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Must Reads of the Week: Uganda's Anti-Gay Law, Ukraine, China-North Korea Relations, and More

Author: Editors
February 28, 2014


"Uganda's Anti-Gay Law: The Missing Science"
By Helen Epstein
New York Review of Books

"Museveni claims that he decided to sign the bill into law because he concluded there is no scientific evidence that homosexuality is determined by a person's genes, and is therefore 'deviant' behavior."

Uganda President Yoweri Museveni signs an anti-homosexual bill into law at the state house in EntebbeUganda President Yoweri Museveni signs an anti-homosexual bill into law at the state house in Entebbe. (Photo: James Akena/Courtesy Reuters)
"Wary Stance From Obama on Ukraine"
By Peter Baker
New York Times

"Rather than an opportunity to spread freedom in a part of the world long plagued by corruption and oppression, Mr. Obama sees Ukraine's crisis as a problem to be managed, ideally with a minimum of violence or geopolitical upheaval."

"Beijing 'Exploring Whether to Change Tactics' Over North Korea Relationship"
By Teddy Ng
South China Morning Post

"The motives behind Pyongyang's actions over the past year—from nuclear tests to the high-profile execution of Kim's uncle Jang Song-thaek—have mystified many in the region, including China. Many Chinese scholars and government think tanks say they are being kept in the dark about its latest developments."

"Indians Want Political Change"
Pew Research

"Seven-in-ten Indians are dissatisfied with the way things are going in India today, according to a new Pew Research Center survey. And, with the Indian parliamentary elections just weeks away, the Indian public, by a margin of more than three-to-one, would prefer the Hindu-nationalist opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to lead the next Indian government rather than the Indian National Congress (INC), which heads the current left-of-center governing coalition."

"The $20 Million Case for Morocco"
By Eliza Barclay and Kristen Chick
Foreign Policy

"Morocco's lobbying efforts still appear capable of influencing American policy. The U.S. mission to the United Nations, for instance, recently proposed adding a human rights mandate to the UN mission in Western Sahara—it is, after all, currently the only UN peacekeeping force without one. But the United States dropped the proposal after the government of Morocco and its allies lobbied against it."

"How Responsible are Americans for China's Pollution Problem?"
By David Vance Wagner, Alex Wang, Elizabeth C. Economy
China File

"The United States, the European Union, Japan, and Canada, among many other countries, have long been deeply involved in assisting China's environmental protection effort. The question is not what more the outside world needs to do but what Beijing is prepared to do."

"Turkish Leader Disowns Trials That Helped Him Tame Military"
By Tim Arango
New York Times

"Whether the corruption charges are justified or not—there has been plenty of leaked evidence, especially wiretapped conversations, that appears incriminating—the corruption probe has laid bare the influence of the Gulen movement within the Turkish state, which had largely been suspected but hard to prove."

"Is Hagel Tying America's Hands (And is That a Bad Thing)?"
By David Edelstein
Washington Post

"In an ideal world, the United States can guarantee the security of its interests without being tempted to undertake occupations and interventions that have little chance of succeeding and promise high costs. The U.S. military will retain substantial air, sea, and ground capabilities even after the proposed cuts. These capabilities ought to be sufficient to deter the most likely adversaries from taking aggressive actions and to reassure allies about the sincerity of America's commitment to their security."

"A Useful Campaign"
The Economist

"For years Congress dominated nationally by ignoring how growth is sustained, but promising handouts, especially to villagers, through make-work schemes, subsidies on food, fuel and fertiliser and cash transfers. That approach now brings shrinking electoral returns, ironically, as rural voters get less poor."

"Paradise Lost in Thailand's Political Turmoil"
By Lindsay Murdoch
Sydney Morning Herald

"The struggle comes against a backdrop of deep anxiety over the future of the monarchy when King Bhumibol, the world's longest ruling head of state, passes away. The monarchy has previously acted as the force that pulled warring parties to the negotiating table."

"Patriot Games"
By David Remnick
The New Yorker

"Great powers seldom retreat forever. But, to the people who suffer their fall, the sense of diminishment is acute. For Russians, the end of the Soviet Union was not merely a new charter, a new flag, a new set of lyrics to an old anthem. There were plenty, in the cities, mainly, who rejoiced in the liberating sense of possibility—the open borders, the cultural ferment, the democratic potential—but for many millions of their compatriots, Putin among them, the collapse launched a decade of humiliation, marked by geopolitical, economic, and cultural disarray."

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