The magic of Hollywood. It’s the only explanation for this otherwise baffling phenomenon: films that get universally panned on their release yet go on to generate huge box office returns for their studios.
The sun is dipping behind the Casa Rosada, Argentina’s presidential palace, as Cristina Fernández de Kirchner emerges to make her final speech as president of Argentina. It is 9th December 2015, and the Plaza de Mayo echoes with chants and songs as Kirchner, an enthusiastic public speaker, stands alone waiting to begin. “Si la tocan a Cristina, qué quilombo se va a armar!” sings the crowd, with glee: “If they mess with Cristina, there’s going to be trouble.”
As Kirchner, known in Argentina simply as Cristina, begins to speak, silence descends on the Plaza. “Dear compatriots, can you hear me?” she cries. “I want you to know that I can hear you too. I hear you, and I always will.” The crowd roars its approval. Among the audience are representatives of political movements from across Argentina including thousands of members of La Cámpora, the Kirchnerist youth wing led by Máximo, Kirchner’s burly, taciturn son. Blue-and-white Argentinian flags flap alongside banners bearing slogans including “Cristina 2019”, “Gracias!” and “No Fue Mágia” – “It Wasn’t Magic”, a phrase used repeatedly by Kirchner about her administration’s achievements.
This is the last day of Kirchner’s eight-year rule, which followed on from the four-year presidency of her husband, Néstor, who stepped aside in 2007 to let his wife run for election.
It’s shortly after 7.30pm, Sunday 3rd April 2016. There is just under half an hour to wait until the Panama Papers are finally published – at 8pm the results of our research will be made public on the Süddeutsche Zeitung website.
Our stories for the first day of publication have been ready for a long time. All the legal checks have been carried out, all the revisions are complete and all the images prepared. The first newspapers have been printed and loaded on to the trucks on their way to our readers. Everything is ready. Only 15 minutes to go…
On 8th November 2016 Donald Trump became the fifth presidential candidate in US history to lose the popular vote but win the presidency, attracting 46.4 percent of all ballots cast compared to Hillary Clinton’s 48.5 percent. It was a split decision in terms of popular vote versus the final outcome as decided by the electoral college system – but we dug further into the CNN exit poll, and a few other sources, to find out how divided America and the world really was over the vote.
“On the night of the election I was in Paris by the pyramid of the Louvre, looking back on an incredible journey. Just six months earlier I was living in Kenya working for Stanford University.
In December 2016, following widespread claims that misleading reporting on social media had influenced the outcome of the US presidential election, Mark Zuckerberg was poised to unveil Facebook’s plans to tackle fake news. In DG #25, Evil Stick Man showed us how to cash in on the trend for tall tales…
Since opening its doors in Beirut’s Mar Mikhael neighbourhood eight years ago, Papercup has been at the heart of Lebanon’s blossoming independent publishing scene. In addition to selling magazines, journals, stationery and books, the store hosts events and has its own coffee shop. Recently Papercup launched The Sounder, an online magazine about culture, society and politics. We spoke to Papercup’s owner, Rania Naufal, about how it all came together…
“When Islamist militants took Marawi City in the Philippines, it came as something of a surprise. The clashes between [radical Islamist group] the Maute and the military have been happening for a long time, but it was thought the terrorists wouldn’t touch Marawi City because it’s where their leaders grew up: they fight in the mountains, not their own home. But on that day they burned buildings to the ground, took around 100 hostages and raised the black flag of Isis.
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