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Newsweek 03/15/2019

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the archives

1947 “The struggle of the American schoolteacher to maintain an exterior of respectability on meager salaries has become a national scandal,” Newsweek reported. As living costs in postwar America steadily began to rise, attitudes toward teaching as a profession plummeted. Small steps were taken to fix the issue and, most of all, “avoid strikes,” which were seen as “injurious to the profession.” Today’s teachers, still embroiled in the same battle, have begun to pick up on the fact that strikes may not be so injurious after all. 1978 As Africa became dotted with Cuban troops, President Jimmy Carter—and the limits of détente—were put to the test. “Behind the Cubans,” Newsweek wrote, “are the Russians, whose money, weapons and airplanes” were all intended to “serve as a reminder that they have caught up with…

the (spy) doctor is in

@SpyTalker Not much time seems to pass without learning of yet another turncoat in the CIA or other intelligence agencies. In February, feds charged Monica Witt, a former Air Force counterintelligence sergeant and later defense contractor, with passing extremely sensitive secrets to Iran. Over the past two years, two former CIA operatives were arrested independently on charges of spying for China. Just more spy vs. spy stuff, fodder for books and movies? No. Those last two reportedly contributed to what was described as a “catastrophic” wave of arrests and executions of 18 to 20 CIA assets in China. Witt, who defected to Iran in 2013, allegedly provided her handlers with the names and sources of U.S. agents involved in clandestine activities. As long as there are spy services, of course, there will be…

crisis of confidence

The crisis in Venezuela has deepened, with millions of people making desperate journeys to escape hyperinflation, hunger, crime, diseases and death while searching for a better life. In 2018, Ana Carina Palacio was one of them. After her husband was killed in an accident, she set off, while pregnant, along with her young son. She obtained a transit card and entered Colombia legally, and she has sought help from the International Organization for Migration, which is associated with the United Nations. Palacio is staying at a temporary assistance center for migrants in Villa del Rosario as she seeks housing, employment and caretakers for her now 6-month-old daughter and 2-year-old son. This is her story, in her own words (edited for clarity), as told in Spanish to Newsweek’s Jessica Kwong, in an interview over…

america’s mayor

@JasonLemon PETE BUTTIGIEG WANTS TO BE America’s first millennial president. At 37, the Democratic mayor of South Bend, Indiana, is also the first openly gay person to launch a bid for the nation’s highest office. While some may argue that going from leading a city of roughly 100,000 residents to governing the world’s most powerful country may be a leap, Buttigieg (pronounced Boot-edge-edge) believes small-town politics and putting the American people first are exactly what a divided Washington needs. And as he puts it, he already has “more experience in government” than President Donald Trump and “more executive experience” than Vice President Mike Pence. A graduate of Harvard College, Buttigieg went on to study at Oxford University as a Rhodes scholar, then worked as a consultant at McKinsey & Co. He entered politics…

america in black & white

“TODAY, WE STARTED A BIG, beautiful wall.” It was mid-February, and President Donald Trump was crowing at his first MAGA rally of 2019. There was no new wall, of course, and everyone in the border town of El Paso, Texas, could see that. But in the sea of red hats at the County Coliseum, the line was met with roars of approval. What mattered was that the president was owning the libs, undeterred several weeks after provoking, then caving over, the longest government shutdown in U.S. history. Before Trump rolled into town, El Paso’s sheriff was telling anyone who would listen that El Paso “was a safe city long before any wall was built.” Republican Mayor Dee Margo similarly denounced Trump’s claims during his State of the Union address that El…

let’s hear it for the girls

“TUNE IN TO COMEDY CENTRAL AND GET READY FOR A CRY FEST,” says Lucia Aniello, her own voice quavering with emotion, of the series finale of Broad City, the show she helped shape as a writer, executive producer and director for five seasons. The hilarious, often gross and frankly weird saga of Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer debuted in 2014, with the two stars and co-creators playing heightened versions of themselves. The more timid Abbi works as a cleaner at a gym called Soulstice; Ilana, the wild one, spends her days sleeping in the bathroom at her sales job at the online company Deals Deals Deals. The poor, New York City-living, Hillary Clinton-worshipping feminist BFFs drift from one small adventure to the next, often making mistakes (like Ilana’s occasional appropriation…