Newsweek October 25, 2013

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eating our young

At Feltonville School of Arts and Sciences, a middle school in a poor neighborhood of Philadelphia, the school year began chaotically as budget cuts took effect. Lines of kids snaked out the door while a single school secretary tried to ensure the 600 or so students attending were registered. Classrooms were packed to their limit of 33; some even spilled over. This year, with the cuts meaning no school nurse or counselor, teachers fill the gaps, disrupting lessons to help students in distress. And the problems are not small: A boy was stabbed in the head with a pencil by a fellow student; a girl reported sexual assault by an uncle; another refused to speak after the brutal murder of a parent. And that was just the start of the school…

syria: the new jihadist training ground

When Sir Andrew Parker, the newly appointed head of the U.K. Security Services, gave his first public speech this month in London, he issued a stern warning: Jihadi fighters migrating to Syria are a major security threat to Britain, Europe, and beyond. It was making the world a more dangerous place. "It's more complicated," Parker told the Royal United Services Institute in Whitehall, the heart of the British government. "More unpredictable." As the bloody war nears its fourth year, with over 100,000 civilians dead and more than 2 million refugees displaced, it has another, fatal and more realistic consequence: More foreign fighters are being indoctrinated to fight for the Sunni cause, opposing the Shia-backed Bashar al-Assad regime. "There is good reason to be concerned about Syria," Parker said. "A growing proportion of our…

glenn greenwald and the future of leaks

Glenn Greenwald, the lawyer-turned-journalist-turnedglobal headline for his reporting on leaked NSA documents, says there is about to be a revolution that will radically change how news organizations cover governments and other big institutions. The change, he insists, is inevitable because of the pervasiveness of digital content, which has already remade the global economy by allowing instant access to vast troves of information. "Government and businesses cannot function without enormous amounts of data, and many people have to have access to that data," Greenwald says, adding that it only takes one person with access and an assaulted consciences to leak, no matter what controls are in place. Information that governments, companies, and associations would rather keep private, especially when it contradicts what they tell the public, can be quickly downloaded and spirited away,…

edward snowden on line two

Of all the vituperation directed at NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, some of the harshest has come from Mike Rogers, the Republican chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. "A traitor," Rogers called him, a "liar" who "overinflated his position... overinflated his access, and he's even overinflated what the actual technology of the [NSA] programs would allow one to do. It's impossible for him to do what he was saying he could do." At a panel discussion early this month, Rogers laughed at a joke by former NSA and CIA chief Michael Hayden about his dark fantasy of putting Snowden on a kill list. "I can help you with that," he chuckled, as the audience howled. And yet this week Rogers, a former FBI special agent, very carefully indicated that he's willing to talk…

dirty data dumbfounds the street

The day began with a battle cry: "Here we go with the first of the contaminated economic data!" one Wall Street trader bemoaned. Not entirely jokingly. The data in question? A closely watched monthly report on the nation's jobs growth from the U.S. Department of Labor. The reason it's deemed tainted? The data were slated for release more than two weeks ago, but the government shutdown threw a wrench in the works. "The visibility of the underlying economy has now been dramatically compromised," one hedge fund trader said, citing distortions to data and the markets stemming from the recent confluence of extraordinary events in Washington, ranging from the nation's threat of default to the idling of government jobs. "The range of variability in key data is expected to be much higher, so…

the tea party moves on

The Heritage Foundation has a message for conservatives. "We are facing a very serious debt crisis because our nation's leadership has a spending problem," read an email Wednesday from the conservative think tank, signed by its president, former senator Jim DeMint. Heritage has a "detailed blueprint for spending reform" that it will deliver to lawmakers on November 1. What is stunning about this message is what it does not say: Obamacare. What happened to repealing the Affordable Care Act? Heritage, along with its political nonprofit, Heritage Action, led the ultraconservative push to repeal the health-care law. DeMint and Senator Ted Cruz, R-Texas, spent the month of August rallying the Republican base, promising it was possible to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and then backed Cruz's strategy of withholding government funding unless…