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Must Reads of the Week: Drones, European Elections, a Greying China, and more

Author: CFR.org Editors
October 25, 2013

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Watch Out for the Rise of a European Tea Party
By Gideon Rachman
Financial Times

"Next year's elections to the European parliament also look like a possible breakthrough moment for a European Tea Party. The parliament has traditionally been the most federalist institution in Europe, acting as a lobby group for the transfer of more powers to Brussels. But next May's elections are likely to show a surge in votes for eurosceptic parties across the continent."

Will I Be Next? U.S. Drone Strikes in Pakistan
Amnesty International

"The cases in this report raise serious concerns that the USA has unlawfully killed people in drone strikes, and that such killings may amount in some cases to extrajudicial executions or war crimes and other violations of international humanitarian law. Like other forces operating in the Tribal Areas, the USA appears to be exploiting the lawless and remote nature of the region to evade accountability for its violations."

Protesters in Karachi shout anti-American slogans during a protest against U.S. drone attacks.Protesters in Karachi shout anti-American slogans during a protest against U.S. drone attacks on October 23, 2013. (Photo: Athar Hussain/Courtesy Reuters)
Confessions of a Drone Warrior
By Matthew Power
GQ

"For decades the model for understanding PTSD has been 'fear conditioning': quite literally the lasting psychological ramifications of mortal terror. But a term now gaining wider acceptance is 'moral injury.' It represents a tectonic realignment, a shift from a focusing on the violence that has been done to a person in wartime toward his feelings about what he has done to others—or what he's failed to do for them."

Aging Population Could Trim 3% Off China GDP Growth
By Bob Davis
Wall Street Journal

"The share of the working-age population (ages 15-64) will decline in China between 2010 and 2030 nearly as fast as it will in Japan, the U.S. and other wealthy nations. Switching to a two-child policy could even make things worse over the next 20 year, because more births would mean that working parents would have more dependents to care for, the economists note."

Jordan's Rural Poor Chafe Under the Burden of Hosting Syrian Refugees
By Rania Abouzeid
Al Jazeera America

"[N]ot all the refugees who have arrived in Zaatari want to live in the camp, with its common toilets and kitchens, disease and crowding. As a result, the sleepy village that is home to 12,000 Jordanians has been transformed by the arrival of several thousand refugees."

Lobbying Bonanza as Firms Try to Influence European Union
By Eric Lipton and Danny Hakim
New York Times

"As the European Union has emerged as a regulatory superpower affecting 28 countries that collectively form the world's largest economy, its policies have become ever more important to corporations operating across borders. In turn, the influence business in Brussels has become ever larger and more competitive, rivaled only by Washington's."

India's Relations with China: The Good, the Bad, and the (Potentially) Ugly
By Tanvi Madan
Brookings Institution

"There is a debate in India—inside and outside government—about China, which scenario might prevail, the future of the relationship and what approach to take with China. [Almost] equal numbers of those surveyed believe that India 'should join with other countries to limit China's influence' and 'should cooperate with China to play a leading role in the world together.'"

Global Value Chains in a Changing World
By Deborah K. Elms and Patrick Low
World Trade Organization

"In the last three to four decades, government and business have been part of a far-reaching economic transformation, made possible by remarkable advances in information, communication and transport technologies. The proliferation of internationally joined-up production arrangements – that is, global supply chains – has changed our economic and political landscape in fundamental ways."

The World's Wartime Debt to China
By Rana Mitter
New York Times

"[R]ecently a new political openness within China itself has allowed a different picture of the war years to emerge. Chiang and Mao are long dead, and the Chinese government has been trying to claim a greater international role by reminding the world of the benefits of its past cooperation with the West."

Treasuries Lose Cachet on Lowest Foreign Demand Since '01
By Daniel Kruger
Bloomberg

"America's borrowing costs are on the cusp of exceeding the rest of the world for the first time since 2010 after a political stalemate over public funding triggered a 16-day government shutdown and jeopardized the nation's ability to pay its debt. Yields on Treasuries, which averaged less than 1 percent as recently as May, are now within 0.2 percentage point of the 1.57 percent for sovereign debt outside the U.S., according to Bank of America Merrill Lynch indexes."


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