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          WSJ report details Apple and Qualcomm relationship, hostile meeting between CEOs      Comment   Translate Page      
The legal battle between Qualcomm and Apple has grown increasingly tense since it began in early 2017. A new report from The Wall Street Journal explores how and why the legal battle escalated, with a particular focus on the hostile relationship between Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf and Apple CEO Tim Cook. The report describes a […]
          Mnuchin says hopes U.S.-China trade talks nearing 'final round' - Reuters      Comment   Translate Page      
  1. Mnuchin says hopes U.S.-China trade talks nearing 'final round'  Reuters
  2. Mnuchin Says U.S. Open to Facing Penalties in China Trade Deal  Bloomberg
  3. Mnuchin Says Trade Talks Near Final Round  The Wall Street Journal
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          The Wall Street Journal: Treasury’s Mnuchin says U.S.-China talks getting close to ‘final round of concluding issues’      Comment   Translate Page      
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says the U.S. and China are continuing to make progress on trade talks and “getting close to the final round of concluding issues.”

          Pratt’s post for 4/8/2019      Comment   Translate Page      
Items that make the show stack or upon which I wish to comment or simply news of Texas I think it important to know: Wall Street Journal Calls Out Texas’ Soaring Property Tax Bills Here’s how different proposals at the Texas Capitol could change property tax bills Advocate’s actions kill bill allowing no-permit gun carry, […]
          Το Facebook θέλει να "κυκλώσει" την Αφρική με δεδομένα - [Thesstoday.gr]      Comment   Translate Page      
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Είναι γνωστό ότι το Facebook βλέπει την Αφρική σαν ένα ακόμη πεδίο επέκτασης του δημοφιλέστερου μέσου κοινωνικής δικτύωσης, ωστόσο για να το πετύχει αυτό ίσως χρειαστεί να "κυκλώσει" ολόκληρη την ήπειρο. Σύμφωνα με δημοσίευμα της Wall Street Journal, το Facebook σχεδιάζει την εφαρμογή ενός...


          Το Apple Music ξεπερνά σε συνδρομητές το Spotify στις ΗΠ      Comment   Translate Page      
Σύμφωνα με τα στοιχεία της Wall Street Journal, το Apple Music ξεπερνά σε αριθμό συνδρομητών το Spotify κατά 2 εκατομμύρια συνδρομητές.   Οι επί πληρωμή συνδρομητές του Apple Music φτάνουν σε αριθμό τα 28 εκατομμύρια, σύμφωνα με τα όσα αναφέρει σε άρθρο της η Wall Street Journal, ένας αριθμός που δείχνει ότι η τελική απόφαση […]
          Mnuchin Says U.S. Open to Facing Penalties in China Trade Deal - Bloomberg      Comment   Translate Page      
  1. Mnuchin Says U.S. Open to Facing Penalties in China Trade Deal  Bloomberg
  2. Mnuchin Says Trade Talks Near Final Round  The Wall Street Journal
  3. Mnuchin says hopes U.S.-China trade talks nearing 'final round'  Reuters
  4. Mnuchin Says China Trade Talks Are Nearing Final Round  The New York Times
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          Facebook investors launch desperate bid to oust Mark Zuckerberg - Mashable      Comment   Translate Page      
  1. Facebook investors launch desperate bid to oust Mark Zuckerberg  Mashable
  2. Facebook's activist shareholders are making another dramatic bid to oust Mark Zuckerberg and abolish the firm's share structure  Business Insider
  3. It cost Facebook $22 million to keep Mark Zuckerberg safe last year  CNN
  4. Facebook Shakes Up Board: Erskine Bowles, Reed Hastings to Step Down  Wall Street Journal
  5. Facebook Shakes Up Board, Dings Exec Who Once Threatened Peter Thiel For Supporting Trump  The Daily Caller
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          Online Read Ebook Asymmetry      Comment   Translate Page      

Asymmetry by Lisa Halliday Book details Title: Asymmetry Author: Lisa Halliday Pages: 304 Format: PDF / EPUB / MOBI ISBN: 9781501166785 Publisher: Simon & Schuster Description Asymmetry: A Novel by Lisa Halliday The bestselling and critically acclaimed debut novel by Lisa Halliday, Asymmetry, hailed as “extraordinary” by The New York Times, “a brilliant and complex examination of power dynamics in love and war” by The Wall Street Journal, and “a literary phenomenon” by The New Yorker. Told in three distinct and uniquely compelling sections, Asymmetry explores the imbalances that spark and sustain many of our most dramatic human relations: inequities in age, power, talent, wealth, fame, geography, and justice. The first section, “Folly,” tells the story of Alice, a young American editor, and her relationship with the famous and much older writer Ezra Blazer. A tender and exquisite account of an unexpected romance that takes place in New York during the early years of the Iraq War, “Folly” also suggests an aspiring novelist’s coming-of-age. By contrast, “Madness” is narrated by Amar, an Iraqi-American man who, on his way to visit his brother in Kurdistan, is detained by immigration officers and spends the last weekend of 2008 in a holding room in Heathrow. These two seemingly disparate stories gain resonance as their perspectives interact and overlap, with yet new implications for their relationship revealed in an unexpected coda. A stunning debut from a rising literary star, Asymmetry is “a transgressive roman a clef, a novel of ideas, and a politically engaged work of metafiction” (The New York Times Book Review), and a “masterpiece” in the original sense of the word” (The Atlantic). Lisa Halliday’s novel will captivate any reader with while also posing arresting questions about the very nature of fiction itself. Links for download book Available formats: PDF / EPUB / MOBI CLICK HERE FOR DOWNLOAD EBOOK Available in epub, pdf and mobi format PDF Asymmetry by Lisa Halliday EPUB Download, reviewed by readers. Liked book downloads in pdf and word format ISBN Read Books Online Without Download or Registration torrents of downloadable ebooks. Novels - upcoming PDF Asymmetry by Lisa Halliday EPUB Download. Novels - upcoming EPUB Asymmetry By Lisa Halliday PDF Download. New Asym
          ‘Soundtrack of America’ Review: Artists of the Future Look to the Past - The Wall Street Journal      Comment   Translate Page      
‘Soundtrack of America’ Review: Artists of the Future Look to the Past  The Wall Street Journal

New York. You have to credit the organizers behind “Soundtrack of America,” the five-night concert series that serves as the opening pop music event in the ...


          Congressman Sets April 23 Deadline for Trump Tax Returns - The Wall Street Journal      Comment   Translate Page      
  1. Congressman Sets April 23 Deadline for Trump Tax Returns  The Wall Street Journal
  2. Here's who's winning under Trump's tax law  CNN
  3. House Democrats increase demands for Trump tax returns, setting up potential court fight  Fox News
  4. Trump's odd behavior is reason enough to compel disclosure of his tax returns  Los Angeles Times
  5. Jenny Beth Martin: Trump is right to withhold his tax returns from Democrats  Fox News
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          Money Makers: 50 Companies Hiring Professional Part-Time Job from FlexJobs      Comment   Translate Page      
According to a recent FlexJobs’ survey, more people reported being interested in a part-time schedule (47%) than being interested in freelance work (41%). Currently, about 17% of the U.S. workforce is engaged in part-time work. To help job seekers interested in finding career-level jobs with part-time hours, today FlexJobs released a list of the top 50 companies hiring for professional part-time jobs. This list is based on an analysis of over 51,000 companies and looks specifically at their part-time job posting histories in FlexJobs’ database during the first quarter of 2019 (January 1 through March 31).
Education, finance, and healthcare are the most well-represented industries featured on this list of companies with strong part-time hiring activity so far in 2019. The job opportunities at these companies include all career levels, both employee and freelance options, and options for hours varying from just a handful to 35 hours a week.
“Today there are a wide variety of part-time jobs available to people across education and career levels, and found within many different industries,” said Sara Sutton, Founder and CEO of FlexJobs. “To demonstrate this variety, current part-time job listings include medical director, tutor, administrative assistant, director of communications, editor, client relations specialist, and social worker.  A part-time job can be an ideal work arrangement for workers wanting to continue their careers, explore new types of work, grow their professional networks, earn income, or pursue their passions, but are not able to commit to a full-time schedule,” Sutton concluded.
Many of these companies were also top employers for remote-friendly jobs, having been included in FlexJobs’ 2019 Top 100 Companies for Remote Jobs list.  For the complete list of the top 50 companies to watch for professional part-time jobs in 2019, visit: https://www.flexjobs.com/blog/post/companies-hiring-for-part-time-jobs/
For more information, contact Kathy Gardner at kgardner@flexjobs.com.
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FlexJobs is committed to helping people find a better way to work. As the leading online service for professionals seeking remote, flexible schedule, part-time, and freelance jobs, FlexJobs offers opportunities in over 50 career categories, ranging from entry-level and executive to freelance and full-time. FlexJobs sets itself apart by providing job seekers with a better, safer, and more efficient way to find professional and legitimate flexible jobs and by offering one-on-one career coaching for the flexible job search. Having helped over 3 million people in their job searches, FlexJobs has appeared in CNN, CNBC, Time, Forbes, the Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, and hundreds of other trusted media outlets. To further assist people in bettering their lives through flexible and remote work, FlexJobs' founder and CEO, Sara Sutton, has also launched two additional partner sites, Remote.co and 1 Million for Work Flexibility, to help provide education and awareness about the viability and benefits of remote working and work flexibility. Sutton is also the creator of The TRaD* Works Forum (*Telecommuting, Remote, & Distributed), dedicated to helping companies leverage the benefits of telecommuting, remote, and distributed teams.

          Saudis bankroll Haftar offensive to seize Tripoli      Comment   Translate Page      
Libyan Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar received a pledge from Saudi Arabia of tens of millions of dollars to bankroll a military offensive to seize the capital of Tripoli and oust the nation's internationally recognised government, according to a report published by the Wall Street Journal on Friday. The offer came during a visit to Saudi Arabia that was just one of several meetings Haftar had with foreign dignitaries in the weeks and days before he began the military campaign on April 4, the report said. While the United States and the European Union have called on Haftar to avoid military conflict, other powers have provided weapons, funds and other support that have aided Haftar's quest to take control of the oil-rich Libya, the report said. Haftar leads the strongest of multiple armed factions that have carved up much of eastern Libya following a US- and EU-backed Islamist uprising that overthrew and killed long-time leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. Haftar is attempting to unify...
          Euro rose from the ashes      Comment   Translate Page      

Despite all the attempts of Mario Draghi to drown the euro, EUR/USD bulls managed to finish the second week of April in the green zone. The vulnerability of the main competitor and positive news from China's inflation and the trade balance, as well as from European industrial production, allowed the main currency pair to consolidate above the base of the 13th figure. Buyers do not intend to stop, hinting that it is time to put an end to the upward trend in the USD index.

At a time when the US economy slows down and the Fed intends to keep the federal funds rate at least until the end of 2019 (according to a consensus assessment of the Wall Street Journal experts, it will not change until 2021), practically nothing depends on the US dollar. It is forced to go with the flow and react to the behavior of other currencies and central banks. In order to resume the normalization cycle, the Fed needs very strong statistics. And how to get it, if the effect of the fiscal stimulus disappears, and the IMF predicts a decline in US GDP growth rates to 2.3% (the Fed forecast + 2.1%). The White House still believes in magical + 3%, but this requires either a new tax reform, or a reanimation of QE, or a weak dollar. The latter option is perhaps the most realistic for Donald Trump, which reduces the risks of a large-scale trade war between the US and the EU because in this situation the USD index will go up again.

For a long time, "American" were afraid to sell because of the weakness of its competitors. Nevertheless, a positive from European business activity and industrial production returned interest in buying EUR/USD. If the economy of the currency bloc groped for the bottom, and the Chinese data would stretch a helping hand to it, then why not increase the share of the euro in investment portfolios? In this regard, the release of data on the GDP of China for the first quarter and for the indexes of purchasing managers in the eurozone in April can disperse the upward movement of the main currency pair. Unless, of course, there are no unpleasant surprises.

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One of them may come from the States, which intend to impose duties on imports of aircraft and other goods from the EU due to non-market subsidies to Airbus. There are rumors in the market about the start of a new trade war, but in fact, in this way, Donald Trump may push Brussels to negotiate the abolition of tariffs on industrial goods. If the parties agree, this will improve the position of international trade, and in fact, its slowdown, according to the IMF, has become the main brake on global GDP. The authoritative organization lowered the forecasts for economic growth in the eurozone from 1.6% to 1.3% in 2019, however, as often happens, the worse the estimate, the more reasons for joy if it is exceeded.

