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Entries by Arianna Huffington from 01/2013

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 01.06.2013 | Politics

This week we narrowly avoided the fiscal cliff. But while the president might have won that battle, the most important war -- the war against joblessness -- continues to drag on while pushed to the sidelines of our national conversation. Friday brought yet another middling jobs report, with the economy adding only 155,000 jobs. Yet when the president was asked on Meet the Press what his priorities were for his second term, after leading with immigration, he talked about "stabilizing the economy" mostly in terms of deficit reduction and "fiscal stability," and then "the huge opportunity around energy." So what happened to the "pivot" to jobs that we heard so much about during the campaign? Apparently that did fall off the cliff. At the current rate, unemployment won't be back to where it was before the recession for at least another seven years. It's a sign of how far off the rails we've gone that this is now seen as good news.

Blast From the Past: Why Chuck Hagel Is Such an Inspired Choice

| Posted 01.07.2013 | Politics

When I think of issues like Iraq, of how we went into it -- no planning, no preparation, no sense of consequences, of where were going, how we were going to get out, went in without enough men, no exit strategy, those kinds of things -- I'll speak out. I'll go against my party." That was Chuck Hagel in 2006 -- just one instance among many of courageously and passionately speaking out against the White House's disastrous foreign policies. With President Obama expected to nominate Hagel for Secretary of Defense, here is a post I wrote in August 2006 that reminds us why Hagel is such an inspired choice.

CES 2013, GPS for the Soul and the Digital Health Revolution

| Posted 01.07.2013 | Technology

Greetings from Las Vegas, where I've landed in the midst of a perfect storm for the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). The main elements of this perfect storm are disruptive technology, our dysfunctional health care system, and the growing desire people have to take control of their own health and well-being. And it's powered by our growing awareness of the destructive power and tremendous cost of stress in our lives. That's why HuffPost is rolling out GPS for the Soul, a new app that's part of our comprehensive lifestyle coverage around the theme "Less Stress, More Living." And it's why this year's CES has the potential to be one of the most transformative ever. There's a significant change in attitude about what role technology can, and should, be playing in our lives -- from the growing prevalence of mindfulness practices in the workplace to the robust market of wearable devices providing biofeedback. Here's hoping the perfect storm on display this week in Las Vegas leads to sunnier days everywhere.

CES 2013: il GPS per l'anima e la rivoluzione del benessere digitale

| Posted 01.08.2013 | Italy

Il CES di quest'anno ha le potenzialità per essere il più rivoluzionario della storia, perché interpreta in modo completamente nuovo il ruolo che la tecnologia può - e dovrebbe - avere nelle nostre vite.

CES 2013, GPS for the Soul et la révolution numérique en santé

| Posted 01.10.2013 | Quebec Art De Vivre

Aujourd'hui, les technologies peuvent induire en nous du stress de mille et une façons, mais elles peuvent également nous aider à le gérer. C'est pourquoi, ce ne sont ni la voiture ni la maison intelligente qui constituent pour moi les innovations les plus stimulantes du CES 2013. Je m'enthousiasme bien davantage pour les technologies qui faciliteront la venue de "l'être intelligent", pour celles qui favoriseront l'harmonie et la reconnexion du corps, du cerveau et de l'esprit.

CES 2013, GPS for the Soul et la révolution numérique en santé

| Posted 01.10.2013 | France C'est La Vie

Aujourd'hui, les technologies peuvent induire en nous du stress de mille et une façons, mais elles peuvent également nous aider à le gérer. C'est pourquoi, ce ne sont ni la voiture ni la maison intelligente qui constituent pour moi les innovations les plus stimulantes du CES 2013. Je m'enthousiasme bien davantage pour les technologies qui faciliteront la venue de "l'être intelligent", pour celles qui favoriseront l'harmonie et la reconnexion du corps, du cerveau et de l'esprit. Il me semble qu'il s'agit là du meilleur chemin pour que les gens reprennent les rênes de leur santé, et, à plus grande échelle, pour que notre pays reprenne le contrôle d'un système de santé qui va tout droit à sa perte.

CES 2013, GPS for the soul, la revolución digital de la salud

| Posted 01.11.2013 | Spain

Para mí, el resultado más emocionante del CES de este año no es el coche inteligente ni la casa inteligente, sino la persona inteligente -la reconexión entre la mente, el cuerpo, y el espíritu. Es la mejor manera de volver a tomar las riendas de nuestra propia salud.

