World Beat Newsletter

Authoritarian Symps

In the post-Cold War era, the right and even some on the left are playing a new game of "Who's your favorite dictator?"
Our wartime commemorations are the functional equivalent of mounting the heads of our victims on pikes. Are we surprised that others celebrate bloodshed when we do the same?
China has its vanishing girls. North Korea has its disappeared prisoners. And America has a generation of missing, jailed, and dead black men.

The Apology Olympics

Japan wants a "normal" foreign policy. Its neighbors want apologies for wartime atrocities — and an assurance that Japanese militarism is a thing of the past.

Foreign Agents

Some international NGOs promote universal norms and values while others advance the interests of governments. Is it possible to create space for one kind without the other?
Rare are the moments when enormously complex situations lend themselves to unambiguous yes-or-no answers. This is one of them.
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