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25 апреля, 19:06

Remarks by President Trump at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum National Days of Remembrance

United States Capitol Washington, D.C.  11:30 A.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much.  Thank you.  Friends, members of Congress, ambassadors, veterans, and, most especially, to the survivors here with us today, it’s an honor to join you on this very, very solemn occasion.  I am deeply moved to stand before those who survived history’s darkest hour.  Your cherished presence transforms this place into a sacred gathering. Thank you, Tom Bernstein, Alan Holt, Sara Bloomfield, and everyone at the Holocaust Memorial Council and Museum for your vital work and tireless contributions. We are privileged to be joined by Israel’s Ambassador to the United States, friend of mine -- he’s done a great job and said some wonderful words -- Ron Dermer.  The State of Israel is an eternal monument to the undying strength of the Jewish people.  The fervent dream that burned in the hearts of the oppressed is now filled with the breath of life, and the Star of David waves atop a great nation arisen from the desert. To those in the audience who have served America in uniform, our country eternally thanks you.  We are proud and grateful to be joined today by veterans of the Second World War who liberated survivors from the camps.  Your sacrifice helped save freedom for the world -- for the entire world.  (Applause.)    Sadly, this year marks the first Day of Remembrance since the passing of Elie Wiesel, a great person, a great man.  His absence leaves an empty space in our hearts, but his spirit fills this room.  It is the kind of gentle spirit of an angel who lived through hell, and whose courage still lights the path from darkness.  Though Elie’s story is well known by so many people, it’s always worth repeating.  He suffered the unthinkable horrors of the Holocaust.  His mother and sister perished in Auschwitz.  He watched his father slowly dying before his own young eyes in Buchenwald.  He lived through an endless nightmare of murder and death, and he inscribed on our collective conscience the duty we have to remember that long, dark night so as never to again repeat it.  The survivors in this hall, through their testimony, fulfill the righteous duty to never forget, and engrave into the world’s memory the Nazi genocide of the Jewish people.  You witnessed evil, and what you saw is beyond description, beyond any description.  Many of you lost your entire family, everything and everyone you loved, gone.  You saw mothers and children led to mass slaughter.  You saw the starvation and the torture.  You saw the organized attempt at the extermination of an entire people -- and great people, I must add.  You survived the ghettos, the concentration camps and the death camps.  And you persevered to tell your stories.  You tell of these living nightmares because, despite your great pain, you believe in Elie’s famous plea, that “For the dead and the living, we must bear witness.”   That is why we are here today -- to remember and to bear witness.  To make sure that humanity never, ever forgets. The Nazis massacred 6 million Jews.  Two out of every three Jews in Europe were murdered in the genocide.  Millions more innocent people were imprisoned and executed by the Nazis without mercy, without even a sign of mercy.   Yet, even today, there are those who want to forget the past.  Worse still, there are even those filled with such hate, total hate, that they want to erase the Holocaust from history.  Those who deny the Holocaust are an accomplice to this horrible evil.  And we’ll never be silent -- we just won’t -- we will never, ever be silent in the face of evil again.  (Applause.)   Denying the Holocaust is only one of many forms of dangerous anti-Semitism that continues all around the world.  We’ve seen anti-Semitism on university campuses, in the public square, and in threats against Jewish citizens.  Even worse, it’s been on display in the most sinister manner when terrorists attack Jewish communities, or when aggressors threaten Israel with total and complete destruction. This is my pledge to you:  We will confront anti-Semitism (Applause.)  We will stamp out prejudice.  We will condemn hatred.  We will bear witness.  And we will act.  As President of the United States, I will always stand with the Jewish people -- and I will always stand with our great friend and partner, the State of Israel. So today, we remember the 6 million Jewish men, women and children whose lives and dreams were stolen from this Earth. We remember the millions of other innocent victims the Nazis so brutally targeted and so brutally killed.  We remember the survivors who bore more than we can imagine.  We remember the hatred and evil that sought to extinguish human life, dignity, and freedom.   But we also remember the light that shone through the darkness.  We remember sisters and brothers who gave everything to those they loved -- survivors like Steven Springfield, who, in the long death march, carried his brother on his back.  As he said, “I just couldn’t give in.”  We remember the brave souls who banded together to save the lives of their neighbors -- even at the risk of their own life.  And we remember those first hopeful moments of liberation, when at long last the American soldiers arrived in camps and cities throughout occupied Europe, waving the same beautiful flags before us today, speaking those three glorious words:  “You are free.” It is this love of freedom, this embrace of human dignity, this call to courage in the face of evil that the survivors here today have helped to write onto our hearts.  The Jewish people have endured oppression, persecution, and those who have sought and planned their destruction.  Yet, through the suffering, they have persevered.  They have thrived.  And they have enlightened the world.  We stand in awe of the unbreakable spirit of the Jewish people. I want to close with a story enshrined in the Museum that captures the moment of liberation in the final days of the war.   It is the story of Gerda Klein, a young Jewish woman from Poland. Some of you know her.  Gerda’s family was murdered by the Nazis. She spent three years imprisoned in labor camps, and the last four months of the war on a terrible death march.  She assumed it was over.  At the end, on the eve of her 21st birthday, her hair had lost all of its color, and she weighed a mere 68 pounds.  Yet she had the will to live another day.  It was tough.  Gerda later recalled the moment she realized that her long-awaited deliverance had arrived.  She saw a car coming towards her.  Many cars had driven up before, but this one was different.  On its hood, in place of that wretched swastika, was a bright, beautiful, gleaming white star.  Two American soldiers got out. One walked up to her.  The first thing Gerda said was what she had been trained to say:  “We are Jewish, you know.”  “We are Jewish.”  And then he said, “So am I.”  It was a beautiful moment after so much darkness, after so much evil. As Gerda took this solider to see the other prisoners, the American did something she had long forgotten to even expect -- he opened the door for her.  In Gerda’s words, “that was the moment of restoration of humanity, of humanness, of dignity, and of freedom.”  But the story does not end there.  Because, as some of you know, that young American soldier who liberated her and who showed her such decency would soon become her husband.  A year later, they were married.  In her words, “He opened not only the door for me, but the door to my life and to my future.”  Gerda has since spent her life telling the world of what she witnessed.  She, like those survivors who are among us today, has dedicated her life to shining a light of hope through the dark of night. Your courage strengthens us.  Your voices inspire us.  And your stories remind us that we must never, ever shrink away from telling the truth about evil in our time.  Evil is always seeking to wage war against the innocent and to destroy all that is good and beautiful about our common humanity.  But evil can only thrive in darkness.  And what you have brought us today is so much more powerful than evil.  You have brought us hope -- hope that love will conquer hatred, that right will defeat wrong, and that peace will rise from the ashes of war. Each survivor here today is a beacon of light, and it only takes one light to illuminate even the darkest space.  Just like it takes only one truth to crush a thousand lies and one hero to change the course of history.  We know that in the end, good will triumph over evil, and that as long as we refuse to close our eyes or to silence our voices, we know that justice will ultimately prevail. So today we mourn.  We remember.  We pray.  And we pledge:  Never again.  Thank you.  God bless you, and God bless America.  Thank you very much.  Thank you.  (Applause.)  END  11:45 A.M. EDT

