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WIRED (November 1)

2018/ 11/ 03 by jd in Global News

The walkout at Google was “just the latest sign of tech worker unrest.” Tech workers are “starting to recognize that even well-paid tech jobs are not immune to” harassment and other internal workplace issues, as well as ethical concerns over the products they sell. Thursday’s protest was just “the latest in a string of collective actions by tech workers against their employers” that has included “similar attempts inside Microsoft, Salesforce, and Amazon.”


Washington Post (April 30)

2015/ 05/ 01 by jd in Global News

It is misleading to compare recent U.S. riots to “the unrest that followed the verdict in the 1992 Rodney King police brutality trial…. The fact is that steep increases in income inequality and mass incarceration, as well as racial disparities in school discipline that start in preschool, mean that the prospects of young African American men are worse now than they were then.”


Forbes (September 29)

2014/ 09/ 29 by jd in Global News

Vladimir Putin might “move against the Baltic states of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia” in an attempt to further weaken NATO. “Given the West’s responses to Russia’s invasions of Georgia and Ukraine, Putin may well be tempted to make a series of probes, after slicing and dicing Ukraine. He won’t send in troops and armor, as he’s done in Ukraine, but he’ll see what unrest he can create to start ‘softening up’ the Balts to become political vassals of Moscow.”


Wall Street Journal (February 21, 2014)

2014/ 02/ 22 by jd in Global News

“Americans are only waking up to the crisis” in the Ukraine, “but they should care how this turns out. The U.S. should want to pull Ukraine into the Western orbit as a matter of human dignity and strategic interest.” If the Ukraine leans toward Europe, it will “join the company of free nations and fulfill the aspirations of its people. A Ukraine tilted toward the corrupt authoritarian regimes allied with Moscow will be a source of regional unrest at best, and part of a revived Russian empire if Mr. Putin has his way.”


Wall Street Journal (February 16, 2014)

2014/ 02/ 16 by jd in Global News

“It’s getting ugly in Venezuela.” The economy is crumbling with inflation north of 56% and wide-spread shortages, which have caused some factories to close. Amid growing protests, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is consolidating power using deaths at recent protests “to justify a government crackdown on growing civic unrest directed at his leadership and a deteriorating economy.” A natural “strongman,” President Maduro is now following “the Cuban model.”


New York Times (November 14)

2012/ 11/ 15 by jd in Global News

Xi Jinping is poised to replace Hu Jintao as general secretary this week and president next March. “It could be sometime before the new relationships shake out and the world gets a clear sense of how Mr. Xi and his new colleagues intend to make their mark.” Will they continue on the same course or chose reform? Either way, they will confront challenge. China “faces daunting domestic and international challenges…. growth has slowed, state-run enterprises remain dominant in most industries and the gap between rich and poor is among the widest anywhere. Social and political unrest is increasing.”


Washington Post (April 13)

2012/ 04/ 14 by jd in Global News

“The European ‘crisis’ is back. Actually, it never went away — and won’t for many years. The problems are so deep and pervasive that there is no easy or obvious solution…. Europe is caught in a trap that promises more political and social unrest.”