Technically, the second false breakdown of the lower limit of the medium-term consolidation range of 1.125-1.15 testifies to the weakness of the "bears" in EUR/USD. If the opponents manage to return the quotes to the middle of the trading channel and activate, thus, the "Deception-Release" pattern, the risks of continuing the rally in the direction of the "Wolfe waves#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F2019_04_14%2F297880" target will increase.

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          Grattan on Friday: In this campaign, Morrison won’t be wearing gloves like Turnbull did in 2016      Comment   Translate Page      
Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra The Wall Street Journal carried the announcement of Australia’s May 18 poll with the rather cruel headline “Australia to Pick Its Next Leader—With an Election”. It was a sharp reminder (if anyone needed one) of how appalling federal politics has been – and what it looks like to outsiders, as […]
          Collins: 'Disgusting' for Dems to Attack AG Barr Because They Don't Like Mueller Probe's Outcome      Comment   Translate Page      
Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) said Friday on "America's Newsroom" that Attorney General William Barr does not deserve to be attacked by Democrats who are disappointed with the findings of Special Counsel Robert Mueller. The ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee responded to new comments by outgoing Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who defended Barr's handling of the Mueller report. “He’s being as forthcoming as he can, and so this notion that he’s trying to mislead people, I think, is just completely bizarre,” Rosenstein told (The Wall Street Journal), adding that the public should have "tremendous confidence" in Barr. Collins...
          Collins: 'Disgusting' for Dems to Attack AG Barr Because They Don't Like Mueller Probe's Outcome      Comment   Translate Page      
Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) said Friday on "America's Newsroom" that Attorney General William Barr does not deserve to be attacked by Democrats who are disappointed with the findings of Special Counsel Robert Mueller. The ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee responded to new comments by outgoing Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who defended Barr's handling of the Mueller report. “He’s being as forthcoming as he can, and so this notion that he’s trying to mislead people, I think, is just completely bizarre,” Rosenstein told (The Wall Street Journal), adding that the public should have "tremendous confidence" in Barr. Collins...
          04/13 Links: Trump says Netanyahu election win means a ‘better chance for peace’; The Implosion of Jeremy Corbyn; Ilhan Omar, Con Artist; Elan Carr: Boycotting Israel is Anti-Semitic; EU's Collusion with Iran      Comment   Translate Page      
From Ian:

The Implosion of Jeremy Corbyn
According to polling by The Jewish Chronicle, 85 percent of British Jews now think that Corbyn is anti-Semitic. And that was before this week’s bombshell: documents obtained by The Sunday Times showing that Labour failed to investigate hundreds of anti-Semitism complaints, and let hundreds more slide. The documents show not only that Labour’s procedures for investigating anti-Semitic incidents were—despite public assurances to the contrary—dismally subpar, but also that members of Corbyn’s office directly intervened in more than one in 10 investigations, despite having claimed that they were impartial.

A council candidate who said that Jewish members of Parliament were “Zionist infiltrators” was allowed to continue his campaign. Out of 863 alleged incidents detailed in the files, only 29 resulted in a party member being expelled; 145 resulted in a “formal warning”—which is largely meaningless—and 191 cases were resolved as requiring no action. The rest, the Times reports, are unresolved, including 249 that haven’t even been opened.

A Labour spokesperson said that the report “does not reflect the full details … and is not up to date,” a non-denial that did nothing to stem the bleeding. That evening, the Jewish Labour Movement—one of the party’s oldest affiliates, linked to Labour since 1903—passed a vote of no confidence in Corbyn.

A year earlier, in March 2018, the story broke that Corbyn had been a member of three secret Facebook groups in which virulent anti-Semitic memes were sometimes shared. Understandable, perhaps, in radical campaign circles. My enemy’s enemy is my friend, right? We’re protesting an occupation, not forming a government. There’s nothing anti-Semitic about deploring Israel Defense Forces violence in Gaza, but if Palestine is your cause, sometimes you’re going to meet people who really just hate Jews—just like if Israel is your cause, sometimes you’re going to meet people who really just hate Muslims.

In one of the groups, Corbyn wrote supportively to the artist of a mural in London. It wouldn’t have been so bad—just a throwaway comment—except the mural depicted anti-Semitic tropes so blatant you could see them from space, hook noses and all. Corbyn trying to apologize was an agonizing sight. “I sincerely regret that I did not look more closely at the image I was commenting on,” he said. “I am sincerely sorry for the pain which has been caused.” It was as if, in a lifetime of fighting for causes—framing the world as good versus evil—he never really learned how to say sorry.

Abe Greenwald: Ilhan Omar, Con Artist
You see? She’s just an all-loving, rage-filled, anti-Semitic victim of prejudice.

If you set aside the canned baby talk of her speeches and articles, her actions don’t reveal much in the way of understanding and compassion. Or was she “showing up with love” when she claimed that Americans who support Israel are guilty of “allegiance to a foreign country” and that pro-Israel American leaders are somehow being paid off to support the Jewish state, and that—lest we forget—“Israel has hypnotized the world, may Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel?” Are all these examples of what she sees as a “mission as humans to love one another”?

Whenever Omar gets called out for her anti-Semitism or anti-Americanism, she makes a steady retreat back to the faux-compassion and understanding, simultaneously vowing to “learn” from her actions and claiming innocent victimhood. It’s then that her liberal supporters seize on her sunny rhetoric and denounce all the criticism that’s come her way. That’s precisely what’s been happening since she was caught describing 9/11 as a null event.

The con artist will thrive as long her marks are willing to be conned. Which is to say, Ilhan Omar has a bright future in the Democratic Party.
Seeking Israel From the Left
Israel has always been a Rorschach test for the left, Susie Linfield argues in her new book about intellectuals' writings on the first decades of the Jewish home state. And she's right, if not quite in the way she may have intended the metaphor.

Yes, Israel is like a Rorschach test, in the sense that many people over the 70 years of the country's existence have seen in its abstract representation some strange specificity wrought by their own fervid imagination. But Israel is like a Rorschach test in another and more important way. Something disturbing is revealed when the symmetrical inkblots of a Rorschach test provoke descriptions of violence and hatred. And something just as disturbing is revealed when the image of Israel provokes ferocious anger and unrelenting hostility.

Which it does, for a large percentage of the left these days. In her introduction and conclusion, Linfield points out that Israel was created by people who were often socialists, and it enjoyed considerable support among leftists in the West into the 1960s. But somehow, these days, Israel faces a violent antipathy from the left. An important task for historians lies in exploring how that reversal came about.

Linfield, a journalism professor at NYU, is a self-proclaimed leftist worried about the ways in which anti-Zionism has led to a surge of anti-Semitism. And yet, despite her interest in the question of why the left has rejected Israel, she attempts something different in The Lions' Den. In essence, she attacks the premise. Examining the work of prior generations of prominent intellectuals and journalists, The Lions' Den suggests that Israel has always provoked strange notions in intellectuals.

The figures Linfield takes up are a gallery of prominent Jewish left-leaning thinkers from the 1940s on—especially in her chapters on Hannah Arendt, Arthur Koestler, Isaac Deutscher, Maxime Rodinson, I.F. Stone, and Noam Chomsky. She focuses as well on two further figures: Fred Halliday (the only gentile writer she takes up) and Albert Memmi (the Tunisian writer and only non-Westerner in the book). All of them were sometime Zionists, and all of them indulged anti-Zionism. By describing their intellectual journeys—and their intellectual peculiarities—Linfield hopes to illuminate the left's odd
relation to Israel.



Pompeo says PM’s West Bank sovereignty vow won’t hurt Trump peace plan
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday said he did not believe Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s talk of extending Israeli sovereignty to West Bank settlements would hurt the Trump administration’s long-gestating peace plan.

His comments would appear to indicate that the US plan does not provide for Palestinian statehood, or even for Palestinian control of substantive contiguous territory in the West Bank.

Asked during a CNN interview by anchor Jake Tapper whether he thought Netanyahu “vowing to annex the West Bank” could hurt the US proposal, Pompeo answered “I don’t.”

“I think that the vision that we’ll lay out is going to represent a significant change from the model that’s been used,” he added.

“We’ve had a lot of ideas for 40 years. They did not deliver peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians,” he said. “Our idea is to put forward a vision that has ideas that are new, that are different, that are unique, that tries to reframe and reshape what’s been an intractable problem.”

He said the Trump administration wanted “a better life” for both Israelis and Palestinians.

In interviews days before the elections, Netanyahu said he intended to gradually apply Israeli law to all settlements, and that he hoped he could do so with the agreement of the United States.
Trump says Netanyahu election win means a ‘better chance for peace’
US President Donald Trump on Wednesday congratulated Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on his win in the Israeli election, and said it would improve the chances of success for his administration’s much-anticipated peace plan.

“I think we have a better chance now that Bibi has won,” Trump told reporters on the White House South Lawn before heading to Texas, using Netanyahu’s nickname. “The fact that Bibi has won, I think we’ll see some pretty good actions in terms of peace.”

“Everybody said you can’t have peace in the Middle East with Israel and Palestinians. I think we have a chance and I think we now have a better chance,” the US president added.

The White House has said it would release its peace proposal following the elections in Israel, though a report on Israeli television earlier this week said the exact timing would be dependent on the outcome of the vote.

With over 97 percent of ballots counted, and his Likud party and fellow right-wing and religious parties poised to secure a clear majority of Knesset seats, Netanyahu emerged from Tuesday’s elections in the best position to muster a coalition.

“I’d like to congratulate Bibi Netanyahu. It looks like that race has been won by him. It may be a little early but I’m hearing he’s won it and won it in good fashion,” Trump said.
Algemeiner Editor-in-Chief: Trump Peace Plan Likely to Be Very Different From Previous Initiatives
President Donald Trump’s upcoming peace plan for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict will likely be very different from previous such attempts, said Algemeiner editor-in-chief Dovid Efune on Thursday.

Speaking to i24 News, Efune said of the Trump plan, “We’ve suspected for a long time that it’s going to be quite different from what people are expecting. When we’ve spoken about peace plans in the past, typically there’s this land-for-peace equation, there’s a two-state solution, there is a framework which we’ve come to expect over decades. I’d be very surprised if its going to be along those lines.”

“I think we’re going to see a regional initiative,” he added. “We’ve had assurances time and time again from different members of the Trump administration that they would not be looking to predetermine the outcome. They won’t be coming to the table and saying, ‘Here’s what the results should be.’”

“It’s about creating a framework,” said Efune. “It’s about empowering, creating incentives, and trying to broaden the issue to regional peace and not just the Israeli-Palestinian discussion.”


Bill Clinton: Netanyahu ‘knows how to hit people where they’re tender’
Former US President Bill Clinton hailed the political prowess of newly re-elected Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, saying the “highly intelligent” Israeli leader should never be underestimated, but adding a back-handed compliment.

“You should never underestimate him, he’s highly intelligent, he understands his electorate,” Clinton said on stage Thursday at an event in New York City, as final vote counts in Israel confirmed that Netanyahu is heading for a fifth term as prime minister.

Then Clinton added: “He’s smart and able and he knows how to hit people where they’re tender.”

Clinton was speaking at an event at the Beacon Theater alongside his wife, former US secretary of state and failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

“There’s lots of minority parties in Israel, and more of them are aligned with the settler movement or religious fundamentalism than secularism or wanting peace,” he said. “Israel is a vital democracy, and they are having these debates and they will work it out.”

“There has to be some approach to reconciling the security needs of the Israelis with the need for greater autonomy and governance by the Palestinians,” Clinton said.


Boycotting Israel is Anti-Semitic, Says Newly-Sworn In Envoy Elan Carr
The United States swore in Elan Carr as the new Special Envoy for Monitoring and Combating Anti-Semitism on Thursday after the position had been left vacant since January 20, 2017.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo administered the oath of office. The secretary remarked that Carr, a Jewish-American Army veteran and the grandson of Holocaust survivors, was chosen for the “fierceness and vigor that he’ll bring to combating anti-Semitism.”

The envoy’s position was established by the Global Anti-Semitism Review Act of 2004. On his first day in the congressionally mandated post, Carr vowed to fight the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign and described the organized boycott of Israel as anti-Semitic.

“An individual has a right to buy or not buy what they please. However, if there is an organized movement to economically strangle the state of Israel, that is anti-Semitic,” Carr said. “We are going to focus relentlessly on eradicating this false distinction between anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism.”




Pete Buttigieg calls Mike Pence a ‘Pharisee.’ Here’s why that angers Jews
Pete Buttigieg has a word he likes to use to describe Vice President Mike Pence: “Pharisee.”

Jewish scholars would like him to stop doing that.

Buttigieg, the 37-year-old mayor of South Bend, Indiana, who is running a dark horse campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination, has advanced the idea of liberal candidates using religious language to express their values.

