.Brian Beedham, foreign editor of The Economist for a quarter of a century, died this week, aged 87 F or nearly all the 25 years leading up to the collapse of communism in 1989, two intellects dominated the pages of The Econ- omist. They were Norman Macrae, as dep- uty editor, and Brian Beedham, as foreign editor. Their marks were influential, endur- ing-and quite different. Norman, who died in 2010, relished iconoclasm, and orig- inal ideas sprang like a fountain from his ef- fervescent mind. Brian, bearded, tweed- jacketed and pipe-smoking (or pipe-pok- ing), held ideas that were more considered. It was he who provided the paper’s atti- tude to the post-war world. In that world, nothing was as important as seeing off communism, which in turn could be achieved only by the unyielding exercise of American strength. This view was not in itself unusual. What made it re- markable, and formidable, were the clarity, elegance and intellectual power with which it was propounded. No issue demanded the exercise of these qualities more than the Vietnam war, and probably none caused Brian more an- guish. A man of great kindness, and with- out a hint of vanity or pretension, he was far from being either a heartless ideologue or a primitive anti-communist (though he never visited either Russia or Vietnam to put his opinions to the test). But his unwa- vering defence of American policy drew criticism from both colleagues and readers. Why did he persist in pounding such a lonely trail, even after it had become clear that the American venture in South-East Asia was doomed? The short answer was conviction. His anti-communism was born of a love affair with America. As a young man, at Leeds Grammar School and Oxford, his politics had been leftish. They might have stayed that way. But in 1955 ambition bore him from the Yorkshire Post to The Economist where, after a few months, he won a Commonwealth Fund fellowship and with it a year study- ing local politics in the South and the West of the United States. In America Brian dis- covered a national ideology based on indi- vidualism, bottom-up democracy and an active belief in liberty that meant pro- blems could be solved at home and na- tions could be freed abroad. This was ex- actly in tune with his own emerging ideas. The dispassionate romantic Coming from drab, class-ridden, 1950s Brit- ain, Brian might have stayed. But he felt in- dubitably British. The Suez crisis was be- ginning just as he left for America in August 1956; he so strongly backed the in- vasion of Egypt that he volunteered his ser- vice to the British military attache in Wash- ington, ready even to give up his new American adventure to fight for this hopeless cause. And though he later became enthusiastic about direct democracy (an en- thusiasm, like that for homeopathic pills, which was fostered by his links with Swit- zerland through Barbara, his wife), he was a monarchist to the end. Suspicious of intellectuals, Brian rel- ished exposing the soft, less-than-rigorous- ly-thought-out (he was fond of hyphens) orthodoxies of the liberal left. As foreign editor, he liked to draw unsparing compar- isons between the Soviet Union and the Nationalist regime in South Africa: to deny freedom on the basis of ideological convic- tions, he argued, was no less objectionable than denying it on the basis of colour. It was no doubt Brian’s command of words that helped to make him our Washington correspondent in 1958 and then, in 1963, foreign editor. In this role he wrote leaders on all manner of topics, often argu- ing a difficult case: for nuclear weapons, say; for supporting Israel (another of his unshakable causes) when sentiment was running otherwise; or indeed for the do- mino theory itself, which was never so ringingly defended. Brian was equally skilled as a sub-edi- tor. Articles that arrived on his desk with no clear beginning, end or theme were turned, apparently effortlessly, into some- thing perfectly sharp and coherent. More annoyingly for authors, articles that were perfectly coherent were sometimes turned with a few tweaks, deft as a paw-dab from one of his beloved cats, into pieces that said something quite different from what had been intended. A statement of fact might be qualified by “it is said” or the American invasion of Cambodia would become a “counter-attack”. These intrusions could be difficult to square with The Economist's tradition of open-mindedness; especially as Brian’s own mind was more contradictory than it seemed. His favourite conversation-part- ners were men like Henry “Scoop” Jackson and Richard Perle, hawkish intervention- ists; but he also had an acquaintance, al- most friendship, with at least one kgb man at the Soviet embassy in the 1980s. Away from work, the world he was analysing weekly was kept at bay. He did not own a television set, and found the best use of computers was to listen to American civil-war songs. Some of his pieces were pounded out on an ancient Ol- ivetti in a turret of Barbara’s family castle in the Alps, surrounded by peaks and clouds. Deep down he was a romantic, capable of great human feeling, whose head con- stantly seemed to remind him to keep a rein on his heart. He wrote sympathetical- ly and perceptively about Islam, and mov- ingly about refugees-especially boat peo- ple, and especially if they were Vietnam- ese. They were making his point for him....The Economist May l6th 2015

.................................................................................................................................................................america's media crisis started with its biggest brands...Help teachers and children generatethe most exciting jobs creation game? A 21st C mashup of a board game like monopoly, a quiz like trivial pursuits, and both a mass media and an app such as jobs creation sharkette tank?. more : why not blog your peoples search for world record jobs creators ..last 7 years of generation of changing education
1 the board - maps of large continents and small islands, of super cities and rural villages, transportation routes for exchanging what people make connected to webs like Jack Ma's gateways where 3000 people co-create live for a day before linking in their networks (Notes on valuing freedom and happiness) join 25th year of debating whether we the parnets and youth can change education in tine to be sustainable
2 rules of jobs-rich trading games - lifelong grade 1 to 69, beginners to experienced connecting many previous games - eg game 1 if your region has no access to a seaport, how are trading dryports developed
3 backup every trial game ever played including successes & failures, searchable by valuable collaboration factors; geographically neighbouring, match particular skill (eg electrical engineerings) around the world
3.1 cases and the cultural lessons from future history that worldwide youth will need to translate if they are to be the sustainability generation
3.2 unexpected joys; eg often the most exciting innovations for linking the sustainability generation come from communities that had the least connections - eg some of the games best players are the women and girls who developed bangladesh as 8th most populous nation starting with next to nothing at independence in 1971; case sino-english translation of world record book of jobs creators- can you help us translate this into other mother tongues - isabella@unacknowledgedgiant.com us we chat line 240 316 8157 - click to diary of good news youth journalism trips 8 to china, 1 korea, 3 arab emirates, 13 bangladesh 1 to japan

