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Ariana Huffington's Mission To Save Uber From Its Own 'Brilliant Jerks'

The online media star, who sits on the board of the ride-sharing app company, says Uber doesn't just suffer from a culture of sexism. It's also burnout — and bad sleep.

Huffington has her own ideas of how to fix Uber
Huffington has her own ideas of how to fix Uber
Craig Timberg and Brian Fung

SAN FRANCISCO — As the crisis at Uber reached a critical moment this week, a familiar voice filled the company's San Francisco headquarters. It was the distinctive Greek accent of Uber board member Arianna Huffington — the onetime pundit and digital publisher — addressing employees, as she emerges as the most visible leader of a company trying to recover from months of self-inflicted wounds.

But where many saw a company that exemplified the worst of the tech industry's male-dominated "bro" culture, Huffington had concluded that there was an additional reason for the rampant sexual harassment and other unprofessional conduct reported at the company: a work-life balance gone disastrously awry.

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Our 'Emotional' Divide: How The Ukraine War Reveals A World Broken In Two

Russia's invasion has created a stark global divide: them and us. On one side are the countries refusing to condemn Moscow, with the West on the other. It's a dangerous split that could have repercussions far into the future.

Protesters against the war in Ukraine demonstrate in front of the Russian embassy in London

Dominique Moïsi

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PARIS — "The West and the Rest of Us." That's the title of a 1975 essay written by Nigerian essayist and critic Chinweizu Ibekwe. I've been thinking about his words as the war in Ukraine both reveals and accelerates divisions of the world that I believe are ultimately "emotional" in nature.

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With war returning to Europe and the risk of escalation, there is a gap between the Western view and that of the "others," a distinct "us and them." This gap cannot be explained in strictly geographical, political, and economic terms.

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