Newsweek Apr-11-14

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the family feud over martin luther king jr.’s legacy

The three-page letter to Bernice King was a declaration of war. Again. King—the chief executive of the nonprofit center named for her father, civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr.—had been running the institution for just 19 months, frantically trying to reverse years of deterioration in both its physical plant and reputation. But this bellicose letter threatened to destroy it all with what amounted to lawful extortion: If the center’s board didn’t force out Bernice King and two other directors, it would no longer be allowed to use the name, likeness or works of the martyred leader for any purpose. The King Center would not even be allowed to call itself the King Center. In essence, the institution founded by Bernice’s mother, Coretta Scott King, would cease to exist. What made the…

guantánamo bay is the most ridiculous place on earth

Forgive me, please, for being frivolous. I am acutely aware that the situation calls for sobriety. Guantánamo Bay evokes morbid images the world over, but the place is, let’s be honest, fundamentally ridiculous, so bizarre that you have to laugh at its existence. It may be tantamount to laughter at a funeral, but it’s laughter all the same. Guantánamo Bay is part Margaritaville and part M*A*S*H, with an ominous touch of Survivor. Guantánamo Bay is where you can order a slice from Pizza Hut inside an Irish pub in which most everyone is drinking Bud Light. Guantánamo Bay has what may be the last Blockbuster outlet on Earth. Guantánamo Bay is a colonial outpost, military base, detention center, beach resort and sleepy fishing village crammed into 45 square miles of rocky…

her biggest race

In those last few moments before two homemade bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, spraying nails, ball bearings and shrapnel into the crowd, Erika Brannock, now 30, stood in her skinny jeans, green sneakers and Baltimore Ravens T-shirt, waiting for her mom to run by. Brannock, a preschool teacher, had never been to Boston before, and she was enjoying the electrifying atmosphere of the race, and the boisterous shouts of support from onlookers directed at complete strangers. Brannock, who was with her sister and brother-in-law, Nicole and Michael Gross, had originally staked out a spot at the 26-mile marker, near the Sandy Hook tribute honoring the victims of the Newtown, Conn., shooting. Her sister and brother-in-law were eager to move closer to the finish line, so the…

cold comfort neighbors

South Korea and Japan are vibrant democracies boasting successful free economies. But both countries fear their predatory neighbors are looking to harm them. With that threat in common, American policy makers believe, good-neighborly relations would be beneficial not only for them, but for the region and beyond. Yet, deep-seated enmities more often mark relations between Seoul and Tokyo than the odd hint at amity. So much so that even after President Barack Obama used all of America’s diplomatic might recently to chaperone a meeting between Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Korean President Park Geun-hye, relations remained icy. While Obama hopes to do more during an Asia trip later this month, signs are that past grievances still loom too large to turn these two American allies into 21st century friends. “Japan will…

end of the gandhi line

How much does it tell you about a man if he cannot decide whether he wants to have a beard or not? What does it indicate if he appears clean shaven for a few days, then sports a stubble, then is clean shaven again, then appears with a full black beard till it vanishes again? This is not a youngster hanging out with buddies or backpacking across America but instead a top member of India’s leading political dynasty who is nearing his 44th birthday and is photographed and filmed every time he appears in public. He is Rahul Gandhi, the 43-year-old heir apparent to the prime ministership of India—or so it seemed until it became apparent he did not want the job but then seemed to be working toward it, though he…

it’s a plane. it’s a yacht. no, it’s your tuition bill

If you attended a U.S. college in the late 1960s, your parents might have worried about protests and other campus goings-on, but at least they were less likely to go broke paying your tuition bills. How big a bite does sending the kids to college take out of a typical family’s income today compared to a generation ago? About twice as big. Since 1969, the average cost of college has almost doubled compared with the median family income. That cost includes tuition, fees, and room and board for full-time students at degree-granting institutions—for both public and private colleges and universities. Back then, the average cost came to $9,502 after adjusting for inflation, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. By 2012, the average was $19,339. With a typical family earning $51,017—the…