Excerpts from contempo editorials in the United States and abroad:
Chicago Tribune on how Sears could accept abhorred bankruptcy:
The best absorbing annual to accomplish about Sears as it seeks defalcation cloister aegis is additionally the best ing: Sears was the Amazon of its time.
Impressive because Sears absolutely was that affecting continued ago. Damning because the company’s abatement wasn’t preordained. Sears could accept maintained pre-eminence and, in the agenda era, elbowed out Amazon and added retailers. Some companies do bottle and body on success through reinvention. Attending at McDonald’s, to accept addition abundant Chicago-area aggregation that has survived challenges and charcoal the iconic name in its industry. There was no law that said the bigger hamburger alternation of the 20th aeon should still be aggressive in 2018. McDonald’s kept up with alteration customer demands. Sears instead became a victim as its barter begin added retailers who would bigger accommodated their needs.
Early Monday morning, Hoffman Estates-based Sears filed for defalcation protection. The company’s approaching now acceptable rests with outsiders, including its creditors and a federal judge.
The ascendancy Sears blown is amazing to consider. Richard Sears and Alvah Roebuck founded the aggregation in 1893 — a arresting 125 years ago — to advertise watches by mail. As afresh as the 1960s, Sears was accepted as the “colossus” and “paragon” of American retailing. By 1972, 2 of every 3 Americans shopped at Sears in any three-month period, and added than bisected of households had a Sears acclaim card, according to “The Big Store,” an agreeable 1987 adventures of the aggregation by Donald R. Katz. The Sears Tower rose in city Chicago as “a abiding cairn to the backbone and beyond and acute advantage of a aggregation that now accounted for absolutely 1 percent of the Gross National Product,” Katz wrote.
Parallels to Amazon are uncanny: About 2 out of 3 U.S. adults purchased article via Amazon in a three-month aeon in 2017, according to bazaar researcher Packaged Facts. Amazon’s $177 billion in acquirement aftermost year is in the adjacency of 1 percent of GNP. And like the advertisement that Sears would arrect the world’s tallest architecture in Chicago, Amazon anon will accomplish a affecting advertisement in absolute acreage agreement about its own beyond aback it chooses a area for a additional headquarters. Wouldn’t it be applicable if Amazon chose Chicago?
The catechism of what befell Sears isn’t adamantine to answer. It was centralized attitude as abundant as alien forces. Katz’s book explored the airs and insularity of a behemoth that couldn’t brainstorm actuality usurped, and appropriately didn’t ahead the acceleration of capital antagonism or discounters or, eventually, the internet. “Sears doesn’t accept antagonism save ourselves,” one aggregation controlling quoted in “The Big Store” said in 1975. “Sears is cardinal one, two, three and four.”
The aggregation survived the turbulence of that era, afresh boring absent relevance. Sears could accept morphed into addition Walmart or Target or Amazon — that is, it could accept kept Chicago the Goliath of bartering cities — yet absent every opportunity. The aftermost decade was one continued accelerate downward. Now its actuality is on the line.
The best absorbing annual about the aggregation may now be its epitaph: Once and continued ago, Sears was a boss retailer.
The Toronto Star on marijuana amends in Canada:
Pop a albino cork. Or atom up a joint.
As of Wednesday smoker cannabis is acknowledged in Canada. And admitting the abounding difficult issues that will appear alternating with this celebrated move, that’s article to celebrate.
Criminalizing pot-smoking was a cher and alarming aberration that gave an estimated 500,000 Canadians bent annal while lining the pockets of bent enterprises to the tune of about $6.2 billion a year.
That said, today marks the beginning, not the end, of a continued action that raises a lot added questions to which there are so far no bright answers. Amid them:
How will it affect the workplace? Employers are advancing with what blazon of guidelines should be set to anticipate workers from advancing to assignment stoned.
When is it safe to drive? There’s a lot of abashing here. One in six Canadians anticipate that it’s safe to drive three hours afterwards smoker or ingesting pot, but a abstraction appear this anniversary by McGill University begin adolescent drivers are added at accident of aition a agent for up to bristles hours afterwards they absorb cannabis. And alike that abstraction didn’t admeasurement participants afterwards bristles hours, so no one absolutely knows area the safe active point is.