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25 апреля, 17:20

"Guardians" cast on joining next "Avengers" movie

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24 апреля, 07:45

‘People wet their knickers when they find out I was in Bananarama’: the 80s trio return

Bananarama were the biggest girl group of the 80s thanks to their gleefully shambolic pop hits and punk attitude. Then came their ‘painful divorce’. Can Siobhan, Keren and Sara recapture their glory days?The last time all three founding members of Bananarama were properly together as a band was in 1988 at the Brit awards. They were performing their hit single Love in the First Degree, dressed in black cocktail dresses, flanked by a mini army of topless male dancers, much to the blustering horror of the host, Noel Edmonds. Shortly after that night, Siobhan Fahey walked out on her bandmates Sara Dallin and Keren Woodward, calling time on almost 10 years of pop history. It was a particularly acrimonious split. Dallin and Woodward kept the group going, even replacing Fahey for a couple of years with a different singer, but they were so mad at their former friend, who was mad at them in return, that it has taken almost three decades to rebuild their relationship.Today, in an out-of-the-way pub in north London – chosen to minimise the chance that fans will see them while their reunion is still a secret – they are Bananarama again. Appropriately, Dallin and Woodward arrive 10 minutes ahead of time, while Fahey, ever the rebel, is 10 minutes late (she flew in from Los Angeles, where she lives, just a couple of hours before we meet). “Shivers!” shouts Woodward, as Fahey strides into the room. “Oh, you poor love.” The three of them hug. “How are you, darling?” asks Dallin. “I might be a little slow,” smiles Fahey, that familiar voice hovering a couple of octaves lower than her friends’. Continue reading...

22 апреля, 08:00

Step away from the parenting books – and start worrying and doubting yourself instead

Chinese tiger mothers get results, French parents teach manners and the Finns espouse self-reliance. British parents? We read books on how we’re going wrong …How are you parenting this month? Maybe you are following the Finns, encouraging your children to learn through joyful, unstructured play and boundless independence. That’s the advice from Helsinki-based American teacher Timothy Walker, whose book Teach Like Finland holds out the glittering prize of an eight-year-old who can make you dinner and think critically.Perhaps you prefer the German model. Teutonic child rearing certainly sounds more fun than ours. In Achtung Baby, another recent parenting primer, American and sometime Berlin resident Sara Zaske describes how, in a daring blend of Japanese gameshow and Lord of the Flies, German parents equip their children with fire, knives and instruction in how to use them, then stand back and cultivate calm detachment. I can’t imagine there are many parents of any nationality who have not, at some point, been tempted to do this, but it is refreshing to find it forming the basis of a parenting philosophy. I am being flippant, of course: the real lesson from Germany and Finland is that allowing our coddled kids more freedom and free play promotes confidence, self-reliance and possibly even academic success. Continue reading...

