggled to settle on the terms of the country’s impending divorce from the European Union. Tabloids blared the prospect of a “no-deal Brexit,” and doomsday scenarios quickly followed: gridlocked border crossings, strangled supply lines, grounded flights. The pound, analysts predicted, would likely tumble while food and medicine stocks thinned and Brits faced a host of new immigration restrictions. Elgarf, a 42-year-old mother of two, found herself stockpiling nonperishable goods and imported products.And she’s far…