I don’t claim to know, on a case-by-case or on an overall basis, whether and how often President Donald Trump says so many things that are false because he thinks they are true, and how often he engages in what we would normally call “lying.” I think it matters, but I’m not sure how much. If he wanted to cut down on the constant stream of falsehoods, he would only have to care about factual accuracy, and with the resources available to him in his current job, he could cut way, way down on the combination of ignorance and mendacity. That he doesn’t care, that he sees no fundamental benefit in telling, or even trying to tell, the truth to the nation over which he presides — and the fact that it seems to cost him nothing with his “base,” as measured by his bad-but-incredibly-stable approval ratings — borders on an existential crisis for a factual-accuracy nerd like me. With that intro, here is Salvador Rizzo of the Washington … [Read more...] about Mexico’s immigration policies: Trump makes assertions; WaPo finds the facts
Immigration policies around the world
Getty Images curated “Year in Focus” collections of notable photos from 2018. They capture moments of both international significance and deeply personal struggles. From politics to sports to natural disasters, photos from Getty Images helped tell the world’s stories over the course of the year. Some provide a glimpse into an individual’s personal struggles, and some speak to issues on a national and international scale. All of the images, though, are impactful in some way. Here are 30 of the most powerful images of 2018 from around the world. A supporter of the presidential candidate for the Honduran Opposition Alliance Against the Dictatorship for the past election, Salvador Nasralla, lies on the street in front of police officers. The protestor was demonstrating against the contested reelection of President Juan Orlando Hernandez at an event on January 21, 2018. The opposition called for a national strike to focus on blocking the country’s main … [Read more...] about The most powerful photos from around the world in 2018
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif./NEW YORK (Reuters) - Thousands of Google employees and contractors staged brief midday walk-outs on Thursday at offices across Asia, Europe and North America to protest sexism, racism and unchecked executive power in their workplace. At Google’s global headquarters in Mountain View, California, hundreds of employees streamed into a courtyard. One large cardboard placard held by a worker said “Not OK Google,” a reference to the “OK Google” phrase used to activate Google’s voice-operated Assistant. In New York City, women and men filed out of Google’s office and silently walked around the block for about 10 minutes. A few held sheets of paper with messages including “Respect for women.” “This is Google. We solve the toughest problems here. We all know that the status quo is unacceptable and if there is any company who can solve this, I think it is Google,” said Thomas Kneeland, a software … [Read more...] about Google workers around the world protest its corporate culture
The last time Australia suffered a recession, the Soviet Union still existed and the internet did not. A U.S.-led force had just liberated Kuwait, and almost half the world's current population had not yet been born. Unlike most of the Asia-Pacific region, Australia was left unscathed by the Asian crash of 1997. Unlike most of the developed world, it shrugged off the global financial crisis of 2008, and unlike most commodity-exporting countries, it weathered the resources bust, too. No other rich country has ever managed to grow so steadily for so long. By that measure, at least, Australia boasts the world's most successful economy. Admittedly, as Guy Debelle of the Reserve Bank of Australia points out, this title rests on the statistical definition of a recession as two consecutive quarters of decline. Had the 0.5 percent shrinkage of the fourth quarter of 2008 been spread across half a year, he notes, there would be no record. Yet by other measures, Australia's economic performance … [Read more...] about Australia has the world’s most successful economy. Will politics screw it up?
It has been a particularly ugly stretch in an age of ugly. Members of the global diplomatic elite openly laughed at the boasts of a U.S. president, and Washington put its domestic dysfunction on full display in a confrontation over the Supreme Court. Events like President Donald Trump’s visit to the United Nations last week and the dispute over the Brett Kavanaugh nomination help make clear how self-absorbed the United States has become — and how sharply its status has diminished. The world is changing, and even the best minds have only a murky idea of where we go from here. Outside of Washington, there is plenty more ugly to go around, as countries seek to balance sovereignty and cooperation; the urge to look backward and the need to move forward. British Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit plan satisfies neither the European Union nor her own Conservative Party. So prominent Europe skeptic Boris Johnson unloaded his own plan – a “half-baked, sloppy … [Read more...] about In an age of ugly, even the experts have no idea where the world is headed