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Annegare la coscienza

Res publica   19.04.15  

Scorrendo commenti e dichiarazioni sull'ultima tragedia avvenuta nel Mediterraneo, un lettore distratto potrebbe essere portato a pensare che la discussione possa vertere più sull'ipocrita difesa di interessi particolari che non sullo sgomento di fronte alla perdita di centinaia di vite umane.
Al lettore acuto non sarà invece sfuggita l'occasione per concordare con le soluzioni concrete e di rapida attuazione esposte con competenza e lucidità dall'improvvisato statista da salotto di turno.


Matteo Renzi alla Georgetown University

Res publica   17.04.15  

L'intervento integrale del premier Renzi alla Georgetown University.

Per troppo tempo però il nostro paese è stata la bella addormentata nel bosco, come se il meglio fosse già accaduto e potessimo vivere il presente solo sognando il nostro grande passato. Ma noi siamo qui per svegliare la bella addormentata. Come diceva Bob Kennedy, il futuro non è un dono, ma una conquista. Noi siamo pronti.


Il logo di Hillary Clinton

Res publica   15.04.15  

Perché il logo della campagna presidenziale di Hillary Clinton funziona ed è perfetto per la comunicazione online.

The logo itself is bold and contemporary, and pretty enough that it won't annoy us when we've been looking at it for 18 months straight. It's lacking all traces of flag-like elements, which is great, and it’s also flat, which is nice. It's not Obama "O" good (actually, I always found Obama’s logo packing a little too much heartland/waves-of-grain for my taste), but an H is awkward letter--it isn't nearly as iconic or cool. It needed something else.

[...] The arrow is kind of a win-win, graphically. In the 2D design world where logos are merely slapped on posters and t-shirts, the arrow still symbolizes progress, pointing towards the future. But it's the arrow as an interaction design element which offers the most value--and this is the one that the vast majority of Hillary supporters are most likely to engage with during the campaign.

Now, instead of just forward movement, the logo infers clickability. "YES." Which I'd argue is something that you definitely want for a political candidate.


Breve guida su Xi Jinping

Res publica   03.04.15  

Il leader cinese raccontato sulle pagine del New Yorker.

Before Xi took power, he was described, in China and abroad, as an unremarkable provincial administrator, a fan of American pop culture ("The Godfather," "Saving Private Ryan") who cared more about business than about politics, and was selected mainly because he had alienated fewer peers than his competitors. It was an incomplete portrait. He had spent more than three decades in public life, but Chinese politics had exposed him to limited scrutiny. At a press conference, a local reporter once asked Xi to rate his performance: "Would you give yourself a score of a hundred--or a score of ninety?" (Neither, Xi said; a high number would look “boastful,” and a low number would reflect "low self-esteem.")

But, a quarter of the way through his ten-year term, he has emerged as the most authoritarian leader since Chairman Mao. In the name of protection and purity, he has investigated tens of thousands of his countrymen, on charges ranging from corruption to leaking state secrets and inciting the overthrow of the state. He has acquired or created ten titles for himself, including not only head of state and head of the military but also leader of the Party's most powerful committees--on foreign policy, Taiwan, and the economy. He has installed himself as the head of new bodies overseeing the Internet, government restructuring, national security, and military reform, and he has effectively taken over the courts, the police, and the secret police. "He's at the center of everything," Gary Locke, the former American Ambassador to Beijing, told me.


L'accordo sul nucleare iraniano spiegato in breve

Res publica   02.04.15  

Il riassunto di Vox sull'accordo quadro tra l'Iran e i 5+1 per rimandare di qualche lustro la minaccia atomica di Teheran.

An important note: the deal is not yet finalized, and it is not particularly detailed. Thursday's announcement is only for the basic framework. Negotiators will continue to meet over the coming months to develop a complete, detailed agreement based on these terms. The deadline is June 30, but negotiations could collapse before then. However, this is a major step toward reaching a full agreement and thus potentially ending the world's yearslong standoff with Iran over its nuclear program.

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