Friday, January 29, 2016

log of leadership quest to china and eastern belt road alumni networks


My father (The Economist's end poverty sub-editor Norman Macrae) freinds and family am looking for people who want to help with leadership explorations from east to west; i will publish my expeditions that i manage to help people arrange; i have market researched innovation in over 50 countries thanks in particular to projects associated with mi6t database technolgies that started in the lat 1970s ; i come from itinerant scottish family tree so we simly try and love the best of everything we see peoples making; my particular raeson for wanting to help english speaking westerners explore orientail innovation noew comes from my fathers work at the economist and the 1984 book wher we mapped out the futurte of education if youth were to be valued most and goiven the best chnaces to be the 21st c sustainahility generation

New Bnagladesh trip: may 2016 celebrtaing sir fazle abed 80th birthday with 2 extremely curious female chiense graduate students-
for log of 12 trips to bangaldesh sponsored as dad's last girls empowerment investigative journalism and 20 us youth summits of muhammad yunus -please ask for my private duiary- due to not understajding politics in bangaldesh since 2010 (egt seizure of grameen bank) i dont wish to publish the many errors i have now seen western and media make in explaining how girls buult bangaldesh as 8th most populous and once worlds poorest nation

s korea trip - aiib2017- meeting bankers from 80 nations to quiz them on the most exciting sustainability investment networks they have ever mapped

trips to beijing
8 to see how trumps state plus visit is covered and to log up which american market leaders celebrate wimn-win investments with chinese leaders
7 follow up interviews after experiencing aiib2017 in june
6 on previous beijing trips we have stayed down town next to the nations' 2 main braidcasters; on this visit i located in the number 1 entrepreneurial suburp which is also placed 5 ninutes walk away from beijings 2 leadership universities: tsinghua and peking
5 folowing my fathers main partner in euroepan su5rtveys romano prodi as he staged 3 events on how mapping the mediterranean sea nations was almost as big a chalenges as china faced in mapping both its 13 direct land neighbours and the main maritome routes to japan and south korea (the 2 other tech elading economies) preparing to understand who may be who watching on braidcast televiison which of 36 national leaders and most of the big multilateral development agencies 9eg world bank imf un) wanted to congratulate xi jinping on hosting belt road summit 1 as the start of a trasnformational chnage in world relationsips youth will need if they are to be tyhe sustainability generation
4 mainly to participate in wise@beijoing
3 to understand china's broadcast coverage of years research being presented at china g20 on what china liked best of the un's new sustainability gaols and how technologusts could help most
2  meeting lady at tsinghua who publishes aliresearch.com with student teams and the beijing leader of faciliatining harrision owen's comunity grounded open spaces- tramnslators female graduate from tsinghua; female graduate from hunan vilages where maos revolution leap forward once the first chnage goal of ending closed state communism was identified asd women lift up half the sky
1 mapping what tsinghua university does as the world leading university for public serva nts of the sustainability generation- local translations by a 23 yera old tsingua graduate- phoning china's education partner prepping wise@beijing.........................................................
chris.macrae@yahoo.co.uk here washington dc we chat usa=1 240 316 8157 - 65 years ago my father at the economist started mediating exchanges betwee east and west starting with japan- if you looked back on history up to world war 2 the biggest nations had grown by using the most carbon, colonising (ie desigtning trades around what they most eanetd to extract); although the invention of engines powering thousands or million times more than man of hirse could energis had been a wonderful opportunity to innovate, the chnaces to create became ever more unevenly spread- the only way that world wars could be ended was if somke developing nations grew through new win-win trades- japan was the first to do so with better engineering eg bullet trains, and relaible quality susyems particularkly in electronics without which computing and sattelite telecoms age would have been delayed; soon supoerports were planted around te eastern hemishpere eg hongkong , taiawan , singapore mainly iperated by chiense diapora but as ports their success depended on multicultural fusion -

on what you want from this group- dont worry i am dc-based but by birth a brit whio has kept the same email for 20 years! I am not a tech expert but believe that tech changes the world and with a journalist at The Economist I co-edited one of the first books on would the net egenfration be sustainable? - i am spending a lot of time travelling to china to understand their view of digital as it impacts global under 30s and in particular what Jack Ma means by wanting partners around the world to Ali Baba University
The first time i could meetup or meet individually is week beginning 11th September -say if you have time and favorite cafe to meet as I would like to understand who wants to actively co-organise what this groups impact can be. With carefully chosen project partners, I also do a lot of experience exchanges between DC and Baltimore - if you know anyone who cares about making baltimore-dc a supercity for families of 20 million people to thrive please ask them to contact me
thanks chris macrae  alos on  text 240 316 8157

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