The flip side of that, Buttigieg says, is that Republican leaders don’t practice the religious values they preach. He takes particular aim at Pence, who often speaks of his own conservative Christian values while serving under President Donald Trump. Buttigieg has criticized Trump for paying off an adult film actress with whom he allegedly had an affair.

Buttigieg believes that reeks of hypocrisy, so he uses an age-old Christian metaphor for hypocrites: the Pharisees.

“There’s an awful lot about Pharisees in there,” Buttigieg told The Washington Post this week, referring to the New Testament while discussing Pence. “And when you see someone, especially somebody who has such a dogmatic take on faith that they bring it into public life, being willing to attach themselves to this administration for the purposes of gaining power, it is alarmingly resonant with some New Testament themes, and not in a good way.”

The Pharisees were one of several Jewish sects during the first century, the time of Jesus. They also included the rabbis of the Talmud and the creators of Rabbinic Judaism, the ideological ancestor of mainstream Jewish practice today.

But in Christian discourse, the Pharisees have taken on the role of “hypocrites, fools and a brood of vipers, full of extortion, greed, and iniquity,” wrote Amy-Jill Levine, a professor at the Vanderbilt University Divinity School, in an article in Sojourners magazine. That’s because the New Testament Gospels say Pharisee leaders criticized Jesus and lambaste them for hypocrisy.
Rivlin rebukes Bolsonaro: ‘No one will order forgiveness of the Jewish people’
President Reuven Rivlin on Saturday rebuked his Brazilian counterpart Jair Bolsonaro for saying this week that the crimes of the Holocaust can be forgiven, though not forgotten.

“No one will order the forgiveness of the Jewish people, and it can never be bought in the name of interests,” he said.

“What [the Nazis] did to us is etched into our memory, the memory of an ancient people,” Rivlin wrote on Twitter.

“We will never cooperate with those who deny the truth or try to erase it from memory — not by individuals and groups, not by party leaders and not by heads of state,” he wrote, the last being in apparent reference to Bolsonaro.

“We will never forgive and never forget. No one will order the forgiveness of the Jewish people, and it can never be bought in the name of interests.”

Rivlin said the Jewish people would “always fight against anti-Semitism and xenophobia,” while calling on politicians not to wade into historically fraught matters. “Political leaders are responsible for shaping the future. Historians describe the past and research what happened. Neither should stray into the territory of the other,” he said.
Yad Vashem slams Bolsonaro after Holocaust comments
President Reuven Rivlin and Yad Vashem took Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro to task on Saturday for saying the crimes of the Holocaust can be forgiven, though not forgotten.

“We can forgive, but we cannot forget,” said Bolsonaro – a strong supporter of Israel who has reversed his country’s previously negative positions regarding Israel – at a meeting with Evangelical pastors in Rio de Janeiro on Thursday.
“Those that forget their past are sentenced not to have a future. We need to act so that the Holocaust will not repeat itself,” the Brazilian leader said.
Iranian forces said killed in reported Israel airstrike on Syria missile factory
A number of Iranian forces were reportedly killed in an airstrike on a Syrian military position near the city of Masyaf in western Hama province overnight Friday-Saturday. Syrian state media said Israeli jets carried out the raid in the middle of the night, firing missiles while flying in Lebanese airspace.

Syria’s official state news agency SANA said Israel targeted a military site in the area, but that Syrian air defenses intercepted the attack, downing some of the missiles fired. The regime mouthpiece said the interception resulted in the destruction of several buildings and the wounding of three “fighters.” The area is known to house Iranian forces and their Lebanese proxy, Hezbollah.

According to a report by the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights in Arabic, Iranian “elements” and pro-Iranian militants were killed in the alleged attack, and 17 people were injured.

Israel does not regularly comment on alleged strikes in Syria, though it has acknowledged some operations.

The Observatory said Saturday that the strike targeted a Syrian military college in the town and two buildings used by Iranian forces in nearby villages — a development center for medium-range missiles in Zawi and a training camp in Sheikh Ghadban.
Abbas swears in new PA government led by his Fatah ally, Mohammad Shtayyeh
A new Palestinian Authority government was sworn in by PA President Mahmoud Abbas on Saturday, a month after he tapped longtime ally Mohammad Shtayyeh, a member of his Fatah party, as the next premier.

The 61-year-old Shtayyeh is replacing Rami Hamdallah, who served as prime minister of the Palestinian government since 2013. He is seen as being critical of the Gaza Strip’s Hamas rulers, as well as a proponent of continuing peace talks with Israel.

The new 21-member cabinet includes some fresh faces, but senior officials, such as Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malki and Finance Minister Shukri Bishara, are keeping their positions.

Novelist Atef Abu Seif of Gaza, who was recently badly beaten during Hamas’s crackdown on protesters in the Strip, will become culture minister.

Shtayyeh’s government replaces a technocratic administration, which had the nominal backing of Hamas and all other Palestinian factions.
Thousands protest along Gaza border, 15-year-old shot dead - report
A 15-year-old boy was shot in the stomach during clashes with IDF forces east of the Jabaliya refugee camp, according to the Hamas Health Ministry on Friday.

According to the report, two other people were injured by gunfire in clashes with IDF forces east of Gaza City, when 9,000 demonstrators protested in five locations along the Gaza border.

A Palestinian was arrested after cutting the fence into Israel, waving a Palestinian flag.

The border protests began on March 30th and has seen over half a million people violently demonstrating along the security fence with Israel demanding an end to the 12-year long blockade, congregating at points along the border range between several thousand to 45,000 each day.

The one year anniversary of the border riots last week saw some 40,000 Palestinians demonstrate along the border fence and saw three Palestinians killed by IDF fire.

The cross-border violence immediately played into Israel's election campaign, which concluded earlier this week with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu heading toward a record fifth term in office.

But Egyptian mediators intervened to avoid further escalation by persuading Israel to lift restrictions on the movement of goods and people in and out of Gaza and expand the breadth of Mediterranean waters where Gazans can fish.
EU's Collusion with Iran
The main purpose of the Instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges (INSTEX) is to ensure that Europe -- and potentially third countries -- can continue doing business with the mullahs in Iran without risking US penalties for contravening US sanctions.

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini seems strongly committed to ensuring that Iran -- and Europe -- continue receiving economic benefits from the illegal, unsigned, and unratified Iran nuclear deal. Mogherini insisted that Iran is complying with the JCPOA. It is not. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, referring to documents seized by Israel, stated that the nuclear deal was "built on lies" .

No amount of human rights abuses, however atrocious -- or terrorism, even against its own citizens; or cheating to acquire deliverable nuclear capability to unleash on Israel, the US and eventually threaten the entire West -- will, it seems, deter the EU from its criminal collusion with Iran. Europe seems determined to wade into its own destruction with its eyes wide open.
The IAEA’s Blind Spots on Iran’s Nuclear Program
On April 9, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani boasted that “today and throughout the past year, we have launched 114 new technologies via the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran. This is the message to the world: You have not succeeded, and you will not succeed in preventing the progress and development of the Iranian people and their nuclear program. If yesterday you feared our IR-1 centrifuges, well, here you go!”

He has reason to boast. The 2015 Iranian nuclear deal brokered by former President Barack Obama was extremely weak, but yet, given its weaknesses, the agency that was expected to monitor Iran’s compliance has been exceedingly lax.

On April 4, The Wall Street Journal reported that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspected a warehouse in Tehran that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last year said housed nuclear equipment and materials.

When negotiating the Iranian nuclear deal, President Obama promised “anytime, anywhere inspections.” Yet six months elapsed from Netanyahu’s speech until the inspection. The question is what took the IAEA so long?


WaPo Rushes to Defend Ilhan Omar’s 9/11 Remarks, Fails Spectacularly
The Washington Post, in full white knight mode, rushed to Omar’s defense in publishing a piece in which they claimed context was needed.

After quoting several lines from her speech (which did not change what she said), “fact checker” Glenn Kessler wrote:

We will leave it to readers to determine whether Omar should have referred to “terrorists” or if the context for “some people” is clear from the speech.

When we listened to the whole speech, we were reminded of President George W. Bush’s phrasing in two famous moments after the Sept. 11 attacks.

“I can hear you! I can hear you! The rest of the world hears you! And the people — and the people who knocked these buildings down will hear all of us soon!” – Bullhorn address to Ground Zero rescue workers, Sept. 14, 2001


The other one was an Islamic Center speech in which President Bush defended Muslims in the aftermath of 9/11.

Kessler suggests that Bush’s bullhorn comments and the ones he made defending Muslims were no different than Omar’s speech.

In reality, the context surrounding Bush’s speeches meant everything after the terrorist attacks. He was by no means downplaying what happened. In the coming weeks and months, his administration would respond forcefully to the attacks.

On the other hand, the context the Post provided for Omar’s speech didn’t do her any justice. In fact, the context provided by the full video made her “some people did something” quote even worse.

Making things worse still is Omar’s widely-known reputation for repeating anti-Semitic tropes, which is a significant context for drawing conclusions about what Omar says all on its own.
Group Planning NY Rally Urging Schumer To Get Ilhan Omar Off Foreign Affairs Committee
A group called The Coalition to Get Ilhan Omar off the Foreign Affairs Committee is holding a rally on May 19 titled “Operation: Schumer’s Doorstep.”

The group states: “The Coalition seeks to mobilize Americans of all political, ethnic and religious backgrounds who are concerned about Rep. Ilhan Omar’s continuing presence on the House Foreign Affairs Committee. The Coalition’s first goal is to enlist (through all reasonable means of persuasion granted by the Constitution) Senator Schumer in the cause. The event will be part peaceful protest, prayer vigil, and press conference.”

The rally will be held outside Schumer’s building by Prospect Park in Brooklyn.

The group counsels, “We’d like people of faith to lead a prayer calling for Schumer to gain the courage of his convictions so that from this moment on, the senator will fight with every fiber of his being to drive Omar off the committee. We pray for him to become the Shomer he has always said he is.”



Dems to Redefine Hate Crime as ‘Disagreeing with Ilhan Omar About Anything’ (satire)

Claiming that existing language did not go far enough to protect victims of racism and Islamophobia, House Democrats have passed a bill redefining the term “hate crime” to include “any criticism of, or disagreement with, Representative Ilhan Omar.”

The bill comes after Omar’s description of the September 11 attacks as “some people did something” sparked outrage and led to criticism that she showed a lack of sensitivity towards victims of the attacks. Her defenders, however, said these criticisms led to death threats against the Congresswoman.

“Clearly, there could only be one reason that someone would criticize an elected member of Congress, and that is sheer bigotry,” Representative Ro Khanna said on the House floor. “No criticism of Congresswoman Omar’s religious beliefs, her actions, or her political views will be tolerated.”

After initially resisting, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was forced to bring the bill to the floor after several progressive party members threatened to lock themselves in their rooms until she agreed to do so. For some freshman lawmakers, however, the bill does not go far enough.
University of North Carolina Condemns ‘Disturbing, Hateful Language’ After Palestinian Rapper Performs Self-Described ‘Antisemitic Song’
The interim chancellor of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill has rebuked a recent campus performance by a Palestinian rapper who sang a self-described “antisemitic song” and asked audience members to invoke Mel Gibson when participating.

Palestinian rapper Tamer Nafar of the hip hop group DAM performed at UNC on the evening of March 22, as part of a 3-day academic conference on the Gaza Strip. The conference was sponsored by the UNC Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies and Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies, and co-sponsored by multiple departments.

“This is my antisemitic song,” Nafar was recorded saying in a clip shared by filmmaker Ami Horowitz.

“Let’s try it together,” the rapper said while encouraging audience members to join him. “I need your help, I cannot be antisemitic alone.”


New York Times Suggests “Terrorist” Label for Israel
These contorted paragraphs are a prime example of how the newspaper’s preoccupation with casting Israel in a negative light comes at the expense of a well-informed public. Straightforward coverage of the U.S. decision about the Revolutionary Guard would leave readers with a clear understanding of the American criteria for designating Foreign Terrorist Organizations, would forthrightly describe the U.S. justification for applying the designation to Iran, and would not mislead about the State Department’s policy direction.

CAMERA’s billboard outside the New York Times building calls out the newspaper’s biased and inflammatory coverage.

What’s the actual criteria for designating a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO), if not use of violence by intelligence services? The Foundation for Defense of Democracies explains that
U.S. law defines “terrorism” as “premeditated, politically motivated violence perpetrated against noncombatant targets by subnational groups or clandestine agents.” To be designated as an FTO under U.S. law, a foreign organization must engage in terrorism or terrorist activities that “threatens the security of United States nationals or the national security of the United States.”

