Newsweek 6/18/2018

13 Aug

Just thought I’d provide a refresh on two articles in Newsweek in 2018. Is it relevant to what is happening here in August of 2019?.

Think for yourself.

Exerpted from Newsweek, 6/14/2018

2 articles….


Albert Einstein’s racist attitudes towards Chinese people have been revealed following the publication of travel diaries he kept during a visit to Asia in the 1920s.

The previously unseen journals have been published by Princeton University Press, documenting the scientist’s five-and-a-half month travels between 1922 and 1923 to China, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Japan, as well as Palestine and Spain.

The publisher describes the diaries as detailing Einstein’s “quirky, succinct, and at times irreverent” musings on science, philosophy, art and politics, adding the handwritten journals also reveal his “stereotyping of members of various nations and raise questions about his attitudes on race.”

In one excerpt, seen by The Guardian, Einstein describes the Chinese as “industrious, filthy, obtuse people,” later calling them a “peculiar herd-like nation… often more like automatons than people.

“It would be a pity if these Chinese supplant all races. For the likes of us the mere thought is unspeakably dreary,” he adds.

In another entry, Einstein described how “Chinese don’t sit on benches while eating but squat like Europeans do when they relieve themselves out in the leafy woods. All this occurs quietly and demurely. Even the children are spiritless and look obtuse.”

Speaking to The Guardian, Rosenkranz admits that some of the passenges written by Einstein are “pretty unpleasant—what he says about the Chinese in particular.”

“They’re kind of in contrast to the public image of the great humanitarian icon,” he adds. “I think it’s quite a shock to read those and contrast them with his more public statements.They’re more off guard, he didn’t intend them for publication.”

Einstein became an American citizen in 1940 after deciding he could not to return to his native Germany following the rise of the Nazi party and Adolf Hitler. The Nobel Prize-winning physicist famously described racism as a “disease of white people” during a speech at Pennsylvania’s Lincoln University in 1946.

In a Q and A with the Einstein Papers project to promote the book, Rosenkranz said that writing about a famous historical figure’s personal life can provide “fascinating insights” about their personalities.

“The intention is not salacious but rather a genuine attempt to understand what makes such celebrities tick,” he adds. “This is particularly pertinent in Einstein’s case, where there is such a great discrepancy between the public image and the actual historical individual. ”




Israelis will never believe the corruption charges being levied against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu because the Jewish race is the smartest in the world and of “the highest human capital,” an Israeli lawmaker argued Wednesday.

Miki Zohar, an Israeli lawmaker and member of Netanyahu’s Likud party, made the comments during a radio interview in which he and a journalist debated the ongoing corruption investigations into the Israeli Prime Minister.

The debate took place the same day Netanyahu was questioned about a variety of corruption cases, three of which directly involve the Prime Minister and his wife. In the biggest of the three cases, Netanyahu allegedly received favorable media coverage from a popular news site in exchange for regulatory and monetary benefits worth millions of dollars. The other two cases involve the acceptance of lavish gifts—including expensive cigars—and another attempt to receive favorable media coverage in favor of sabotaging the circulation of a newspaper linked to the right-wing American billionaire Sheldon Adelson.

In February, Israeli police recommended that Netanyahu should be indicted for accepting bribes. It is now up to Israel’s Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit to decide whether there is sufficient evidence to prosecute.


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