By Taylor Marvin
What I read this week:
Tom Pepinsky on the politics of the, well, “the” definite article that once commonly preceded the words Ukraine and Crimea in English, and the implication that “the Ukraine” is the name of a region while “Ukraine” of a state.
Also on the politics of language, the privilege of speaking English in the international development field, via Rachel Strohm.
What does the Obama administration’s preferred “small footprint” outlook even mean?
Via ICG, a February report on Moroccan efforts to suppress protests in Western Sahara.
On the difficulties — actually, it isn’t really that hard — of balancing disapproval of US foreign policy without becoming a “dupe” for Russian aggression and authoritarianism. Additionally, support for the “people who work at RT … ” theory for the pro-Kremlin network’s conspiracy theories:
The modal career arc of an American RT reporter appears to be an ambitious but not terrible bright 20-something aspiring journalist who, faced with the alternative of grim local-news reportage, leaps at the chance to make two or three times the pay while covering world affairs, sort of.
In contrast to early questions, given the wider Argentine Church’s complicity in that country’s military dictatorship, Pope Francis may have saved many during the “Dirty War.”
Vice President Joe Biden visited neighboring Chile this week for the inauguration of Michelle Bachelet, who held her first term in the presidency from 2006 through 2010 and faces many challenges in her second term. Also see a striking pair of photos Patrick Iber highlighted on Twitter this week.
Cairo’s struggle to reclaim the city’s informal areas.
And further linkage, from today, at Political Violence @ a Glance.