That’s easy enough. And easy enough for a Times reporter to research. The passages in quotes come directly from the US Code. Similar language appears on the State Department’s Foreign Terrorist Organizations web page, which notes that in order to be listed, an organization must engage in “terrorist activity or terrorism” and “must threaten the security of U.S. nationals or the national security … of the United States.”

That’s why use of violence by, for example, a French intelligence agency doesn’t put that agency at risk for being designated a Foreign Terrorist Organization. The U.S. didn’t view their use of force as terrorism, and doesn’t regard their ally’s actions as threatening American security. The same goes for Israeli intelligence — which works closely with American intelligence agencies.
Jewish Canadian mayor: ban on wearing religious symbols 'ethnic cleansing'
The Jewish mayor of a Canadian town compared a proposed bill that would bar religious symbols on some public workers to “ethnic cleansing.”

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau asked William Steinberg, mayor since 2005 of the affluent town of Hampstead in Montreal’s west end, to apologize for the remark.

“We shouldn’t use words like that,” Trudeau, who opposes the bill, told reporters in Ottawa last Friday. “We don’t need to go to extremes.”

Steinberg instead defended using the term, saying he meant “ethnic cleansing” only in a “non-violent” sense.

The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs, B’nai Brith and human rights groups have denounced the proposed law as discriminatory and contrary to Canadian human rights charters, but polls consistently show most Quebecers supporting it by a healthy majority.
SpaceIL chief: ‘Beresheet 2 starts tomorrow, we’ll put our flag on the moon’
Following the Israeli spacecraft Beresheet’s failure to land safely on the moon this week, SpaceIL chairman Morris Kahn on Saturday announced he was launching project Beresheet 2, effective immediately, adding: “We started something and we need to finish it. We’ll put our flag on the moon.”

The small spacecraft, the world’s first privately funded moon lander, crashed into the lunar surface Thursday night during an attempted landing, apparently due to a technical glitch that caused its main engine to stop mid-landing.

Appearing on Channel 12’s “Meet the Press,” South African-born billionaire Kahn said work on the successor to Beresheet would start Sunday.

“The response we’ve gotten has been amazing. The amount of thank yous and letters is amazing,” he said. “Over the weekend I’ve had time to think about what happened, and the truth is seeing all the encouragement and support from people all over the world is amazing.

“It gave me time to think and I thought it would be a shame to leave things like that. I’ve come to announce a new project: Beresheet 2. We started something and we need to finish it. We’ll put our flag on the moon.”

He added that “Project Beresheet 2 begins tomorrow… A mission team will be meeting tomorrow to start work.”


Space Industry Leaders Praise Israel’s SpaceIL for Beresheet Moon Mission
Astronauts and scientists at the US space agency NASA commended the Israeli non-profit organization SpaceIL for its efforts after its spacecraft “Beresheet” failed to land safely on the moon on Thursday.

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said, “While NASA regrets the end of the SpaceIL mission without a successful lunar landing of the Beresheet lander, we congratulate SpaceIL, the Israel Aerospace Industries and the state of Israel on the incredible accomplishment of sending the first privately funded mission into lunar orbit.”

“Every attempt to reach new milestones holds opportunities for us to learn, adjust and progress,” he added. “I have no doubt that Israel and SpaceIL will continue to explore and I look forward to celebrating their future achievements.”

Famed Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin, wrote in a Twitter message to SpaceIL, “Never lose hope – your hard work, teamwork, and innovation is inspiring to all!” European Space Agency astronaut Tim Peake expressed disappointment over Beresheet’s failed moon landing but said SpaceIL has “much to be proud of.”

Beresheet lifted off from Cape Canaveral in Florida on Feb. 22 and succeeded in entering the moon’s orbit, a feat only seven countries have accomplished. It is assumed that the aircraft crashed into the surface of the moon.
The forgotten female WWII-era spy who stayed silent under gruesome Nazi torture
Despite unimaginable torture by the Nazis, imprisonment in concentration camps and uncertainty over the fate of her lover and fellow spy, Allied agent Odette Sansom never betrayed the clandestine ring she was part of in occupied France during World War II.

While operating under the code name “Lise,” the French-born, British-residing Sansom helped aid the resistance in her homeland. Her actual name — which changed after the war during her several marriages — would be honored in the annals of espionage when she received the George Cross after the war. She was the first woman who had faced enemy fire to receive the honor, the second-highest award in the UK.

A posthumous UK postage stamp honoring her for her wartime service lists her as Odette Hallowes, the surname of her third husband.

While her exploits made her a celebrity in ensuing years, Sansom has become largely forgotten. A recently published book, “Code Name Lise: The True Story of the Woman Who Became WWII’s Most Highly Decorated Spy,” by Larry Loftis, aims to set the record straight.

“It’s a story of a particular heroine whom 99 percent of people — 99 percent of WWII historians — probably don’t know who she is,” Loftis told The Times of Israel. “Her family is thrilled I wrote about her life.”
Scottish Rescuer of Jewish Children From Holocaust to Be Honored in Budapest
A church missionary from Scotland who traveled to Hungary to help Jewish schoolchildren during the Second World War will be commemorated this weekend at a special ceremony in Budapest.

Jane Haining, a native of Dumfriesshire, was captured by the Nazi authorities, who deported her to the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp in Poland where she later perished.

Haining was arrested by the Gestapo in 1944 for harboring more than 400 children, the majority Jewish orphans, at the Scottish Mission School in Budapest.

When WWII began, Haining refused to return home to Scotland, choosing to stay with the children. She wrote: “If these children need me in days of sunshine, how much more do they need me in days of darkness?”

In 2010, she was posthumously awarded a Hero of the Holocaust medal by the British government. Photographs, a video, letters, a copy of her handwritten last will and testament and her Hero of the Holocaust Medal are on display at the church in her hometown of Dunscore.

Haining is also the only Scot to be honored as “righteous among the nations” – the term used for non-Jews who risked their lives to protect Jews from extermination – by Yad Vashem, Israel’s national Holocaust memorial center in Jerusalem.



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The final show of Cygnet's sixteenth season brings fun, whimsy and modern-day humor to a beloved classic by Jane Austen. Pride and Prejudice runs May 15 through June 16, 2019. Opening Night for media is Saturday, May 18 at 8:00PM. The outspoken Elizabeth Bennet faces mounting pressure from her status-conscious mother to secure a suitable marriage. But is marriage suitable for a woman of Elizabeth's intelligence and independence? Especially when the irritating, aloof, self-involved tall, vaguely handsome, mildly amusing, and impossibly aristocratic Mr. Darcy keeps popping up at every turn. Literature's greatest tale of latent love has never felt so theatrical or so full of life as it does in this effervescent new adaptation. Hamill's Pride and Prejudice garnered Best Theatre of 2017 from Huffington Post and was a Wall Street Journal Critic's Pick.

Director Rob Lutfy says of this much-heralded play, "Hamill has kept the heart of this story but updated it for a modern audience that might be more familiar with themes like intersectional feminism. We go back to Austen because she is so relatable, she gets our species. Our jealousies, our loves, our desire for comforts, our desire to climb the social ladder. Kate plays off of Austen's unique understanding of the social boundaries of the time and what happens when you put women into a box. In each of her novels there is a similar lesson that honor matters, that integrity matters. In the world today, that's a good reminder."

Kate Hamill is an award-winning actress and playwright. She was named Wall Street Journal's Playwright of the Year in 2017 and was one of 2018-2019's top 5 most-produced playwrights nationally. Her bio states, "She is deeply passionate about creating new female classics: stories that center around complicated women. Her work as a playwright celebrates theatricality, often features absurdity, and closely examines social and gender issues - as well as the timeless struggle to reconcile conscience/identity with social pressures."

The tenacious Lizzy is played by Jacque Wilke (Stupid F**king Bird). The role of austere and enigmatic Mr. Darcy is played by Steven Lone (The Last Wife). The comically gifted, ever-talented cast, many of whom play multiple characters, includes Adrian Alita (Shockheaded Peter), Kevin Hafso-Koppman, Jake Millgard, Michelle Marie Trester (The Effect of Gama Rays on Man in the Moon Marigolds), Joy Yvonne Jones, and Shana Wride (The Whale).

The creative team includes Michael Mizerany as Choreographer/Assistant Director and Sean Fanning as Set Designer. Chris Rynne is Lighting Designer and Melanie Chen Cole is Sound Designer. Costumes are by Shirley Pierson, and Peter Herman will provide wigs and makeup. Rachel Hengst is Properties Designer. Dean Remington will stage manage.
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  • Uber's S-1 filing showed that Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund owns 5% of the company.
  • The Public Investment Fund is also a top investor in Softbank's gargantuan Vision Fund, which owns 16% of Uber — not to mention sizable stakes in companies like Slack, WeWork, and DoorDash. 
  • Saudi Arabia has been criticized for human rights abuses and repressive laws, so it's a problematic source of cash for Silicon Valley, which prides itself on changing the world.
  • But Silicon Valley is under attack like never before these days, and that's caused a cynical search for stability that seems to have made taking Saudi money a non-issue. 

Silicon Valley's relationship with an undemocratic regime that has a troubling human rights record is in the spotlight. 

President Donald Trump has spoken out about it. Lawmakers are debating ways to stop the flow of money and data between the two.

The adversary in this cross-border drama is China, which has raised alarm bells in the US as it bulks up its homegrown tech industry and arouses suspicion of spying and influence.

However, there's much less fuss about the cozy ties between another repressive foreign power and Silicon Valley. 

Saudi Arabia's presence in Silicon Valley is greater than it's ever been. 

That became especially clear on Thursday when Uber filed its IPO paperwork. We learned from the S-1 filing that the kingdom's Public Investment Fund owns 5.2% of the ride-sharing company. 

The figure might actually under-count Saudi Arabia's influence within Uber. Softbank, the Japanese tech conglomerate, owns a 16.3% stake in Uber through its Softbank Vision Fund. The biggest investor in the Vision Fund is Saudi Arabia, which contributed $45 billion of the fund's massive $100 billion bankroll

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The Vision Fund is Silicon Valley's undisputed kingmaker today, writing big checks and amassing stakes in high-flying startups such as WeWork, Slack, DoorDash and GM Cruise. That means Saudi cash is essentially funding much of Silicon Valley's innovation.

As the New York Times pointed out in October, this gusher of Saudi money is an inconvenient truth for an industry that prides itself on making the world a better place.

From space to augmented reality, Saudi cash is everywhere

Some basic facts about Saudi Arabia: It's a place where torture and arbitrary arrests are widespread, according to Amnesty International; a place where women are not allowed to travel abroad without the permission of a male "guardian." It's the leader of a coalition blamed for airstrikes in Yemen responsible for thousands of civilian deaths and injuries. 

And then there's the gruesome killing of Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashogghi, which, according to the CIA's initial conclusion, was ordered by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, the Wall Street Journal reported.

In other words, Saudi Arabia is antithetical to everything tech companies' altruistic mission statements claim to stand for.  

Saudi money may be more prevalent in tech now, but it's not new. Prince Alwaleed bin Talal was an early investor in Twitter, and at one point owned a stake larger than cofounder Jack Dorsey's. (Alwaleed was himself detained — in a Ritz Cartlon hotel — for three months in 2017 by his cousin Prince Mohammed, the current leader of the country).

And the Saudi Public Investment Fund is also a shareholder in Magic Leap, Tesla and Virgin Galactic, according to research firm CB Insights. Whether you're in augmented reality or outer space, there's no escaping Saudi money.

A 2018 Quartz article cites an estimate by research firm Quid that Saudi investors directly participated in tech investment rounds totalling at least $6.2 billion during the previous five years.

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Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi backed out of a conference organized by Prince Mohammed last year after the Khashogghi killing, as did now-former Google Cloud CEO Diane Greene. But for the most part, there's been little pushback among tech startups when it comes to accepting Saudi or Softbank money.

Uber's winds of change

So why is Silicon Valley okay with Saudi money? 

It's true that we live in a world that runs on oil — so drawing a moral line isn't easy when you're pumping gas into your car every day. 

Maybe the tech industry thinks it's bringing the winds of change.

After all, when Uber announced its Saudi investment in 2016, women weren't allowed to drive.

“Of course we think women should be allowed to drive,” Uber's Jill Hazelbaker told the New York Times at the time. “In the absence of that, we have been able to provide extraordinary mobility that didn’t exist before — and we’re incredibly proud of that.”

And two years later, change did happen when the ban on women driving was officially lifted.

Did Uber's presence in Saudi Arabia cause the change? It's impossible to say with certainty, but I'd wager not. 

Much more likely is that Prince Mohammed, looking for a way to burnish his credentials as a "reformer" when he rose to power in 2017, saw the controversial driving ban as an easy and expedient thing to jettison in exchange for goodwill.