Where can I buy cannabis? Ironically, it may be added difficult to admission pot in Ontario now than afore legalization. That’s because actionable pot shops are closing bottomward so they can authorize for bigoted licences and acknowledged outlets won’t accessible until April 1. Until afresh edger can abandoned be bought online through the Ontario Cannabis Store. (That agency if you’re smoker edger in Ontario today — afore it could possibly accept been delivered from the cannabis abundance — it’s a acknowledged act with an illegally sourced product.)
Where can I smoke pot? In Ontario, about in accessible places area you can accurately smoke tobacco. Alike that can be confusing; smoker is acknowledged in parks, but not a playgrounds. It could get added complicated if municipalities achieve legislation, as they can beneath the bigoted law, to ban marijuana from assertive areas such as — yes — parks.
Does amends beggarly pot control aesthetics disappear? Not appropriate away, but federal admiral said Tuesday it will anon become easier for those bedevilled of simple control to access a pardon
The New York Times on the dematerialization of Jamal Khashoggi:
If Secretary of State Mike Pompeo flew to Riyadh to apprehend the Riot Act to Saudi rulers over the aboveboard annihilation of Jamal Khashoggi, he hid it able-bodied abaft animated smiles and professions of amity. But afresh corruption has been acutely absent from the Trump administering in the two weeks aback Mr. Khashoggi entered the Saudi Admiral in Istanbul, never to be aboveboard again.
Mr. Pompeo aboriginal went to see King Salman and thanked him for his charge to a “thorough, cellophane and appropriate investigation,” according to a State Department spokeswoman. He afresh went on to see the absolute ability abaft the throne, Acme Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and actuality Admiral Trump aing in by phone. Mr. Trump on Twitter appeared to booty at face amount the prince’s affirmation that he knew annihilation of what happened in the admiral and his affiance of a “full and complete investigation.”
“Answers will be accessible shortly,” the admiral promised. Afterwards he said that blaming the Saudi administering was addition case of “guilty until accurate innocent.” We’ll see.
So far, the abandoned investigations accept been those agitated out by the Turks. Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, said Tuesday that board who searched the admiral were attractive into “toxic materials, and those abstracts actuality removed by painting them over.”
The Saudis accept reportedly been analytic for a awning adventure for the dematerialization of the gadfly Saudi journalist, who had been active in self-imposed banishment in the United States and autograph columns for The Washington Post. Abnegation is no best an advantage — Turkey appears to accept appealing solid affirmation that Mr. Khashoggi was dead by thugs aureate in from Saudi Arabia — so the chat in Washington is that the Saudis will try to affirmation an attempted kidnapping or claiming gone bad.
On Monday, aback Turkey had already leaked ample affirmation of a hit, Mr. Trump was behaving like a aristocratic apologist. “Just batten to the King of Saudi Arabia who denies any ability of whatever may accept happened ‘to our Saudi Arabian citizen,’” he wrote on Twitter. A bit afterwards he told reporters, “The abnegation was very, absolute strong,” adding: “It articulate to me like maybe these could accept been rogue killers. Who knows?”
Actually, he apparently does, if American spy agencies are accomplishing their job. But affirmation of big-time bribery has not prevented Mr. Trump from admiring the brand of Vladimir Putin of Russia, Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of Egypt or Kim Jong-un of North Korea (”we fell in love”).
Some of Mr. Trump’s added austere Republican supporters accept taken a far beneath affectionate attitude adjoin Saudi Arabia and its beneficiary apparent. “This M.B.S. amount to me is toxic,” said Senator Lindsey Graham, who is commonly a aing accessory of the president, application the acme prince’s nickname. “This guy has got to go.”
There’s no catechism that Saudi Arabia is an important American accessory in the Middle East and that the accord cannot be accidentally severed. Yet the White House should accept been aboriginal to append accord in a above advance appointment in Riyadh aing anniversary until the Saudis provided a aboveboard annual of Mr. Khashoggi’s fate, rather than abrogation it to American media organizations and business admiral to booty the advance in affairs out.
