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Must Reads of the Week: 9/11 Anniversary, China's Alliance With Venezuela, and More

Author: Editors
September 16, 2016


From the Archives: “The Falling Man
By Tom Junod

“There is something almost rebellious in the man's posture, as though once faced with the inevitability of death, he decided to get on with it; as though he were a missile, a spear, bent on attaining his own end. He is, fifteen seconds past 9:41 a.m. EST, the moment the picture is taken, in the clutches of pure physics, accelerating at a rate of thirty-two feet per second squared. He will soon be traveling at upwards of 150 miles per hour, and he is upside down. In the picture, he is frozen; in his life outside the frame, he drops and keeps dropping until he disappears.”

September 11 MemorialA woman looks out over the National September 11 Memorial and Museum in New York on the 15th anniversary of the attacks. (Photo: Lucas Jackson/Reuters)
China Rethinks Its Alliance With Reeling Venezuela
By Kejal Vyas
Wall Street Journal

“Venezuela welcomed thousands of Chinese technicians to work on infrastructure ventures, largely paid for with shipments to China of 600,000 barrels of oil a day. China was a crucial lender of last resort as investors in international debt markets charge Venezuela some of the highest borrowing rates in the world. Then security emerged as a concern. Venezuela ranked below war-ravaged Syria on perceived citizen security in a recent Gallup poll. Warnings distributed by the Chinese embassy here to Chinese nationals, reviewed by The Wall Street Journal, refer to attacks against foreigners. ‘As Asian people, to the greatest extent possible, you should avoid traveling by yourselves,’ read one advisory from the local office of China’s state-owned Sinohydro Corp.”

Obama & Palestine: The Last Chance
By Nathan Thrall
New York Review of Books

“Top US officials see a parameters resolution as Obama’s only chance at a lasting, positive legacy, one that history might even one day show to have been more important to peace than the achievements of his predecessors. Once Kerry’s efforts extinguished the administration’s last hopes of an agreement on their watch, a parameters resolution [in the UN Security Council] became their brass ring; since then, Israel-Palestine policy has largely been at a standstill in Washington and capitals throughout Europe, hanging on the question of whether Obama will decide to grab it.”

The Secret History of Colombia’s Paramilitaries and the U.S. War on Drugs
By Deborah Sontag
New York Times

“It happened in a dead-of-night extradition that stunned Colombia, where the men stood accused of atrocities in a transitional justice process that was abruptly interrupted. In the whoosh of a jet, and at the behest of the Colombian president, Álvaro Uribe, the United States-led war on drugs seized priority over Colombia’s efforts to confront crimes against humanity that had scarred a generation.”

One Belt, One Road
By Jack Farchy, James Kynge, Chris Campbell, and David Blood
Financial Times

“China’s ‘One Belt, One Road’ project aims to make central Asia more connected to the world, yet even before the initiative was formally announced China had helped to redraw the energy map of the region. It had built an oil pipeline from Kazakhstan, a gas pipeline that allowed Turkmenistan to break its dependence on dealings with Russia and another pipeline that has increased the flow of Russian oil to China. Chinese companies have funded and built roads, bridges and tunnels across the region. A ribbon of fresh projects, such as the Khorgos ‘dry port’ on the Kazakh-Chinese border and a railway link connecting Kazakhstan with Iran, is helping increase trade across central Asia.”

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