Vinayak Rajesekhar

28 Flips | 10 Magazines | 9 Likes | 26 Following | 21 Followers | @Vinayak_R | MA, Intl. Security @ Sciences Po, Paris | Founder, Editor-in-Chief - Pax Politica | Researcher and Analyst - Middle East | Budding Journalist | Manchester United FC Fan | E-Mail: vinayak.rajesekhar@gmail.com

Message from Syria to the United States: We’ll never again believe your lofty rhetoric

The United States representative to the United Nations, Samantha Power, gave an impassioned speech last week asking Russian and Syrian representatives whether they felt "any shame at all" for their actions in Aleppo, and whether there is "no execution of a child that gets under [their] skin?" For …

The 11 big questions for anyone cheering Gawker’s demise

Gawker.com, the pioneering and controversial media blog, officially died on Monday. It was killed by billionaire Peter Thiel in his successful quest …

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A Boston journalism nonprofit is among the first publishers to sell subscriptions on Medium

“I really understand how powerful it is to be able to raise sustaining donations, now that I’m in the driver’s seat.”<p>Most of the publishers using Medium would describe themselves as small, or small-ish. But sites like The Ringer and The Awl are huge compared to the Boston Institute for Nonprofit …

10 More Great Sites To Find Gigs And Part-Time Work

Last year, after her company went through a merger, Judith Meritz decided the time was right to walk away from her 30+year career as a senior corporate counsel. After doing some traveling, she turned to Your Encore, a firm that places seasoned experts into short-term work assignments. As a result, …

10 Simple Steps for Adding Videos To Your Content Strategy

Video content is the new written content. Visuals increase user attention span, increase user engagement, improve information retention, and increase shareability. Furthermore, videos are becoming easier to create and publish than ever before. There’s no question that you should be using video …

Can Anyone Save The New York Times from Itself?

It’s been two years since Dean Baquet vaulted over Jill Abramson to claim the top editorial job, but the prospect of deeper change is still stirring at the 164-year-old Times. With longtime publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. seeking a successor, Baquet’s would-be replacements already jockeying for …

The 8 Greatest Apps For Incredibly Busy Guys

Swipe these and take back lost time<p>Ever feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day to tackle your to-do list?<p>Use these insanely helpful apps to take control of your calendar, streamline your inbox, and consume more information in half the time.

If Your Answer to 'How Are You?' Is 'Busy,' You Don't Have a Life

Do you know that feeling of being so busy that time flies with a blink of an eye? We're so busy with all kinds of things -- work, friends, going out, holidays, etc. But being busy is not a good thing at all.<p>The other day, one of my best friends, Antonio, had his birthday.<p>We know each other since we …

Mocking that 'crazy fatwa' may be exposing your own ignorance about Islam

We all do it from time to time. We hear the word "fatwa" and think, "Here we go again, what are those crazy Muslim clerics up to now?"<p>You only need …

Gawker can’t hide its bad behavior behind press freedom

<b>Earlier this month,</b> a Gawker reporter unleashed a mini-bombshell. Michael Nunez at its sister site, Gizmodo, revealed that Facebook routinely …

6 Minimalist Steps to Turning Your Blog into a Profitable Business

When I was first taking the steps to turn my blog into an online business, I was trying everything. Facebook Ads, guest posting, being on every platform; you name it, I did it!<p>Only problem was, doing everything to build my business quickly wore me out. Not only that, but I didn't know what was …

India abstains from voting on US press freedom group's plea in United Nations

<b>United Nations</b>: India has abstained from voting, while China and Pakistan voted against a bid by a US advocacy group for press freedom, seeking …

5 social media tools that journalists use

<i>This article was originally published on PR Daily in May 2016.</i> <br>Journalists often are the first to break stories and distribute their content …

Social Media

6 Ways to Boost Your Blog's Visibility in 2016

Credit<p>Building a successful blog comes with challenges, successes and errors that can eventually weave into a business if approached with the right strategies. Beyond creating content and impressive brand designs, the overall purpose of a blog, especially if you're looking to turn it into a …

Now, there’s one more reason to be a journalist — you can help save journalism

News reporter — that’s just about the worst job you can have, right? According to one career site, it ranks dead last, behind pest-control worker and logger. The pay is paltry, the opportunities few and the prospects for advancement dim.<p>But here they come: the fresh-faced graduates of journalism, …

21 Awesome Places to Learn Critical Skills That Will Change Your Life

Never stop learning. Improve your professional and personal lives here.<p>We tend to think of learning a new skill or "going back to school" as something you'd do when looking to change careers, or to upgrade within your current one.<p>But lifelong learning has incredible benefits, both personal and …

Learning

Iraq takes aim at media as security forces struggle to contain strife

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq’s Shi’ite-led authorities have shut the offices of two television channels popular with Sunni Iraqis and ordered a satirical show off air, tightening control over the media as political tensions rise in Baghdad.<p>Al Jazeera's office is seen after it was shutdown in Baghdad …

Middle East

Iran Wants To Eradicate Baha’is: We Should Demand Their Religious Freedom – OpEd

The eighth anniversary this Saturday (May 14) of Iran’s imprisonment of seven Baha’i leaders is an opportune time to refocus attention on the plight …

To the Graduate Who Wants to Work in International Affairs

<b>Some hard truths and advice for the job search.</b><p>O<b>ver the years,</b> a lot of college students and young grads have come to me asking how to get a job in …

Resentment over Sykes-Picot deal still drives Turkey foreign policy

By Stuart Williams with Fulya Ozerkan<p><b>ANKARA -</b> Resentment remains over the Sykes-Picot Agreement between Britain and France that carved up the Middle …

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Exactly a century ago, an Englishman and a Frenchman unrolled a map of the Middle East and drew an improbably straight line across the desert. With one pen-stroke, Sir Mark Sykes and François Georges-Picot created the modern states of the region and carelessly lit the fuse of a thousand conflicts …

Is Assad's regime losing momentum?

Late February the Syrian government had the upper hand on the ground thanks to Russia's military intervention. Six months earlier President Bashar al Assad's hold on power was been threatened by rebels advance.<p>Tehran was believed to have requested Russian assistance. Moscow complied but its …

“The scope of our failure”: The real story of our decades-long foreign policy disaster that set the Middle East on fire

<b>Ronald Reagan, George W. Bush, Donald Rumsfeld (AP/Reuters/Jason Reed/Kevin Lamarque/Photo montage by Salon)</b><p>The brilliant Andrew Bacevich tells Salon why our massive march to folly in Middle East has to be seen as one war<p>Patrick L. Smith<p>May 15, 2016 9:58am (UTC)<p>I first interviewed Andrew Bacevich, …

The Future of the Newsroom — Tow Center, Columbia University

Whoever said journalism is dead has clearly never met with Claire Wardle, Research Director of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia …

Columbia University

15 Chrome Extensions that will boost your productivity

Chrome extensions brought a lot of innovation into the browser market, every Chrome user knows and loves at least a few. Very often, you know what …

The 10 First Things Beginners Should Know How to do in Adobe Lightroom

As we’ve covered before, Lightroom CC is, as part of Adobe’s Photography package, one of the greatest tools for amateur photographers. If you want to …

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