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Newsweek International 09/06/2019

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1 min.
the archives

1967 While some men were made by the presidency, “other men have been broken by it,” Newsweek wrote of Lyndon B. Johnson, the president in trouble.” He was the first president “beset simultaneously with a major war abroad and a major rebellion at home.” His personality became an issue as well, resulting in “almost as much criticism and contention as the war in Vietnam and the tumult in the ghettos” and the “rising tide of anger, frustration and bitterness that is cresting around the White House.” 1954 With “35 million Americans who pursue amateur photography as a hobby,” there is a new American affliction, Newsweek wrote, as the “all-seeing” lenses make “safe refuge for the camera-shy practically non-existent.” Today, the smartphonewielders are the hobbyists, and—whether aware or not—nothing goes unseen. 1994 “The story of its…

5 min.
the trade war’s ultimate cost

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP PLANNED ON seeking a second term based largely on the strength of the economy. Unemployment is near a 50-year low. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the creation of nearly 6 million new jobs since Trump took office. Wages, profits and revenues to the federal Treasury are up. The stock market, despite its recent rockiness, has generally been surging during his term, and economic growth is still the order of the day. It’s an enviable record. Things have been going so well that even some of the president’s most bitter foes predict the economy’s performance is strong enough to carry Trump across the 2020 finish line first. Naysayers point to a few statistics that suggest the fundamentals of the economy are getting softer. In particular, last month’s appearance of…

1 min.
talking points

“Are parts of the U.S. for sale? Alaska?”—RASMUS JARLOV, MEMBER OF DENMARK'S CONSERVATIVE PEOPLE'S PARTY “SO EARLY TO BED, EARLY TO RISE, WORK LIKE HELL, AND ORGANIZE. TOGETHER, WE WILL CONTINUE THE FIGHT TO DEFEAT THE CLIMATE CRISIS.”—WASHINGTON GOVERNOR JAY INSLEE DROPPING OUT OF THE PRESIDENTIAL RACE “[I believe] he's innocent, and I continue to be really quite shocked with how things have developed... He might very well die in jail. He's an old man.”—ARCHBISHOP OF MELBOURNE PETER COMENSOLI AFTER CARDINAL GEORGE PELL'S SEXUAL ABUSE CONVICTION WAS UPHELD “I advise [Chinese authorities] to not blame any nonexistent foreign forces for any deterioration, to engage in dialogue with the Hong Kong people.”—taiwanese president tsai ing-wen “COMING BACK I’M DOING THIS JUST FOR ME AND I THINK THAT THIS IS DIFFERENT THAN…

10 min.
working in the shadows

THE CAMPAIGN AGAINST undocumented laborers in the U.S. escalated in August as federal agents with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raided seven Mississippi poultry processing facilities, sweeping up 680 people on suspicion of unlawful status—the most severe crackdown in over a decade. Scenes of children crying after school, begging for the return of their parents while immigration officials insisted they were just doing their job, presented a jarring portrait to many Americans. The outcry was immediate, and though more than 300 people were temporarily released from detention, the operation served as a reminder of how important these workers are in their communities and how integral the undocumented workforce—which often operates in the shadows—is to the U.S. labor market at large. But while undocumented employees are frequently terrified of law enforcement action, the companies…

5 min.
understanding china’s foreign assistance policy

By providing various types of foreign assistance, China has become an important contributor to international development. While some say the largest developing country in the world should focus on its own domestic goals rather than international ones, actually, domestic development and external development are two sides of the same coin. No nation can be insulated from the outside world when facing interconnected global development challenges like poverty, unemployment, infectious diseases and terrorism. As Chinese President Xi Jinping said at the U.N. Office at Geneva in 2017: “China will do well only when the world does well, and vice versa.” This is a summary based on the experience of China’s economic growth, a development miracle in human history. For more than 40 years, China received support from the international community and experienced…

14 min.
bracing for the fall

ON JULY 13, PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP’S PERSONAL lawyer, Rudi Giuliani, addressed an Iranian opposition group called the Mujahedin e-Khalq (MEK) at the group’s tightly guarded encampment in rural Albania, where some 3,400 members have been preparing for the overthrow of the clerical regime in Tehran. Calling the MEK Iran’s “government-in-exile,” Giuliani assured MEK members that the Trump administration regards the group as an acceptable replacement for the current regime. “It gives us confidence that if we make those efforts to overthrow that horrible regime, sooner rather than later, we will not only save lives but we will be able to entrust the transition of Iran to a very responsible group of people,” the former New York City mayor told his cheering audience. Like other former U.S. officials, Giuliani has been a frequent—and…