The notion of working from the inside to bring about change has a long and not-so-great track record in tech. Think back to Google contorting itself into a pretzel to justify its introduction, and then withdrawal, of a search engine in China. When outrage recently erupted over Google's secret plans to make a new censored search app for China, the company didn't even try to justify itself with a "change from within" argument.

Tech businesses don't really want a revolution

You may ask, at this point, why more companies don't take a stand and turn down Saudi cash. 

The sad reality is that companies are more interested in preserving the status quo that their businesses are built on than in bringing about change; even the "disruptive" tech companies.

That's especially true today, as tech companies are under siege from all sides, blamed for disrupting our privacy, our elections and our children's attention spans. 

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Thinking differently is great marketing copy when it sells gadgets. But there's little upside in leading a revolution if it scares away customers. 

Look no further than Google's app store. Thanks to an app called Absher, Saudi men can direct where women travel, and receive alerts when women use a passport to leave Saudi Arabia. After Insider's Bill Bostock investigation into this wife-tracking app, US lawmakers demanded that Google remove Absher from its app store.

Google refused to pull the app. It argued that the app does not violate its terms of service.

Right now, the tech industry's terms of service are clear. Whether it's about policies, products or investors, the golden rule is stability. 

SEE ALSO: Uber can't decide whether cofounder Travis Kalanick is an asset or a liability, and it makes for an awkward but revealing IPO filing

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La future génération d’Apple Watch (la Series 5 ?) sera sans doute sertie d’un écran OLED. Comme toutes les versions précédentes finalement, puisque c’est le cas depuis la toute première mouture de la montre connectée, en 2015. L’information est apparue au détour d’un article du Wall Street Journal sur la déconfiture de Japan Display.

Le sous-traitant est en effet en passe de changer de main. L’entreprise a été mise sur pied en partie en 2012 par le gouvernement japonais, en fusionnant les activités LCD de Hitachi, Toshiba et Sony. Il s’agissait à l’époque de souligner la puissance de l’industrie nationale de production d’écrans.

Après plusieurs années à perdre de l’argent, le groupe va basculer dans l’escarcelle d’investisseurs chinois et taïwanais. Cela aidera Japan Display à construire et consolider des nouvelles lignes de production au Japon et en Chine, d’après le directeur des opérations Yoshiyuki Tsukizaki. Et à fabriquer davantage de dalles OLED, notamment pour son gros client Apple, qui représente plus de la moitié du chiffre d’affaires du fournisseur.

D’après le WSJ, Japan Display devrait donc fournir les écrans OLED de l’Apple Watch, dont la nouvelle Series est prévue pour cette année. Toujours pas de Micro-LED comme la rumeur en prête l’intention à Apple depuis… 2016 ! L’Apple Watch Series 4 inaugurait la technologie LTPO pour son écran, qui pourrait se généraliser à d’autres produits.

Le constructeur californien investit beaucoup sur le front du Micro-LED, mais pour le moment rien ne semble vouloir en sortir (lire : Plus lumineux, plus fins, moins gourmands : Apple veut le contrôle total sur ses écrans MicroLED). Apple aurait de grandes ambitions avec ce type d’écran, qui pourrait se retrouver non seulement dans sa montre, mais aussi dans ses ordinateurs.


          США предлагают России сдаться по-хорошему      Comment   Translate Page      
Фото: Zuma/TASS США необходимо установить диалог с Россией, чтобы предотвратить возможный ядерный конфликт. С таким призывом в материале «Угроза ядерной войны все еще существует» в Wall Street Journal выступили бывший госсекретарь Соединенных Штатов Джордж Шульц, бывший министр обороны Уильям Перри и экс-сенатор от штата Джорджия Сэмюэл Нанн. Авторы статьи считают, что отношения России и США зашли в тупик, а это может привести к опасной конфронтации и обернуться применением ядерного оружия. Уровень нависшей ...
          Condo development in this Arizona town is booming      Comment   Translate Page      
A development boom is making its way to parts of Arizona. As more people flock to Scottsdale, developers are taking note and building tall multifamily towers that contrast with the area’s abundance of single-family homes, the Wall Street Journal reports. Since 2010, city officials in the affluent town have issued building permits for about 8,400 new residential units. Paradise Valley, an even wealthier town close by Scottsdale, is experiencing a similar construction boom. Many of ... [more]
          Right wing media organizations openly propagandize on behalf of right wing politicians. What else is new?      Comment   Translate Page      
Right wing media organizations openly propagandize on behalf of right wing politicians. What else is new?

by digby



To my mind this piece from 2017 proves that Wikileaks behaved exactly like Breitbart and Fox News, advising their preferred candidate about strategy, running derogatory stories about his rival and covering for his crimes and corruption. Recall that Trump hired Steve Bannon directly from the Breitbart editor's job to formally run his campaign.

The difference, of course, is that Breitbart and Fox don't pretend to be a "radical transparency" organization devoted to exposing government power wherever they find it. They have no problem owning the fact that they are cheap, partisan whores who are working for the advancement of an authoritarian scumbag largely in order to own the libs. That's what Julian Assange did during the 2016 election. He's just less honest about it:

Just before the stroke of midnight on September 20, 2016, at the height of last year’s presidential election, the WikiLeaks Twitter account sent a private direct message to Donald Trump Jr., the Republican nominee’s oldest son and campaign surrogate. “A PAC run anti-Trump site putintrump.org is about to launch,” WikiLeaks wrote. “The PAC is a recycled pro-Iraq war PAC. We have guessed the password. It is ‘putintrump.’ See ‘About’ for who is behind it. Any comments?” (The site, which has since become a joint project with Mother Jones, was founded by Rob Glaser, a tech entrepreneur, and was funded by Progress for USA Political Action Committee.)

The next morning, about 12 hours later, Trump Jr. responded to WikiLeaks. “Off the record I don’t know who that is, but I’ll ask around,” he wrote on September 21, 2016. “Thanks.”

The messages, obtained by The Atlantic, were also turned over by Trump Jr.’s lawyers to congressional investigators. They are part of a long—and largely one-sided—correspondence between WikiLeaks and the president’s son that continued until at least July 2017. The messages show WikiLeaks, a radical transparency organization that the American intelligence community believes was chosen by the Russian government to disseminate the information it had hacked, actively soliciting Trump Jr.’s cooperation. WikiLeaks made a series of increasingly bold requests, including asking for Trump’s tax returns, urging the Trump campaign on Election Day to reject the results of the election as rigged, and requesting that the president-elect tell Australia to appoint Julian Assange ambassador to the United States.
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Though Trump Jr. mostly ignored the frequent messages from WikiLeaks, he at times appears to have acted on its requests. When WikiLeaks first reached out to Trump Jr. about putintrump.org, for instance, Trump Jr. followed up on his promise to “ask around.” According to a source familiar with the congressional investigations into Russian interference with the 2016 campaign, who requested anonymity because the investigation is ongoing, on the same day that Trump Jr. received the first message from WikiLeaks, he emailed other senior officials with the Trump campaign, including Steve Bannon, Kellyanne Conway, Brad Parscale, and Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner, telling them WikiLeaks had made contact. Kushner then forwarded the email to campaign communications staffer Hope Hicks. At no point during the 10-month correspondence does Trump Jr. rebuff WikiLeaks, which had published stolen documents and was already observed to be releasing information that benefited Russian interests.

WikiLeaks played a pivotal role in the presidential campaign. In July 2016, on the first day of the Democratic National Convention, WikiLeaks released emails stolen from the Democratic National Committee's servers that spring. The emails showed DNC officials denigrating Bernie Sanders, renewing tensions on the eve of Clinton’s acceptance of the nomination. On October 7, less than an hour after the Washington Post released the Access Hollywood tape, in which Trump bragged about sexually assaulting women, Wikileaks released emails that hackers had pilfered from the personal email account of Clinton’s campaign manager John Podesta.

On October 3, 2016, WikiLeaks wrote again. “Hiya, it’d be great if you guys could comment on/push this story,” WikiLeaks suggested, attaching a quote from then-Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton about wanting to “just drone” WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange.

“Already did that earlier today,” Trump Jr. responded an hour-and-a-half later. “It’s amazing what she can get away with.”

Two minutes later, Trump Jr. wrote again, asking, “What’s behind this Wednesday leak I keep reading about?” The day before, Roger Stone, an informal advisor to Donald Trump, had tweeted, “Wednesday@HillaryClinton is done. #WikiLeaks.”

WikiLeaks didn’t respond to that message, but on October 12, 2016, the account again messaged Trump Jr. “Hey Donald, great to see you and your dad talking about our publications,” WikiLeaks wrote. (At a rally on October 10, Donald Trump had proclaimed, “I love WikiLeaks!”)

“Strongly suggest your dad tweets this link if he mentions us,” WikiLeaks went on, pointing Trump Jr. to the link wlsearch.tk, which it said would help Trump’s followers dig through the trove of stolen documents and find stories. “There’s many great stories the press are missing and we’re sure some of your follows [sic] will find it,” WikiLeaks went on. “Btw we just released Podesta Emails Part 4.”

Trump Jr. did not respond to this message. But just 15 minutes after it was sent, as The Wall Street Journal’s Byron Tau pointed out, Donald Trump himself tweeted, “Very little pick-up by the dishonest media of incredible information provided by WikiLeaks. So dishonest! Rigged system!”

Two days later, on October 14, 2016, Trump Jr. tweeted out the link WikiLeaks had provided him. “For those who have the time to read about all the corruption and hypocrisy all the @wikileaks emails are right here: http://wlsearch.tk/,” he wrote.

After this point, Trump Jr. ceased to respond to WikiLeaks’s direct messages, but WikiLeaks escalated its requests.

“Hey Don. We have an unusual idea,” WikiLeaks wrote on October 21, 2016. “Leak us one or more of your father’s tax returns.” WikiLeaks then laid out three reasons why this would benefit both the Trumps and WikiLeaks. One, The New York Times had already published a fragment of Trump’s tax returns on October 1; two, the rest could come out any time “through the most biased source (e.g. NYT/MSNBC).”

It is the third reason, though, WikiLeaks wrote, that “is the real kicker.” “If we publish them it will dramatically improve the perception of our impartiality,” WikiLeaks explained. “That means that the vast amount of stuff that we are publishing on Clinton will have much higher impact, because it won’t be perceived as coming from a ‘pro-Trump’ ‘pro-Russia’ source.” It then provided an email address and link where the Trump campaign could send the tax returns, and adds, “The same for any other negative stuff (documents, recordings) that you think has a decent chance of coming out. Let us put it out.”

Trump Jr. did not respond to this message.

WikiLeaks didn’t write again until Election Day, November 8, 2016. “Hi Don if your father ‘loses’ we think it is much more interesting if he DOES NOT conceed [sic] and spends time CHALLENGING the media and other types of rigging that occurred—as he has implied that he might do,” WikiLeaks wrote at 6:35pm, when the idea that Clinton would win was still the prevailing conventional wisdom. (As late as 7:00pm that night, FiveThirtyEight, a trusted prognosticator of the election, gave Clinton a 71 percent chance of winning the presidency.) WikiLeaks insisted that contesting the election results would be good for Trump’s rumored plans to start a media network should he lose the presidency. “The discussion can be transformative as it exposes media corruption, primary corruption, PAC corruption, etc.,” WikiLeaks wrote.

Shortly after midnight that day, when it was clear that Trump had beaten all expectations and won the presidency, WikiLeaks sent him a simple message: “Wow.”

Trump Jr. did not respond to these messages either, but WikiLeaks was undeterred. “Hi Don. Hope you’re doing well!” WikiLeaks wrote on December 16 to Trump Jr., who was by then the son of the president-elect. “In relation to Mr. Assange: Obama/Clinton placed pressure on Sweden, UK and Australia (his home country) to illicitly go after Mr. Assange. It would be real easy and helpful for your dad to suggest that Australia appoint Assange ambassador to [Washington,] DC.”

WikiLeaks even imagined how Trump might put it: “‘That’s a real smart tough guy and the most famous australian [sic] you have!’ or something similar,” WikiLeaks wrote. “They won’t do it but it will send the right signals to Australia, UK + Sweden to start following the law and stop bending it to ingratiate themselves with the Clintons.” (On December 7, Assange, proclaiming his innocence, had released his testimony in front of London investigators looking into accusations that he had committed alleged sexual assault.)

In the winter and spring, WikiLeaks went largely silent, only occasionally sending Trump Jr. links. But on July 11, 2017, three days after The New York Times broke the story about Trump Jr.’s June 2016 meeting with Natalia Veselnitskaya, a Russian lawyer with connections to Russia’s powerful prosecutor general, WikiLeaks got in touch again.

