DER SPIEGEL: Mr. Fischer, you were -- together with your French and British colleagues -- among the first to embark on negotiations with Iran on its nuclear program in 2003. The 2015 agreement was to some extent your legacy. How did Donald Trump's withdrawal from the Iran deal affect you? Fischer: I don't take this personally, but I am very concerned about the disastrous consequences of Trump's decision. They will be much more dramatic than portrayed in most of the comments so far. The aim of the agreement was to prevent a second disaster after the Iraq War, namely a large-scale land war in Iran. After the Iraq War, the Iranians tried in vain to divide Europe and the United States. Donald Trump has now managed to do just that. DER SPIEGEL: Are you afraid that there will now be a war against Iran? Fischer: I can't imagine that Trump could want that. One of the reasons Trump came into power was the frustration over these unwinnable, endless wars. DER SPIEGEL: His national security … [Read more...] about Interview with Joschka Fischer: ‘The U.S. President Is Destroying the American World Order’
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Vikram Rangnekar grew up in Mumbai, studied computer science at the University of Delaware, and by the waning days of the Obama administration had been working in Silicon Valley for almost six years. Through his job as a software engineer at LinkedIn Corp., Rangnekar secured an H-1B, the temporary visa for high-skilled workers, and the company began the process of sponsoring his green card way back in 2012. But he had dozens of senior colleagues from India who’d been waiting a decade or more for their green cards and still didn’t have them. “Some said it’d take 20 years for my turn,” Rangnekar remembers. “Others calculated 50 years—which is basically never.” As a young man with a global sensibility and an in-demand set of skills, Rangnekar had no reason to let the uncertainty of a green card application define his family’s life. In the early fall of 2016, he, his wife, and their two young boys made the move north, to Canada.Their … [Read more...] about Engineers Are Leaving Trump’s America for the Canadian Dream
Over the years, the concept of time as a form of currency has become a popular trope of science-fiction, from the 2011 Justin Timberlake film In Time, to a 1987 short film called The Price of Life, and Harlan Ellison’s 1965 story “Repent, Harlequin!” Said The Ticktockman. In the latter, human society is run according to a rigid schedule, in which being late is not simply a discourtesy but a felony. Misdemeanours are punished by the eponymous Ticktockman, the all-powerful timekeeper who has the power to deduct time from people’s lives, or in extreme cases terminate them altogether. The dystopian world Ellison envisaged, in which humans are tyrannised by time, their lives ruled by endless, innumerable clocks, is one no longer recognisable solely as fiction. As technology has increased both the ease of measuring time and the number of things we can do with it, our daily existences have become like a sort of ticking prison, in … [Read more...] about US Open’s new shot clock is sport’s latest misstep away from the epic and the timeless
For startups, securing the first round of funding is a daunting process. Doing so requires founders to take what is often a very complex idea, product or solution, and boil it down to dollars and cents for investors who, for the most part, only care about how quickly they will make their money back. The process will test an entrepreneur's commitment to her idea while any and all unforeseen business issues are brought to light. Related: 5 Essentials for Maximizing Results From Seed Capital This was certainly the case for a fintech company we invested in early on, whose model was to dispute customer chargeback claims for online retailers. After investing in them in 2010, both my team and theirs struggled and questioned whether or not investing at that stage was the right decision. At the time, chargebacks weren't well understood, and the team was manually disputing cases on behalf of clients. The process was time consuming and expensive, and few clients were willing to pay the … [Read more...] about Is Seed Funding the Right Answer for Your Startup?
Patrisse Cullors, co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement Friends and family. Kinfolks and loved ones. I appreciate the dedication to this movement and the love that is being shared for all black people inside of the Americas and across the globe. We are from hoods in South Central and the South Side of Chicago, the Grenfell towers, the shanty towns in South Africa and the favelas in Brazil. We are all a part of the diaspora of people who recognize the rise of fascism not just domestically but also in countries across the west. We are watching the country that has claimed liberty and freedom for all be torn apart by abuffoon of a president. A president that has continued to decimate the constitution. It is a hard time to feel hope right now, when each executive order that is penned into law wipes away the human rights of people who look like me and sound like me and love like me. And even with all this despair, we are in a moment where women, queer and trans folk, black … [Read more...] about What would Martin Luther King’s dream be in 2018? We asked leading activists