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Newsweek International 10/11/2019

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1 min.
the archives

1968 “Head shaven, gold teeth glistening and torso shining, onstage James Earl Jones is at least twice as large as life,” Newsweek wrote of Jones’ groundbreaking performance in The Great White Hope. His portrayal of Jack Johnson, the first black heavyweight champion, was “one of those rare instances of the right man in the right vehicle at the right time” mirroring the “tragedy of the American black man.” Jones once told Newsweek, “I might even become a star… but I’ll never be a rich actor.” Fifty years later, Jones’ rich, seven-decade long career marks him as one of the greatest actors in American history. 1999 “They are a generation stuck on fast forward, in a fearsome hurry to grow up,” Newsweek said of “tweens,” the liminal life-stage between childhood and adolescence. What can…

24 min.
hopelessness and hope

IN 2018, PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP ASKED, “Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” That not-so-subtle implication—poor people from poor countries are inferior to rich people from rich countries—properly outraged most people. But the question contains an uncomfortable truth. Many countries are indeed terrible places to live, especially for those on the bottom rungs of the socio-economic ladder. There’s no official definition of Trump’s “shithole,” but we know which ones he means. Countries that are poor, violent and mostly brown. Guatemala. Sudan. Yemen. Myanmar. Niger. Haiti. Bangladesh. Pakistan. Although most of the countries that fit Trump’s definition are in sub-Saharan Africa. Even as worldwide well-being rises, these troubled countries fall further and further behind. Nothing we do seems to help. Over the last 50 years, developed nations…

1 min.
talking points

“When you put value into a person, it empowers that person to get in touch with their own inherent value.”—ACTOR MICHELLE WILLIAMS “LAST TIME I TRAVELED TO THE UNITED STATES...I STAYED AT THE TRUMP TOWER.”—UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT VOLODYMYR ZELENSKY TO PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP “This is not the way everybody behaves. The degree of self-dealing... is so egregious, and it comes at a time when you've got...folks across the country looking out at Silicon Valley and wondering if there's the appropriate level of self-awareness.”—FORMER TWITTER CEO DICK COSTOLO ON WEWORK’S CEO, WHO SINCE STEPPED DOWN “That's real smart strategy, Democratic leftists, that's real smart strategy. Mock and make fun of everybody who believes that God is powerful.”—2020 democratic presidential candidate marianne williamson “THERE IS GREAT WORK TO BE DONE; WE HAVE NO…

9 min.
come and get me

ON THE DAY HOUSE SPEAKER NANCY PELOSI SAID she would allow an impeachment investigation to commence, Donald Trump at first was “gleefully defiant,” say two of his aides. He would release a transcript of his controversial phone call with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky, showing—as he put it in a press conference at the United Nations on September 25—that there was “no pressure” and no quid pro quo. He just wanted dirt from Ukraine about one of his main political rivals, former Vice President Joe Biden, but didn’t offer anything in return. What could be wrong with that? When it became clear that the Ukraine controversy would become the centerpiece of an impeachment effort, his glee turned to anger, the aides say. And those who know Trump best know what that means:…

10 min.
root cause

It WAS A WARM NOVEMBER MORNING when 14-year-old Jolman Perez Lopez crept out of his family’s home in Corquín, Honduras, and disappeared without a trace. Saying goodbye to his family would have been too painful—besides, he knew that as soon as his father woke up and found him missing, he would know exactly where he had gone. “Around here,” his dad, Julio Perez, tells Newsweek while sitting on the porch of the house he built for his family, “many people have left.” Across the fields of coffee plantations that surround his home, dozens of houses just like his sit empty. “At least 80 families have gone,” Perez says. “They lost everything and they had to leave...and right now, we’re in the same boat.” Like most of the families in Corquín, in Honduras’…

3 min.
making blue jeans “green”

“We dream of a future where consumers make conscious decisions about the clothes they wear and think about fashion in the same way that people today think about sustainability and the food they eat.” IN CELEBRATION OF THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF NASA ASTROnauts landing on the moon, Newsweek is spotlighting pioneers in science and technology, highlighting their very own moonshots and how they hope to change the world. Female led start-up Tinctorium is making denim a more sustainable business. Co-founders Michelle Zhu and Tammy Hsu have patented a biotechnology to create “green jeans.” Instead of using toxic chemicals like petroleum and cyanide, Tinctorium turns sugar into indigo blue dye, creating a cleaner Earth one pair of jeans at a time. What is your moonshot? MICHELLE: Our moonshot is to change the way color is…