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Posts Tagged ‘Angela Merkel’

NSA Tries, Fails to Improve Its Reputation With Damage Control ‘Interview’

You may have heard that the National Security Agency is currently one of the least popular organizations in both the United States and Germany, because for some reason Angela Merkel doesn’t like people tapping her phones.

Somebody within the group thought it might be a good idea to offer the public some clarity on the “data collection” issue by sitting director general Keith Alexander in front of a camera and letting him say whatever came to mind under the pretext of answering questions written by a Pentagon employee. It gets a little weird.

The video is more than thirty minutes long, so allow us (with the help of MSNBC’s Adam Serwer) to give you some takeaways:

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Thoughts on the Forbes ’100 Most Powerful Women’ List

Today Forbes released its annual list of the most powerful women in the world—and while we can’t disagree with obvious selections like Angela Merkel, Hillary Clinton, new Yahoo! Chief Marissa Mayer and Facebook CFO Sheryl Sandberg, we do wonder whether J.Lo is truly more powerful than NBC Universal/Comcast Chairman Bonnie Hammer–and whether Sofia Vergara belongs on the list simply because she sells millions of dollars worth of Pepsi products to the Hispanic market (maybe she just has a great representative). Any observations? Agreements? Disagreements?

5 Things You Need to Know This Week: Steve Jobs, Coldplay, and a Haunted Hayride

In this week’s episode of “5 Things You Need to Know This Week,” we dance like Chris Martin, get spooked by Angela Merkel, and talk to Siri about the Steve Jobs biography. Oh, and the world’s population increases.

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The Publicists Behind South Korea’s Olympic Win

Celebration after Pyeongchang was announced the winner. Photo: AP / Jerome Delay

The Chosun Ilbo has a profile of the two publicists who helped bring the 2018 Winter Olympics to Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Mike Lee is head of the British firm Vero Communications, which specializes in sports PR. Lee has previously helped with winning bids for London (Summer Olympics 2012, for which he was knighted), Rio de Janeiro (2016 Summer Olympics), and Qatar (2022 World Cup).

Terrence Burns is the president of Helios Partners, based in Atlanta, and has a history with Olympic marketing and consulting. He has previously worked on the successful bids from Beijing (2008 Summer Olympics), Vancouver (2010 Winter Olympics), and Sochi, Russia (2014 Winter Olympics.

The paper also reveals a couple of South Korea’s secrets to winning the Olympic bid.

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‘Time’ 100 Reader Poll Shows Rain is Tops

This week, Time magazine revealed its choices for the 100 most influential people in the world, which was really only as interesting as these countdowns tend to be. The usual suspects (politicians like Germany’s Angela Merkel, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, cultural icons like Justin Bieber and the royals Prince William and Kate Middleton) were on the list along with a couple of curve balls thrown in to make you go hmm… (tennis star Kim Clijsters and actress Mia Wasikowska).

Most interesting perhaps is the reader’s choice selection — Rain, the South Korean pop star and actor who is best known here in the U.S. as the star of the film Ninja Assassin for which he won an MTV award. This is his third year atop this chart.

Above, Rain shows his acting chops and after the jump, a Rain music video. If you’re looking for a spokesperson, maybe you should give him another look.

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