Fareed Zakaria

(Fareed Rafiq Zakaria)

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28,000 people were killed in the world last year by terrorists. Every death is a tragedy but we should keep this in perspective, After all, over 30,000 people last year were victims of gun death in the United States alone. Terrorism ;Guns & Gun Control
After World War II, the U. S. Government made massive investments in the nascent field of computer science, both in research and in industry. In the 1950s it bought almost 50 percent of all semiconductors that were produced, thus driving down their costs until the private sector could afford to buy them. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
China was unique. It was a dictatorship with term limits.... The leadership had virtual total power, but every 10 years, the leadership had to change.... But that has now been turned In its head in the most significant political change in 35 years .... Power ;Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership ;Dictators, Despots, Autocrats, Autocracies & Dictatorships
Countries are very reluctant to impose short term pain for long term gain. Policy & Policy Making
Criticizing presidents for weakess is standard in Washington because the world is a messy place and when bad things happen, Washington and the President can easily be blamed for them. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
Do not conuse motion with progress. A rocking horse makes a creates a lot of motion but goes nowhere. We are facing a "rocking hourse Presidency".
Donald Trump's executive order suspending the entry of Syrian refugees and of anyone from seven Muslim countries is filled with requests for reports and information. The Department of Homeland Security, the State Department are asked to provide information on the numbers of foreign terrorists and then to issue progress reports on the policy with more data within one and three months. So let me save the government some money and offer the data right now. Alex Nowrasteh of the Cato Institute, a conservative think tank, has tallied the number of Americans killed by citizens of the seven countries banned from 1975 to 2015. They are as followed. From Iraq, zero. From Iran, zero. From Syria, zero. From Yemen, zero. From Libya, zero. From Somalia, zero. And from Sudan, you guessed it, zero. Incidentally that number from Saudi Arabia is 2,369. From the UAE it's 314. From Egypt it's 162, according to Cato. Why certain countries are on or off this list is truly mysterious. Some newspapers have noted correctly that none of the Muslim majority countries that have a Trump hotel, building or office are on the list. More broadly, Cato's Nowrasteh points out, that including 9/11, the chance of an American being killed by foreign terrorists on U.S. soil over that 41-year period is 1 in 3.6 million per year. Be killed by a refugee, your chances are 1 in 3.64 billion per year. So there's really no rational basis for this policy. What explains it then? I suppose what's explained so much of Donald Trump's political career, the exploitation of fear. From the birther campaign to the talk of Mexican rapist, Trump has always trafficked in fear-mongering Discrimination & Prejudice ;Immigration & Emigration
Economic growth is based partly on reality and partly on perception. Development & Growth
Even oil wealth will not insulate a country from modernity forever. Reform, Change, Transformation & Reformers
For the vast majority of humans in history, people lived, traveled, worked and died within a few miles of their birthplace. History
Foreign policy is consumed with momentary crises —– often created by failing states and violent groups. But in the long run, he future is shaped by winners, not noisy losers. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
From 1891 to 1972, U. S. productivity grew at an average rate of 2.33 percent, which is high, but then it dropped substantially so that from 1972-1996 it averaged only 1.38 percent. In other words, the Reagan tax cuts and deregulation did not spur productivity growth, even allowing for a long time. Development & Growth
If you want help from partners, that means listening to them every once in a while. Miscellaneous
In a world awash in debt, power shifts to creditors. Power ;Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs
In our rush to connect everything [via the Internet], we have created a monster of bad guys just waiting to take advantage of a weak line of code in a very complex program. Communication & Communications ;Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
In the Middle East there are two methods of control: mass repression and mass bribery. In Syria they use mass repression; in Saudi Arabia, mass bribery. In Bahrain, a bit of both. Miscellaneous ;Dictators, Despots, Autocrats, Autocracies & Dictatorships
Making coercive diplomacy work requires a mix of threats and promises—sticks and carrots. Diplomacy & Diplomats ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
Monuments throughout the South were erected to celebrate individuals whose only claim to fame is that they took up arms against the United States in order to retain slavery.
