Newsweek Jan-17-14

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treasure island

Shona Pitman grew up in a rough patch of a $2 trilliondollar island. Reared in Nicholson Park, a neighborhood in Jersey once so dangerous the school buses took the long way round it, she was acutely aware she did not belong to the island’s elite. Yet she considered herself lucky to be living in a tightknit community on a chocolate-box seascape, even as material riches transformed her island paradise before her eyes. “Growing up here used to mean something,” she said. “We used to be quite community-spirited. There was a great tourism industry, a lot of employment, farming as well. Finance has come in now. So much is geared toward that, the other industries that were so much a part of our lives are mostly gone.” Born on the island of Jersey, in the…

waiting for death to arrive

Marial Simon, one of 17,000 desperate souls crowding into the dusty United Nations Tomping compound in Juba, was still in shock from what he had seen on December 15. “That was the night of the killing,” said the Nuer schoolboy, slight for his age, as he clutched nervously at the filthy clothes he has been wearing for weeks. “The shooting went on and on, and the killing began and it did not stop. I was there. I saw it happen.” Violence erupted in South Sudan on December 15 after members of the Dinka tribe in President Salva Kiir’s presidential guards in Juba tried to disarm their Nuer colleagues. Many of former vice president Riek Machar’s supporters are believed to be Nuer, his own tribal group. There is a historic enmity between the…

‘my favorite marilyn’

Marilyn Monroe’s looks and allure made her a desirable subject for photographers around the world, and several photographers built their careers by documenting hers. The only thing more fascinating than the unforgettable images of Marilyn they captured are the memories many of them took home when the sessions were over. For the first time in one place, the photographers responsible for some of Marilyn’s most beloved pictures pick their personal favorites. The Black Sitting - Milton Greene When Milton first met Marilyn, she said, “You’re just a boy.” He famously replied, “Well, you’re just a girl.” Thus began a friendship that grew into a business partnership through Marilyn Monroe Productions. Milton’s son and the steward of his archives, Joshua Greene, describes the photos he believes best exhibit his father’s work: To me, the…

anyone for peace talks?

World diplomats arriving in Montreux, Switzerland next Wednesday, January 22, will give a fair try to making a United Nations-hosted conference on the war in Syria a success. But skeptics wonder whether a diplomatic solution is genuinely at hand or whether the gathering, known as Geneva 2, is little more than a pro forma Western attempt to be seen to be trying to “do something” about a crisis that, the horrific death toll aside, is marginal in its national-interest calculations. As U.N. officials see it, Wednesday’s gathering in Switzerland is “not an event but a process.” Following a widely publicized one-day conference in Montreux, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s special envoy to Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, is expected to return to the U.N. offices in Geneva, where he will confer with representatives…

beijing bubble

The country, whose economy is critical to the health of the global economy, has been living beyond its means for years. Its central bank has been flooding its financial system with easy money at the same time, and the mere whisper that that era may be drawing to a close makes financial markets tremble. If something doesn’t change, many economists say, we could be in for yet another global financial crisis, just five years after the last one. The litany is so familiar it’s easy to tune out. Economists and other financial scolds are always lecturing the United States to get its house in order. But this isn’t about the United States. What is just beginning to dawn on a lot of people is that the same issues are in play not only in…

mo’s money, mo problems

In mid-October, Sudanese telecom billionaire Mo Ibrahim stood before a packed roomful of journalists at a London hotel and hinted that he had bad news. “This is the reality. This is the mirror we hold before Africa today,” he said, subtly letting on that his Prize for Achievement in African Leadership - a $5 million check, plus a $200,000 annuity - would, for a second year in a row, go to no one at all. No leader from any of the continent’s 54 countries had fulfilled the requirements of the prize, which seem amusingly modest. To qualify, a democratically elected leader deemed to have governed well must: (1) step down at the end of his constitutionally mandated term, and (2) get ready to cash Ibrahim’s huge check. “We made it clear from…