20 апреля, 22:40

This Mom Of 4 With No Criminal Record Was Deported After Following ICE's Rules

Despite vigils, social media campaigns, and strong statements of support from church members, prominent politicians and faith leaders, the simple truth is this: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement will show no mercy ― even to a mother of four American children with no criminal record.   Maribel Trujillo Diaz, who has peacefully lived in the United States for 15 years, was deported to her native Mexico on Wednesday, her lawyers confirmed.  About two weeks ago, the 41-year-old was reportedly seized by ICE officials outside her home in Cincinnati days after a regularly scheduled check-in with ICE. Her four children were apparently inside the house and never got a chance to say goodbye. After an appeals court in Cincinnati denied Trujillo Diaz’s request to stay in the U.S., she was removed to a detention center in Louisiana where she was held for about one week, before being placed on a plane bound for Mexico on Wednesday. Trujillo Diaz’s case was notable for the wide spectrum of support she received, both in Ohio and across the country. Both of the state’s senators, as well as Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R), had advocated on her behalf.  She also received strong support from religious organizations. Trujillo Diaz is a Catholic who was an active member of St. Julie Billiart Parish in Hamilton, Ohio. The state’s Catholic community had rallied around the mom, and Cincinnati’s Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr wrote to ICE in February asking for leniency.  After hearing about her deportation, Tony Stieritz, the archdiocese’s director of Catholic Social Action, told The Huffington Post that the community’s reaction is one of “dismay, sorrow and anger.” “So much was put into this,” Stieritz told The Huffington Post. “So much optimism, seeing our senators in Ohio weigh in, our governor, thousands of people from around the country surrounding this one family with their advocacy and concern; we really had hopes that this would move the administration.”  “I think we’re just dismayed that despite all of this, it’s just run into a brick wall,” Stieritz said.  Stieritz said that since the mom was the primary breadwinner for her family, parishioners are trying to step in and offer their financial support. A prayer service for Trujillo Diaz and her family will be held at St. Julie Billiart Parish this Sunday. Support from the broader faith community has also poured in, from organizations like the Nuns on the Bus Ohio, Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC) and the Amos Project. More than 700 clergy members from around the United States had signed a letter earlier this week asking Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly to suspend the deportation.  Sara Benitez, Latino program director for Faith in Public Life, which organized the letter campaign, told HuffPost she was disappointed and heartbroken after hearing about the deportation. “It is critical for people of faith to speak out about these deportations because we are called to speak up when our laws have become unjust and break a higher law of morality,” Benitez wrote in an email. “Right now, the way our government is tearing parents away from their American children, is cruel and immoral.” Trujillo Diaz’s lawyers at Ohio’s Advocates for Basic Legal Equality say she entered the United States in 2002 illegally because drug cartels in Mexico had been targeting her family. She reportedly filed twice for asylum and was denied both times. She made a third request after her father was allegedly kidnapped by a cartel. That request is still pending.  In an op-ed for The Hill, lawyers Emily Brown and Kathleen Kersh said Trujillo Diaz was “low-hanging fruit” for ICE because she followed the rules ― she attended her check-in meetings and reported her address, phone number, place of employment and work schedule. “Maribel’s deportation shows that the Trump Administration is not focused on deporting criminals, but rather on separating peaceful mothers from their American children. It is horrific that American children will be the ones to pay the price for these heartless policies,” Kersh said in a statement. ICE spokesman Khaalid Walls told WVXU that the organization did show discretion by allowing Trujillo Diaz to remain free from custody while her immigration case was pending. Walls said the mom’s “immigration case underwent review at multiple levels of our nation’s legal system and the courts uniformly held that she had no legal basis to remain in the United States.” After his election, President Donald Trump said he would be focusing on deporting undocumented immigrants with criminal records. But according to statistics obtained by The Washington Post, ICE’s immigration arrests of those with no criminal records doubled during Trump’s first few months in the White House.  In response to questions about the Trump administration’s policies toward people enrolled in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program ― which allows certain individuals who came to the country as children to temporarily remain in the U.S. ― Attorney General Jeff Sessions said on Wednesday that “everybody in the country illegally is subject to being deported.” “People come here and they stay here a few years and somehow they think they are not subject to being deported — well, they are,” Sessions said on Fox News. For Stieritz, the Catholic Social Action advocate from Ohio, this concern about following the rule of law must be “tempered with mercy.” “A lot of people have a concern about the rule of law, and doesn’t our faith talk about law and justice, and isn’t it the just thing to do to deport this woman because of how she came here,” Stieritz said. “And our response to that is, we absolutely believe in the rule of law and justice, but justice also has to be tempered with mercy, especially for those who pose not threat to safety, and when the application of justice harms a family and doesn’t serve the wellbeing of a community.” “And in Maribel’s situation,” he said, “that’s what we’re dealing with.”  -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