Most Americans seem to be stuck in the economic strata to which they were born. Families, Children & Parenting
No successful political transition can take place without leaders and movements that demand and press for freedom. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
Prisons are a big business now. They are privately run. They have powerful lobbyists. And they have bought most State politicians in America. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
Ronald Reagan was 3 parts optimism and 1 part nostalgia. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Spain has been battling terrorism for 30 years while we were trading arms for hostages. Terrorism
The Bush Administration went into the Middle East thinking it was spreading democracy. Instead they spread sectarianism. Democracies & Republics
The countries of the Middle East have been losers in the age of globalization, out of step in an age of free markets, free trade, and democratic politics. Foreign Trade
The Koran is a vast, vague book, filled with poetry and contradictions (much like the Bible). You can find in it condemnations of war and incitements to struggle, beautiful expressions of tolerance and stern strictures against unbelievers. Quotations from it usually tell us more about the person who selected the passages than about Islam. Religion & God
The Mexican oil and gas monopoly, Pemex, literally fuels corruption. Corruption ;Energy
The military budget of the United States is becoming much like that of other government agencies—it is increasingly being devoted to pensions and health care. Defense & National Security
The more affluent women become, the less likely they are to have more children Privacy, Abortion & Family Planning
The online revolution of education has only just begun. There are two approached to solving educational problems: Government spending and Technology. My bet is on technology. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
The Pentagon is the Poster Child for waste in Government. Management & Managing Government ;Military & Veterans
The rule of law gains credibility when it is seen as fair. America has a problem in this regard.... There is a bigger problem than we all want to admit. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
The states with the highest proportion of gun ownship have the highest death rate from guns. Guns & Gun Control
The struggle for human rights and democracy are not always the same thing. Sometimes what you have to do is break cultural attitudes. Democracies aren’t necessarily very good at that…. It’s very hard for oppressed minorities to be given their due. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
The superrich have grown worldwide. But America is at the head of the pack. Equality & Equal Opportunity
The U. S. Code of Federal Regulations is over 170 thousand ages long. Regulation & Deregulation
There is a cancer of extremism that infects Islam today. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
These days everything is discussed in terms of political partisan perspective including the weather—especially the weather. Political Parties & Machines
This is an reaction in search of a policy. Policy & Policy Making ;War & Peace ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
This method of fudging the numbers is called Dynamic Scoring. It has been used by Conservative ideologues…. Instead of smoke and mirrors, they should use fact and figures.
Washington is broken but America still works. Management & Managing Government
Western societies will have to focus on the dangers of too rapid cultural change. That might involve some limits on the rate of immigration and on the kinds of immigrants who are permitted to enter. Immigration & Emigration ;Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
When we speak of reducing health care costs, remember that for many powerful interests, that translates into “taking away my business.” Health, Healthcare & Medicine
While the effect of increased global trade is positive for economies as a whole, specific sectors get battered, and large swathed of unskilled workers find themselves unemployed or under employed. Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs ;Foreign Trade ;Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Why are the Muslim religious leaders silent on the killing of innocent people in the name of religion? Terrorism
Alaska itself is an unusual state.
American influence is not what it used to be.
Americans have so far put up with inequality because they felt they could change their status. They didn't mind others being rich, as long as they had a path to move up as well. The American Dream is all about social mobility in a sense - the idea that anyone can make it.
America's growth historically has been fueled mostly by investment, education, productivity, innovation and immigration. The one thing that doesn't seem to have anything to do with America's growth rate is a brutal work schedule. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
But as the arms-control scholar Thomas Schelling once noted, two things are very expensive in international life: promises when they succeed and threats when they fail. Life
China, North Korea's last ally in the world has just voted agaisnt them [in the United Nations]. What would you do if you thought every country in the world was against you and you wanted to survive? You would buy insurance. And the best insurance you could get to prevent invasion would be nuclear weapons, and that is just what North Korea has done. So now, when the President [Trump] threatens them, what do they do? They go out and buymore insurance. Arms Race & Disarmament ;Nuclear, Chemical & Biological Weapons & Energy ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
CNN is getting smarter, and you can feel it in the stories, you can feel it in the depth with which they're covered, the kinds of people in terms of guests who are brought on air, the way in which issues are discussed.
Conservatives used to believe in confronting hard truths, not succumbing to comforting fairy tales. Some still do.
Culture follows power. Power
During the Cold War, we were interested because we were scared that Russia and the United States were going to go to war. We were scared that Russia was going to take over the world. Every country became a battleground. War & Peace
Having your fiscal house in order and having a more manageable macro-economic future is going to be very useful in creating growth. Future
I am an American, not by accident of birth but by choice. I voted with my feet and became an American because I love this country and think it is exceptional. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I don't want to paint a picture of total gloom and doom.
I enjoy writing but I much prefer the experience of having written.
I grew up in Mumbai.
I grew up in this world where everything seemed possible.
I should not be judged by a standard that's not applied to everyone else.
I think it is quite untrue that it is standard journalistic practice to name the interviewer when quoting from an interview.
