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21 октября, 03:43

The Path to War: How the First World War Created Modern America

Michael S. Neiberg Security, Americas An excerpt from Michael S. Neiberg's new book. Editor’s Note: The following was reprinted from The Path to War by Michael S. Neiberg with permission from Oxford University Press. Copyright © 2016 by Oxford University Press. In February 1915 the German government had announced its intention to sink ships headed into active war zones. On March 28, one American died when a German ship sank the liner Falaba off the coast of Sierra Leone. On May 1, a U-boat had struck the American oil tanker Gulflight off the coast of Cornwall, killing three more Americans. The German government apologized and blamed the latter incident on a case of mistaken identification. Wilson pledged to hold the Germans to “strict accountability,” but the incidents soon faded from public view. Just a few days later, however, the issue of submarine warfare catapulted back onto center stage when a U-boat sank the Lusitania, the world’s foremost luxury liner, a ship that had transported statesmen, journalists, businessmen, and tourists between the United States and Europe in war and peace alike since its celebrated launch in 1906. Edward House had sailed on it earlier in the war, as had war correspondents Frederick Palmer and Irvin Cobb when they left for Europe to cover the German invasion of Belgium. The Lusitania was therefore more than just any ship. It represented to many people, on both sides of the Atlantic, a pinnacle of Western civilization; the Cunard Liner company advertised its magnificent ship as “a perfect epitome of all that man knows or has discovered or invented up to this moment in time.” American and British leaders saw the sinking of the unarmed and vulnerable Lusitania as a symbol of the threat that Germany posed to the vital links between them and to civilization itself. Page had not mentioned any specific ship by name in the letter to his son, but just days before the sinking King George V had specifically asked House, “Suppose they should sink the Lusitania with American passengers aboard?” Read full article

17 октября, 19:28

In Ferguson, the Seeds of Trump's Defeat

Trump may have risen on the wings of white backlash. But black Americans' fierce resistance to a candidate they see as racist could spell his defeat.

13 октября, 15:32

Смертность в Израиле в 2,5 раза ниже, чем в России и в 1,5 раза - чем в США

Согласно данным ООН о смертности в период с 2005 по 2010 год, число смертей на каждую тысячу человек в Израиле, в среднем, 5,5 человек.

10 октября, 08:00

Пострадавшие в результате конфликтов и стихийных бедствий нуждаются в своевременной психологической помощи

Во Всемирный день охраны психического здоровья в ООН напомнили о необходимости оказания помощи людям, пострадавшим в результате конфликтов, стихийных бедствий или других кризисов. Глава ООН предложил вооружить сотрудников гуманитарных организаций, полицейских и пожарников навыками оказания первой психологической помощи пострадавшим.

10 октября, 00:52

1960. Герхард Веттер путешествует по Западной Африке. Часть 1. Сьерра-Леоне

Фритаун. Женщина с корзиной на головеФритаун. Две девушки с младенцемФритаун. Девушка с тюрбаномФритаун. Женщина с фруктами на головеФритаун. Уличная торговля фруктамиФритаун. Уличные ларькиФритаун. Уличная сценаФритаун. На окраине городаФритаун. Пригородный поселок на берегу Атлантического океанаФритаун. Пригородный поселок. Женщины стирают одежду в рекеФритаун. Рыбацкая деревня на окраине городаФритаун. Прибрежный рынокФритаун. Вид с моря на город и атлантическое побережьеФритаун. Погрузочно-разгрузочные работы в портуФритаун. MS Виттенберг на якореФритаун. Торговцы на лодкахЛунги. Берег с каноэ и деревня в устье СелиЛунги. Портрет местной девушкиЛунги. Портрет местной девушкиУстье реки Сели

09 октября, 17:30

TRUMP starts debate day going after Bill -- POLITICO/Morning Consult: Clinton up 4, GOP sticks with TRUMP -- Clinton has lead in PA, FL, OH, WI -- WIKILEAKS shows inner workings of Bklyn -- SUNDAY BEST

