Sunday Readings

 

Roots Of Hong Kong’s Democracy Protests Date Back To 1980s
The Wall Street Journal reporters Ned Levin, Jenny Gross and Charles Hutzler have an essay making the case that the roots of today’s protests can be traced back to talks held in the 1980s between China and the UK about Hong Kong’s future.

Before Kong Kong was officially handed over to the Chinese in 1997, talks were convened to decide the nature of its governance and to establish guidelines for future elections. Decades later, In recent months, arguments over the meaning of those promises have played a part in sparking the confrontational protests over how the city will choose its next leader in 2017.

“Beijing says that it has honored its commitment to provide universal suffrage; pro-democracy activists say that China has trampled those promises by insisting that candidates be approved by a committee whose members are largely pro-business and pro-Beijing. Rhetoric aside, China has always retained the final say on how the city’s leaders would be chosen. That power was enshrined in Hong Kong’s mini-constitution, the Basic Law, by giving Beijing the right to final interpretations, including on elections,” they write.

The Atlantic examines the impact of China’s refusal to budge to the student demonstrators could permanently alienate the next generation.

Humanitarian Intervention – A Study
The Council on Foreign Relations has published three articles that provide an overview of recent interventions, an explanation of the responsibility to protect and when it should be applied, and a critical analysis of humanitarian intervention.

Quick Headlines

PBS’ Newshour examines why Kobani is central to US strategy in its fight against ISIS.

Mass graves uncovered in Mexico, reports The New York Times.

,Danielle Allen says equality and liberty are not mutually exclusive.

In September, several members of the UN Commission on Global Drug Policy, discussed the Commission’s newly completed report, Taking Control: Pathways for Drug Policies that Work. They issue a call for far-reaching changes to global drug policy, and will lay the foundation for the upcoming UN General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on Drugs in 2016.

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