Cultural Differences Missing From World War I Analogies
Kadira Pethiyagoda contends that historical comparisons between the international unrest today and before World War I lack a key component – the impact of culture.
While there are aspects of the today’s global landscape which are similar to a century ago, Pethiyagoda argues that “opponents of the WWI analogy argue that the integration of the global economy ensures that any state’s cost-benefit analysis regarding war” weigh against it occurring.
“It could also be argued that modern technology, advances in intelligence gathering, and the ease with which global leaders can speak directly to each other, has made WWI-style ‘misunderstandings’ near impossible,” she writes.
African Union Troops Gain Control Of Key Somali Town
African Union and Somali troops on Sunday won control of a key coastal town that had been used by the Islamic militants of al-Shabab, forcing the insurgents from their last significant stronghold and major money-making port, the BBC reports.
Pope Francis Begins Discussion Of Social Issues
Pope Francis opened a worldwide meeting of Catholic bishops with a warning against “bad shepherds” who unduly burden the faithful, reports the Sunday Telegraph.
“Francis has made a bold move in pushing for this study of family issues. The Church must win back credibility among ordinary people, above all on subjects such as sexuality and the family,” said Georg Sporschill, a Catholic priest and author from Austria told La Repubblica newspaper.
The Path Of Hong Kong’s Future
Chris Patten, the last British Governor of Hong Kong and a former EU commissioner for external affairs, argues that Hong Kong authorities have “gravely miscalculated the views of their citizens” by going to Beijing to tell Chinese leaders what they wanted to hear.
To correct their mistake, he says, Hong Kong should move forward with the promised second phase of consultations on democratic development.
“Hong Kong’s government should now offer its people a proper second round of consultation, one that is open and honest. Dialogue is the only sensible way forward. Hong Kong’s citizens are not irresponsible or unreasonable. A decent compromise that allows for elections that people can recognize as fair, not fixed, is surely available,” Patten concludes.