LIVE FROM NEW YORK -- a peek at the strategy… -- @realDonaldTrump at 9 a.m.: “Tremendous support (except for some Republican ‘leadership’). Thank you.” … 9:17 a.m. “EXCLUSIVE — Video Interview: Bill Clinton Accuser Juanita Broaddrick Relives Brutal Rapes” http://bit.ly/2e4QkVp ... @realDonaldTrump at 10:12 a.m: "So many self-righteous hypocrites. Watch their poll numbers - and elections - go down!"-- @alexburnsNYT: “‘You said your name was Diane? Diane, thanks for your question about STEM education. May I ask, have you heard of a woman named Juanita Broa”Good Sunday morning. Yes, it’s early but we had a POLITICO/Morning Consult poll in the field yesterday. We polled 1,549 registered voters, with 1,390 likely voters. Here’s what we found in our initial reaction:--70% of Democrats and 12% of Republicans think Trump should drop out of the race.--WE DIAL TESTED THE VIDEO, AND IT ISN’T GOOD. 74% of voters had a negative reaction to the video. 47% said they had a “very negative” reaction to the video -- the worst rating. 69% of Democrats said they had a very negative impression. 22% of Republicans had a very negative reaction. 10% of Republicans said the video gave them a positive feeling.-- 48% of respondents said this is how men talk in private. 36% said it’s not. 48% said these were Trump’s views, and 40% chalked it up to locker room banter.--HILLARY CLINTON IS WINNING. She’s up four points -- 42% to 38% -- in both the four-way race, and 45% to 41% in the two-way race.Poll story http://politi.co/2do6Tqq … More details on the poll and its methodology can be found in these four documents -- Toplines http://bit.ly/2dVJL2y … Crosstabshttp://bit.ly/2dK7p3v ... Topical questions -- Toplines http://bit.ly/2dTh7Q6 … Crosstabs http://bit.ly/2dK8pVeIT COULD TAKE DAYS for the video to fully bake into public sentiment, according to Republican aides tracking the presidential race and congressional races around the country.IMPORTANT POLLS -- before the tape was released -- NBC/WSJ/MARIST: FLORIDA -- Hillary Clinton 45, Donald Trump 42 … PENNSYLVANIA -- Hillary Clinton 49, Donald Trump 37 http://nbcnews.to/2efXWU5--CBS BATTLEGROUND TRACKER POLL: OHIO -- Hillary Clinton 46, Donald Trump 42 … PENNSYLVANIA -- Hillary Clinton 48, Donald Trump 40 …WISCONSIN -- Hillary Clinton 43, Donald Trump 39. http://cbsn.ws/2dL7X92 30 DAYS until ELECTION DAY.SUNDAY BEST -- RUDY GIULIANI to Chuck Todd on MTP: TODD: “You're saying that the words are wrong. How about the actions?” GIULIANI: “Well, the actions would be even worse if they were actions. Talk and action are two different things. … I’m not implying it was made up. I said we’re talking about things that he was talking about. I don’t know how much he was exaggerating, I don't know how much is true. I certainly don’t know the details of it. But I do know that this is unfortunately the kind of talk that goes on among a lot of people and they shouldn’t talk about this. This is wrong.”RUDY to John Dickerson on Face the Nation -- “[H]e’s asking for forgiveness and I think when you look at what’s at stake here, the number of people who voted for him, the number of people who have confidence in him, the number of people who believe he’s leading a movement to change Washington and his opponent is someone who is more of the same, I think there is a heavy weight on him to not pull out and run this race to the end. … I’m a Catholic, you go to confession and explain your sins to the priest and then he makes a firm resolution for you not to do it again and gives you absolution. He’s telling the American people, I sinned, I was wrong, I made terrible mistakes and I’m asking you for your forgiveness.”DICKERSON: “What does it say about his character? RUDY: “What it says about his character is he’s a flawed human being and Gosh, under my sort of theology ... we all are. He has his set of flaws and I have mine.” … DICKERSON: “Mike Pence recently said character matters to the presidency and Donald Trump will bring the highest level of integrity. Does that characterization, the highest level of integrity, still stand?” RUDY: “You know, I don’t know. I hate to get terribly theological about it but ever read the confessions of St. Augustine? The reality is men can change, people can change. Sometimes going through things like this makes you a much better person, I know Donald Trump through 28-29 years, I’ve never heard him talk like that and seen him do a lot of wonderful things for people.”--JAKE TAPPER got Tim Kaine. @jaketapper: “Kaine on @CNNSotu: theres ‘a piece of the jigsaw puzzle missing in Trump where he does not look at women and consider them equal to himself’” ... @CNNSotu: “.@timkaine says he’s not sure hacked documents accurately show Clinton position. @Jaketapper: ‘you could ask her.’” http://bit.ly/2dWGuQrHOUSE REPUBLICANS are holding a post-debate conference call tomorrow morning. There is a yearning inside the GOP for the leadership to take a stronger line on Trump. We expect it in the coming days.