19 апреля, 22:13

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14 апреля, 02:29

That Time Michael Lewis Complained About Dating A Hot Woman

Michael Lewis is best known for milling complicated subject matter like mortgage-backed securities and collateralized debt obligations into compulsively readable bestsellers, including Liar’s Poker, The Big Short and Moneyball. His books get churned into movies that star Brad Pitt and Ryan Gosling and Sandra Bullock. In the world of financial journalism ― actually, just in journalism ― the 56-year-old New Orleans native is a king. A rock-star millionaire writer at the top of his craft, far above the kinds of workaday hacks plugging away at places like the New York Post. But back in 1994, when he was senior editor at The New Republic, Lewis tackled a simpler topic, one that’s back in the conversation this week, courtesy of the Post: The difficulties of a man being with a smoking-hot woman. “The most ill-conceived work of his career,” proclaimed a lengthy Vanity Fair profile of Lewis written a few years later. “Though it masqueraded as a work of humility, it reeked of the pride that lay just beneath the mask of the naif.” Lewis’ column drew a fair share of controversy at the time ― angry faxes, phone calls and real-paper letters. Titled “Scenic beauty,” the lengthy piece describes Lewis’ then-wife, a former model who he never names, as “terrifyingly beautiful.” Living in the shadow of that beauty is a “weird degradation,” he writes, at one point describing a scene in which several men gather behind his wife to ogle her butt. “Can you believe that shit?” one says. (Scroll to the bottom for more excerpts from the piece.) Kate Bohner, then Lewis’ wife and a writer for Forbes, was “blindsided,” by the piece, recalled Joshua Levine, who worked with her. Apparently, Lewis didn’t tell her about the article before it was published. Lewis’ piece comes to mind this week, as the New York Post catches flack (and lots of shares and clicks) for an article in a similar vein. The Post story, “Why I won’t date hot women anymore,” interviews a man fed up with the difficulties of hooking up with attractive models (and touches on the difficulties woman face dating super-hot dudes). “Beautiful women who get a fair amount of attention get full of themselves,” Dan Rochkind tells the paper, explaining that he used to only pursue women for their looks. “Eventually I was dreading getting dinner with them because they couldn’t carry a conversation.” He says he has since settled for a woman who is not a swimsuit model, “but is still beautiful.”  The Lewis column is, of course, miles better written, crafted in his trademark conversational tone. But in the end, they’re the same: stories about what a woman’s looks mean to a man. The women are beside the point. They are shiny objects. Back in 1994, Lewis’ wife, Bohner, already had an impressive resume: an undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania, a few years as an investment banker at the prestigious Lazard firm. She also had a master’s in journalism from Columbia. Even though she wasn’t named in the magazine, Bohner’s colleagues surely knew it was about her. As a woman who works in a newsroom, this reporter can only imagine with horror what the fallout would be like.  Lewis mentions nothing about Bohner’s degrees or jobs. His article ― essentially a page-long humblebrag about how he bagged a babe ― tells readers only that she once appeared in a full-page New York Times advertisement for the Bloomingdale’s hosiery department. Since there’s no photograph in the New Republic, Lewis helpfully offers a soft-core description of the ad: “It depicts a young woman, to me terrifyingly beautiful, reclining in midair, clad in a black slip and spiked heels. Her head tilts back, exposing the delicate line of her neck and making a niagara of her thick golden hair,” he writes. “She curls one of her long slender legs under her perfectly shaped bottom; the other she kicks up to the top of the page like a dancer in a chorus line,” he writes. “What is shocking is that the women in it is now my wife.” The piece offers four “scenes,” meant to demonstrate the difficulties of being with such a precious gem of a woman. At a tennis lesson, the instructor becomes aggressive and makes Lewis look like a loser by drilling aces at him. At a restaurant, a maitre d’ fawns over his wife. At stores, it’s assumed Lewis will pay top-dollar for whatever she wants. At one point, Lewis marvels when construction workers fail to catcall his wife when they’re out together. He calls himself “the tamer of a lionesss,” because in his mind, he’s protecting the construction workers from her.  “[Of] the many theories that purport to explain and interpret the role of female beauty in our society,” he writes, “none fully captures the weird degradation of being intimately associated with the genuine article.” Bohner disappears into the story. You could easily swap her out for, say, a very expensive sports car. Owning a Porsche also comes with difficulties ― you pay more for service and parts, valet parkers race to greet you, store salesmen assume you’ll pay full price. The Porsche lacks substance ― it’s just a vessel to make you look good. To Lewis and to his New York Post counterpart, the hot woman lacks substance, serving only to reflect glory on her owner. She is just a pretty hot rod. The New Republic has not made the piece available online, but portions of it can be seen here: The year 1994 was after Clarence Thomas landed on the Supreme Court, even though he’d been credibly accused of serious sexual harassment. But even in that pre-Twitter era, when people were less likely to take offense to sexism, Lewis’ piece raised hackles. “It is discouraging to know that one of your staffers has nothing better to write about than how women are sex objects and to instruct us that the more successful sex objects get lots of perks,” Sara Wermiel, a New Republic reader from Boston, wrote to the magazine, which ran a half-dozen complaints about the piece in a subsequent edition. “I can’t remember ever coming across anything that reeked of such blatant self-promotion,” wrote Joseph Bornstein of New York City. The New Republic published a one-line response from Lewis: “And she can cook too.” Lewis proposed to Bohner after just three weeks of dating, according to Vanity Fair. He whisked her into a jewelry store, proposed, and plunked down $30,000 for a ring.   One reader predicted Lewis’ marriage to the “Bloomingdale’s model” wouldn’t last. It didn’t. Three years after his column was published, Lewis married Tabitha Soren, a photographer and former MTV newscaster. They are still together and have three kids. He offered a more detailed defense of his article to the Los Angeles Times a few years after it was published: “It was just a funny little piece, meant to be touching,” he’s quoted as saying. “If I’d written it for Elle magazine, nobody would have paid attention to it.” Lewis could not be reached for comment for this story. Bohner declined to comment, but at least we offered her the opportunity to speak for herself.  -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

