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Shake-Up at The New Republic: Franklin Foer and Leon Wieseltier Are Out

Shortly after Guy Vidra joined The New Republic magazine in October as its chief executive, he gathered the staff around a conference table in its Washington offices overlooking the National Portrait Gallery.

Leon Wieseltier said last month that The New Republic’s heritage should not be abandoned. Dan Balilty/Associated Press

Read the article on The New York Times

What is the effect of WikiLeaks for Freedom of Information?

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Although there is largely an agreement about the value of leaked information, the strategies, tactics and mistakes of WikiLeaks have gained critics.  

Many organizations agree on the undeniable value that WikiLeaks has had by indicating violations of human rights and civil liberties. ... the amount of corruption which WikiLeaks has exposed is unique in history and there is no other organization that comes close to WikiLeaks regarding exposures of misuse of power, seen as a justified way to protect democratic society and citizen against secret arbitrary government power.

However, the leaks of diplomatic cables made some civil rights organizations and activists back off with their full support for WikiLeaks. The Afghan War Diary leaks had already been harshly criticised by Reporters without Borders. They accused WikiLeaks of "incredible irresponsibility." WikiLeaks was accused of revealing the identity of hundreds of people who collaborated with the coalition in Afghanistan and making them vulnerable for further violence.

Read the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) article

Can We Come Even Close to Comprehending the Holocaust Through Historiography, Art, Film, or Literature?

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28 Legion of Honor (Holocaust Memorial)

 

 

 

 

 

 

The need to understand how this catastrophe could happen and the quest for means to make it conceivable form the underlying motive for SAUL FRIEDLANDER's
(2014 laureate) inexhaustible activety.

 

 

One does not have to be a psychologist to point out the roots of this endeavour: the loss of his parents, who were murdered in Auschwitz, after having hidden their ten year old son in a conventschool. All of Friedländer’s work stems from this inconceivable loss.

Watch the trailer to Frank Diamand's documentary "WHEN MEMORY COMES" 

What's the Future of the Internet? Here are a few scenarios

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The ability of humans to communicate information has come a long way, from the development of the alphabet through the invention of the printing press, to today's ubiquitous internet.

Within a few years, will the internet ...

  • resemble a COMMON POOL with positive “generative” and “distributed & decentralised” properties

  • turn into a system of BOUTIQUE NETWORKS in which political, regional and large enterprise interests fail to maximise the social and economic potential of a shared, global set of richly connected networks

  • appropriate the paradigm of MOATS and DRAWBRIDGES in which the world of the Internet would be heavily centralised, dominated by a few big players with their own rules in “big-boys’ clubs”

  • or, resemble POROUS GARDENS where networks stay global but with access to content and services tied to the use of specific networks and associated information appliances

What's your vision of the internet's future?

Read more about the above scenarios presented by the Internet Society

 

Can cutting carbohydrates from your diet make you live longer?

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In her research Prof. CYNTHIA KENYON ­(2011 laureate) found that drastically reducing calories greatly increases live span and quality of life. 

She discovered that it changed the way two crucial genes behaved. It turned down the gene that controls insulin, which in turn switched on another gene, which acted like an elixir of life.

‘I’ve cut out all starch such as potatoes, noodles, rice, bread and pasta. Instead I have salads, but no sweet dressing, lots of olive oil and nuts, tons of green vegetables along with cheese, chicken and eggs. 

‘I’ll have a hamburger without a bun and fish without batter or chips. I eat some fruit every day, but not too much and almost no processed food. I stay away from sweets, except 80 per cent chocolate.’

She is adamant it will be well worthwhile. ‘You could have two completely different careers if you could stay healthy to 90,’ she says. ‘How fascinating that would be.’

Read the DailyMail article

 

DEATH AS A WAY OF LIFE

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See this rivetting photo essay organized by TIME in commemoration of 30 years of work by
JAMES NACHTWEY (2003 laureate)

 

"To celebrate James Nachtwey’s 30 years as a contract photographer for TIME, we have organized an exhibit of 54 layouts that have appeared in the magazine featuring his work from Chechnya to Somalia and from Afghanistan to Burma, along with a series of his powerful, previously unpublished photographs. Below, James Nachtwey, and TIME’s Managing Editor Nancy Gibbs, reflect on the relationship between photographer and publication."


"Any worthwhile, long-term relationship is built on integrity, trust, caring and a common purpose, and those are the elements that have characterized my 30-year relationship with TIME. Working in the field in difficult circumstances, there are many things to be concerned about, from logistics to survival, but the ultimate goal is to get the story right. Knowing that the people who publish the pictures are just as motivated by that as I am means everything. Every image on these walls is the result of teamwork. I happened to be the point man, but the support, guidance and inspiration I have received for so many years have made this work possible, and I want to thank all my colleagues at TIME from the bottom of my heart." — James Nachtwey