Huffington This Week: Yoga Warriors

| Posted 01.11.2013 | Healthy Living

There's a growing consensus among military doctors, researchers, and veterans themselves, that conventional treatments aren't always enough to help vets navigate the consequences of PTSD -- from unemployment and domestic violence to substance abuse, anxiety, and suicide. In this week's issue, David Wood writes about a tool increasingly used to help veterans confront the many challenges waiting for them when they return home from war zones: yoga.

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 01.13.2013 | Politics

This was the week of the Big Snub. In Hollywood, Oscar voters turned their backs on Ben Affleck and Kathryn Bigelow, long considered locks for a Best Director nomination for their work on Argo and Zero Dark Thirty respectively. In Cooperstown, steroid era superstars Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Sammy Sosa were snubbed for the Baseball Hall of Fame -- along with the entire rest of the eligible field. The question now is, will snub fever make its way to Washington? Will Chuck Hagel, and the fresh ideas he'd bring to the Pentagon, be snubbed? How about the gun proposals Joe Biden will be announcing on Tuesday? And will Jack Lew, President Obama's pick for Treasury Secretary, continue that department's long tradition of snubbing Main Street in favor of Wall Street? It's a reminder that what is rejected is often more important than what it selected. Especially in Hollywood and D.C.

Neocon Nightmare: The Truth Behind the Attacks on Chuck Hagel

| Posted 01.15.2013 | Politics

We often bemoan the fact that those in Washington who get it wrong never seem to be held accountable, and those who get it right (even if not right away) always seem to be marginalized. Well, President Obama's nomination of Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense is how the system should -- but seldom does -- work. I'm not saying Chuck Hagel is perfect or that I agree with every position he's ever taken, but leadership isn't about conforming to a checklist. Hagel is being nominated for a particular job, and for that job, he has a strong record. And this is exactly why his critics are grasping for straws -- from questions about his "temperament" to the insinuation that he is an anti-Semite -- because they don't want to discuss that record, nor what this debate is really about: the Iraq War.

Huffington This Week: Death and the GOP

| Posted 01.18.2013 | Politics

In this week's issue, Jaweed Kaleem examines the ways social networking sites like Facebook are opening up the conversation about death, allowing people's profiles to remain even after their death. And Jon Ward takes us inside the Republican party in the wake of Mitt Romney's loss to President Obama, revealing a party grappling with existential questions.

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 01.20.2013 | Politics

This week, Lance Armstrong finally came clean, telling Oprah: "I'm here to say 'sorry.'" Whole Foods CEO John Mackey offered regrets for comparing Obamacare to "fascism." And former South Carolina governor Mark Sanford announced a bid for Congress, saying: "We all hope for redemption." But before there is redemption, there must be contrition -- something sorely missing from the prosecutors of Aaron Swartz who, just days after Swartz's suicide, defended their actions as "appropriate." Also contrition-free: the NRA, whose inaccurate ad featuring the president's daughters was blasted as "reprehensible" by Gov. Chris Christie, among many others. And there was no contrition from House Republicans, who softened their stance on the debt ceiling while reserving the right to hold the economy hostage. Perhaps we do a hostage swap with them -- we get the economy back, they get Manti Te'o's girlfriend.

The JobRaising Challenge: Seizing the Moment to Help Put Americans Back to Work

| Posted 01.21.2013 | Impact

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gifToday, as President Obama is sworn in for a second term, we're seizing the moment to take the JobRaising Challenge to the next stage. Starting now, you can view the powerful profiles and videos of our 74 finalists and donate to the organizations that resonate most with you.

The Way We Comment Now: Introducing HuffPost Conversations

| Posted 01.22.2013 | Technology

Since conversations are such a key part of the HuffPost experience, we are always thinking about how to make them better, simpler, more engaging, and more fulfilling. That's why today we're introducing HuffPost Conversations, a system that upgrades the way you comment on HuffPost, while leaving alone the aspects that have made the comments section so vibrant in the first place. We've added a cleaner layout and a new functionality, so your online conversations become more like back-and-forth exchanges. For example, if you're discussing a HuffPost story with more than two people, you will now see a "Read Conversation" button that will make the exchange easier to follow: who said what, when they said it, and what they were responding to. And since we're always looking for ways to expand the conversation and bring in new voices, it's now possible to share individual comments on Facebook and Twitter.