14 апреля, 02:29

That Time Michael Lewis Complained About Dating A Hot Woman

Michael Lewis is best known for milling complicated subject matter like mortgage-backed securities and collateralized debt obligations into compulsively readable bestsellers, including Liar’s Poker, The Big Short and Moneyball. His books get churned into movies that star Brad Pitt and Ryan Gosling and Sandra Bullock. In the world of financial journalism ― actually, just in journalism ― the 56-year-old New Orleans native is a king. A rock-star millionaire writer at the top of his craft, far above the kinds of workaday hacks plugging away at places like the New York Post. But back in 1994, when he was senior editor at The New Republic, Lewis tackled a simpler topic, one that’s back in the conversation this week, courtesy of the Post: The difficulties of a man being with a smoking-hot woman. “The most ill-conceived work of his career,” proclaimed a lengthy Vanity Fair profile of Lewis written a few years later. “Though it masqueraded as a work of humility, it reeked of the pride that lay just beneath the mask of the naif.” Lewis’ column drew a fair share of controversy at the time ― angry faxes, phone calls and real-paper letters. Titled “Scenic beauty,” the lengthy piece describes Lewis’ then-wife, a former model who he never names, as “terrifyingly beautiful.” Living in the shadow of that beauty is a “weird degradation,” he writes, at one point describing a scene in which several men gather behind his wife to ogle her butt. “Can you believe that shit?” one says.  Kate Bohner, then Lewis’ wife and a writer for Forbes, was “blindsided,” by the piece, recalled Joshua Levine, who worked with her. Apparently, Lewis didn’t tell her about the article before it was published. Lewis’ piece comes to mind this week, as the New York Post catches flack (and lots of shares and clicks) for an article in a similar vein. The Post story, “Why I won’t date hot women anymore,” interviews a man fed up with the difficulties of hooking up with attractive models (and touches on the difficulties woman face dating super-hot dudes). “Beautiful women who get a fair amount of attention get full of themselves,” Dan Rochkind tells the paper, explaining that he used to only pursue women for their looks. “Eventually I was dreading getting dinner with them because they couldn’t carry a conversation.” He says he has since settled for a woman who is not a swimsuit model, “but is still beautiful.”  The Lewis column is, of course, miles better written, crafted in his trademark conversational tone. But in the end, they’re the same: stories about what a woman’s looks mean to a man. The women are beside the point. They are shiny objects. Back in 1994, Lewis’ wife, Bohner, already had an impressive resume: an undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania, a few years as an investment banker at the prestigious Lazard firm. She also had a master’s in journalism from Columbia. Even though she wasn’t named in the magazine, Bohner’s colleagues surely knew it was about her. As a woman who works in a newsroom, this reporter can only imagine with horror what the fallout would be like.  Lewis mentions nothing about Bohner’s degrees or jobs. His article ― essentially a page-long humblebrag about how he bagged a babe ― tells readers only that she once appeared in a full-page New York Times advertisement for the Bloomingdale’s hosiery department. Since there’s no photograph in the New Republic, Lewis helpfully offers a soft-core description of the ad: “It depicts a young woman, to me terrifyingly beautiful, reclining in midair, clad in a black slip and spiked heels. Her head tilts back, exposing the delicate line of her neck and making a niagara of her thick golden hair,” he writes. “She curls one of her long slender legs under her perfectly shaped bottom; the other she kicks up to the top of the page like a dancer in a chorus line,” he writes. “What is shocking is that the women in it is now my wife.” The piece offers four “scenes,” meant to demonstrate the difficulties of being with such a precious gem of a woman. At a tennis lesson, the instructor becomes aggressive and makes Lewis look like a loser by drilling aces at him. At a restaurant, a maitre d’ fawns over his wife. At stores, it’s assumed Lewis will pay top-dollar for whatever she wants. At one point, Lewis marvels when construction workers fail to catcall his wife when they’re out together. He calls himself “the tamer of a lionesss,” because in his mind, he’s protecting the construction workers from her.  “[Of] the many theories that purport to explain and interpret the role of female beauty in our society,” he writes, “none fully captures the weird degradation of being intimately associated with the genuine article.” Bohner disappears into the story. You could easily swap her out for, say, a very expensive sports car. Owning a Porsche also comes with difficulties ― you pay more for service and parts, valet parkers race to greet you, store salesmen assume you’ll pay full price. The Porsche lacks substance ― it’s just a vessel to make you look good. To Lewis and to his New York Post counterpart, the hot woman lacks substance, serving only to reflect glory on her owner. She is just a pretty hot rod. The New Republic has not made the piece available online, but portions of it can be seen here: The year 1994 was after Clarence Thomas landed on the Supreme Court, even though he’d been credibly accused of serious sexual harassment. But even in that pre-Twitter era, when people were less likely to take offense to sexism, Lewis’ piece raised hackles. “It is discouraging to know that one of your staffers has nothing better to write about than how women are sex objects and to instruct us that the more successful sex objects get lots of perks,” Sara Wermiel, a New Republic reader from Boston, wrote to the magazine, which ran a half-dozen complaints about the piece in a subsequent edition. “I can’t remember ever coming across anything that reeked of such blatant self-promotion,” wrote Joseph Bornstein of New York City. The New Republic published a one-line response from Lewis: “And she can cook too.” Lewis proposed to Bohner after just three weeks of dating, according to Vanity Fair. He whisked her into a jewelry store, proposed, and plunked down $30,000 for a ring.   One reader predicted Lewis’ marriage to the “Bloomingdale’s model” wouldn’t last. It didn’t. Three years after his column was published, Lewis married Tabitha Soren, a photographer and former MTV newscaster. They are still together and have three kids. He offered a more detailed defense of his article to the Los Angeles Times a few years after it was published: “It was just a funny little piece, meant to be touching,” he’s quoted as saying. “If I’d written it for Elle magazine, nobody would have paid attention to it.” Lewis could not be reached for comment for this story. Bohner declined to comment, but at least we offered her the opportunity to speak for herself.  -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

