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Time Magazine International Edition June 17, 2019

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3 min.

UNPOPULAR OPINION RE “THE MODI ERA” [May 20]: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is a demagogue and a braggart. I am often reminded of the words of a contrite President Richard Nixon during his farewell speech: “Always remember, others may hate you, but those who hate you don’t win unless you hate them—and then you destroy yourself.” I am afraid that under Modi, India is sliding down the path of self-destruction. Umesh Chandra, CINCINNATI YOUR ARTICLE PERFECTLY mirrors the elitist view in Indian metropolitan cities and like them is out of touch with reality. India is changing, and Modi, a product of small-town India, is a symbol of this change. The last time India had a breakthrough was when an unremarkable person from a small town took on the mantle of leadership: Gandhi.…

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for the record

COMMENCEMENT 2019 Along with longer days and warmer nights, springtime in the U.S. brings an opportunity for big names to offer big advice to the nation’s graduates. Here are some of this year’s best words of wisdom—and whimsy—so far: ‘Who said that all of who you are has to be good? All of who you are is who you are.’VIOLA DAVIS, actor, at Barnard College’s commencement at Radio City Music Hall in New York City‘Life is going to give you a bad turn … It’s just a test. And look at all the tests you passed just to get here.’CYNDI LAUPER, singer, at Northern Vermont University in Johnson, Vt.‘Wherever life takes you, take a servant’s attitude.’MIKE PENCE, Vice President of the United States, at Taylor University in Upland, Ind.‘If you want…

7 min.
cbd goes to washington

THE CANNABIS PLANT CONTAINS MORE than 100 compounds known as cannabinoids. Of them, one—cannabidiol, or CBD—presents the U.S. with unique potential in public health and business, as well as a good deal of political and legal confusion. That much was clear at the Silver Spring, Md., campus of the Food and Drug Administration on May 31, as over 120 people spoke to a standing-room crowd at the agency’s first public hearing for information about cannabis-derived products—a number that was whittled down by lottery from the 400 who applied to testify. Backers say CBD has health benefits ranging from curing insomnia to relieving joint pain. Those claims remain unproved, but the CBD business in the U.S. has nevertheless tripled in the past three years; analysts project the industry will be worth over…

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how will georgia’s new abortion law affect its bustling film industry?

IN MAY, THE DIRECTOR REED MORANO WAS supposed to fly to Georgia to scout locations for a new show for Amazon Studios called The Power. The drama series is adapted from a novel by Naomi Alderman, in which young women suddenly develop the power to release electrical jolts from their fingers. At least two scouts hired by the show had been prepping for the director’s arrival for months. But when Georgia Governor Brian Kemp signed the state’s “heartbeat” bill on May 7, which effectively bans abortion after six weeks, Morano canceled the trip, pulled the scouts and shut down any possibility of filming in Georgia. “There is no way we would ever bring our money to that state by shooting there,” Morano, who won an Emmy for directing three episodes of…

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DIED Leah Chase Chef who changed a city WHEN SHE MADE ROUX FOR HER SHRIMP-AND-SAUSAGE GUMBO (1 cup peanut oil and 8 tbsp. flour) in her joyfully elegant restaurant in the Tremé neighborhood of New Orleans, Leah Chase, who died on June 1 at age 96, stirred very slowly with her wooden spoon until it blended to the color of café au lait and could bind together all the diverse ingredients. So, too, did the binding magic of her roux and her smile extend to people. During the 1960s, local civil rights leaders gathered regularly at Dooky Chase’s, the art-filled epicenter of Creole cuisine that she and her husband founded in the 1940s, to meet not only with Thurgood Marshall and Martin Luther King, but also with members of the white political and social…

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the threat of big other

George Orwell delayed crucial medical care to finish 1984, the book still synonymous with our worst fears of a totalitarian future—published 70 years ago this month. Half a year later, he was dead. Because he believed everything was at stake, he forfeited everything. But today we are haunted by a question: Did George Orwell die in vain? Orwell sought to awaken British and U.S. societies to the totalitarian dangers that threatened democracy even after the Nazi defeat. In letters before and after his novel’s completion, Orwell urged “constant criticism,” warning that any “immunity” to totalitarianism must not be taken for granted: “Totalitarianism, if not fought against, could triumph anywhere.” Since 1984’s debut, we have assumed with Orwell that the dangers of mass surveillance and social control could originate only in the state.…