--DCCC STRATEGY: “Any Congressional Republican fleeing from Trump at this point is doing it purely out of political calculation and not bravery. And they are way too late (morally and strategically). The Trump comments were beyond the pale, but we ALL know that Trump has always been this person. The difference now is that it’s 30 days from the already rocky re-election for these guys. We will continue to tie them to their front-runner and call these desperate attempts out for what they are.”WHAT REPUBLICANS ARE SAYING -- Whether you like Trump or not and think he should drop out of the race or not, there are 469 other races for Congress on ballots around the country in a few weeks, and senior GOP operatives are beginning to be very concerned.Whatever you think the fallout will be, the House is more in play today than it was Friday morning. That’s not us saying it, that’s top Republicans who are desperately trying to keep control of the chamber in the year of Trump. IN THE SENATE, top operatives are becoming more and more concerned about Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) and Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.), and expect to see more action there in the coming days and weeks. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) looked like he was coasting to victory, but new polling has the race close. THE BIGGEST CONCERN -- That Republicans just don’t show up to vote.--JOHN BRESNAHAN and BURGESS EVERETT, “Hill GOP leaders hunker down as Trump implodes”: “As crisis engulfed Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, with dozens of rank-and-file Republicans demanding he step aside or revoking their endorsements Saturday, House and Senate GOP leaders did the same thing they’ve done for months: nothing. Trump's performance in Sunday’s debate with Hillary Clinton will decide whether they continue to implicitly support him or go their own way. The latter course would mean ceding the battle for the White House in a desperate — and unprecedented — bid to save their House and Senate majorities. Either path has huge risks, yet at this point, GOP leaders privately believe that the cautious approach of ‘condemning but still supporting’ is their only viable option.” http://politi.co/2doh8Le--“How Donald Trump Could Send Republicans Crashing Down,” by the Upshot’s Nate Cohn. http://nyti.ms/2dOPnivMONICA LANGLEY in the WSJ -- “Pence Tells Donors He Is Fully Committed to Trump: Comments come as Republicans break away from the GOP nominee”: “Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence told Republican donors Saturday night that he is fully committed to Donald Trump, aides said. Speculation that Mr. Pence might leave the ticket, following in the footsteps of other Republicans who abandoned Mr. Trump on Saturday after the release of a videotape of the nominee making lewd comments of women, is ‘categorically false,’ one aide said. ‘Governor Pence spoke enthusiastically about Mr. Trump, his pro-growth economic policies and the movement he’s begun,’ said Marty Obst, director of Trump-Pence vice presidential operations. None of the donors at the Saturday fundraiser in Providence, R.I., canceled after the release of the video, or asked questions about it, Mr. Obst said. ‘Several guests remarked that they didn’t want to get caught up trying to dissect every statement by Mr. Trump,’ Mr. Obst said. ‘They were focused instead on his message and his positions.’” http://on.wsj.com/2dBuSW3NYT, SUNDAY A1 -- “Donald Trump’s Conduct Was Excused Again and Again. But Not This Time,” by Michael Barbaro and Pat Healy: “When Donald J. Trump promised to turn Muslims away from American shores, they wagged their fingers. When he mimicked a journalist for his lifelong disability, they tsked-tsked. When he mocked the mother of a valorous soldier killed in combat, they threatened to walk away from him. But Republican leaders never did. They justified his behavior, they minimized his offenses, they excused his insults.“So why this? Why did a decade-old three-minute video provoke a sudden revolt by party officials against their nominee, an uprising that could very well destroy their chances of taking the White House? Because the glee with which he bragged about sexually assaulting women, by forcibly kissing them and grabbing their genitals, turned a boorish man into an outright predator ...“Temple Taggart was a 21-year-old beauty contestant when, she said, Mr. Trump kissed her on the lips, without invitation, at a pageant event. It was an unwanted advance she has turned over in her head for years. Watching him relive his sexual aggressions on the video, she said in an interview on Saturday, ‘made me feel a lot better.’ ‘It was like: ‘Thank you. Now no one can say I made this up,’ she added.” http://nyti.ms/2dOML4cIF YOU READ ONE THING -- “Turmoil reigns inside Trump Tower,” by Alex Isenstadt in D.C. and Glenn Thrush in St. Louis: “The staggering events of the 72 hours leading up to Sunday’s showdown here with Hillary Clinton – capped off by an unprecedented exodus of at least two dozen high-profile GOP supporters – would have posed an overwhelming challenge to any debate-prep team. But Trump doesn’t really have such a team, not in the conventional sense. His rotating circle of advisers are confused about what to do and the candidate is unwilling or incapable of preparing a game plan, Republican officials and people close to the campaign told POLITICO.