Newsweek Jul-11-14

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the death of the oceans

In the great halls of La Boqueria, Barcelona’s central market, tourists, foodies and cooks gather every day to marvel at the fresh food, like pilgrims at the site of a miracle. The chief shrines are the fish counters, where thousands of sea creatures making up dozens of species gleam pink and gray on mounds of ice. But to many ocean scientists this is not a display of the ocean’s bounty but a museum —by the end of this century, many of these animals may be history due to man’s reckless abuse of the planet. As we keep dumping greenhouse gases into the air, the oceans keep sucking them up, making the waters deadly to their inhabitants. On the Boqueria’s fish stands I count 10 types of bivalves—creatures like clams, oysters and…

a pitch with attitude

It was a team of ringers, pulled from all corners of the country for a Memorial Day weekend tournament in Southern California. The centerfielder flew in from Texas. The first baseman, from North Carolina. The shortstop and cleanup hitter, from Florida. Was this a baseball team or the crew for a bank heist? They met for the first time on the eve of the tournament, ran through one practice and then laid waste to the competition. In the championship game of this boys 10-and-under event, sponsored by United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA) Baseball Program and held in Chino Hills, California, they led 18–0 after three innings. At that point the mercy rule was invoked, the game called. It all might have seemed the latest hideous breach between youth sports and…

zero hour

In Baghdad, they call it “zero hour.” It is the moment Iraqis believe is coming soon, when the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), which now controls large parts of the north and west of the country, arrives in their capital. According to experts there, if Baghdad falls, it will not be from a full-frontal attack, in which the militants rush forward and raise their Black Flag defiantly. Instead, they will win the way rebels in Sierra Leone took Freetown. And the way Bosnian Serbs ringed Sarajevo before shelling it. Their conquest will come from a creeping, steady infiltration designed to break the will of the population. An estimated 80 percent of Baghdad’s population is Shia, so it would be difficult for ISIS to overrun it in a conventional way. “It would…

enemy ahoy: china and russia strive for naval supremacy

Few in China knew the truth two years ago, when then-president Hu Jintao travelled to a naval base in the northeastern city of Dalian to mark a signal moment in the rise of Chinese power: the unveiling of the Liaoning, the first aircraft carrier commissioned by Beijing’s navy. More than a decade earlier, a penniless Ukraine government had sold the aging carrier at a fire-sale price to a Chinese company pledging to turn it into a floating casino. When it was towed out of the port of Nikolayevsk in 2001, everyone thought it was headed for the gambling haven of Macau. In fact, it was destined to become not only the symbol of China’s ambition to dominate the seas around it, but to project power thousands of miles from its coasts. Sitting…

is jordan at risk as neighbors syria and iraq burn?

The Middle East is in meltdown. Syria is in civil war, and an Islamist army is at the gates of Baghdad. One Arab nation alone shines as an island of relative stability in this sea of despair: Jordan. But how long can it stay above the fray? “The country is calm,” Jordan’s outgoing ambassador at the United Nations, Prince Zeid bin Ra’ad, told me last week. We spoke shortly after fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (aka the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, or ISIS) had captured a key crossing in Treibel, on the Iraqi side of the border with the Hashemite Kingdom, and as Jordanian troops were urgently dispatched there. Over the weekend, an ISIS spokesman, Abu Mohammed al-Adnani, declared the group would drop "Iraq and al-Sham"…

back to berlin

When Elad Leshem graduated with an MBA two years ago, he immediately started a company. So far, so conventional. But Leshem, an Israeli, launched his business career in Berlin. “In Berlin there are a lot of resources available, including grants, subsidies and incubators, and the city is still relatively cheap,” explains Tel Aviv-born Leshem. “That allows you to kick-start your business without a lot of capital. That’s not possible in Silicon Valley. And the city is groovy, with a lot of young people.” Leshem, 33, is not the only young Israeli who has discovered the joys of Berlin. “When I moved here to go to university, people at home said, ‘Why are you moving to Germany? I’m never going to visit you,’” recalls Asaf Moses, 31, a fashion technology entrepreneur from Ra’anana…