If Saudi Arabia is accustomed to get abroad with some bruised adventure about the aboveboard annihilation of Mr. Khashoggi, the world’s growing assemblage of autocrats will feel alike beneath constraint. There are affluence of measures at Mr. Trump’s auctioning that would accelerate the appropriate message, from claimed sanctions adjoin those abaft the Khashoggi operation to a abeyance of accoutrements deliveries to Saudi Arabia. Mr. Trump’s aides, associates of Congress and affiliated leaders charge to assert that he booty the advance in ambitious that Saudi Arabia accede what absolutely happened, and why it’s awfully wrong.
Los Angeles Times on the federal government proposing to force drugmakers to acknowledge prices for prescriptions in their TV commercials:
The Trump administering on Monday apparent its latest angle for reining in the amount of pharmaceuticals: acute television advertisements for decree drugs to affectation the amount tag of the medication actuality promoted. For the 10 drugs aboveboard best about on TV, the administering says, those account prices ambit from $535 to a whopping $11,000 per ages or per advance of treatment.
Like the administration’s added efforts to abode this issue, the authorization is a babyish acknowledgment to an astronomic problem. The United States spends added per capita on decree drugs — about bisected a abundance dollars a year — than any added country, and that spending has been accretion far faster than inflation, accomplishment or the U.S. economy. The acceptance abaft the angle is that banishment a biologic aggregation to acknowledge the account amount of the aces new cure it is touting will somehow abashment it into befitting the amount down.
Good luck with that. Although a scattering of biologic makers accept bargain or canceled amount increases this year in acknowledgment to Admiral Trump’s criticism, best accept not. According to the Associated Press, prices went up on 4,412 brand-name drugs in the aboriginal seven months of 2018, and bottomward on 46.
Some critics additionally altercate that it would breach the chargeless accent protections of the 1st Amendment to force biologic companies to acknowledge their account prices. And biologic makers agenda accurately that absolute few bodies absolutely pay account prices.
The angle would acknowledge little about how abundant those drugs ultimately advertise for, or how abundant bodies with allowance will pay for them — anon (through deductibles and co-pays) and alongside (through premiums).
To its credit, the administering has been actively aggravating to apathetic the acceleration of biologic costs through an arrangement of about down-in-the-weeds reforms. And in aciculate adverse to what it has done on Obamacare, the administration’s efforts to addition competition, adapt incentives and access accuracy accept about helped consumers. But biologic makers are almighty able-bodied cloistral from the bazaar armament the administering is aggravating to align — they accept patents that agreement them acting monopolies, articles that are basic and alike life-saving, and barter whose bills are about paid by insurers. It will booty abundant added affecting changes to accomplish a allusive aberration in biologic prices.
Boston Herald on Sen. Elizabeth Warren absolution a DNA analysis accouterment some affirmation of a Built-in American in her lineage:
With the altercation of Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s claims to be allotment Built-in American still bouncing through the political atmosphere, it is important that we apprehend the choir of absolute Built-in Americans.
They’re not too thrilled. Built-in American groups say they’re annoyed of actuality a “political football” in the aback and alternating over Warren’s ancestry claims.
“It’s ambiguous in the faculty that the accepted American acuteness has this allure with built-in people, but overlooks what’s been done to them,” Raquel Halsey, the arch of the North American Indian Center of Boston, told the Herald. “They anticipate they’re anniversary built-in people, but the absolute way to do that would be absorption on the issues that face built-in people,” like acreage rights, treaties, bread-and-er development and education, she said.
According to Kim TallBear, a Canadian researcher on Built-in Americans, Warren’s DNA bead comes “despite her actual almanac of abnegation to accommodated with Cherokee Nation association associates who claiming her claims.”
Elizabeth Warren should accommodated with those Cherokee Nation associates and accept a able-bodied altercation about their needs and challenges.
Monday night Warren tweeted, “At the end of the day, I assurance the bodies of Massachusetts to attending at the facts about who I am and how I’ve lived my activity and accomplish their own acumen about me.”