“Even if Trump’s Friday fiasco had never happened, he’d still be in deep trouble -- and his campaign remains in a state of disarray. In interviews conducted over last week, campaign aides complained about improvisational decision-making, and a lack of communication that often leads to mixed signals and confusion. With so few people on staff – Trump’s skeleton operation is a fraction the size of Clinton’s massive Brooklyn operation – senior advisers are often scattered around the country on various assignments, making it hard to implement consistent messaging, a coherent communications strategy and a debate prep system that will protect the vulnerable candidate.“[Steve] Bannon has been urging Trump to brand himself as a populist-minded change agent – a line that he used briefly, and effectively, during the Hofstra showdown. Over the course of the week, Trump reiterated the messaging on a number of stops, including ones in Florida, Iowa, and Wisconsin – a message largely lost by his obsessive defense of comments ridiculing the weight a former Miss Universe. Some Trump aides saw the change agent argument – and his effective criticism of Clinton as a failed reformer with a 30-year-record of disappointment – as his best moment in the debate, and some members of his new polling team, which has grown to a handful of people, also liked what they saw. But, back in Trump Tower, two other members of the nominee’s senior team, campaign manager Kellyanne Conway and son-in-law Jared Kushner, were pushing for the campaign’s ad makers to produce scripts that would go after Clinton’s character – hard. Several focus groups were scheduled, including one in the critical North Carolina battleground, and they wanted to test TV ads that attacked the former secretary of state as a corrupt figure and that highlighted her use of a private email server.” http://politi.co/2dCHzSNTOP TWEETS -- @JoshuaGreen: “Trump source on debate strategy: ‘She’s as much an attacker of women as Bill. We’re fully loaded. She’s gonna have to confront her accusers’” … @jasonnobleDMR: [email protected] calls tomorrow’s debate Donald Trump’s last chance to ‘beg for forgiveness’ and ‘pledge to finally change his ways.’”THE DEBATE -- Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton will debate tonight at 9 p.m. eastern, 8 p.m. in St. Louis. Co-moderators are CNN’s Anderson Cooper and ABC’s Martha Raddatz.NOT SINCE WOODROW WILSON -- That’s the last time the Columbus Dispatch endorsed a Democrat. They endorsed Hillary Clinton. “Editorial: For president | Trump unfit, Clinton is qualified”: “For us, the choice between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump is not pleasant, but it isn’t difficult. Republican candidate Donald Trump is unfit to be president of the United States. Democrat Hillary Clinton, despite her flaws, is well-equipped for the job. The Dispatch traditionally has endorsed Republican presidential candidates, but Trump does not espouse or support traditional Republican values, such as fiscal prudence, limited government and free trade, not to mention civility and decency. We are disappointed that so many Republican leaders have accommodated a narcissistic, morally bankrupt candidate who is so clearly out of step with those values.” http://bit.ly/2efKbVl-- Raleigh News and Observer also endorsed Hillary http://bit.ly/2dKX9Ib HOW ABOUT THAT… -- “NBC waited for green light from lawyers before airing Trump video,” by WaPo’s Paul Farhi: “NBC News was aware of video footage of Donald Trump making lewd and disparaging remarks about women for nearly four days, a network executive said Saturday, but held onto the recording until lawyers finished reviewing the material. The network’s caution led to an awkward result: NBC News was scooped by The Washington Post, which took just five hours to vet and post its story. A tip from a source led to the Post breaking one of the most consequential stories of the 2016 presidential campaign …“NBC News first became aware of the footage late Monday after receiving notice from producers at ‘Access Hollywood,’ a syndicated entertainment-news program owned by NBC. The program’s producers had combed their archives for interviews with Trump after reading an Associated Press account of crude remarks he had made about female contestants on ‘The Apprentice,’ the NBC reality program that Trump had starred on for 14 seasons … Although the news division had nearly completed its work on the story by Friday morning, the story was still not scheduled to air by then. ‘Access Hollywood,’ a daily program, had also not established an air date for its piece … [An anonymous] source called Washington Post reporter David Fahrenthold around 11 a.m. Friday morning and pointed him to a copy of the tape on which