“Hi Don. Sorry to hear about your problems,” WikiLeaks wrote. “We have an idea that may help a little. We are VERY interested in confidentially obtaining and publishing a copy of the email(s) cited in the New York Times today,” citing a reference in the paper to emails Trump Jr had exchanged with Rob Goldstone, a publicist who had helped set up the meeting. “We think this is strongly in your interest,” WikiLeaks went on. It then reprised many of the same arguments it made in trying to convince Trump Jr. to turn over his father’s tax returns, including the argument that Trump’s enemies in the press were using the emails to spin an unfavorable narrative of the meeting. “Us publishing not only deprives them of this ability but is beautifully confounding.”

The message was sent at 9:29 am on July 11. Trump Jr. did not respond, but just hours later, he posted the emails himself, on his own Twitter feed.

Some time after 2011 or so, Wikileaks morphed into plain old partisan yellow journalism worthy of no more respect as a journalistic organization than Newsmax or Glenn Beck's The Blaze. It's protected under the First Amendment but you can't blame liberals for being reluctant to energetically take up the cause after what he did. The ACLU will do it, no doubt, as will other defenders of free speech. But you can bet the right wingers like Trump and Hannity will run as fast as they can now that Assange is in custody and can no longer help them out.No one should ever expect the right wing to defend free speech unless it directly benefits them.

This is a good rundown of the civil liberties and press freedom concerns about the Assange charges. Even miscreant yellow journalists have a right to publish and protect their sources.




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           Comment on The No-Longer Policy: Where Do We Go From Here? by RockiesGma       Comment   Translate Page      
Dear BCC bloggers, sorry to interrupt this thread but I don’t know how else to contact you. Did any of you see the Wall Street Journal article, Saturday (yesterday), front page with continuation of a two full page spread on pages A12-13? It’s about a cluster of suicides in Herriman, Utah and is a troubling, but important read. I’m hoping one or more of you will read the article and post your thoughts, concerns and suggestions to help. Same with commenters. Glory, these poor kids who feel so overwhelmed with the pressure to look, act, and be perfect, and the rejection they feel when they drift away from that pressure. This article has haunted me all day....my heart breaks for them and all their loved ones. Please note that while suicide has doubled from 2007-2017 nationwide, it has tripled in Utah! If this gospel offers the plan of happiness, why are our young people killing themselves? Oh glory, something is terribly wrong.
          [Video] Daily Compliance News: April 123, 2019-the Saturday the 13th edition      Comment   Translate Page      
In today’s edition of Daily Compliance News: • Les Moonves forfeited $34.5MM in comp. (Wall Street Journal) • Grant Thornton in how water in UK. (Wall Street Journal) • Conflict of interest in Hollywood (I’m really shocked). (New York Times) • What...
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          Bericht des Wall Street Journal wirft Blick auf die Beziehung zwischen Apple und Qualcomm      Comment   Translate Page      
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          Current Debt Crisis Threatens Pakistan's Future      Comment   Translate Page      
Pakistan is battling massive twin deficits, deteriorating foreign currency reserves, low exports, diminishing tax revenues, a weak currency, unsustainable external debt payments, and soaring sovereign debt. This crises has forced the country to seek IMF (International Monetary Fund) bailout, the 13th such request in Pakistan's 72 year history.

Pakistan Debt Service: Source SBP
Pakistan's debt repayment costs rose to $5.4 billion for first half of fiscal 2019 ( July 2018-Dec 2018), up from $7.5 billion for the entire fiscal 2018 (July 2017-June 2018), according to the State Bank of Pakistan. At this rate, the total debt service cost for current fiscal 2019 will exceed $11 billion, adding to the nation's debt crisis.

Pakistan's External Debt. Source: Wall Street Journal

This $11 billion debt service cost will add to the projected trade deficit of nearly $40 billion for the current fiscal year. How can Pakistan fill this balance of payments deficit of about $50 billion? Remittances of $21 billion in current FY2019 from Pakistani diaspora are reduce it to $30 billion. PTI government has taken on billions of dollars in loans from Gulf Arabs and China. Given the low rates of foreign investments in the country, a big chunk of the remaining deficit will have to be met by borrowing even more funds which will further increase future debt service costs.

Pakistan's Current Account Deficit. Source: Trading Economics

As a result, Pakistan is now battling massive twin deficits, deteriorating foreign currency reserves, low exports, diminishing tax revenues, a weak currency, onerous external debt payments, and soaring sovereign debt. This crises has forced the country to seek IMF (International Monetary Fund) bailout, the 13th such request in Pakistan's 72 year history.

In the short term, PTI government's efforts are beginning to pay off. The current account deficit (CAD) in first 8 months of FY2019 (July-Feb 2018) declined to $8.844 billion, down 22.5%, from $11.421 billion in same period last year, according to SBP as reported by Dawn newspaper

However, Pakistan's economic woes are far from over. The country's twin deficits are structural. Its exports and tax collections as percentage of its GDP are among the lowest in the world. British civil society organization Jubilee Debt Campaign conducted research in 2017 that showed that Pakistan has received IMF loans in 30 of the last 42 years, making this one of the most sustained periods of lending to any country.

Pakistan needs to find a way to build up and manage significant dollar reserves to avoid recurring IMF bailouts. The best way to do it is to focus on increasing the country's exports that have remained essentially flat in absolute dollars and declined as percentage of GDP over the last 5 years. Pakistan's economic attaches posted at the nation's embassies need to focus on all export opportunities in international markets and help educate Pakistani businesses on the best way to take advantage of them. This needs to be concerted effort involving various government ministries and departments working closely with industry groups. At the same time, the new government needs to crack down on illicit outflow of dollars from the country.

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          Here's Where UConn Ranks Among Most Valuable College Basketball Programs      Comment   Translate Page      

Syracuse rated highest among most valuable teams in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut at No. 6 ($162,980,000).

Ever wonder how much your favorite men's college basketball program is worth?

Newly released rankings provide the answer.

Highlights from the annual report, compiled by Ryan Brewer, an associate professor of finance at Indiana University-Purdue Columbus, were published by The Wall Street Journal.

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          Here's How Much Your Favorite College Basketball Program Is Worth      Comment   Translate Page      

Syracuse rated highest among most valuable teams in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut at No. 6 ($162,980,000).

Ever wonder how much your favorite men's college basketball program is worth?

Newly released rankings provide the answer.

Highlights from the annual report, compiled by Ryan Brewer, an associate professor of finance at Indiana University-Purdue Columbus, were published by The Wall Street Journal.

Th...


          Il WSJ racconta il difficile rapporto tra Tim Cook e il CEO di Qualcomm      Comment   Translate Page      

La battaglia legale tra Qualcomm e Apple è diventata sempre più tesa dall’inizio del 2017. Un nuovo report del Wall Street Journal approfondisce come e perché questa guerra a suon di denuncia si è intensificata, dedicando particolare attenzione alla relazione ostile tra il CEO di Qualcomm Steve Mollenkopf e il CEO di Apple Tim Cook. L’articolo racconta di un incontro tra Mollenkopf e Cook avvenuto […]

Link all'articolo originale: Il WSJ racconta il difficile rapporto tra Tim Cook e il CEO di Qualcomm


          Here's How Much Your Favorite College Basketball Program Is Worth      Comment   Translate Page      

Syracuse rated highest among most valuable teams in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut at No. 6 ($162,980,000).

Ever wonder how much your favorite men's college basketball program is worth?

Newly released rankings provide the answer.

Highlights from the annual report, compiled by Ryan Brewer, an associate professor of finance at Indiana University-Purdue Columbus, were published by The Wall Street Journal.

Th...


          Great Hill Partners, Private Equity Firm, Buys Gizmodo Media Group From Univision - The Daily Beast      Comment   Translate Page      
Great Hill Partners, Private Equity Firm, Buys Gizmodo Media Group From Univision  The Daily Beast

The private equity firm Great Hill Partners has agreed to buy Gizmodo Media Group from the Spanish-language broadcaster Univision, The Wall Street Journal ...


          Wall Street Journal: Selman’ın attığı yanlış adımlar kendisini ve ülkesini yalnızlaştırdı        Comment   Translate Page      
ABD Wall Street Journal gazetesi, Suudi Veliaht Prensi Selman’ın çocukluğundan iktidara yükselişini ve babasına olan yakınlığına ilişkin bir yazıyı kaleme aldı. Gazete, Selman’ın rakiplerini saf dışı bırakma planı ve attığı yanlış adımların, ülke vizyonunu olumsuz etkilediği gibi, kendisini de yalnızlaştırdığını yazdı.
          Washington Waits in Suspense for Mueller Report - The Wall Street Journal      Comment   Translate Page      
  1. Washington Waits in Suspense for Mueller Report  The Wall Street Journal
  2. Trump White House braces for full Mueller report  POLITICO
  3. Carter Page claims there was spying in Trump Tower  CNN
  4. William Barr shows he's Trump's attorney general, not the country's  Los Angeles Times
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          Re: Goodbye “moderators,” hello “audience voice reporters”: Here’s how The Wall Street Journal is refocusing the comments to incentivize better behavior      Comment   Translate Page      

Louise makes the case that from her perspective this new comment system is a business decision. People like you and me are being thrown under the bus. We are a "small subset" of their subscriber base. I agree with you that "The Wsj is now another snowflake controlled publication."
And that is very disappointing.


          Re: Goodbye “moderators,” hello “audience voice reporters”: Here’s how The Wall Street Journal is refocusing the comments to incentivize better behavior      Comment   Translate Page      

This is not a decision to engage more readers. Maybe more snowflakes, who need their safe space... This is a decision to silence the readers. This is censorship.
If this was meant to be a business decision it may backfire. The Wsj is now another snowflake controlled publication. Most of the people commenting were conservatives. It is very clear what the Wsj is trying to do. No comment section on most of the articles. I suppose it would be a challenge for the moderator to control...
Very sad and not worth almost $40 online access a month. Cancelling subscription.


          Re: Goodbye “moderators,” hello “audience voice reporters”: Here’s how The Wall Street Journal is refocusing the comments to incentivize better behavior      Comment   Translate Page      

If you do not like the comment section do not read it. There are a lot of people who enjoy it.


          Re: Goodbye “moderators,” hello “audience voice reporters”: Here’s how The Wall Street Journal is refocusing the comments to incentivize better behavior      Comment   Translate Page      

“ moderation is a good idea from keeping people to go over the top, to keep them from misbehaving”. That says it all. Except this is censorship not moderation. Currently the large majority of the articles are not open for comments. The fluff pieces like how many yougurts are being sold in the store is open for comments. Do the Wall Street journal readers care to comment? Just an example.

I never commented on any of the articles, but I enjoyed reading the comments. Without the comment section the Wall Street journal is NOT the same. Shame on the Wall Street journal for censorship. And to keep the comment section open for 48 hours? I think they will be loosing a lot of subscribers. I hope they do!


          Here's How Much Your Favorite College Basketball Program Is Worth      Comment   Translate Page      

Syracuse rated highest among most valuable teams in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut at No. 6 ($162,980,000).

Ever wonder how much your favorite men's college basketball program is worth?

Newly released rankings provide the answer.

Highlights from the annual report, compiled by Ryan Brewer, an associate professor of finance at Indiana University-Purdue Columbus, were published by The Wall Street Journal.

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          Pohjois-Korean Kim asetti takarajan neuvotteluille ydinaseriisunnasta      Comment   Translate Page      
Pohjois-Korean johtaja Kim Jong-un on asettanut vuodenvaihteen takarajaksi saada edistystä aikaan neuvotteluissa ydinaseriisunnasta Yhdysvaltain kanssa. Asiasta uutisoi Pohjois-Korean valtionmediaan nojaten muun muassa Wall Street Journal.Kim puhui perjantaina Pohjois-Korean korkeimmalle kansanneuvostolle,...
          Riccardo Pozzoli: “Basta con l'ossessione del posto fisso, l’Italia sta agonizzando su quel sistema. I giovani devono osare e restare in Italia”      Comment   Translate Page      
Riccardo Pozzoli

I social hanno fatto sì che le persone possano dar voce alle loro opinioni e preoccupazioni per condividere contenuti di ogni tipo dai loro dispositivi fissi e mobili. Hanno trasformato radicalmente le nostre relazioni interpersonali, la politica, il business e l'impatto che hanno avuto sulle nostre vite è stato così dirompente che sembra che essi siano diventati il centro delle nostre esistenze. Ci passiamo tantissime (troppe, in alcuni casi) ore al giorno e l'interferenza tra virtuale e reale è continua, sono costantemente argomento di dibattito nelle conversazioni interpersonali come nelle aule universitarie e nei talk show. I difensori ne vedono soltanto gli aspetti positivi - reputandoli uno degli esempi più luminosi della democratizzazione che Internet ha portato nel mondo contemporaneo - i detrattori ovviamente no - ritenendoli uno strumento quasi demoniaco, un terreno fertile per esibizionismo, invidia, odio, violenza verbale e diffusione di messaggi negativi.