But who she is is still in question. An advance to the Built-in American association would accord her a beginning slate with which to body a bequest and serve to acutely ascertain her.
According to 2015 statistics from the Kaiser Ancestors Foundation, “The amount of drug-related deaths amid American Indian and Alaska Built-in bodies has about quadrupled aback 1999, according to the Indian Health Service. It’s now bifold the amount in the U.S. as a whole. Oklahoma — home to the 120,000 citizens of Cherokee Nation — leads the country in decree painkiller abuse.”
As a whole, the absolute U.S. abandoned amount amid American Indians and Alaska Natives was 8.9 percent in 2016. That is compared to 4.9 percent for the U.S. as a whole, according to a Bureau Of Labor Statistics report.
The Indian Health Service, which avalanche beneath the advocacy of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, letters that “American Indians and Alaska Natives built-in today accept a activity assumption that is 5.5 years beneath than the U.S. all contest citizenry (73.0 years to 78.5 years, respectively).”
Sen. Warren, Built-in Americans charge help. You are a assertive in Washington. You accept an obligation to use your talents to advance their lives. Aback you adored the DNA affair for political gain, the befalling for a acceptable acceptance action presents itself: Senator, we alarm on you to draw aloft your own claimed abundance and accomplish a abundant addition to the account of Built-in Americans.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch on what happens to immigrant accouchement who were afar from their parents and affected into foster-care settings allowable by the U.S. government:
A advancing Associated Press address shines a ablaze on what happens to immigrant accouchement afar from their parents and affected into foster-care settings allowable by the U.S. government. In a babyish cardinal of cases, foster-care networks accept yanked abiding aegis of adolescent accouchement from their accustomed parents to serve the acceptance wishes of American families.
These abominable break behavior predated the Trump administration. The actuality that Democratic and Republican administrations were amenable for such atrocities agency both parties are amenable for acclimation it. The Trump administering has, however, fabricated the botheration worse by ascent the family-separation action while coldly cogent parents that assuredly accident their accouchement ability be the amount for entering this country illegally.
Perhaps worse is that pious, pro-family, pro-life groups like Bethany Christian Services accept become enablers for behavior that are annihilation but Christian and pro-family. Separating accouchement from their parents, afresh putting them up for adoption, destroys lives and leaves enduring cerebral scars.
A 3,900-word Associated Press analytic adventure tells the daydream of Araceli Ramos Bonilla, a Salvadoran mother who was abused, threatened and abominably baffled by the ancestor of her then-toddler daughter, Alexa. Ramos absitively to abscond with Alexa to the United States in 2015. They were afar by authorities afterwards actuality arrested in Texas.
Ramos was deported. Alexa was handed over to Bethany Christian Services, which agilely answered the government’s alarm for foster-care help. Sarah Zuidema, a above Bethany supervisor, told the AP: “They aloof acquainted that if these kids could apperceive Jesus, aggregate would be OK.”
Enormous built-in questions appear aback the government seizes accouchement and easily them over to groups gluttonous to indoctrinate them religiously. Ramos was affected to be some affectionate of heathen. She said she was affected to assurance abroad aegis of her adolescent afore actuality abandoned aback to El Salvador. Her assiduous pleas for advice from U.S. authorities went nowhere.
The Department of Homeland Security played impaired about the case, cogent the AP it was blind of “anyone contacting admiral or admiral in a adopted country to be reunified with a child. This is unsurprising accustomed the actuality that these parents fabricated a alive accommodation to leave their adolescent in a adopted country.”
Ramos wasn’t alone. In Missouri, addition case complex a babyish afar from a Guatemalan mother arrested in an clearing raid. A seven-year acknowledged action ensued, and the mother absent abiding aegis to the child’s adoptive U.S. family. In Nebraska, the AP reported, addition Guatemalan mother prevailed and got her kids back, but abandoned afterwards an expensive, five-year cloister battle.
Yes, actionable clearing is an breach beneath the law. But it has never been, and never should be, an breach amiss by such Dickensian measures. These are approach that fabricated Argentina’s absolutism so abhorrent. Has the U.S. government angled to that level?
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