08 апреля, 17:01

Partisan media and fake newsonomics - The Listening Post (Feature)

This week, the Listening Post's Tariq Nafi takes a look at a kind of journalism that is a close cousin of 'fake news' - the sort of reporting that tells people what they want to hear, as opposed to what they need to know; reporting that reinforces partisan opinions rather than challenging them. As a recent Buzzfeed investigation revealed, it's the kind of output that a Miami-based company called American News LLC specialises in. It does so not for ideological reasons, but for commercial ones. So it often covers the same story two different ways, sending a liberal, lefty version of it into one side of the blogosphere, while conservatives get a different take, dotted with right wing arguments and buzzwords that push their buttons. Sometimes it isn't just ideologically filtered, it's also flat out fake. Companies like American News LLC get plenty of clicks because according to a study, it takes just a few believers to set off a news item on the social web. Consumers are often much less concerned about the outlet doing the reporting - where the story originated - than they are about who does the actual sharing, whose Facebook feed you find it on, whose tweet takes you to the article or which friend sends it your way. Contributors: Craig Silverman, media editor, Buzzfeed Sara Fischer, media reporter, Axios Brooke Binkowski, manging editor and freelance journalist, Snopes Matthew Levendusky, associate professor of political science, UPenn More from The Listening Post on: YouTube - http://aje.io/listeningpostYT Facebook - http://facebook.com/AJListeningPost Twitter - http://twitter.com/AJListeningPost Website - http://aljazeera.com/listeningpost

08 апреля, 14:07

Mexico media battles impunity - The Listening Post (Full)

On The Listening Post this week: In Mexico, journalists face intimidation and assassinations but is the media business in crisis, too? Plus, how fake news pays for partisan media. Mexico's Media: Battling impunity Drug cartels, corrupt officials and a climate of impunity make Mexico the most dangerous place for journalists in the Western hemisphere. After journalist Miroslava Breach became the third reporter to be killed in a month, one newspaper has now stopped printing altogether. Contributors: Daniela Pastrana, director, Periodistas de a Pie Oscar Cantu, former editor, Norte de Ciudad Juarez Sandra Patargo, spokesperson, Article 19 Mexico Javier Garza Ramos, former editor, Siglo de Torreon On our radar: • The news is off limits for Israel's new public broadcaster as Prime Minister Netanyahu ensures it will not be casting a critical eye on his government. • Fox News is a turn-off for advertisers as sexual harassment allegations hit the US broadcaster's most popular show. • A journalist in India faces charges after the army alleges his reporting caused a soldier to commit suicide. Partisan media and fake newsonomics When media consumers read the news, they bring their biases with them and new online outlets are feeding them what they want to hear - whether it's real or fake news. Contributors: Craig Silverman, media editor, Buzzfeed Sara Fischer, media reporter, Axios Brooke Binkowski, managing editor and freelance journalist, Snopes Matthew Levendusky, associate professor of political science, University of Pennsylvania More from The Listening Post on: YouTube - http://aje.io/listeningpostYT Facebook - http://facebook.com/AJListeningPost Twitter - http://twitter.com/AJListeningPost Website - http://aljazeera.com/listeningpost

