Sunday Readings

Does North Korea’s Nuclear Program Pose A Risk?
Rob York of North Korea News interviews nuclear proliferation experts about the likelihood that the rogue nation would ever use nuclear weapons.

He asks the experts to identify the most significant development in North Korea’s nuclear program and to what degree the international community should be concerned.

Daryl Kimball believes North Korea’s February 12, 2013 nuclear weapons test explosion is the single most worrisome development in recent years because it was conducted despite pleas from its ally, China, not to go ahead.

“Although one more test does not fundamentally change the security threat North Korea poses, this test, unlike the two previous ones, produced a significant yield of about six to seven kilotons and undoubtedly put Pyongyang one step closer to possessing a missile-deliverable nuclear warhead. It also is likely that North Korea used highly enriched uranium (HEU) rather than plutonium for this test. This is significant because its plutonium supply is limited, perhaps enough for fewer than 10 bombs, but its HEU production capacity is probably expanding,” contends Kimball.

Park Ji-young, however, sees the progress made by North Korea in miniaturization of warheads is more worrisome and significant.

The Man Who Coined The Term Genocide
It was seventy years ago that the term “genocide” first appeared in a little-known report published by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Ben Zimmer writes in the Wall Street Journal about the report’s author, a Polish-born lawyer named Raphael Lemkin, what inspired him to define crimes against humanity and his lifelong quest to hold violators to account.

“A few months after his arrival, he heard a radio address by Winston Churchill on “the barbaric fury of the Nazis.” “We are in the presence of a crime without a name,” Churchill intoned.

“Lemkin, who lost much of his family in the Holocaust, decided to create a name that would match the crime and spent the rest of his life crusading for its acknowledgment. A one-man lobbying machine, he convinced the United Nations in 1948 to establish the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, a landmark in international human-rights law,” Zimmer writes of the roots of the now-common term.

The New York Times reviews the new documentary about Lemkin’s life.

Quick Headlines

Lindsey Hilsum of Britain’s Channel 4 news reports on how students in Syria try to remain hopeful after more than two years at war.

Tunisia’s elections could set standard for democracy in the Middle East.

Today, ceremonies were held in Afghanistan’s Helmand Province as the last British soldiers and American Marines at Camp Leatherneck departed.
China is lending a humanitarian hand to the people of South Sudan.
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