I think that liberals need to grow up.
I very much want to be in the business of creating content, of doing stories all over the world rather than figuring out what the business model is for 'Newsweek' on the iPad, although that's very important work as well. Business, Commerce & Finance ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I'd be kidding if I said that I predicted the financial collapse.
If a senator calls me up and asks me what should we do in Iraq, I'm happy to talk to him.
If there is one lesson for U.S. foreign policy from the past 10 years, it is surely that military intervention can seem simple but is in fact a complex affair with the potential for unintended consequences.
If we didn't have the rest of the world growing, the United States economy would be in much worse shape than it is today.
If you go to India the roads are being built almost entirely with private sector money and by the private sector. If you look at many, many countries in Europe that's how they're doing it. Money, Coins & Minting
I'm largely in favor of financial reform.
In a very weak economy, when you say 'cut government spending,' what you mean is you're laying off school teachers and you're de-funding various programs that put money into the economy. This means you have more unemployed people that then draw unemployment benefits and don't pay taxes. Government ;Money, Coins & Minting
In the 1990s, we were certain that Saddam Hussein had a nuclear arsenal. In fact, his factories could barely make soap.
Iran is a country of 80 million people, educated and dynamic. It sits astride a crucial part of the world. It cannot be sanctioned and pressed down forever. It is the last great civilization to sit outside the global order.
It hasn't been easy to find American citizens who are willing to pick fruit in 110 degree weather.
It is absolutely clear that government plays a key role, as a catalyst, in promoting long-run growth. Government
It's not possible for two countries to be the leading dominant political power at the same time. Time ;Power
My friends all say I'm going to be Secretary of State. But I don't see how that would be much different from the job I have now.
One of the great dilemmas for America will be that American companies will do very well while American workers might not.
One of the things that has been very difficult in Libya is the sense of uncertainty - the sense that they haven't actually finished the revolution, that there was still a great deal of uncertainty. That uncertainty has made Libya harder for business in terms of oil and other things as well. Business, Commerce & Finance
Politics and power is a realm of relative influence. Power ;Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Street protests in Saudi Arabia might warm our hearts, but they could easily lead to $250 a barrel oil and a global recession.
The American consumer, even today, the weight of the American consumer in the global economy is China plus India doubled. So, it's tough to replace that.
The American dream seems to be thriving in Europe not at home.
The Berlin Wall wasn't the only barrier to fall after the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War. Traditional barriers to the flow of money, trade, people and ideas also fell. Money, Coins & Minting ;War & Peace
The Chinese economy's still not that much of a consumer economy.
The government that has imprisoned more journalists than any other in the world was democratically elected. Democracies & Republics ;Freedom & Liberty ;Voters, Voting & Elections
The great drama of Russian history has been between its state and society. Put simply, Russia has always had too much state and not enough society. Society ;History
The markets are much more interested in America's long-term trajectory than they are in feeling that there is an acute short-term crisis.
The one show that I will continue to be a guest on is 'The Daily Show' with Jon Stewart, if he'll have me. It's not competitive with CNN and it's too much fun.
The people who watch Fox are not going to watch CNN. You know, let's be honest.
The situation in Syria is quite different from Libya.
The tallest building in the world is now in Dubai, the biggest factory in the world is in China, the largest oil refinery is in India, the largest investment fund in the world is in Abu Dhabi, the largest Ferris wheel in the world is in Singapore.
The technological revolution at home makes it much easier for computers to do our work. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
The United States is going to be a rich country, it is going to be prosperous, but it is not going to be able to take the lead in the next phase of global economic development.
The Web forces me to be disciplined and not to waste time - but before the Web was invented, there were plenty of opportunities to do that anyway. Time
The world is changing very profoundly.
There is a huge crisis of employment in America, in the Western world in general.
There is very strong historical data that suggests the way societies grow is by making large, long-term investments.
Things happening around the world are affecting you and me.
What happens in the media is the cult of personality. The brands who have been forced to cut their staff have been forced to take on the brands of journalists.
What we see today is an American economy that has boomed because of policies and developments of the 1950s and '60s: the interstate-highway system, massive funding for science and technology, a public-education system that was the envy of the world and generous immigration policies. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
When you're failing, there's a very powerful incentive to put ideology aside and just do what seems to work. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Whenever societies do well, they believe that there is something in their cultural DNA that made it happen.
Whenever someone says the word community, I want to reach for an oxygen mask.
You know, when the cost of capital goes down, when credit becomes cheap, people start taking greater and greater risks.