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Newsweek 12/14/2018

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future tense

(NEWSWEEK [4]) BACK IN THE MID-1980S, WHEN I WAS A reporter covering technology, I interviewed an engineer about a wonky-sounding project. He was trying to establish a “protocol” for exchanging information that would allow engineers to connect computer networks to other computer networks. I argued for a cover story; my editors gave it two pages in the back of the magazine.That engineer was Bob Kahn, now widely known as one of the founders of the internet, which is what his project eventually became. I didn’t realize at the time how big that story would turn out to be; it’s easier to see in hindsight, of course, how dramatically technology can change the world. The present moment offers a chance to make amends. This week, we report on another new technology—autonomous…

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kinder, gentler

A makeshift memorial honors the late George H.W. Bush at the foot of his monument on December 2. The 41st president and political patriarch, whose family defined Republican politics for decades, died at age 94 in his home in Texas on November 30. His passing stirred a wellspring of longing in both parties, his presidency now symbolic of a bygone era of bipartisanship. Bush’s single term in the White House, from 1989 to 1993, capped more than 40 years of public service, which included stints as a congressman, diplomat, CIA director and vice president. Perceived as aloof on domestic matters, he lost re-election to Bill Clinton, but his foreign policy legacy stands strong. Bush oversaw the end of the Cold War, the collapse of the Soviet Union and the…

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burning man

Activists destroy an effigy of President Rodrigo Duterte near the U.S. Embassy on November 30. The demonstration, to protest the autocratic leader’s close ties to President Donald Trump, took place on the 155th birthday of revolutionary hero Andrés Bonifacio, who led a revolt against Spanish rule in 1896. ■…

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dying shame

A farmer from Tamil Nadu wears human skulls during a demonstration in the capital on November 30—a stark dramatization of the country’s agrarian crisis. The state is facing its worst drought in 140 years; the rains stopped in 2014, driving a spike in suicides among farmers. An estimated 15,000 protesters converged on the Ramlila Maidan gathering grounds to demand debt relief and better crop prices.LOREN ELLIOTT/AFP/GETTY; NOEL CELIS/AFP/GETTY; VIPIN KUMAR/HINDUSTAN TIMES/GETTY ■…

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the case for impeaching trump

“Roger certainly ginned up the fear that pre-existed.” » SHOULD WE BE CONSIDERING THE IMPEACHMENT of President Donald Trump?Many tremble at the idea, fearing how Trump’s supporters will react to an impeachment inquiry, worrying that it will only further polarize an already deeply divided nation or that there will not be enough votes in the Senate to convict him even if the House of Representatives votes to impeach.I’m not afraid. As a junior congresswoman, the youngest ever elected at that time, I served on the House Judiciary Committee that voted to impeach President Richard Nixon for the high crimes and misdemeanors he committed in connection with the Watergate cover-up and other matters.To evaluate the case against Trump fairly, we need to set aside his unremitting attacks on the environment,…

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red alert

VLADIMIR PUTIN HAS LONG used his influence over key international institutions to fuel Russia’s expansion.There’s the United Nations, where his Security Council veto power allowed him to manipulate the Syrian war, and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, the nuclear weapons watchdog where he delayed attempts to hold countries accountable for gas attacks.But the organization over which Putin arguably exercises the most power is Interpol, the world’s largest police agency. To squash political dissent, Russia has issued a growing number of so-called red notices, international warrants that make individuals subject to arrest in any Interpol member state around the world. Sometimes the targets were political dissidents or environmental activists. And sometimes they were as innocuous as the chairman of a Hungarian company that was unlucky enough to…