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Newsweek 12/27/2019

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1 min.
the archives

1971 “Peanuts will be as much a part of Christmas this week as holly, mistletoe and Santa Claus,” Newsweek wrote. Charles M. Schulz, creator of America’s favorite comic strip in 1950, has “given the world a dozen definitions of happiness.” The then-$150 million empire was flourishing with books, TV specials, movies, a musical and countless branded products. After nearly half a century, the last original Peanuts comic strip was published on February 13, 2000, mere hours after Schulz’s death. His Peanuts legacy lives on in many ways, including through his holiday classic, A Charlie Brown Christmas. 1985 “Video has become our teacher, seller and storyteller,” Newsweek said of the taped medium that “permeates virtually every corner of our culture.” It is “irrevocably transforming how millions of us define who and what we are.”…

13 min.
“i would vote for virtually any democrat against trump”

EVERYBODY, WELL MOST EVERYBODY, KNOWS former Massachusetts Governor William Weld has mounted a primary challenge against President Donald Trump, along with ex-Tea Party Congressman Joe Walsh from Illinois. And everybody knows he and Walsh have a snowball’s chance in hell of winning. Almost 90 percent of Republican voters are sticking with the president. More than half of them believe he is doing a better job than Abraham Lincoln. And to make matters worse, some state Republican parties have already responded by fending off others with canceled primaries. Weld has a lot to say—and he isn’t shy about saying it—from Attorney General William Barr’s extreme view of executive branch powers to the secret anti-Trumpers in the U.S. Senate. He’s still worth listening to, in other words. Weld’s long political career spans five decades,…

8 min.
failing to make the grade

“I NEVER RODE A BIKE WITH TRAINING WHEELS,” SAYS TAHEEM FENNELL. One day, when he was four, he just ran and jumped on, his feet pushing forward on the pedals. Taheem is now 13, but his riding has been curtailed. His mother forbids him from tooling around their Quaker Hill neighborhood in Wilmington, Delaware, because she’s worried about his safety. In the summer of 2017, Taheem’s 16-year-old sister, Naveha Gibbs, was shot and killed 20 minutes away; she was with a 26-year-old man thought to be in a gang. In the crisis over income inequality in the U.S., Wilmington is ground zero. For youth, the city is the most dangerous in the country. In Taheem’s neighborhood, where students are predominantly black, schools are underfunded and under-resourced. They’re also being neglected by the…

1 min.
talking points

"Good news! This must mean I'm still alive."—ALAN ARKIN ON HIS GOLDEN GLOBES NOMINATION“THE BANANA TASTED GOOD. IT TASTED LIKE $120,000.”—PERFORMANCE ARTIST DAVID DATUNA, AFTER EATING AN INSTALLATION AT ART BASEL“The real danger is when politicians and CEOs are making it look like real action is happening, when in fact almost nothing is being done.”—CLIMATE ACTIVIST GRETA THUNBERG“May every little girl… see their faces reflected in mine.”MISS UNIVERSE 2019 ZOZIBINI TUNZI“THERE IS NO ‘US AND THEM.’ THERE IS ONLY ‘US.’”—Nobel Peace Prize Winner Abiy Ahmed Ali“A regular president would be under the table, thumb in mouth, saying, ‘Take me home, Mommy.’”—PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP“DON'T EVER LET ANYBODY STEAL YOUR JOY, ESPECIALLY NOT THE INTERNET.”—Singer Lizzo, in response to comments on her cheeky outfit at a Lakers game…

11 min.
if iran falls, isis may rise again

THE UNITED STATES FOR FOUR DECADES HAS made little secret of its desire to see Iran’s revolutionary Shiite Islamic Republic fail, something that could now prove a win for Washington’s interests in a region where its policies have more recently been defined by successive setbacks. Far from bringing peace to the Middle East, however, a significant escalation of demonstrations shaking Iran or any major foreign intervention could end up empowering an even greater enemy—the Islamic State militant group. The organization better known as ISIS rose up years ago from the death and destruction ravaging Iraq and Syria and the jihadis have since sought to tap into movements battling the Iranian government from within, and make good on external forces pushing the country toward implosion. The Islamic Republic’s enemies both at home and…

7 min.
reza pahlavi

IRAN IS BEING CONVULSED BY ITS WORST unrest in 40 years, with cities across the country paralyzed by thousands of anti-government protesters. Though sparked by a spike in fuel prices, the explosion of anger has been a long time coming. Iranians are living under an authoritarian regime while battling falling living standards and a faltering economy, exacerbated by crippling American sanctions levied to stifle Tehran’s nuclear program and regional influence. Hundreds—perhaps thousands—of dissenters have been cut down in the streets by regime gunmen. Authorities hide away the bodies of the dead to hide the true death toll while throttling the internet to prevent survivors communicating with each other and the world. According to Reza Pahlavi—the last surviving son and heir of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, deposed in the Iranian Revolution—the “massacre” shows the…