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Newsweek 03/01/2019

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the archives

1966 “Communist China’s leaders have succeeded in sowing confusion in the West over just how big a threat Peking poses today,” reported Newsweek. Amid the confusion surrounding the Asian power’s military might and international intentions, scholars and subject matter experts were reduced to conjecture and the words of China’s illustrious military strategist and philosopher Sun Tzu (544 to 496 B.C.), who is credited with writing The Art of War: “Offer the enemy bait to lure him; feign disorder and strike him.” 1971 In a cover story that echoes current events, some American Jews were struggling with an “erosion of support for the Israeli cause.” Newsweek reported on a new crisis of spirituality: whether to embrace balance and tolerance—two of the most “cherished Jewish virtues of all”—or their own ethnic interests. 1985 The emergence of Madonna,…

new beginning

An indigenous Mexican takes part in a ceremony of purification at the Zócalo Public Square on February 10. Indigenous people, who are concentrated largely in the poor states of Chiapas and Oaxaca, make up about 10 percent of the country’s population. Newly elected President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has pledged to give “special attention” to them. “It is a disgrace that our original communities live with oppression and racism, with poverty and marginalization,” he said in his inaugural address in December.…

listening—for a change

A WHITE MAN WALKS INTO A BAR. PERHAPS HE’S wearing a “Make America great again” cap or a Red Sox T-shirt or a crucifix. Maybe he has a tattoo sleeve or a nose ring or a yarmulke. Whatever the signifiers, you consciously, or subconsciously, have decided he is one of Us or one of Them. According to researchers humans are hard-wired for tribalism. Labeling is biological. Minorities have put up with it since America’s founding, of course, but, as Irshad Manji argues in her new book, Don’t Label Me (St. Martin’s), the “loathed white guy” isn’t the only one stuffing others into boxes now. Everyone is at it, even those who, like Manji, champion diversity. “Well before Trump,” says the author, “so-called progressives were labeling swaths of Americans as racists and…

trump card

UNDER NORMAL CIRCUMSTANCES, the re-election of Benjamin Netanyahu to yet another term as prime minister would be a no-brainer. The Israeli economy is humming on all four cylinders; unemployment is low; and over the past 15 years, Israel has become one of the world’s leading technology powerhouses. And it should be noted that the country’s security situation has been remarkably quiet—at least by Israeli standards. Far from becoming a pariah, Israel has diplomatic relations with more countries than ever before. Even so, Netanyahu may not be sleeping soundly. In February, his Likud party held primaries. Although the prime minister remains as popular as ever, when party members voted, they paid almost no attention to Netanyahu’s wishes. They propelled one of his archrivals, former Education Minister Gideon Sa’ar, close to the top of…

trinidad and tobago: center stage

Oil and gas provide the twin-island Caribbean republic of Trinidad and Tobago with the backbone of its economy, which the International Monetary Fund predicts will grow from 0.9 percent in 2019 to 2.2 percent in 2023. But Trinidad and Tobago is now utilizing its location as a gateway to North and South America to become the regional hub in many other sectors, including transport, logistics, technology, maritime, manufacturing, real estate and financial services. To attract more foreign investors to these, “The government has improved the investment climate,” says Rohan Sinanan, Minister of Works and Transport, and it is reaching out to new investors. For example, 2018 saw Trinidad and Tobago become the first country in its region to sign up to China’s global Belt and Road infrastructure initiative. The islands already have the…

transforming air and sea transport

Current developments at Trinidad and Tobago’s international airports and seaports provide clear illustrations of why the country is increasingly seen as the region’s center for the transportation of goods and people. The islands have two international airports—ANR Robinson International Airport (TAB) in Tobago and Piarco International Airport (POS) in Trinidad—that the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) rates as “top in Latin America in terms of infrastructure and development,” says Hayden Newton, general manager of the Airports Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (AATT), which manages and operates them. AATT is also responsible for a renowned training facility that provides ICAO’s training for the region. With some of the region’s lowest charges, plus AATT’s incentives for new routes and flights, interest in using its airports is growing. To ensure capacity for future passenger growth,…