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Why Adolescence Is More Brutal for Parents Than Teenagers

It’s a warm evening in Lefferts Gardens, Brooklyn, and six mothers, all connected through the usual ties (work, kids, community groups), are clustered around a kitchen table, discussing their adolescents. Beth, a public-school teacher and the youngest of the lot, mentions that her 15-year-old, Carl, has lately “been using his intelligence for evil.”

The women all stop talking and look at her.

“Instead of getting good grades, he figures out how to get around the administrator,” she says, referring to the software she’d installed to regulate his computer use. “And then I see, like, three inputs for ‘Russian whore.’ ”

Or so I thought she said when I first transcribed the tape. When I followed up with Beth sometime later, she informed me that I’d misheard: It was “three-input Russian whore.”

Excerpted from All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood, by Jennifer Senior, to be published on January 28 by Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. © 2014 by Jennifer Senior. All rights reserved. The parents and teenagers in this excerpt are referred to with pseudonyms.

At any rate, Samantha, who also teaches at a public school, dives in at this moment with the force of a cannonball. “Take the freaking computer, Beth!” she cries. “Take it!”

“He has to use it. They turn things in online.”

via Why Adolescence Is More Brutal for Parents Than Teenagers — New York Magazine.

 
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Posted by on April 18, 2014 in Reportages

 

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Why Ukip’s Little England is full of eastern promise

For all that it might suggest seaside breaks and afternoons whiled away on the pier, the Norfolk town of Great Yarmouth does not feel like a happy place. I arrive on a sunny Tuesday morning, and talk to a succession of local people whose view of the world seems to be overshadowed by dark clouds: the abundance of pound shops, grim prospects for the tourist trade, the lack of chances for local young people.All that, and immigration. I meet 58-year-old Kathleen Gonsalves outside M&S, and fall into a conversation about her surname: when he was seven, her husband came to the UK from Trinidad and Tobago. But she and her daughter Jennifer, 35, have a swingeing take on more recent arrivals, and their place in the local economy.

via Why Ukip’s Little England is full of eastern promise — www.theguardian.com.

 
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Posted by on April 18, 2014 in Europe

 

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Capitalism simply isn’t working and here are the reasons why

Suddenly, there is a new economist making waves – and he is not on the right. At the conference of the Institute of New Economic Thinking in Toronto last week, Thomas Piketty’s book Capital in the Twenty-First Century got at least one mention at every session I attended. You have to go back to the 1970s and Milton Friedman for a single economist to have had such an impact.

via Capitalism simply isn’t working and here are the reasons why | Will Hutton | Comment is free | The Observer.

 
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Posted by on April 18, 2014 in Economy

 

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Ivan Krastev blames the West’s weak response in Crimea for empowering Russia

VIENNA – The West is now living in Putin’s world. It is there not because Putin is right, or even because he is stronger, but because he is taking the initiative. Putin is “wild” while the West is “wary.” While European and American leaders recognize that the world order is undergoing a dramatic change, they cannot quite grasp it. They remain overwhelmed by Putin’s transformation from CEO of Russia, Inc., into an ideology-fueled national leader who will stop at nothing to restore his country’s influence.

CommentsInternational politics may be founded on treaties, but it functions on the basis of rational expectations. If those expectations turn out to be wrong, the prevailing international order collapses. That is precisely what has happened in the course of the Ukrainian crisis.

via Ivan Krastev blames the West’s weak response in Crimea for empowering Russia. – Project Syndicate.

 
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Posted by on April 18, 2014 in Europe

 

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Vladimir Poutine veut-il contrôler, affaiblir ou casser l’Ukraine ?

Une fois l’annexion de la Crimée accomplie, une nouvelle réalité se dessine à l’est et au sud de l’Ukraine où un mouvement séparatiste épaulé par les forces russes grignote du terrain de Donetsk (frontière ukraino-russe) à Marioupol (mer d’Azov). Alors que ces régions échappent chaque jour davantage à l’autorité de Kiev, les chancelleries occidentales se demandent ce que veut Vladimir Poutine. Cherche-t-il à contrôler, affaiblir ou casser l’Ukraine en petits morceaux ?

via Vladimir Poutine veut-il contrôler, affaiblir ou casser l’Ukraine ?.

 
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Posted by on April 18, 2014 in Europe

 

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Vladimir Putin must be called to account on surveillance just like Obama

On Thursday, I questioned Russia’s involvement in mass surveillance on live television. I asked Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, a question that cannot credibly be answered in the negative by any leader who runs a modern, intrusive surveillance program: “Does [your country] intercept, analyse or store millions of individuals’ communications?”

via Vladimir Putin must be called to account on surveillance just like Obama — www.theguardian.com.

 
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Posted by on April 18, 2014 in Europe

 

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Ukraine crisis: Geneva talks produce agreement on defusing conflict

The US, Russia, Ukraine and the European Union have reached agreement on a series of immediate steps aimed at pulling eastern Ukraine back from the brink of war.

The deal, clinched after a dramatic extended meeting in Geneva, calls for the disarming of all illegal groups. In the next few days they would have to vacate all the government buildings and public spaces they have occupied over the course of the crisis.

In return, the protesters in eastern Ukraine would be offered amnesty for all but capital crimes and the government in Kiev would immediately start a process of public consultation aimed at devolving constitutional powers to the provinces.

via Ukraine crisis: Geneva talks produce agreement on defusing conflict — www.theguardian.com.

 
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Posted by on April 18, 2014 in Europe

 

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Ukraine and the grand chessboard

The US State Department, via spokeswoman Jennifer Psaki, said that reports of CIA Director John Brennan telling regime changers in Kiev to “conduct tactical operations” – or an “anti-terrorist” offensive – in eastern Ukraine are “completely false”. This means Brennan did issue his marching orders. And by now the “anti-terrorist” campaign – with its nice little Dubya rhetorical touch – has degenerated into farce.

via Asia Times Online :: Central Asian News and current affairs, Russia, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan.

 
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Posted by on April 18, 2014 in Europe

 

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In Syria, rebel attacks in the north reflect a number of important changes

The Syrian government is eliminating the last rebel strongholds in the centre of the country along the crucial road linking Damascus to Homs and to Tartous on the coast. These areas have always been essential for it to maintain its grip on power.At the same time, the rebels have launched offensives from places where they have strength, notably against Latakia province just south of the Turkish border and West Aleppo, which is a government bastion that has been under attack since 3 April. Rebel-held parts of Aleppo, most of whose inhabitants have fled, are being pounded by barrel bombs dropped by helicopters while rebels have been firing rockets and shells into the government controlled west of the city.

via In Syria, rebel attacks in the north reflect a number of important changes – Comment – Voices – The Independent.

 
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Posted by on April 18, 2014 in Middle East

 

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East Ukraine crisis and the ‘fascist’ matrix

Ukraine’s main far-right party, VO Svoboda, has been dumped by its erstwhile European ultra-nationalist allies. It was dumped for Russia with whom the most virulently anti-Semitic, anti-migrant and far-right parties in France, Hungary and other EU countries are developing close ties. The Kremlin’s blossoming contacts with those parties, and the far-right roots of prominent pro-Russian activists in Ukraine do not deter Russia from claiming to be protecting Russian nationals from the anti-Semitic and fascist hordes who have allegedly seized control in Ukraine.

via East Ukraine crisis and the ‘fascist’ matrix — www.aljazeera.com.

 
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Posted by on April 17, 2014 in Europe

 

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