Trump brags to ‘Access Hollywood’ co-host Billy Bush that his celebrity status entitles him to grope women. The Post reported and posted its story within five hours.” http://wapo.st/2dTOORBDEEP DIVE – NYT A1, “How U.S. Torture Left Legacy of Damaged Minds,” by Matt Apuzzo, Sheri Fink and James Risen: “Beatings, sleep deprivation, menacing and other brutal tactics have led to persistent mental health problems among detainees held in secret C.I.A. prisons and at Guantánamo.” http://nyti.ms/2dDLEmBBERNIE SANDERS responds to the Wikileaks release (from Gabe Debenedetti): “Whatever Secretary Clinton may or may not have said behind closed doors on Wall Street, I am determined to implement the agenda of the Democratic Party platform which was agreed to by her campaign. Among other things, that agenda calls for breaking up the largest financial institutions in this country, re-establishing Glass-Steagall and prosecuting those many Wall Street CEOs who engaged in illegal behavior. I intend to do everything I can to keep the TPP from coming up during the lame duck session of Congress and to defeat it if it does come up. We must transform our disastrous trade policies and create trade agreements that represent the needs of working families and not the CEOs of multi-national corporations.”INSIDE BROOKLYN -- “How the Clinton campaign decisions get made: The WikiLeaks release of John Podesta’s emails reveals what the inner circle really worries about,” by Gabe Debenedetti: “When WikiLeaks published what it said was a trove of emails from the personal Gmail account of Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta on Friday evening, it did more than just create a political headache for the Democratic nominee. The release also provided rare insight into the behind-the-scenes decision-making process of a massive and notoriously tight-lipped political operation that’s been singularly dedicated to delivering the White House to Hillary Clinton for over two years.“The emails reveal a meticulously controlled environment at Clinton’s Brooklyn headquarters as it took on Bernie Sanders in the Democratic primary. It’s a campaign with a penchant for caution, saddled with an outsized reliance on a tight group of Democratic operatives near the top for both delicate and routine tasks. Those senior officials oversaw the extraordinarily close choreography of the candidate’s most-scrutinized political moments in the early going, from a high-profile speech in Iowa to the tortured roll-out of Clinton’s opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline.” http://politi.co/2dCMl2F BEING THERE -- "The Scene at Trump Tower: Gathering of the Diehards," by Julia Ioffe: "Never mind the tape, they say: Guys do that. Plus, Hillary is a practicing witch." http://politi.co/2dGs4X1SWING STATE FRONTS -- Charlotte Observer (one column left-hand side), “Key GOP figures disavow Trump over tape” http://bit.ly/2dGjDL2 … Akron Beacon Journal (lower part of front page, two columns), “Trump not quitting election despite Republicans’ urging” http://bit.ly/2efVCg4 … Canton Repository (four column banner), “Donald J. Trump: I WON’T QUIT -- Candidate vows to press on amid growing GOP calls for him to drop out of the race” http://bit.ly/2efUkSe … Cleveland Plain Dealer(five column banner headline), “Pressure mounts on Trump to step aside” http://bit.ly/2dOWckd … Miami Herald (one column, left hand side of the page), “A lot of GOP pressure on Trump ahead of debate” http://bit.ly/2d0xWfd … Sun Sentinel (four columns across the top), “TRUMP APOLOGETIC AS SUPPORT ERODES” http://bit.ly/2efWf96--BIG DOGS: NYT (two columns, lead story) “LEWD TRUMP TAPE IS BREAKING POINT FOR MANY IN G.O.P. -- Pence Frames Tonight’s Debate As Urgent Chance to Turn Around Campaign” News analysis underneath: “Why Republicans Burst Out In Sudden Revolt This Time” http://bit.ly/2dTWXpa … WaPo (five column banner) “Growing GOP wave calls for Trump to exit race” … “Inside Trump Tower, a man isolated and defiant” … “DOWN-BALLOT WORRIES INTENSIFY … Episode ahead of debate fuels fear for parties” http://bit.ly/2dTXvvtLATE-NIGHT BEST -- SNL -- “VP Debate Cold Open”: “Donald Trump (Alec Baldwin) interrupts an encore presentation of the vice presidential debate between Tim Kaine (Mikey Day) and Mike Pence (Beck Bennett) to address the vulgar comments he made in 2005.” http://bit.ly/2dX3iVx … “A Day Off”: “A true day off is hard to come by for Donald Trump’s campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway (Kate McKinnon).” With a fake Jake Tapper as her interviewer http://bit.ly/2d0ue5u … WEEKEND UPDATE:“Denise McDonough (Tina Fey) and Doreen Troilo (Jimmy Fallon), two undecided voters from Pennsylvania, explain why they’re not impressed with either candidate.” http://bit.ly/2do9BfDSPOTTED: on a flight this morning from DCA to St. Louis: Fox News’ Shepard Smith “laughing at the SNL trump spoof apology video on his iPhone waiting for takeoff.”BONUS GREAT WEEKEND READS, curated by Daniel Lippman, filing from The New Yorker Festival:--“The mystery of why left-handers