The Week Unwrapped: Actual-life Succession, Iranian soccer and China’s #MeToo second

Olly Mann and The Week go behind the headlines and debate what really matters.

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In the following week we will discuss:

Corporate management, succession planning

The latest installment of Sky Atlantics Succession drew attention to the changing personal qualities of CEOs in today’s world. On screen, two old-school media tycoons with alpha personalities and dwindling ingenuity threatened to wreak havoc on their businesses – let alone the world. But in the real world, corporate management in the 21st century seems to require an even more unusual personality type: in short, ruthless, but empathetic and personable.

Iranian goalkeepers

After a qualifying match for the Asian Women’s Cup, in which Iran defeated Jordan 4-2 on penalties, the President of the Iranian Football Association called for a “gender check” on Iranian goalkeeper Zohreh Koudaei. It was previously the subject of unsubstantiated gossip in Arab newspapers, and Iranian authorities say Jordan’s complaint is nothing more than sour grapes. But the case has reopened the debate about gender in sport – and drawn attention to Iranian gender reassignment policy.

#MeToo in China

Concern about the Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai is growing. On November 2, the 35-year-old claimed on the Chinese social media platform Weibo that she was forced to have sex by former Chinese Deputy Prime Minister Zhang Gaoli. Her post was quickly deleted and searches for her name and “tennis” were blocked. More than two weeks later, we only heard one strange email from Shuai, allegedly from her and shared by Chinese state media – but its authenticity has been questioned. Are these events an asset to the #MeToo movement or the Chinese censorship?

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