Wired shook up its editorial department this week, poaching David Pierce from The Verge to be its top personal tech writer. Editor-in-chief, Scott Dadich, also handed out several promotions, including naming Robert Capps head of editorial for Wired’s magazine, website and live events. Mark Robinson and Joe Brown were also named executive editors for the brand’s magazine and website, respectively. Here are the rest of this week’s people on the move: Reed Exhibitions appointed Alicia Tillman as its senior vice president of fashion and vision. Tillman had been head of marketing and business services for American Express Global Business Travel. The Economist named Zanny Minton Beddoes editor of the magazine. Beddoes had been serving as the title’s business affairs editor. Sophie Donelson has been named editor-in-chief of House Beautiful. Donelson was most recently at Cricket’s Circle. Fortune has brought on Michael Lawton to be its new creative director, overseeing a redesign of the title. Lawton had been serving as Popular Mechanic’s design director. Robb Report has named Robert Crozier as managing director of its international division. Crozier is a co-founder and had been serving as global business development director for Billionaire. Northstar Travel Media has hired David Blansfield to be executive vice president and group publisher of its meetings group. Blansfield joins Northstar after seven years as president of F+W Media. Garrett Graff was promoted to editor of Politico Magazine. Graff had been a senior writer.
Myanmar state counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi delivers her address during the 43rd Singapore Lecture in Singapore on 21 August 2018. Aung San Suu Kyi said on 21 August it is up to Bangladesh to decide how quickly Rohingya refugees will return to Myanmar, appearing to cast blame on the country for the delay. — AFPAung San Suu Kyi said Tuesday it was up to Bangladesh to decide how quickly Rohingya refugees would return to Myanmar, appearing to blame Dhaka for the delay.More than 700,000 Rohingya Muslims fled Buddhist-majority Myanmar to Bangladesh after a brutal military crackdown on the stateless minority almost a year ago.The two countries last November signed a deal to repatriate them but it has stalled. Many fear returning to a place where villages were burned to the ground and where they say security forces murdered, tortured and raped members of their communities.Bangladesh insists the Rohingya are on its soil temporarily but has not forced them back.In rare public remarks on the crisis, civilian leader Suu Kyi said in a speech in Singapore that Myanmar has been ready to receive Rohingya returnees since 23 January as agreed in the memorandum of understanding.”It’s very difficult for us to put a time frame on it by ourselves unilaterally because we have to work with Bangladesh in order to do that,” she told an audience in a lecture organised by the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute and entitled “Myanmar’s Democratic Transition: Challenges and Way Forward”.”Bangladesh would also have to decide how quickly they want the process to be completed,” Suu Kyi added.Since the repatriation was signed the two countries have wrangled over details, including the way refugees are described on ID cards in Bangladesh.- Crumbling reputation -Rohingya living in the crowded camps over the border in Cox’s Bazar insist on safety guarantees and citizenship rights before returning to Rakhine state in western Myanmar, where the United Nations says conditions are not ready for their return.The US and UN have described the military’s campaign as ethnic cleansing and there is scepticism over whether Myanmar seriously intends to allow mass returns.The crackdown against the Rohingya was sparked on 25 August last year when insurgents attacked police posts.Calls have mounted for Myanmar’s military to be held responsible for the campaign, in which thousands are estimated to have died, and the US has sanctioned two army brigades and several commanders who oversaw the expulsion.But Myanmar says it was simply defending itself and bristles at international calls for justice, arguing that the world does not understand the problem.Suu Kyi, a Nobel laureate once under house arrest by the junta that ruled for decades, has seen her global reputation crumble since coming to power for failing to speak up for the Rohingya.”We who are living through the transition in Myanmar view it differently from those who observe it from the outside and who will remain untouched from its outcome,” she said, appearing relaxed and jocular.She also blamed Rohingya insurgents and avoided criticism of the military.”The danger of terrorist activities which was the initial cause of events leading to the humanitarian crisis in Rakhine remains real and present today,” she said.”Unless these security challenges are addressed, the risk of communal violence would remain.”The Rohingya are seen as outsiders in Myanmar but consider Rakhine their homeland.They were stripped of their citizenship decades ago and subject to periodic purges while denied access to healthcare and freedom of movement.
Come November, winter in Calcutta will get warm and cozy as the culture capital gets set to witness the first ever International poetry extravaganza. The festival presented by The Chair Literary Trust will host poets from across the world and some from our home too. The stellar lineup of poets who will be part of these evenings are, Vladimir Matinovski (Macedonia), John W Sexton (Ireland), Miriam Van hee (Belgium), Alfred Schaffer (Netherlands), Les Wicks (Australia), Barbara Pogacnik (Slovenia), Yekta (France), C P Surendran, K Satchidanandan, Nitoo Das, Rajesh Joshi, Arun Kamal, Manglesh Dabral, Subodh Sarkar and Binayak Bandopadhyay. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”The festival aims at building consciousness through poetry. Art and Poetry are the expressions of human consciousness. We endeavor to bring together the civil society in an interaction with thoughts, ideas, and questions related to human existence,” festival director Tushar Dhawal Singh said. “As the planet becomes progressively anxious with sociopolitical, radical, cultural, ethnonational skirmishes, we consider the role of Poetry as a restorative and a potent mean of diffusing values and experiences – all the more pertinent”, festival co-director Sonnet Mondal added. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe inaugural programme of the fest will take place on November 23 at Rotary Sadan Hall, followed by Calcutta Heritage Bungalow readings, Walk through the City and readings at Sasha’s studio on November 24. The finale, November 25, will be a floating event with poetry on the cruise over the river Ganges.The trust has also declared a ‘Poet in residence program’ to be hosted in Kolkata during the winter months. The residency will host two to three poets from across the globe where they would be offered a stay for a month in the city with a scholarship to cover up their costs in the city. The poets will also be offered an opportunity to present public readings in the city. During their stay, the poets will interact for a cultural exchange with culturally interested people, artists, organizations, and writers in West Bengal.