are so much rarer,” by Hannah Fry for BBC: “Relatively few people are lefties, and it’s a puzzle why. Still, the science of handedness is revealing fascinating insights about you – from how it could change the way you think, to the fact that you might be ‘left-eared’.” http://bbc.in/2dSsLdm--“Heidegger Was Really a Real Nazi,” by Adam Kirsch in Tablet Magazine: “Is the philosopher’s complexity enough to excuse his overt anti-Semitism? A dive into the so-called ‘black notebooks’ from the 1930s is revealing.” http://bit.ly/2dz2EO9--“The Real Reason Middle America Should Be Angry,” by Brian Feldman in Washington Monthly: “Like many ‘flyover’ cities, St. Louis’s decline is not mainly a story of deindustrialization, but of decisions in Washington that opened the door to predatory monopoly.” http://bit.ly/2dV5F63--“My Bloody Valentine,” by BuzzFeed’s Monica Mark: “Valentine Strasser was once the world’s youngest dictator, ruling Sierra Leone for four turbulent years. But his fall from power left him broken, exiled, and eventually back home as a mysterious and feared recluse. BuzzFeed News makes an uninvited house call.” http://bzfd.it/2dQI1Zc--“Why Would Someone Choose to Be a Monster?” by Simon Lewsen in The Walrus: “Pedophiles don’t get a pass for their sins. But James Cantor’s controversial research could explain why they do what they do.” http://bit.ly/2dyzMDg--“The Team of Men Behind Rachel Brewson, the Fake Woman Whose Trump-Fueled Breakup Went Viral,” by Anna Merlan in Jezebel: http://bit.ly/2d9hDeA--“The Mind-Bending Benedict Cumberbatch,” by Michael Schulman on the cover of November’s Vanity Fair: “His obsessive fans have turned Benedict Cumberbatch into ‘the Internet’s boyfriend,’ and next month’s Doctor Strange will only stoke the flame. Starring as another alienated genius, this one with superpowers, the actor reveals his own attraction to the edge.” http://bit.ly/2d0tkko--“The Art of Letting Go,” by Mina Kimes in ESPN the Magazine: “MLB’s code is clear: Flip your bat and you’ll pay. But in South Korea, flips are an art. How does this alternate world exist? And what does it say about us?” http://es.pn/2dkRMOj--“Operation Smoke and Mirrors,” by Jamie Kalven in The Intercept: “In the Chicago Police Department, if the bosses say it didn’t happen, it didn’t happen.” http://bit.ly/2d0HDW9 (h/t Longform.org)--“Chabuduo! Close enough ...” by James Palmer in Aeon Magazine: Your balcony fell off? Chabuduo. Vaccines are overheated? Chabuduo. How China became the land of disastrous corner-cutting.” http://bit.ly/2dBT61x (h/t TheBrowser.com)--“‘I just heard shots everywhere’” – The Dallas Morning News: “The night of the Dallas police ambush, through our journalists’ eyes.” http://bit.ly/2dLr05e--“A Home Invasion, A Torture Session, One Lawyer Nearly Killing Another—The Gruesome November Night in One of Washington’s Wealthiest Suburbs,” by Jason Fagone in Washingtonian: “Andrew Schmuhl forced his way into the McLean home of his wife’s former boss and waged a brutal interrogation before being arrested wearing nothing but an adult diaper. Was it a calculated act of revenge, or an addict’s rampage?” http://bit.ly/2dyy2Kn (h/t Longreads.com)--“Elena Ferrante: An Answer?” by Claudio Gatti in N.Y. Review of Books: “[A]fter a months-long investigation it is now possible to make a powerful case for Ferrante’s true identity. Far from the daughter of a Neapolitan seamstress described inFrantumaglia, new revelations from real estate and financial records point to Anita Raja, a Rome-based translator whose German-born mother fled the Holocaust and later married a Neapolitan magistrate.” http://bit.ly/2dkV44j--“Dispatches from the Rap Wars,” by Forrest Stuart as told to Elly Fishman in Chicago Magazine: “My 18 months inside one of Chicago’s most notorious gangs.” http://chi.mg/2dG6jpe--“Six Decades In, Warren Beatty Is Still Seducing Hollywood,” by Sam Kashner in November’s Vanity Fair: “In one of the first magazine interviews he’s given in 25 years, the actor, director, and legendary lothario talks to Sam Kashner about his new film, his fascination with Howard Hughes, his wife Annette Bening, and living in the new age of Hollywood while remaining an icon of the past.” http://bit.ly/2d0NVFkBONUS GREAT WEEKEND LISTENS, curated by Jake Sherman:--Joe Russo’s Almost Dead plays the entire Terrapin suite acoustic. The Grateful Dead never played the entire Terrapin suite live, and never did Terrapin Station -- the core of the suite -- acoustic ever. Twenty-seven minutes of awesomeness. http://bit.ly/2dBpimr--Grateful Dead from today in 1989 at Hampton Coliseum in Virginia. Something tells me a lot of our Deadhead Playbookers were there. http://bit.ly/2d4hCoUSPOTTED: Harry Reid enjoying the Greenhouse Brunch Saturday at the Jefferson Hotel with his wife and others.WEEKEND WEDDINGS -- Bill Kuchman, Politico’s assistant managing editor for design and Caitlin Emma, Politico Pro Education reporter, wed yesterday at Running Hare Vineyard in Prince Frederick, Maryland. The couple met in the POLITICO world headquarters in