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What Are $26 Million In American Express Rewards Points Worth?

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May 28 2015

While he was a FIFA executive, Chuck Blazer charged $26 million in business expenses to a personal American Express card. Brian Kelly of thepointsguy.com explains the value of those rewards points.

Article source: http://www.npr.org/2015/05/28/410340176/what-are-26-million-in-american-express-rewards-points-worth?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=world

As Publishing Industry Courts China, Authors Speak Out Against Censorship

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May 28 2015

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Protesters gathered on the steps of the New York Public Library on Wednesday to show support for silenced Chinese writers.

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Protesters gathered on the steps of the New York Public Library on Wednesday to show support for silenced Chinese writers.

Protesters gathered on the steps of the New York Public Library on Wednesday to show support for silenced Chinese writers.

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Chinese writers and publishers are being celebrated this week in New York at BookExpo America — the industry’s largest trade event in North America. Organizers of the event say China deserves a seat at the table because it is such a big and potentially lucrative market. But some authors and free speech advocates have seen this as opportunity to shine light on censorship in China.

Most of the books in the exhibition area are in Chinese, but Paul Myatovich presides over a display of books in translation. Myatovich is sales and marketing manager for CN Times Books which is the U.S. publishing arm of Beijing Media Times. He says being invited to Book Expo is a great opportunity for Chinese publishers:

“To give Americans and Westerners who are coming to the show a chance to see the breadth of Chinese publishing — that it’s not all the little red book of Mao,” Myatovich says.

Book Expo invited China to exhibit this year because organizers say China represents a market that could be crucial to Western publishers. But critics say in its eagerness to please the Chinese the book industry is ignoring the dark side of publishing in China: censorship. Xiaolu Guo is a Chinese writer who now lives in the UK. She left China because she felt she had to censor herself to stay out of trouble.

“You have to protect yourself,” she says. “… If you can’t leave China, most of the writers, artists and filmmakers they have to play the game. You know — use lots of metaphors to write a story or don’t touch certain subjects.”

Western writers who publish in China are also subject to censorship and sometimes they don’t even know how their work has been altered. In his novel Sunset Park Paul Auster included a mention of the imprisoned Chinese poet Liu Xiaobo. His Chinese publisher indicated some changes might be necessary but Auster says it wasn’t until he got a copy of the Chinese translation of his book that he understood that all mention of the dissident poet had been eliminated.

Auster and Xiaolu Guo were in Manhattan Wednesday to take part in a protest organized by the PEN American Center on the steps of the New York Public Library. They were joined by both Chinese and American writers including Jonathan Franzen, Ha Jin, Francine Prose and A.M. Homes who all read from the work of dissident Chinese writers. Auster read a poem by Liu Xiaobo.

China may deserve a seat at the international publishing table but PEN American Executive Director Suzanne Nossel says that doesn’t mean the rest of the world should overlook the fact that there are two very different sides to Chinese publishing.

“Yes, it’s vibrant, yes it dynamic, yes there are some great Chinese writers who can get published and whose books can be sold. But there are also others who are completely muzzled and jailed and that piece of the story at least seems to be missing, so we think it’s important to show the part of the story that is not being told.”

As the protest ended Stossel led the demonstrators in signing a petition demanding freedom for imprisoned Chinese writers.

Article source: http://www.npr.org/2015/05/28/410332552/as-publishing-industry-courts-china-authors-speak-out-against-censorship?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=world

Foreign Policy Experts Weigh In On U.S. Strategy Against The Islamic State

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May 28 2015

NPR’s Robert Siegel speaks with White House spokesman Josh Earnest about the current U.S. strategy in Iraq and Syria. He also interviews foreign policy experts who say that policy needs review.

Article source: http://www.npr.org/2015/05/28/410340217/foreign-policy-experts-weigh-in-on-u-s-strategy-against-the-islamic-state?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=world

Indictments Raise Questions About Sepp Blatter’s Reign Over FIFA

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May 27 2015

Joseph “Sepp” Blatter remains the front-runner in the race for FIFA president despite allegations of corruption during his 17-year reign as one of the most powerful figures in sports.

Article source: http://www.npr.org/2015/05/27/410074547/indictments-raise-questions-about-sepp-blatters-reign-over-fifa?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=world

Aaron Davidson, Miami Sports Marketing Executive, Charged In FIFA Inquiry

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May 27 2015

NPR’s Robert Siegel interviews Tim Elfrink, the Miami New Times managing editor, about Aaron Davidson, president of Traffic Sports USA, Inc., who was indicted Wednesday in the FIFA corruption case.

Article source: http://www.npr.org/2015/05/27/410074554/aaron-davidson-miami-sports-marketing-executive-charged-in-fifa-inquiry?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=world

U.S. Justice Department Files Corruption Charges Against FIFA

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May 27 2015

The Justice Department unveils criminal charges against 14 people in connection with rampant racketeering and a bribery scheme at FIFA, the world’s premiere soccer organization. The FBI secretly secured guilty pleas from four officials and two companies.

Article source: http://www.npr.org/2015/05/27/410074575/u-s-justice-department-files-corruption-charges-against-fifa?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=world

Tripoli’s Niemeyer Fairground Recalls Happier Times Before Civil War

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May 26 2015

In northern Lebanon, a complex of sweeping buildings designed by renowned architect Oscar Niemeyer reminds people of more peaceful times.

Article source: http://www.npr.org/2015/05/26/409804692/tripolis-niemeyer-fairground-recalls-happier-times-before-civil-war?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=world

U.S., Turkey Divided On Support For Rebel Forces In Syria

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May 26 2015

The U.S. still isn’t quite on the same page with its close ally, Turkey, on who to back in the Syrian civil war — moderates or Islamists.

Article source: http://www.npr.org/2015/05/26/409804748/u-s-turkey-divided-on-support-for-rebel-forces-in-syria?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=world

What Will The Next President Face On #Day1?

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May 26 2015

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The next president to occupy the Oval Office will confront four seemingly intractable problems: stagnant wages, cybersecurity, violent extremism and federal debt.

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The next president to occupy the Oval Office will confront four seemingly intractable problems: stagnant wages, cybersecurity, violent extremism and federal debt.

The next president to occupy the Oval Office will confront four seemingly intractable problems: stagnant wages, cybersecurity, violent extremism and federal debt.

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Presidential candidates are doing what they have to do at this point in the campaign season — they’re raising money and strutting their biographies and electoral viability to voters. We haven’t heard much yet about policy papers or what they would actually do if they win. But those policy issues will matter — as the campaign picks up steam and especially once the next president steps into the Oval Office on Day 1.

This week, NPR looks at four seemingly intractable problems that await the 45th president on Day 1, and the policy options that might be available to him or her. The issues we’re focusing on are:

For now, we’re talking about the issues themselves — we will also track where candidates and voters stand on them as the campaign heats up. You can hear the stories on NPR’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered this week.

We want to know what issue you think the next president will need to address on Day 1. Tell us on Facebook or Twitter using #Day1.

Article source: http://www.npr.org/sections/itsallpolitics/2015/05/26/408553045/what-will-the-next-president-face-on-day1?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=world

After Fall Of Ramadi, Iraqi Troops Hope For More U.S. Support

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May 25 2015

NPR’s Audie Cornish interviews Washington Post reporter Loveday Morris about how the city of Ramadi, Iraq, fell to the self-declared Islamic State. She says Iraqi troops in the city were worn down.

Article source: http://www.npr.org/2015/05/25/409531190/after-fall-of-ramadi-iraqi-troops-hope-for-more-u-s-support?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=world