The moment it was announced that a young, white American woman was going to write a script for the true story of a young Syrian refugee, the backlash began. The American in question is Lena Dunham, who is best known for creating and acting in a TV series called Girls, about four young women living in New York. The Syrian woman is Doaa Al Zamel, whose boat sank crossing the Mediterranean, drowning her fiancé and stranding her alone with two babies that were not hers. Al Zamel’s story was told in the book A Hope More Powerful than the Sea, by an American author named Melissa Fleming who works for the United Nations. Fleming’s book was not well reviewed, criticized for being “bland” and for burying the voice of Al Zamel. Still, the story, both harrowing and gripping, unsurprisingly made its way to Hollywood’s studios. Which is where the problems began. The dailyReport Must-reads from across Asia - directly to your inbox “This is not your story … [Read more...] about Backlash over Syrian refugee’s story is about who has the right to speak
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For all the raft of unanswered questions or dismissal as a nothingburger, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s two-day grilling at Capitol Hill hopefully may unleash a serious global debate about our virtual selves. US politicians, it seems, have discovered the merits of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The EU is actually at war with the GAFA galaxy (Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon) and environs. The question for the US revolves around the immense legal twists and turns on how and what to regulate. The dailyReport Must-reads from across Asia - directly to your inbox As much as Zuckerberg may have conceded that the industry needs to be regulated, scores of congressmen pressed him on whether Facebook would enforce GDPR for US customers. He dodged the question multiple times, promising GDPR “controls,” but never “protection.” An army of savvy lawyers at the Facebook HQ certainly envisaged that regulation … [Read more...] about Draining the data swamp: who owns the ‘virtual you?’
BEIJING — The brewing China-U.S. trade conflict features two leaders who've expressed friendship but are equally determined to pursue their nation's interests and their own political agendas. But while President Donald Trump faces continuing churn in his administration and a tough challenge in midterm congressional elections, China's Xi Jinping leads an outwardly stable authoritarian regime. Xi recently succeeded in pushing through a constitutional reform allowing him to rule for as long as he wishes while facing no serious electoral challenge. A look at some of the issues that could determine the outcome of the trade spat: ___ Friendly talk Although Trump sounded tough on the campaign trail and has challenged Beijing over trade and Taiwan, he professes admiration for his Chinese counterpart and complimented him on his ability to remove term limits on his presidential rule. "President Xi and I will always be friends, no matter what happens with our dispute on trade," Trump said … [Read more...] about Xi vs Trump: Who has the better hand in potential trade war?
caption Elon Musk and Kanye West. source Getty During an interview at South by Southwest on Sunday, Elon Musk said he was “obviously” inspired by the rapper Kanye West. The tech entrepreneur previously wrote a blurb for West’s inclusion in Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People list in 2015. The billionaire tech entrepreneur Elon Musk lists the rapper Kanye West as one of his inspirations. During a Q&A session at South by Southwest on Sunday, Musk was asked, “Everyone in this room is inspired by you – who are you inspired by?” “Well, Kanye West, obviously,” Musk quickly replied, to an eruption of laughter from the crowd. Musk also cited the Hollywood icon Fred Astaire as an inspiration, saying, “You should see my dance moves.” While Musk’s mention of West evoked laughter from the festival audience, the Tesla CEO has had a history of … [Read more...] about Elon Musk on who has inspired him: ‘Kanye West, obviously’
Actor Jim Carrey has withdrawn from the spotlight in recent years to focus on painting. However, his Twitter is on the rise, with 17 million followers. Carrey regularly posts politically inspired artwork to his Twitter account, and is an active voice on political issues. Actor and comedian Jim Carrey has always been known for his slapstick silliness. You know the films – “Dumb and Dumber,” “The Mask,” “Liar Liar,” “Ace Ventura,” just to name a few. But he also always managed to peel back the comic goofiness for more serious turns in films like “The Truman Show” and “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.” For his most recent turn, however, the actor isn’t acting at all. He’s fired up, and he wants to inspire change. Carrey recently announced he would be boycotting Facebook – and dumping stock – because of the social … [Read more...] about Actor Jim Carrey has emerged as an unlikely political artist and activist — and has attracted over 17 million Twitter followers