The Foreign Service Journal - December 2013 - page 13

THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
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DECEMBER 2013
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50 Years Ago
November 22, 1963
3:30 p.m. EST
P
resident John F. Kennedy was shot two hours ago. .... Our
Journal
was on the
press at the time of these events, and as we write these words many of our
Foreign Service colleagues have not heard the tragic news.
We will leave to others the well-thought-out and deserved tributes to the
stature and integrity of this man as he tried to meet the overwhelming responsi-
bilities of the high office which he held. To the extent that we can control our own
personal sorrow and grief, we shall here pay tribute to his great efforts to handle
our foreign policy problems in full consciousness of the United States’ role of
leadership in the Free World, and his inspiration to the Foreign Service to meet
the challenge of its role in the field.
None of us will forget his advice to AFSA that those who can’t stand the heat
should get out of the kitchen. He never spared himself, even when the heat was
intense—as indeed it was a year ago in October during the confrontation with
the Soviet Union over the missiles in Cuba. Amidst the confusion which reigns
at the moment of writing, the finest tribute we can pay to this great leader
is to rededicate ourselves to meeting the standards of excellence which he
demanded of all who served the nation.
—Untitled editorial statement,
FSJ
, December 1963.
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an English word into the search box, it will
show you posts that use that term.
—Steven Alan Honley, Editor
Spain Zones Out
A
s the
Journal
prepares to go to press,
the United States has just moved
from Daylight Saving Time to Standard
Time. (As the saying goes, “Fall back in
the fall; spring forward in the spring.”) So
we were intrigued by news of a Spanish
initiative to toughen up the country’s tra-
ditional casualness about timekeeping.
While many Spaniards defend the
practice of taking afternoon siestas and
eating dinner late at night as sacrosanct,
the National Commission for the Ration-
only is the current setup detrimental to
promoting work-life balance and gen-
der equality, but it is seriously impeding
Spain’s economic productivity.
Complicating matters further, Spain—
unlike Portugal and the United Kingdom,
which have the same longitude—is
aligned with the Central European time
zone, as it has been ever since World War
II. The commission believes that finally
eliminating this historical anomaly will
make the country’s workers healthier, hap-
pier and more productive.
There is certainly no doubt that Spain is
in dire need of an economic boost. Could
the commission’s proposal be a step in the
right direction? Only time (zones) will tell.
Valerie Sanders, Editorial Intern
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