Davos 2013: Resilience as a 21st Century Imperative

| Posted 01.22.2013 | Business

The weather here in Davos is crisp and snowy, but the global outlook heading into the 43rd World Economic Forum is decidedly more overcast. I'm looking forward to a week of discussions about how to meet the challenges we face.

Le Huffington Post a un an: Joyeux Anniversaire !

| Posted 01.23.2013 | France

MÉDIAS - Bon anniversaire au Huffington Post qui fête aujourd'hui ses un an. Nous sommes tous très contents de notre premier bébé à s'exprimer dans une langue étrangère

Le Huffington Post Is One Today. Happy Birthday!

| Posted 01.23.2013 | Media

Bon Anniversaire to Le Huffington Post, which turned one-year-old today. We are all thrilled with our first foreign-language baby, which is now the top online-only news site in France. To all those who are a part of this vibrant community, may our second year be as full of creativity, growth, and great conversations as the first. READ MORE

Le Huffington Post's First Year, and the Future for International As we celebrate the first birthday of Le Huffington Post, our goal in 2013 is to take the Huffington Post brand even further, by moving beyond Europe and North America and into markets such as South America, Asia and Africa.READ MORE

Keep Pushing: Join the Campaign to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

| Posted 01.23.2013 | Impact

Last September, the Huffington Post, together with the Global Fund, launched The Big Push campaign, seeking to build on the great progress that has been made in recent years fighting AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria. And to keep the spotlight on what is possible, HuffPost's front page is featuring photos of those who have joined the campaign. Please join us and submit your own.

Our Common Goal: Empowering Entrepreneurs and Creating Jobs

| Posted 01.24.2013 | Impact

This week, politicians, writers, activists and nonprofit leaders are gathered in Davos, Switzerland for the 43rd annual meeting of the World Economic Forum. While the issues to be addressed range from healthcare to regulation to the environment, the two of us share an interest in one particular topic -- economic growth and job creation. The Huffington Post and Goldman Sachs come at this issue with different perspectives, but a common goal. So today, our two organizations are joining forces to examine what entrepreneurs are doing to drive growth around the world and apply the lessons we have learned. Based on the experience of Goldman Sachs' 10,000 Women initiative and HuffPost's commitment to showcasing "What Is Working," we are appearing together today in Davos to open up the conversation about helping to build a global economy that not only grows but also provides much greater opportunities and prosperity to women and men alike.

Davos 2013: la résistance, impératif du 21ème siècle

| Posted 01.24.2013 | France

ÉCONOMIE - Si nous avons vraiment l'intention de construire une résistance planétaire - comme avec notre corps - nous allons devoir fournir à nos économies ce dont elles ont besoin pour grandir. Les régimes, s'ils sont fait correctement, sont bénéfiques, mais ne pas manger du tout n'est pas un régime, c'est une grève de la faim.

Huffington This Week: Future Forward

| Posted 01.24.2013 | Technology

In this week's issue, Bianca Bosker looks at Siri -- not only what Apple's "humble personal assistant" can do for us, but also how it was initially envisioned, and what it might become.

Davos 2013: la résistance, impératif du 21ème siècle

| Posted 01.24.2013 | Canada Quebec

Si nous avons vraiment l'intention de construire une résistance planétaire - comme avec notre corps - nous allons devoir fournir à nos économies ce dont elles ont besoin pour grandir. Les régimes, s'ils sont fait correctement, sont bénéfiques, mais ne pas manger du tout n'est pas un régime, c'est une grève de la faim. Quand il est affamé, notre système commence à flancher et à se dévorer lui-même - un phénomène plutôt familier à qui a observé le paysage européen politique et économique ces dernières années.

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 01.27.2013 | Politics

This week, at the World Economic Forum in Davos, amidst the buzz generated by the UK heading into a triple-dip recession, the IMF downgrading its forecast for global growth, and David Cameron's speech on an EU referendum, there was also a lot of talk about the surprising number of sessions devoted to mindful leadership, meditation, wellness, and redefining success -- topics that united, among others, PIMCO's Bill Gross, professors Mark Williams and Sheena Iyengar, neuroscientist Amishi Jha, economist Joe Stiglitz, and Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard. Tipping point? Perhaps, but definitely a signal that the powers that be are beginning to accept the connection between our ability to deal with the crises that surround us and the way we live our lives, and care for our body, mind, and spirit. This mindset has gone from being dismissed as New Age California flaky to being supported by growing scientific evidence and embraced by a growing number of corporate leaders. Looking inward is suddenly in.