Picks of the Week

  • Rex Tillerson

    Tillerson’s Travails

    “Rex Tillerson, Visiting Europe, Gets Cold Shoulder” | The New York Times “Tillerson Seeks to Reassure Worried Europe Over Trump” | Reuters “Tillerson Visits Brussels Amid Doubts About his Future, and His Boss” | Politico Europe “The Worst Secretary of State in Living Memory” | The Atlantic “Replacing Tillerson with Pompeo Would Supplant a Moderate with a Hawk” | The New York Times   When Rex Tillerson was chosen as … Read More

  • Poland Independence Day

    Diversity and Peace vs Purity and Violence

    ‘White Europe’: 60,000 nationalists march on Poland’s independence day | The Guardian White nationalists call for ethnic purity at Polish demonstration | Politico Poland defends massive far-right protest that called for a ‘White Europe’ | Washington Post Poland celebrated its 99th Independence Day last weekend—and a parallel celebration of far-right extremists—almost 60,000 of them calling for “pure blood” and a “white Europe”—marched through the streets.  The celebration attracted white supremacists … Read More

  • George Psalmanazer fake news

    Citizens Must Be Sophisticated Consumers of News

    “There’s No Way to Report Many of the Fastest-Spreading Las Vegas Conspiracy Theories on Faceebook” | Quartz “Facebook and Google Pledged to Stop Fake News. So Why Did They Promote Las Vegas-shooting Hoaxes?” | Los Angeles Times “Russia’s Hybrid Warriors Got the White House. Now They’re Coming for America’s Town Halls” | Foreign Policy “These are the Facebook Posts Russia Used to Undermine Hillary Clinton’s Campaign | Think Progress “Fake … Read More

  • PICKS OF THE WEEK: GERMANY’S ELECTIONS AND ITS RAMIFICATIONS

    “After the Election, Germany’s Democracy Faces its Hardest Test Since 1949” | The Washington Post “Revenge of the East? How Anger in the Former GDR Helped the AFD” | The Guardian “A Jamaica Germany is Good for Europe” | The Financial Times “Macron’s European Defense Doctrine” | Carnegie Europe This week, Chancellor Angela Merkel secured her fourth term in office, prolonging her already extended reign (11 years) as the European Union’s longest serving leader. … Read More

  • Unlocked cybersecurity graphic

    The Equifax Breach is a Case Study in Why We Need a National Data Notification and Protection Law: Picks of the Week

    “The Time is Now for Congress to Act of a National Data Breach Notification Law” | The Hill “Equifax Breach Prompts Scrutiny, but New Rules May Not Follow” | The New York Times “The single most depressing thing about the Equifax breach” | The Washington Post It took over six weeks for credit bureau Equifax – one of the three major credit reporting firms in the U.S. – to disclose the massive data breach that potentially … Read More

  • Columbus_Taking_Possession

    Globalization is a Human Impulse: Picks of the Week

    Why Globalization Stalled And How to Restart It | Foreign Affairs The Place Where Globalization Kept Its Promise | Marketplace The Pillars of Trump’s Nationalism are Weakening | The Washington Post Globalization has gotten a bad rap over the last couple of years.  The concept is invoked regularly to explain the loss of American manufacturing jobs (though automation is likely the bigger culprit going forward).  More ominously, the new bogey-men … Read More

  • The Unholy Alliance of Russia and the American Far-Right

    America’s neo-Nazis don’t look to Germany for inspiration. They look to Russia | The Washington Post Trump, the alt-right and the Kremlin: White supremacists’ Russia links are no secret | Salon Pro-Russian bots take up the right-wing cause after Charlottesville | Pro Publica There are unmistakable ties between American white-supremacist groups, including those active in Charlottesville, Virginia, and Russia.  While the specific events in Charlottesville have not been linked directly … Read More

  • Ipad with HBO's Game of Thrones on the screen.

    Game of ‘pwns’: Cybersecurity Lessons from the latest HBO Hack – Picks of the Week

    Hackers Demand Millions in Ransom for stolen HBO Data | Associated Press Spoiler Alert: Hackers Are Gunning for Hollywood | Variety  The HBO Hack Was Reportedly up to Seven Times Larger Than the Sony Hack | Vanity Fair It seems that no one can escape cyber threats or data breaches these days – everything from political parties to the King in the North – appear vulnerable to attack. The latest victim in a string of embarrassing … Read More

  • Statue of Liberty with NYC in the background.

    Emma Lazarus and American Exceptionalism: Picks of the Week

    Statue of Liberty Caught in White House Immigration Row | BBC Trump Advisor Stephen Miller Undermines Poem’s Connection to Statue of Liberty | NPR New York Today: The Politics in Poetry | The New York Times The stories we tell ourselves shape the way we think about ourselves—read any self-help book and you know that “self-talk,” is a common refrain. When you tell stories about yourself where you are always … Read More

  • An illustration of cattle and a barn in a rural field.

    America’s Fading Pastoral: Picks of the Week

    Who Wants to Run That Mom-and-Pop Market? Almost No One | The New York Times What happened when Walmart left | The Guardian When Health Law Isn’t Enough, the Desperate Line Up at Tents | The New York Times Rural divide | The Washington Post Why American Farmers Are Hacking Their Tractors With Ukrainian Firmware | Motherboard Doctor Shortage In Rural Arizona Sparks Another Crisis In ‘Forgotten America’ | NPR Walt Disney had Marceline, Missouri. A … Read More

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