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LA Times (June 26)

2020/ 06/ 28 by jd in Global News

“For the generation of Americans not yet old enough to drive, the demographic future has arrived. For the first time, nonwhite and Hispanic people were a majority of people under age 16 in 2019, an expected demographic shift that will grow over the coming decades, according to figures released by the U.S. Census Bureau on Thursday.”


WARC (June 1)

2020/ 06/ 03 by jd in Global News

“As lockdowns start to ease and the scale of the economic challenge becomes clear, uneasy businesses are adjusting to a future which is looking decidedly different from the one they had planned for at the start of 2020.” For starters, many are slashing advertising spend as they move “back to basics: service and trust,” while also focusing more on online presence and purchases.


Financial Times (April 16)

2020/ 04/ 17 by jd in Global News

“Sadly, it is quite possible that when we meet again we will be no better placed to face the unequal world in which we live. Yet it need not go that way. A concern with equity in crisis management would lessen suffering in many countries now, and offer new ideas to inspire us to build a less unequal world in the future. Since we are less than half way into the crisis, dare we hope this can still happen?”


Chicago Tribune (January 7)

2020/ 01/ 09 by jd in Global News

“Australia burns as the planet bakes.” There’s no mystery why events like these have grown more common and more destructive,” but there’s still widespread inaction and occasionally denial of global warming. “If we want more of what Australia is suffering, doing more of the same is fine. If we hope to see a better future, we will have to take action to bring it about.”


Chicago Tribune (November 8)

2019/ 11/ 09 by jd in Global News

“The Berlin Wall fell in a dramatic wave of hope, openness and U.S. support 30 years ago. Now everything is different.” Back then, “Europe had a United States willing and able to help guide its future, which it did in building a Europe whole, free and at peace. Now, Europe will have to decide its own future.” Will Europe “recommit to unity” or “allow divisions and disagreements to deepen.”


The Economist (June 22)

2019/ 06/ 24 by jd in Global News

Already “one in five Americans calls Texas or California home.” The behemoths are now “the biggest, brashest, most important states in the union, each equally convinced that it is the future.” But their vision is “heading in opposite directions, creating an experiment that reveals whether America works better as a low-tax, low-regulation place” or a “high-tax, highly regulated one.” Given Washington dysfunction, “the results will determine what sort of country America becomes almost as much as the victor of the next presidential election will.”


The Economist (June 15)

2019/ 06/ 17 by jd in Global News

The majority of Hong Kong’s courageous protestors were “young—too young to be nostalgic about British rule. Their unhappiness at Beijing’s heavy hand was entirely their own…. The Communist Party has been making clear that it will tolerate no more insubordination—and yet three days later demonstrators braved rubber bullets, tear gas and legal retribution to make their point. All these things are evidence that, as many Hong Kongers see it, nothing less than the future of their city is at stake.”


Washington Post (March 21)

2018/ 03/ 22 by jd in Global News

“The truth is, the world is leaving the Industrial Age and entering a Digital Age of equal significance. The steel mills and coal mines of the past will not shape our future. Instead, efforts to harness control of digital technologies will be the new global race—and one that the West simply can’t afford to lose.” And yet, the West is at risk of “being trapped in a steel conflict, which bears virtually no relevance to the economic order of tomorrow. It’s all worse than stupid. It’s tragic, too. The only likely victor in all of this is China.”


Investment Week (December Issue)

2017/ 12/ 17 by jd in Global News

“Quantitative forecasts are based on probability models that cannot help but assume the future will be correlated to the past, and qualitative scenarios are based on, well, a combination of experience and common sense. Either way, most methodologies it would seem leave little room for discussion of true outliers and surprises.”


Forbes (October 23)

2017/ 10/ 25 by jd in Global News

“To foreign businesses seeking to stake out a spot in industries that will power China’s bold new future, Xi’s roadmap is far from reassuring: It entails a protectionist bent that will reduce their market share in the world’s second largest economy—an issue that risks driving a wedge between Beijing and Washington in Xi’s second five-year term, analysts warn.”


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