Rosslyn. SPOTTED: Allie Ciramella, Brianna Labuskes, Michelle Bloom. Pics http://bit.ly/2d4mAlw ... http://bit.ly/2e1hGba ... http://bit.ly/2dX4vME--Adrienne Cornelius, scheduler for Rep. Jason Smith (R-Mo.), married Corey Schrodt,legislative director for Rep. Stephen Fincher (R-Tenn.). They met while they were both part of the Missouri delegation in the House. She was the scheduler for Rep. Hartzler and Corey was working as an LA for Rep. Billy Long. Pic http://bit.ly/2dBrzyaSPOTTED: Rep. Jason Smith, Eric Bohl, Alexis Alber, Joe Tvrdy, Alex Hutkin, Kyle BucklesOBAMA ALUMNI -- “Abbie Sorrendino and Andrew Brenner: A Train Crash and a New Outlook,” by NYT’s Jaclyn Peiser: “Ms. Sorrendino, 33 ... is a senior policy adviser in Washington to Senator Chuck Schumer, Democrat of New York, and is a staff member for Senator Schumer on the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration. ... Mr. Brenner, 31, is the senior manager of global communications in New York for 100 Resilient Cities, an initiative funded by the Rockefeller Foundation that helps cities with a variety of challenges.” With pic http://nyti.ms/2d0u9P1 ... Wedding pics http://bit.ly/2dCN0kL ... http://bit.ly/2dOSBCCPOOL REPORT from Jen Scholtes: “They dated for a decade before getting engaged and both volunteered for President Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign. So naturally, the groom began his vows: ‘They said this day would never come. Thanks, Obama.’ Injured in the 2015 Amtrak derailment in Pennsylvania, Brenner credits the accident for inspiring his long-awaited proposal. ‘Before you know it,’ he opined, ‘10, almost 11, years go by ... and then somewhere just north of Philadelphia on a May evening, perspective happens.’ ... New York’s congressional delegation was well-represented at the celebration, with more than a dozen Schumer staffers in attendance and Liam Fitzsimmons, Louise Slaughter’s chief of staff, officiating the ceremony.”--Jeremy Art, C-SPAN digital and social media specialist and a native of Twentynine Palms, California, married Kelsey Jones, a digital account executive at DCI Group, in a ceremony in her native area of Lacrosse, Wisc., Friday afternoon. The couple met days before the 2011 Iowa Straw Poll when she randomly and begrudgingly toured the C-SPAN bus and shortly thereafter tweeted them about their cool social media guy. Pic http://bit.ly/2do87BS ... The tweet that started it all http://bit.ly/2dX5fB9SPOTTED: Howard Mortman, Facebook’s Katie Harbath, Matt Vasilogambros, Steve Devoney, Laura Finch and her husband Andrew.--Tamara Darrach of the State Dept. and Matthew R. Goulding, director of policy and gov’t affairs at the American Task Force for Lebanon, were married Friday at Rose Hill Manor in Leesburg, VA. He is formerly of teams Ros-Lehtinen, Sanford, and Issa. They met when she was doing a temporary exchange in a House office. Justin Ouimette, executive director of the Freedom Caucus, sang “Oh Promise Me.” Pic http://bit.ly/2dTY08uBIRTHDAYS: former DNC CEO Amy Dacey, the pride of Auburn, N.Y. ... Virginia Hume Onufer (h/ts Jon Haber) … Shailagh Murray ... former Rep. Tom Perriello, now US special envoy for the Great Lakes ... C-SPAN founder Brian Lamb is 75 (cable tip: Howard Mortman) ... Trent Lott is 75 ... Justin Barasky, comms director for Priorities USA ... former British Prime Minister David Cameron is 5-0 ... Vivek Kundra, the nation’s first Federal CIO now EVP at Salesforce ... TNR alum Gabriel Snyder ... Aaron Blake, senior Fix reporter at WashPost ... Juana Summers, editor at CNN Politics, a Politico alum and “By night: Craft beer writer, competitive pinball player,” per her Twitter (h/t Ginger Gibson) ... Chris Kofinis, CEO of Park Street Strategies ... Rachel Pearson ... Politico’s Valerie Berg ... Michael Marcialis of Fugue, Inc. and a Politico alum ... Dr. Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission at the Southern Baptist Convention, is 45 ... E&E Publishing reporter Arianna Skibell (h/t Colby Bermel) ... ABC News’ Justin Fishel (h/t Arlette Saenz) ...… Kat Skiles, Human Rights Campaign senior digital strategist and Pelosi alum (h/t Olivia Dalton) ... Rob Caruso, former State/DoD and media guy now at PwC (h/t Jordan Uhl) … Miles Taylor ... Tarresha Poindexter, former account manager for Google’s advocacy and associations business team (h/t Riva Litman) ... Clare Doody, senior writer at West Wing Writers ... Annastacia Langthorn … Michael Tubman of the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions … David Cohen, Obama WH alum and now an NYU Law School student ... Zack Hale … Bo Obama … Leah Fabel Young, associate editor of One Day, TFA’s alumni magazine and an Examiner alum ... Bubba Sanderson … Nicole Schlinger … Vivian Myrtetus … Becki Donatelli ... Michael Smith ... Dana Wolfe, executive producer at Intelligence Squared US ... Pon Hunter ... Tom Petrillo ... Lenny Speiller ... Monica Hinijos (h/ts Teresa Vilmain) … movie director Steve McQueen (“12 Years a Slave”) is 47 ... World Golf Hall of Famer Annika Sorenstam is 46 (h/ts AP)