Parole di Riccardo Pozzoli, startupper di 32 anni che dopo la laurea in finanza, un master in marketing alla Bocconi e uno stage a Chicago, ha co-fondato con l'allora fidanzata e socia Chiara Ferragni "TheBlondSalad.com", tra i più influenti e seguiti fashion blog del mondo, "un'esperienza eccezionale e indimenticabile, il primo modello di business nato da un blogger", ci dice quando lo incontriamo a Milano durante la settimana del Mobile, ma nulla di più ed è giusto che sia così, perché molte cose, così come nascono, possono anche finire. Il blog esiste ancora, ma non la loro storia e ognuno oggi ha la sua vita, affettiva e professionale.

Pozzoli ha continuato a creare business nell'ambito del cibo e della moda co-fondando altre cinque startup, tiene conferenze marketing in università come Harvard e Columbia ed è direttore creativo della neonata struttura Condé Nast Social Talents, per la quale si occupa di selezionare, far crescere e far conoscere al pubblico, ai partner e al mercato gli influencer italiani. "Smetto quando voglio (ma anche no)", pubblicato da DeA Planeta Libri, è appena uscito ma sta già salendo i vertici delle classifiche di quelli più venduti.

Il sottotitolo del suo libro recita "21 giorni per scoprire come stare sui social in modo consapevole": è davvero possibile?

"Certamente. Io sono da venti anni sui social, ho dovuto imparare a prendere le misure, a capire il funzionamento di determinati meccanismi, ma in maniera consapevole e, con un piccolo sforzo, ci si riesce. Li vivo quotidianamente, sono una parte del mio lavoro. Bisogna essere consapevoli di ciò che si vede e che si vive".

Come?

"Spesso ci dimentichiamo che quando siamo sui social, interagiamo con altri esseri umani. La soluzione è sforzarsi di ragionare, come faccio io, almeno venti se non trenta secondi prima di postare qualcosa e condividerla. Bisogna dare sempre un senso a quello che si fa".

Nel 2011, come ricorda, lesse sul Wall Street Journal, il discorso di Reid Hoffman, il cofondatore di LinkedIn e qualcosa, ancora una volta, cambiò nella sua vita. Ci spieghi meglio.

(Ride, ndr) "Tra il serio e il faceto, Hoffman spiegava che i social sono destinati ad avere successo quando fanno leva su uno dei sette peccati capitali, quando cioè sfruttano le debolezze umane, puntando sui nostri istinti più basilari. Pian piano ho iniziato a rendermi conto che ciò che di bello e brutto avviene sui social non è altro che un riflesso di queste inclinazioni profonde, morali e comportamentali, del nostro animo e che, ovviamente, nessuno di noi ne è immune: siamo tutti, almeno un po', peccatori. Hoffman è stato un gancio, poi in realtà i sette peccati capitali li ho reinterpretati in maniera un po' più profonda. Quei peccati rappresentano tutti gli esseri umani".

Tra i sette, il più comune è sicuramente l'Invidia...

"Tutti siamo invidiosi, l'erba del vicino è sempre la più verde, il problema però è che sui social ci sono tanti vicini"! (ride di nuovo, ndr). La violenza che si scatena nei confronti di chi ha un'opinione diversa, l'invidia che suscita chi sembra avere più successo o la voglia di ottenere il consenso altrui che ci spinge a metterci in mostra, per fare solo qualche esempio, sono sempre esistite: solo che nelle interazioni online alcuni meccanismi sono diventati più evidenti".

Nel suo caso, immaginiamo, sarà sicuramente più invidiato.

"Non penso, anche perché io cerco di limitare molto la mia invidia".

Ciò che colpisce di lei, è che nonostante la fama, il successo e i soldi, è sempre restato il Riccardo Pozzoli che, come recita la sua biografia, "è nato e cresciuto nella campagna milanese", una persona autentica: come ha fatto?

"Per il successo non c'è un segreto, io sono sempre io, per me quello che faccio ogni giorno è naturale e chi mi segue, sul lavoro come sui social (sono più di trecentomila i suoi followers solo su Instagram, ndr), se ne rende conto e mi dimostra un grande affetto così come ci sono gli haters che non mancano mai. Ho sempre pensato che il successo sia relativo, esattamente come il fallimento. Non sono ancora arrivato, faccio le mie cose, ne sperimento altre, cado, mi rialzo, sperimento, perché la vita è un processo in continua evoluzione. Le capacità economiche mi interessano meno, a me interessa creare valore. Ovviamente, se c'è poi un riscontro economico, ben venga, ma non è quella la prima cosa che a me interessa".

Cos'è che allora conta davvero?

"Bisogna capire chi sei tu come persona, il resto deve influenzarti meno. Poi, e ancora prima di ogni altra cosa, è fondamentale la famiglia: sono stato fortunato a nascere in una che mi ha insegnato quali sono i veri valori e i veri sentimenti, le relazioni che contano, il rispetto dell'altro".

I social sono diventati la nostra droga?

"Ahimé sì, ma più che i social, la vera droga sono i like. Negli incontri che faccio mi batto per promuovere il fatto che i numeri non contano e questo oggi anche nel business. Contano sempre meno. Le aziende del lusso, ad esempio, vogliono il micro-influencer che è colui che si rivolge ad una nicchia e, quindi, ha un maggior peso. La nicchia è il vero valore".

Un mondo, quello dei social, che lei descrive come un "Far West"...

"Sì, perché è un mondo dove chiunque può fare ciò che vuole, una cosa inaccettabile. Io penso che la responsabilità di interrogarsi su come limitarne gli aspetti negativi, dal punto vista sia individuale sia collettivo, ricada soprattutto su quelli della mia generazione".

Negli ultimi tempi si dice che bisognerebbe smettere di usarli, perché i danni che provocano non sarebbero controbilanciati dai loro benefici: è d'accordo?

"Come ricordo nel libro, sono convinto, poi, che sia anacronistico pensare di rimettere indietro le lancette dell'orologio e immaginare di tornare a un mondo senza social. Trovo che sia più razionale ammettere che siamo in una fase molto precoce e che non li conosciamo ancora così bene da essere in grado di liberarci del tutto da alcune storture".

Cos'è un influencer nel "dizionario Pozzoli"?

"Significa poter influenzare una nicchia di persone, come le dicevo, non essere popolare. Bisogna che chi ne usufruisce sia più critico e chi posta sia più maturo e consapevole".

Da grande influencer quale è, impossibile negarlo, ha mai pensato di candidarsi in politica?

"In tanti me lo hanno chiesto, ma al momento, purtroppo, non ci penso affatto. Sono disilluso dalla politica italiana attuale e avrei paura a fare degli step in tal senso, perché c'è un clima poco costruttivo che non gioverebbe anche a chi si pone con i migliori intenti. Penso che sarebbe pericoloso scendere in politica adesso, in futuro, se qualcosa cambierà e se è per il bene del mio Paese, why not? Incontro spesso giovani imprenditori: se solo fossero ascoltati e sfruttati al meglio, tra dieci anni avremmo forse un' l'Italia come la più grande potenza europea. Questo oggi non c'è perché la priorità non va alla crescita".

I giovani devono restare in Italia secondo lei?

"Certamente, perché è piena di opportunità, basta saperle cercare, ma, soprattutto, bisogna saper osare, non avere paura. Il posto fisso è stata la nostra ossessione e di quelli prima di noi, l'Italia sta agonizzando su quel sistema. È vero che in posti ci sono più possibilità lavorative che in altri, ma bisogna avere coraggio. Io, da inguaribile ottimista, credo che i tempi siano maturi perché il lato chiaro dei social prevalga su quello oscuro, ma è ancora più importante comprendere che gli artefici del loro destino – e del nostro, che si gioca ormai anche nel mondo virtuale – siamo, come in tutti gli aspetti della vita, noi. Un futuro migliore è possibile, non dimentichiamolo".


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          Millennials are building multimillion-dollar beauty empires on their massive Instagram and Snapchat followings, and it's disrupting a centuries-old industry      Comment   Translate Page      

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  • From Rihanna to Emily Weiss, more young women are disrupting the beauty space with cosmetic lines that thrive on social media.
  • While millennials are leading the way with the industry's disruption, other generational outliers — notably 21-year-old Gen-Zer Kylie Jenner and 62-year-old Anastasia Soare — are also key players in the trend.
  • Over time, beauty industry marketing has evolved from word-of-mouth and traditional ad campaigns to Instagram tutorials and user-generated content, making it easier than ever to launch a new brand.
  • This has opened the door for celebrities and influencers to create their own beauty brands and sell them to their strong social media followings, transforming fanbase numbers into revenue.
  • This has given rise to a new generation of wealthy women, who sit on top of beauty empire fortunes they created with their own digital prowess.
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Social media has minted a new type of money maker: the "selfie-made billionaire."

That's what Natalie Robehmed of Forbes dubbed Kylie Jenner, the world's youngest self-made billionaire ever. 

Jenner's $1 billion net worth comes largely from her eponymous cosmetics line, Kylie Cosmetics, which launched in 2015. Three years later, revenue was an estimated $360 million, the company worth $900 million, Robehmed reported. 

While Jenner may be one of the more extreme examples, she isn't an anomaly — a long history of women have accrued wealth by building beauty empires. The first female self-made millionaire, Madam CJ Walker, built her fortune off a line of hair care products she developed in 1905, according to Isis Madrid of Broadly. Beauty mavens Estée Lauder and Bobbi Brown started their brands decades before the millennium.

In 2018, Jenner was a newcomer to Forbes' richest self-made women list, along with Forbes' other "Instagram-savvy makeup moguls" — Anastasia Soare, Huda Kattan, and Kim Kardashian West, who all also have their own beauty lines.

Then there's Emily Weiss, founder and CEO of cult beauty brand Glossier. On March 19, the direct-to-consumer beauty brand hit unicorn status with new funding that put its value at $1.2 billion, reported Katie Roof and Yuliya Chernova of The Wall Street Journal

While these women aren't the first of their kind to build wealth by tapping into the beauty industry, they are part of a growing number of women who have successfully done so by leveraging social media. What's changed isn't the idea of starting a cosmetics line, but how millennials are disrupting the process in today's technological age while propelling fast company growth and amassing personal fortune.

Read more: Meet the 7 women who made Forbes' richest self-made women list for the first time, including almost-billionaire Kylie Jenner

Estée Lauder and Bobbi Brown got their start through word-of-mouth

"Getting a brand known has from the beginning involved word-of-mouth and getting attention from an influential journalist," Geoffrey Jones, a professor at Harvard Business School and author of the book "Beauty Imagined," told Business Insider.

Estee Lauder

Consider Estée Lauder: "She gave away 80 of her lipsticks as table gifts for a charity luncheon in the Waldorf-Astoria," Jones said. "The rich guests then walked over to the nearby Saks Fifth Avenue to ask for it."

In 1947, Lauder received her first major order for $800 worth of products from Saks. She grew her business with traditional print advertising and word-of-mouth campaigns, believing that women who liked her products would spread the word. In 2018, the company reported $13.68 billion in net sales and Bloomberg estimated the Lauder family to be worth $24.3 billion.

The beauty behemoth now has nearly 30 brands in its portfolio; in 1995, it acquired Bobbi Brown Cosmetics, making the line's namesake founder a millionaire, reported CNBC's Catherine Clifford

Bobbi Brown

Being bought by a big firm is a sign of success, Jones said. Bobbi Brown, who told Inc. she began the line with $10,000, also favored a word-of-mouth strategy. By talking to strangers and friends, she found a business partner, landed a mention in Glamour magazine, conducted market research, connected with a Bergdorf Goodman cosmetics buyer, and secured regular appearances on The Today Show, according to Clifford.

But that was before the disintegration of traditional distribution channels, which Jones said has happened over the past decade.

Anastasia Soare

Look no further than Soare's Anastasia of Beverly Hills line to see this shift in action. According to Forbes, it's one of the first beauty companies to use a successful social media strategy — but Soare didn't begin that way.

The aesthetician first became a celebrity favorite in the early 1990s for perfecting the eyebrow. In 2000, she took the traditional route, launching her first line of products in 20 Nordstrom stores, reported Forbes. But it didn't really take off until Soare took to Instagram in 2013 with a viral social media campaign, which helped land her products in Sephora.

Today, the company's Instagram has 19 million-plus followers, and the company has a Forbes estimated value of $1.5 billion. Soare herself is worth an estimated $1 billion, making her one of the world's richest self-made women.