07 апреля, 19:00

Trump Puts Thousands Of Women In Syria At Risk By Defunding U.N. Group

function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); President Donald Trump’s administration defunded a crucial global maternal health organization this week, and justified the move by accusing the group of supporting abortions and forced sterilization in China. But the United Nations Population Fund doesn’t actually fund, support or administer abortions or sterilization procedures, said Sarah Craven, the program’s director. The core mission of UNFPA is to ensure that marginalized women get adequate access to maternal health care so that they can deliver healthy babies in a dignified way. The U.S. helped found the organization in 1969. If the Trump administration follows through with its plan to pull $76 million from UNFPA, the organization would lose about 7 percent of its budget and be forced to shutter some maternal health clinics and stop offering certain health care services in areas facing humanitarian crises ― something that could put the lives of thousands of women and unborn children at risk. This is particularly of concern in Syria, which is reeling from both a deadly chemical attack earlier this week and a U.S. airstrike that was waged in response to it.  “If you look at what’s happened in the past week, in terms of Syrians fleeing from the most horrific and unimaginable violence ― the Syrian situation is not going away. It’s only increasing in scale,” Craven said. “Pregnancy continues even in conflict and natural disaster.” Pregnancy continues even in conflict and natural disaster. Sara Craven, UNFPA UNFPA, which operates programs in 150 countries, is still in an early stage of assessing which initiatives it will have to axe. But the organization released a number of devastating figures to demonstrate where the cuts will be felt most.  Trump slashing UNFPA’s budget would result in about 48,000 pregnant women in Syria losing access to safe deliveries, the group said in a release. The organization supports pregnant women in the country in a variety of ways, including by providing delivery kits containing a plastic sheet, a razor blade, a bar of soap, a rope and string. This is the most “rudimentary” way to ensure a safe delivery, Craven said.   UNFPA runs the only maternal health clinic at the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan, and Craven said the funding cuts will hurt Syrian women who are “lucky” enough to make it there. About 7,100 babies have been born at the ward without a single maternal death.  The cuts will also likely lead to about 50,000 people in Yemen losing access to reproductive health services. Nearly 120 midwives stand to lose their home-based clinics, which could also lead to more women dying in childbirth. Home births play a critical role in remote conflict zones where women can’t access hospitals. “This is, yet again, another attack on sexual and reproductive health and those key services that are really essential,” said Jonathan Rucks, advocacy director of Population Action International, a group that works with UNFPA to champion women’s reproductive rights. “Another attack on women’s health without any regard for the implications for this decision.” They literally sat at a desk and Googled, and did a desk review and made a determination. Jonathan Rucks, advocacy director of PAI Rucks said he found it particularly frustrating that the U.S. State Department didn’t even visit China before deciding to cut funding to UNFPA.  “They’ve made this decision without doing any research in country,” Rucks said. “They literally sat at a desk and Googled, and did a desk review and made a determination. They are now moving to defund, which is going to have an incredible impact on humanitarian settings around the world.” The State Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.  Former President George W. Bush also defunded UNFPA between 2002 and 2008. The administration conducted a two-week visit to China before making that decision and didn’t find any evidence to suggest that UNFPA knowingly supported or participated in coercive abortion or involuntary sterilization.  “At the end of the day, they both did the same thing,” Rucks said of Bush and Trump. “At least [the Bush] administration sent someone to China. … At least they went.”   How will Trump’s first 100 days impact you? Sign up for our weekly newsletter and get breaking updates on Trump’s presidency by messaging us here. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

07 апреля, 17:43

Carney: Brexit "a litmus test" for global finance

The Bank of England Governor, Mark Carney, calls for "the high road" to be taken in UK-EU negotiations or risk harming financial globalisation. Sara Hemrajani reports. Subscribe: http://smarturl.it/reuterssubscribe More updates and breaking news: http://smarturl.it/BreakingNews Reuters tells the world's stories like no one else. As the largest international multimedia news provider, Reuters provides coverage around the globe and across topics including business, financial, national, and international news. For over 160 years, Reuters has maintained its reputation for speed, accuracy, and impact while providing exclusives, incisive commentary and forward-looking analysis. http://reuters.com/ https://www.facebook.com/Reuters https://plus.google.com/u/0/s/reuters https://twitter.com/Reuters

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05 апреля, 18:36

Alitalia grounds flights as staff go on strike

Alitalia was forced to cancel 60 percent of scheduled flights as employees went on strike. As Sara Hemrajani reports, the staff are angry about the loss-making airline's plans to cut 16 percent of its staff and reduce flight personnel's salaries by a third. Subscribe: http://smarturl.it/reuterssubscribe More updates and breaking news: http://smarturl.it/BreakingNews Reuters tells the world's stories like no one else. As the largest international multimedia news provider, Reuters provides coverage around the globe and across topics including business, financial, national, and international news. For over 160 years, Reuters has maintained its reputation for speed, accuracy, and impact while providing exclusives, incisive commentary and forward-looking analysis. http://reuters.com/ https://www.facebook.com/Reuters https://plus.google.com/u/0/s/reuters https://twitter.com/Reuters

