By Deborah Dundas Books Editor Fri., Aug. 17, 2018 They were called “ghost rapes.” You might remember them. About a decade ago, an isolated sect of Mennonites in Bolivia made headlines around the world when a group of men were convicted of secretly sedating then raping women and girls in their community as young as 9 years old. “I don’t like this term, the ‘ghost rapes,’ because it really demeans and belittles exactly what happened, the severity and the gravity of it,” the writer Miriam Toews says in an interview. “Ghosts weren’t raping these women; men from the community were.” The trial offered a rare and sordid glimpse into the lives of these people, an event that inspired Toews’ compelling new novel Women Talking, out Aug. 21. Initially, some male members of the community, she says, dismissed the horrific assaults as “the result of wild, female imagination.” “These … [Read more...] about Find out why Miriam Toews’ new novel is going to have us all talking
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Facebook released the prepared testimony that CEO Mark Zuckerberg will share as his opening remarks at the congressional hearing on Wednesday with the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. The Facebook CEO will testify before both the Senate and Congressional hearings this week, in light of an investigation into Facebook’s role in the Cambridge Analytica scandal involving the irresponsible use of an estimated 87 million users’ data. Zuckerberg’s testimony concludes that Facebook’s community is his top priority, and says that “advertisers and developers will never take priority over that as long as I’m running Facebook.” The United States Congress released Mark Zuckerberg’s prepared testimony ahead of his congressional hearing with the House Committee on Energy and Commerce that will kick off at 10 a.m. EST on April 11. The hearing will give congressmen … [Read more...] about Here’s what Mark Zuckerberg is going to say first when he testifies in front of Congress on Wednesday
Starbucks reported earnings that beat Wall Street’s per-share expectations on Friday, but missed on revenue targets. On a conference call following earnings, former CEO Howard Schultz said he was optimistic about blockchain and cryptocurrencies – but not bitcoin. Starbucks founder and former longtime CEO Howard Schultz remains unconvinced about bitcoin and cryptocurrencies possibly replacing traditional money. “Are you anticipating what could happen with cryptocurrencies?” Schultz asked rhetorically on a conference call with Wall Street analysts following the coffee chain’s disappointing first-quarter earnings. “And the reason I mentioned this is not because I’m talking about bitcoin because I don’t believe that bitcoin is going to be a currency today or in the future,” he continued. “I’m talking about the new technology of blockchain and the possibility of what could … [Read more...] about Starbucks founder: ‘I don’t believe that bitcoin is going to be a currency today or in the future’
Healthcare companies are striking deals that are changing the way they look. Pharmacies are becoming insurers, hospitals are becoming drugmakers, and insurers are starting to become healthcare providers. The changes are part of an effort to lower healthcare costs by having companies assume more responsibility over patients. Two companies to watch in this space are Hospital Corp. of America, and UnitedHealth Group. Pharmacies are acquiring insurers. Hospitals are getting into the drug business. And insurers are starting to own doctors offices. The boundaries of the healthcare business are changing. Instead of growing by acquiring other companies in the same business, companies have started to move into new lines of business, with no two combinations looking exactly the same. It’s part of a push on the part of healthcare companies to do two things: cut costs, and gain more control over the … [Read more...] about The entire healthcare business is being redrawn — and it’s anybody’s guess what’s going to happen next
Rupert Murdoch makes a fair point that Facebook would do right by the media industry by paying for content like cable companies do. Facebook doesn’t have much incentive to listen. The company is already reticent about being seen as a media company and is moving away from the news business. Media companies don’t have a ton of leverage over Facebook or Google. Plus the technological challenges involved in either getting paid or choking off Facebook are significant. The newsrooms at the ‘old media’ Wall Street Journal and ‘digital native’ BuzzFeed may not see eye-to-eye on much, but suddenly their bosses have lots to bond over. That’s because, in one way or another, both News Corp. chairman Rupert Murdoch and BuzzFeed CEO Jonah Peretti believe that Facebook and Google aren’t giving news organizations a fair deal. They want … [Read more...] about Rupert Murdoch may be right that Facebook should pay media companies. That doesn’t mean it’s going to happen.