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Are we witnessing a comeback of the Stars and Stripes? - The Globe and Mail
Special to The Globe and Mail
Published Friday, Sep. 26 2014

America’s retreat was the central question. Had the superpower become a super-bystander? Or had the President just lost interest, energy and credibility to do more than moralize?...Mr. Obama has drawn instead on what he calls “progressive pragmatism,” which his aides claim is his nature, relying on an informal network of networks, ad hoc groups of nations taking on the challenges of the day. Some of them champion liberal values. Some are partners of convenience. Exhibit A: the coalition of willing Arab states in this week’s air strikes. Exhibit B: the network of health agencies and charities operating with U.S. support in ebola-stricken West Africa....On the grander issues of his age – climate change, cyber-security, the financial imbalance between America and Asia – Mr. Obama will need ad hoc networks like never before. The 2008 financial crisis was mitigated by a small group of central bankers, commercial bankers, regulators and finance ministers, supported but not directed by the United States. A president who is not renowned for building private-sector trust, or the loyalty of other nations, may be challenged to do that again. He also needs what America has lacked of late – for its allies to do more. Canada’s approach to carbon emissions is the sort of passive resistance the U.S. has encountered from India on trade, Mexico on immigration and Turkey on Syria. Under Mr. Obama, everyone has loved to complain about Washington, but few have been willing to shoulder their share of the costs.

Skeptics believe this is no longer possible – the world has too many strong voices, too many competing interests, too much of what physicists call entropy, the thermodynamic condition that degenerates order into chaos.
America_in_Decline?  bouncing_back  U.S.foreign_policy  multipolarity  Obama  John_Stackhouse  G20  UN  NATO  Iran  Ukraine  geopolitics  complexity  networks  interconnections  instability  superpowers  indispensable  disequilibriums  ad_hoc  nobystanders  entropy  imbalances 
september 2014 by jerryking
Davos diary: A new angst settles over the world's elites - The Globe and Mail
John Stackhouse - Editor-in-Chief

Davos, Switzerland — The Globe and Mail

Published Friday, Jan. 24 2014,

Another machine revolution is upon us. There is a new wave forming behind the past decade’s surge of mobile technology, with disruptive technologies like driverless cars and automated personal medical assistants that will not only change lifestyles but rattle economies and change pretty much every assumption about work....For all the talk of growth, though, the global economy is also in an employment morass that has the smartest people in the room humbled and anxious. The rebound is not producing jobs and pay increases to the degree that many of them expected. Most governments are tapped out, fiscally, and can only call on the private sector – “the innovators” – to do more....If a 3-D printer can kneecap your construction industry, or an AI-powered sensor put to pasture half your nurses, what hope is there for old-fashioned job creation?

The new digital divide – it used to be about access, now it’s about employment – stands to further isolate the millions of long-term jobless people in Europe and North America, many of whom have left the workforce and won’t be getting calls when jobs come back.... Say’s Law--a theory that says successful products create their own demand.
creating_demand  Davos  John_Stackhouse  Say’s_Law  Eric_Schmidt  Google  McKinsey  creative_destruction  Joseph_Schumpeter  unemployment  machine_learning  disruption  autonomous_vehicles  bots  chatbots  artificial_intelligence  personal_assistants  virtual_assistants  job_creation  digital_disruption  joblessness  fault_lines  global_economy 
january 2014 by jerryking
Nine big ideas that are changing the world
Jan. 27 2014 | The Globe and Mail |John Stackhouse: DAVOS, SWITZERLAND — The Globe and Mail
China  John_Stackhouse  ideas  Davos 
january 2014 by jerryking
The madness followed me home -
15 Sep 2001 | The Globe and Mail F.2.| by John Stackhouse.

The boys left and returned with a tray bearing bottles of warm Pepsi, which the professors of fanaticism opened and shared with us. They said they had allowed us this rare visit on one condition: We had to swear we were not American.

Sultan hated the place. "We will go to America with the gun," he warned as we sipped our Pepsi.

He described bin Laden not as a man but an "institution," and he claimed that in the 1980s, he left the Pakistani air force to fight in Afghanistan with the infamous Saudi millionaire turned jihad warrior. Americans had trained them in the weaponry they used to repel the Russians, he said, but now he hated them as well as the old Communists. (Pepsi, he explained, wasn't American -- it was made in Pakistan.)

