Davos Snippets 2018

Donald Trump has Arrived in Davos



Greeting all. I haven’t posted anything in quite a while, but I’m kicking TWN back into gear — mostly with brief snippets, snide reactions to vapid political puffery, and some earnest observations. I’m at the World Economic Forum swimming along side the rich, some famous, and some folks doing good things — like my friend Amar Bakshi who has created one of the most compelling displays, portals transporting Davos Man & Woman to communities around the world that are much…

Pondering Clinton & Jeb from Paris



Unexpectedly I got a free day in Paris because United airlines took out of its fleet a plane deemed too risky.  I felt more lucky than frustrated when they decided to tow the plane away from the gate. As a result I got to spend an evening and morning with nearly 300 other stranded passengers, mostly Americans, who shared openly their thoughts about Hillary Clinton’s predictable announcement that she wanted to be in charge of more than the decorations and Easter…

Made in Japan: Fukushima Disaster



I finally got a chance to read TIME‘s excellent status report on the catastrophic nuclear power plant meltdown in Fukushima, Japan. The piece, “The World’s Most Dangerous Room” was authored by Hannah Beech with photos by Dominic Nahr. Best line in the piece references a statement in the 2012 Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission report (pdf): What must be admitted — very painfully — is that this was a disaster ‘Made in Japan.’  Its fundamental causes are to be found in…

National Geographic Winners



    Amazing photography, as usual from National Geographic‘s Traveler magazine Annual Photo Contest. Just had to share this prize winner taken by Marko Korošec.  This was his caption: While on storm chasing expeditions in Tornado Alley in the U.S. I have encountered many photogenic supercell storms. This photograph was taken while we were approaching a storm near Julesburg, Colorado, on May 28, 2013. The storm was tornado warned for more than one hour, but it stayed an LP [low precipitation]…

Guest Post: What is Israel’s Grand Strategy?



This is a guest note by Edward Delman, content coordinator at AtlanticLIVE, the events division of The Atlantic. For over three weeks now, the third iteration of the Israeli-Hamas conflict has played out in the bomb shelters of Tel Aviv, in the rubble of Gaza, and on the television screens and Facebook newsfeeds of the world. As of this writing, the 72-hour ceasefire has ended without a long-term deal being reached in Cairo, and limited hostilities have resumed. The apparent lack of an…

Qatar’s Amir Completes a Year: Guest Note by Mike Holtzman



This is a guest note by Mike Holtzman.  Holtzman served in the US State Department under Colin Powell, as Director of Public Affairs at the Council on Foreign Relations, and as an advisor to Qatar’s 2022 World Cup Bid.   Today marks the first anniversary of the ascension of Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani as Amir of the State of Qatar. While it has been a year of rapid growth and development for the tiny, oil-rich nation. it also has been…

Guest Note: If the Two-State Solution Fails?



This is a guest note by Edward Delman, content coordinator at AtlanticLIVE, the events division of The Atlantic. The latest iteration of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks has collapsed, arguably with the biggest of whimpers. After weeks of delays in prisoner releases, moves to join international organizations, the announcement of further settlement construction, and a potential reconciliation between Fatah and Hamas, the negotiations have been called off due to an Israeli government that was unwilling to budge from its established line, according to U.S. officials….

President Obama Honors Lost Korean Students


President Obama makes symbolic gesture honoring memory of the many students lost in the tragic Sewol Ferry incident. He gives a high school in Korea a beautiful Magnolia tree from the South Lawn of the White House where President Andrew Jackson planted a tree in memory of his wife, Rachel, who died two weeks after. This from New York Times White House correspondent Mark Landler‘s pool report: In memory of the hundreds of students and teachers who lost their lives…