Read more: This self-made billionaire built her fortune after fleeing communism in Romania in the 80s and building a salon beloved by Jennifer Lopez and Kim Kardashian

A shift to digital means brands can make the consumer an influencer

As Soare's success indicates, "Social media has become the new door-to-door," Jensen said, adding it "allows consumers to research, investigate, and gather information on everything from ingredients to brand values to see if they align to their own. The brands that use social media well are leveraging it to build a two way street of communication with their followers and because of that, they get buy-in to the brand."

Consider Weiss, who realized that social media was "transforming the way beauty products were talked about and bought," and intended to disrupt the industry, wrote Amy Larocca of The Cut, hailing her as the millennial Estée Lauder.

"There are a handful of beauty conglomerates, and it's difficult for them to innovate," Weiss, who uses social media as market research, previously told Business Insider. "Beauty has really gone online, because that's where the customer is."

In 2010, she launched the blog Into the Gloss. It soon became popular among beauty mavens, amassing 10 million page views per month, according to Alyssa Goacobbe of Entrepreneur — a solid platform on which to launch the first four Glossier products in 2014.

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Instead of aiming at wholesale, Weiss intended to crowdsource — through social-media platforms, affiliate sponsorships and links, and gossip, wrote Larocca. As Gaby Del Valle of Vox puts it, Glossier's success lies in treating its customers like influencers.

To market a new blush, Cloud Paint, Weiss hired makeup artists to use it on Oscar-attending celebrities and post the results on social media, Giacobbe wrote — regrams resulted in 1,700 user-generated images in one week; by one month, Instagram had 6,368 Cloud Paint images.

In a recent podcast interview, Weiss said that Instagram "has been an incredible tool to show a lot of user-generated content." 

While Weiss' net worth is unknown, the $1.2 billion value of Glossier says enough.

Read more: This beauty startup has become so popular that it has 10,000 people on a waitlist for lipstick

A social media following equals revenue for celebrities foraying into beauty

"Having a large social media following equates to sales," Jensen said.

A strong social media presence is so directly tied to revenue that it can lay the whole foundation for a beauty empire's success — those with stardom and a following already have a fanbase with built-in customers, and nowhere is that more visible than in Kylie Jenner's and Rihanna's respective beauty empires.

"It's the power of social media," Jenner told Robhemed. "I had such a strong reach before I was able to start anything."

Jenner launched Kylie Cosmetics to 50 million Instagram followers on her personal account, reported Sarah Grossbart for E! News. Nearly four years later, that number has more than doubled. "With more than 100 million Instagram devotees, she need only post a selfie touting her shade of the day and her young followers clamor to add it to their carts," Grossbart wrote.

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Dubbed "Cosmetics Queen" by Forbes, Jenner continues to push direct-to-consumer Kylie Cosmetics by sharing products, announcing launches, and previewing new items to her 175 million-plus followers across Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, Robhemed reported

"I don’t pay for advertisements," Jenner told Fast Company. "I don’t do commercials. Social media is the only way I push it: Snapchat, Instagram."

She didn't sign her first distribution deal until three years later, with Ulta, which she pushed with her "usual social media," Jenner told Robhemed — it sold an estimated $54 million worth of products in the first six weeks.

Read more: How Kylie Jenner became the world's youngest self-made billionaire, from starring in a reality TV show at age 9 to running a $900 million cosmetics empire at 21

Similarly, Rihanna, who has an estimated $260 million net worth and nearly 69 million Instagram followers, launched Fenty Beauty at New York Fashion Week in 2017 — and she first alluded to with an Instagram teaser. In just one month, it made $72 million in earned media value (the potential value it would have earned if paid for all exposure on social media platforms), outpacing Kylie Cosmetics according to a Tribe Dynamics' Cosmetics report released by WWD.

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About 132 million people watched Fenty beauty tutorials in the first month of its launch, reported Janice Williams of Newsweek. Within its first 40 days, Fenty brought in $100 million in sales, according to Vogue.

"Fenty Beauty’s social media game has had a clear impact on its success," Williams wrote. "While Rihanna's social media handle flooded Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, and YouTube with photos, videos and tutorials, millions of people used their own social media accounts to show off their products and offer testimonials."

In its first year alone, Fenty made $566 million, reported the Business of Fashion, citing an LVMH report — it took Estée Lauder 10 years to earn $500 million, according to WWD.

Read more: Rihanna is reportedly launching her own line with one of the biggest luxury companies in the world as her fashion empire continues to grow

Youtube creators translate their personalities into beauty brands

Not every beauty influencer is a celebrity — some gained notoriety because of YouTube or Instagram, and successfully translated their social media personalities into massive beauty brands and multimillion-dollar net worths.

Huda Kattan, called one of the most influential beauty bloggers in the world by The New York Times, began sharing makeup tutorials, how-to videos, and tips on Instagram and YouTube in 2010. Her following grew so much that when she launched synthetic and faux mink lashes in 2013, they sold out on her first day. Today, she has over 577 million Instagram followers between her personal and private accounts and 3.1 million YouTube subscribers.

Huda Kattan

Kattan told CNN Instagram was the turning point. "It was the catalyst that changed everything," she said. "It changed the dynamics in which people not only communicate but are inspired as well."

Retail sales for Huda Beauty hit $1.5 million the first year — revenue for 2018 was expected to be $300 million, according to ForbesForbes valued her company at $1 billion and Kattan herself worth $500 million, based largely on their "valuation of her stake in the company." 

It's a similar success story for influencer Michelle Phan, who got her start sharing beauty tutorials and guides on YouTube — 40,000 people watched her first video the first week; the now defunct channel has nearly 9 million subscribers.

Michelle Phan

Phan, reportedly worth $50 million, parlayed that success into the cosmetics industry with makeup subscription company Ipsy in 2011, valued at $800 million with more than 1.5 million subscribers just five years later, according to Yahoo. In 2013, she launched her own cosmetic line for L'Oreal called EM Cosmetics. 

"Influence is the new power — if you have influence you can create a brand," Phan told Forbes.

Beauty is booming

It's easy to see why more influencers and celebrities are entering the beauty space — and the effect they're creating when they do. The beauty industry has grown exponentially over the last three decades, Jones said. As of 2010, the beauty industry had global sales of $330 billion worldwide, according to "Beauty Imagined."

"In the past, luxury brands sold through department stores and mass brands sold through drugstores," Jones said. Now, though, "the whole market has fragmented, providing the opportunity for the launch of many new brands."

Over 1,000 beauty brands have entered the prestige market since 2015 because it's lucrative, healthy, and profitable, Larissa Jensen, beauty analyst at The NPD Group, told Business Insider.

It's also easier than ever before to create and launch a brand, Jennifer Walsh, co-founder of retailer Beauty Bar, consultant, and brand marketer, told Business Insider. And the power of digital has made it even easier to reach consumers.

"For decades, we had to rely on print media and TV to introduce a brand or products," she said. "Now, we can have our own channel online. If you have a great product, beautiful packaging, and are good at storytelling, you can truly get your message/product out to others quickly."

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          The Uber IPO exposes how Saudi cash drives Silicon Valley innovation, and even the biggest tech companies can’t stop it      Comment   Translate Page      

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  • Uber's S-1 filing showed that Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund owns 5% of the company.
  • The Public Investment Fund is also a top investor in Softbank's gargantuan Vision Fund, which owns 16% of Uber — not to mention sizable stakes in companies like Slack, WeWork, and DoorDash. 
  • Saudi Arabia has been criticized for human rights abuses and repressive laws, so it's a problematic source of cash for Silicon Valley, which prides itself on changing the world.
  • But Silicon Valley is under attack like never before these days, and that's caused a cynical search for stability that seems to have made taking Saudi money a non-issue. 

Silicon Valley's relationship with an undemocratic regime that has a troubling human rights record is in the spotlight. 

President Donald Trump has spoken out about it. Lawmakers are debating ways to stop the flow of money and data between the two.

The adversary in this cross-border drama is China, which has raised alarm bells in the US as it bulks up its homegrown tech industry and arouses suspicion of spying and influence.

However, there's much less fuss about the cozy ties between another repressive foreign power and Silicon Valley. 

Saudi Arabia's presence in Silicon Valley is greater than it's ever been. 

That became especially clear on Thursday when Uber filed its IPO paperwork. We learned from the S-1 filing that the kingdom's Public Investment Fund owns 5.2% of the ride-sharing company. 

The figure might actually under-count Saudi Arabia's influence within Uber. Softbank, the Japanese tech conglomerate, owns a 16.3% stake in Uber through its Softbank Vision Fund. The biggest investor in the Vision Fund is Saudi Arabia, which contributed $45 billion of the fund's massive $100 billion bankroll

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The Vision Fund is Silicon Valley's undisputed kingmaker today, writing big checks and amassing stakes in high-flying startups such as WeWork, Slack, DoorDash and GM Cruise. That means Saudi cash is essentially funding much of Silicon Valley's innovation.

As the New York Times pointed out in October, this gusher of Saudi money is an inconvenient truth for an industry that prides itself on making the world a better place.

From space to augmented reality, Saudi cash is everywhere

Some basic facts about Saudi Arabia: It's a place where torture and arbitrary arrests are widespread, according to Amnesty International; a place where women are not allowed to travel abroad without the permission of a male "guardian." It's the leader of a coalition blamed for airstrikes in Yemen responsible for thousands of civilian deaths and injuries. 

And then there's the gruesome killing of Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashogghi, which, according to the CIA's initial conclusion, was ordered by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, the Wall Street Journal reported.

In other words, Saudi Arabia is antithetical to everything tech companies' altruistic mission statements claim to stand for.  

Saudi money may be more prevalent in tech now, but it's not new. Prince Alwaleed bin Talal was an early investor in Twitter, and at one point owned a stake larger than cofounder Jack Dorsey's. (Alwaleed was himself detained — in a Ritz Cartlon hotel — for three months in 2017 by his cousin Prince Mohammed, the current leader of the country).

And the Saudi Public Investment Fund is also a shareholder in Magic Leap, Tesla and Virgin Galactic, according to research firm CB Insights. Whether you're in augmented reality or outer space, there's no escaping Saudi money.

A 2018 Quartz article cites an estimate by research firm Quid that Saudi investors directly participated in tech investment rounds totalling at least $6.2 billion during the previous five years.

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Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi backed out of a conference organized by Prince Mohammed last year after the Khashogghi killing, as did now-former Google Cloud CEO Diane Greene. But for the most part, there's been little pushback among tech startups when it comes to accepting Saudi or Softbank money.

Uber's winds of change

So why is Silicon Valley okay with Saudi money? 

It's true that we live in a world that runs on oil — so drawing a moral line isn't easy when you're pumping gas into your car every day. 

Maybe the tech industry thinks it's bringing the winds of change.

After all, when Uber announced its Saudi investment in 2016, women weren't allowed to drive.

“Of course we think women should be allowed to drive,” Uber's Jill Hazelbaker told the New York Times at the time. “In the absence of that, we have been able to provide extraordinary mobility that didn’t exist before — and we’re incredibly proud of that.”

And two years later, change did happen when the ban on women driving was officially lifted.

Did Uber's presence in Saudi Arabia cause the change? It's impossible to say with certainty, but I'd wager not. 

Much more likely is that Prince Mohammed, looking for a way to burnish his credentials as a "reformer" when he rose to power in 2017, saw the controversial driving ban as an easy and expedient thing to jettison in exchange for goodwill.

The notion of working from the inside to bring about change has a long and not-so-great track record in tech. Think back to Google contorting itself into a pretzel to justify its introduction, and then withdrawal, of a search engine in China. When outrage recently erupted over Google's secret plans to make a new censored search app for China, the company didn't even try to justify itself with a "change from within" argument.

Tech businesses don't really want a revolution

You may ask, at this point, why more companies don't take a stand and turn down Saudi cash. 

The sad reality is that companies are more interested in preserving the status quo that their businesses are built on than in bringing about change; even the "disruptive" tech companies.

That's especially true today, as tech companies are under siege from all sides, blamed for disrupting our privacy, our elections and our children's attention spans. 

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Thinking differently is great marketing copy when it sells gadgets. But there's little upside in leading a revolution if it scares away customers. 

Look no further than Google's app store. Thanks to an app called Absher, Saudi men can direct where women travel, and receive alerts when women use a passport to leave Saudi Arabia. After Insider's Bill Bostock investigation into this wife-tracking app, US lawmakers demanded that Google remove Absher from its app store.

Google refused to pull the app. It argued that the app does not violate its terms of service.

Right now, the tech industry's terms of service are clear. Whether it's about policies, products or investors, the golden rule is stability. 

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