Sultan also said he planned to go to the United States. Rereading my notes this week, I was forced to pause. "First, we will ask them [Americans] to take up Islam," he said. "If they don't, then we will use the gun."

I guess I should have asked him whether he planned to use his piloting skills as well; after all, we discussed the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center and Sultan was eager to say how much he despised New York and all its opulence. It was, he said, a city run by Jews.

"The Jews are the real terrorists," added Saeed, his superior. I glanced at Suzanne, under her bed sheet, and wondered whether they had any inkling she's Jewish.

But sitting on the floor of a school in rural Punjab, Manhattan's renaissance just seemed so far away that it wasn't worth probing. This gang had far better targets close by, I thought. Hindus in India, Shia Muslims down the road, the Scotch-swillers in Lahore.

After Sultan's vitriol against Jews, Saeed made a point of saying how terrorism was, in his mind, a very bad word. Terrorism involves the killing of innocent people, while jihad is about helping the poor and oppressed -- although sometimes those who get in the way have to be killed. Those were crazy times in Pakistan. The United States had just rained missiles on Afghanistan, and a few had fallen short, crashing on Pakistani soil.
John_Stackhouse  ProQuest  Pakistan  madrassas  Wahhabism 
july 2012 by jerryking
Tackling Canada's thorniest issue
Dec 21, 2001 |The Globe and Mail. pg. A.19 | Jeffrey SimpsonJohn Stackhouse's magnificent series on Canada's aboriginals deepened his reputation as one of the two or three best journalists in the country.

Here was a series in The Globe and Mail crafted by an inquiring mind, written with a rare clarity of expression, and based on wisdom's first principle -- an appreciation of complexity.

Mr. Stackhouse was an eyewitness rather than an "I" witness. He invited readers to understand what he saw and heard rather than what he ate for lunch. The best journalists are shoe-leather sociologists who ask, listen and observe.

Mr. Stackhouse displayed a rare gift as a foreign correspondent for asking the right questions, understanding the answers and conveying the complexities of what he found. What worked for him in the developing world was perfectly suited to tackling Canada's thorniest issue: relations between aboriginals and the rest of us.

His series seemed effortlessly written, the way people at the top of their game make whatever they do appear easy.
5_W’s  aboriginals  complexity  curiosity  first_principle  Jeffrey_Simpson  John_Stackhouse  journalists  journalism  wisdom  developing_countries  asking_the_right_questions 
october 2011 by jerryking
The weekend Globe – bigger, bolder, better - The Globe and Mail
October 1, 2010 | Globe and Mail Update | John Stackhouse,
Editor-in-chief. A great newspaper must speak to the soul of every great
conversation. We are doing that starting today with an eight-week
project: debates Canada needs to have, not about the issues of our past,
but that will determine our future .... It's not just our views. If
you go to our website, you'll find discussion forums on each of these
topics. They've been raging for months, involving 800 Globe readers
sharing ideas with each other and our reporters to challenge and improve
our journalism. It's a beginning. In the months ahead, our website will
be the focus of informed and reasonable debate about the many passions
of our readers and concerns of our nation. Follow the debates, in print
and online, and then launch your own, if you have the courage to lead.
John_Stackhouse  Globe_&_Mail  newspapers  redesign  UFSC 
october 2010 by jerryking
A new Globe – in print and online
October 1, 2010 | Globe & Mail | John Stackhouse, Editor-in-chief
John_Stackhouse  redesign  newspapers 
october 2010 by jerryking
Rock stars, Africa and the challenge to Canada
May. 10, 2010 | The Globe and Mail | by John Stackhouse,
Editor-In-Chief. "Today, in another first, Ory Okolloh – a fearless
Kenyan-born, Harvard-educated lawyer – will help run our website, from
her base in Johannesburg. If you go to, you’ll find her
work and a rich hub devoted to G20 issues – from the global economy and
banks to terrorism and poverty. And yes, a lot of Africa. We’ll
continue to surprise you with new material right through the summit. "
Africa  Canada  John_Stackhouse  ufsc  fearlessness  global_economy 
august 2010 by jerryking

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