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05 апреля, 16:13

UK economy probably slowing but productivity grows

British economic productivity grew at its fastest rate in more than a year in the final three months of 2016. But as Sara Hemrajani reports, it may not be growing fast enough to counter the impact of Brexit. Subscribe: http://smarturl.it/reuterssubscribe More updates and breaking news: http://smarturl.it/BreakingNews Reuters tells the world's stories like no one else. As the largest international multimedia news provider, Reuters provides coverage around the globe and across topics including business, financial, national, and international news. For over 160 years, Reuters has maintained its reputation for speed, accuracy, and impact while providing exclusives, incisive commentary and forward-looking analysis. http://reuters.com/ https://www.facebook.com/Reuters https://plus.google.com/u/0/s/reuters https://twitter.com/Reuters

04 апреля, 18:25

A Watchful Eye on China's 'Shadow Banking'?

Sara Hsu Economics, China Can Guo Shuqing succeed at the helm of the China Banking Regulatory Commission? With China facing slowing economic growth but increasing risk in financial markets, working within the banking sector is currently rife with challenges. Even more difficult is taking on the role of chairman of the China Banking Regulatory Commission (CBRC). Guo Shuqing is the latest person to step up to the plate, replacing now former chairman Shang Fulin in the top job. All signs so far indicate that Guo is the right person for the role, having overseen significant economic reforms in other high-level positions. Guo is an experienced and well-regarded statesman, most recently serving as governor of Shandong province. Before that, Guo was chairman of the State Administration of Foreign Exchange, chairman of the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) and vice governor of the People’s Bank of China (PBC). In his position at the CSRC, Guo cemented his reputation as a hard-working reformer, issuing 80 directives over his short tenure and making inroads into reforming China’s stock and bond markets. As governor of Shandong province, Guo oversaw efforts to restructure Shandong’s financial sector. Guo replaces retiring Shang Fulin, who was appointed as chairman of the CBRC in 2011 at a time when shadow banking — financial activity outside of the traditional banking system — was rampant and its trajectory unforeseen. Shang implemented a series of regulations to reduce risk in the sector, which required banks to more closely examine third-party wealth management products and restricted non-standard debt assets comprised of risky products. Shang was also responsible for enhancing China’s regulatory financial framework at a time when the world was implementing higher banking standards in the wake of the 2008 global financial crisis. Read full article

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04 апреля, 14:22

Toshiba said to offer shares to lenders

Toshiba Corp will meet creditor banks to ask them to accept as collateral shares in its memory chip unit being split off and other businesses and not call in their loans, sources with direct knowledge of the matter say. As Sara Hemrajani reports, the news comes as the firms shares plunged another 10 percent. Subscribe: http://smarturl.it/reuterssubscribe More updates and breaking news: http://smarturl.it/BreakingNews Reuters tells the world's stories like no one else. As the largest international multimedia news provider, Reuters provides coverage around the globe and across topics including business, financial, national, and international news. For over 160 years, Reuters has maintained its reputation for speed, accuracy, and impact while providing exclusives, incisive commentary and forward-looking analysis. http://reuters.com/ https://www.facebook.com/Reuters https://plus.google.com/u/0/s/reuters https://twitter.com/Reuters

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04 апреля, 01:47

Girl Power On Broadway As Sara Bareilles And Bette Midler Break House Records

Meanwhile, Willy Wonka and his Oompa Loompas started strong.

03 апреля, 21:42

Merkel: we want to limit Brexit fallout

The European Union should try to limit the fallout from Britain's decision to leave the European Union, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday, conceding that some damage was inevitable. Sara Hemrajani reports. Subscribe: http://smarturl.it/reuterssubscribe More updates and breaking news: http://smarturl.it/BreakingNews Reuters tells the world's stories like no one else. As the largest international multimedia news provider, Reuters provides coverage around the globe and across topics including business, financial, national, and international news. For over 160 years, Reuters has maintained its reputation for speed, accuracy, and impact while providing exclusives, incisive commentary and forward-looking analysis. http://reuters.com/ https://www.facebook.com/Reuters https://plus.google.com/u/0/s/reuters https://twitter.com/Reuters

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03 апреля, 21:18

Asian and euro zone factories ramp up production

Factories across much of Asia posted another month of solid growth in March, while in Europe, PMI readings indicate businesses across the euro zone has ramped up activity at the fastest pace in almost six years. Sara Hemrajani reports. Subscribe: http://smarturl.it/reuterssubscribe More updates and breaking news: http://smarturl.it/BreakingNews Reuters tells the world's stories like no one else. As the largest international multimedia news provider, Reuters provides coverage around the globe and across topics including business, financial, national, and international news. For over 160 years, Reuters has maintained its reputation for speed, accuracy, and impact while providing exclusives, incisive commentary and forward-looking analysis. http://reuters.com/ https://www.facebook.com/Reuters https://plus.google.com/u/0/s/reuters https://twitter.com/Reuters