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07 октября, 23:11

Mining in Misery and Mexico's Least-Popular Gringo: The Week in Global-Affairs Writing

The highlights from seven days of reading about the world

06 октября, 23:46

See, Donald Trump, This Soldier Is Why We Welcome Immigrants

When Donald Trump threatens to make it much, much harder for people from war-torn countries to seek refuge and a new life in the United States, he might think about Sgt. Brima Kamara. Kamara is an immigrant who fled a brutal civil war in Sierra Leone. He is also a member of the U.S. Army. For such a small country, Sierra Leone suffered a particularly horrifying, drawn-out civil war. Rape and sexual slavery, murder and looting, concentration camps, feuding militias, the use of child soldiers, the mutilation of civilians by amputating hands, feet and other body parts: the West African nation faced it all between 1991 and 2002. At least 50,000 people died; 2 million survivors ― half the population ― fled as refugees. “It was brutal, horrible,” Kamara told me recently at Fort Hood, Texas, where he is a combat engineer, or sapper, attached to the 1st Cavalry Division. “I experienced one or two times on the verge of being killed, a terrible experience.” Careful not to exaggerate, he adds, “But not too bad.” In 1999, Kamara was 18 and living in Freetown, Sierra Leone’s capital, when he happened upon two American military personnel ― U.S. Army Green Berets, he thinks ― who made an immediate impression. They were not the slovenly, ill-trained marauders who filled some of the local militias. They were disciplined, polite, professional and friendly. “These guys were true examples of what a military force is supposed to be,” Kamara said. “I have had a lot of military people around. When you look at the kind of military we have in Africa, the kind of things you see them doing, and the U.S. military ― a big difference.” From the moment he met those American soldiers, Kamara’s dream was to become just like them. It Took 10 Years He began studying political science at the university in Freetown. He applied to enter the U.S. In 2009, he received a so-called diversity immigrant visa ― reserved for those from countries with historically low rates of immigration to the United States. It took him 17 more months living in America to establish legal residency and obtain a permanent resident card. In 2011 ― May 11, he said proudly ― he enlisted. The following year he met the requirements for citizenship and became an American. When I met him out on the scorching plains of Fort Hood, Kamara, now 35, and his fellow soldiers were preparing to rehearse an extremely dangerous mission: approaching enemy defenses, thick with tank traps, concertina razor wire and minefields, and blowing a path through them for U.S. tanks to pass safely. Kamara commands a 72-ton armored behemoth called the Assault Breacher Vehicle. It’s a modified Abrams tank equipped with special explosives and a plow or dozer blade so that it can blast a path through razor wire, minefields and other obstacles. The idea is to go fast with overwhelming power and not stop. It’s dangerous because the enemy knows you’re coming, an officer explained. The enemy has surely aimed machine guns and heavy artillery on that very point, waiting for someone like Kamara to show up, drawing him into a kill zone. Casualties while clearing this kind of enemy defense are expected to be heavy ― 30 to 50 percent. The Assault Breacher Vehicle has a two-person crew: the driver and the commander, who also operates the machine gun aboard the charging vehicle. Kamara’s men call him “Killer” because of his prowess at gunnery, and he smiles indulgently. He has known real killers. Today, Kamara is a quietly professional soldier, like those American troops he met back in Sierra Leone. He has a wife and two daughters, 8- and 2-years-old. After supper most nights, he studies for a degree in homeland security from Ashford University. He said he has been extremely lucky. Certainly, surviving the civil war in Sierra Leone took a certain amount of good fortune and gumption. But he worked hard to reach the U.S., to obtain his citizenship and to become an American soldier. Breaching minefields under enemy fire might even seem less daunting. -- 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.

06 октября, 15:20

UK nurse who got Ebola in West Africa hospitalized again

A British nurse who contracted Ebola while working in Sierra Leone has been hospitalized for a fourth time.

05 октября, 15:31

05.10.2016 15:31 : Госзакупки, строительство , здравоохранение, наука и культура – самые коррумпированные сферы

Они наиболее подвержены криминальным посягательствам, — считает министр внутренних дел Владимир Колокольцев. Согласно исследованию Трансперенси Интернэшнл, Россия попала в группу стран с самым высоким уровнем коррупции. Она занимает 119-е место в рейтинге, рядом с такими странами, как Гайана, Азербайджан и Сьерра-Леоне.

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05 октября, 08:14

Казни и регги. История самого молодого диктатора

Как офицер, захвативший власть в Сьерра-Леоне, превратился в бродягу

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04 октября, 13:51

Turning bulbs into aerials in Sierra Leone

Young men selling curious looking fluorescent bulbs mounted on pieces of wood is a common sight in Sierra Leone's capital, Freetown.

30 сентября, 19:02

Россия уступила Сьерра-Леоне в мировом рейтинге дорог

В рамках Всемирного экономического форума представлен рейтинг качества дорожной инфраструктуры, в котором Российская Федерация заняла 123-е место из 138.  Строкой выше располагается Сьерра-Леоне, а 124-ое место досталось Ливану.  Возглавляют рейтинг Объединенные Арабские Эмираты.  В 2013 году в рейтинге качества дорог Россия занимала 136-е место из 144.  Ранее, на заседании Совета по стратегическому развитию и приоритетным проектам президент РФ Владимир Путин поставил задачу к 2025 году, чтобы 85% дорог в крупных агломерациях с наибольшим количеством населения соответствовали современным нормативам, подчеркнув, что это достижимые цели.

30 сентября, 18:27

По качеству дорог Россия на 123 месте

Соседями Москвы по списку стали Сьерра-Леоне (122) и Ливан (124)

30 сентября, 16:47

Россия заняла 123-е место в рейтинге качества автодорог

Рейтинг качества дорожной инфраструктуры был представлен в рамках Всемирного экономического форума (WEF). Из доклада следует, что российские дороги по качеству занимают 123-ю строчку в мировом рейтинге. Соседями России в списке оказались такие страны, как Габон (121-е место), Сьерра-Леоне (122-е), Ливан (124-е) и Коста-Рика (125-е).

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24 сентября, 17:01

Sierra Leone: Efforts to preserve slave trade history

A national organisation in Sierra Leone is looking to raise funds and awareness to preserve what was once the country's biggest slave trade port. The station on Bunce Island was set up 350 years ago to ship thousands of Africans to the Americas. Al Jazeera’s Nina Devries reports from Bunce Island. - Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe - Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish - Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera - Check our website: http://www.aljazeera.com/

23 сентября, 16:53

Trump's Tel Aviv Campaign and Delhi's New Driver: The Week in Global-Affairs Writing

The highlights from seven days of reading about the world