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Friday’s Reading List

By Taylor Marvin

Lucas van Leyden, "Healing the Blind Man of Jericho," 1531. Via Wikimedia.

Lucas van Leyden, “Healing the Blind Man of Jericho,” 1531. Via Wikimedia.

Writing and analysis I found interesting this week:

Via Sarah Kendzior, how structural funding and employment shortfalls create a dearth of American experts on Russia and Central Asia.

France maintains its we-sell-arms-to-anyone reputation, pushing ahead with the sale of two Mistral-class amphibious assault ships Russia (via Robert Farley). When they enter service these modern ships will be a dramatic boost to Russian expeditionary capability.

Timothy Burke thinks about sovereignty.

Minh-Ha T. Pham takes a provocative look at cultural appropriation in the world of high fashion:

This is the problem with cultural-appropriation critiques. They depend on reductive binaries—“high culture” and “low culture,” and oftentimes, “first world” and “third world”—that preserve the hierarchical relations between the fashion industry and the cultures being appropriated…

Rather than obsess over whether certain practices and forms of cultural appropriation are “good” or “bad,” “racist” or “post-racial,” respectful or not, inappropriate discourse asks what is not appropriate-able, what cannot be integrated into and continue to maintain the existing power structure of the high fashion system, and why. In doing so, we truly challenge the idea of the absolute power and authority of the West to control how the world sees, knows, and talks about fashion.

The “100 years” of narco culture in Sinaloa (via Victor Asal and Brian J. Phillips).

Oliver Kaplan examines the role of folk beliefs in Colombian conflict.

On New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson’s firing: “The New York Times appears to have wanted a woman at the top, without actually letting her be in charge.” (Via Heidi N. Moore.)

Finally, more links at Political Violence at a Glance.

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