Happy Monday! The staff of The Korbel Report spends its fair share of time on the internet staying up-to-date on a wide-range of international news and trends. Here’s a list of the articles, blog posts, and resources we found interesting, enlightening, or infuriating over the past week:
- “American Gun Use is Out of Control” by Henry Porter at The Guardian
Porter poses a controversial question–has gun violence in America reached a level of “humanitarian crisis,” and should the international community intervene?
- “Assad and the Death of the International Criminal Court” by Eric Posner at Slate
Although some may question the premise that the ICC is actually capable of fully and legitimately carrying out its mission, Posner asserts that the ICC becomes completely irrelevant if it does not prosecute Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
- “AusAID to Be Absorbed into the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade” from SBS
Government shake-ups in Australia have resulted in a downsizing of the Australian international development program.
- “China’s Spending 39% of its GDP Paying Off Debts” by Gwynn Guilfod at Quartz
- “The End of Kindness” by Greg Sandoval at The Verge
A terrifying look at the consequences of the largely unregulated frontier that is the internet, especially in the context of harassment, hostility, and privacy.
- “The Great Escape” by Angus Deaton at Foreign Policy
Thought-provoking article on why we may never alleviate global poverty.
- “Putin’s Downhill Race” by Amy Knight at The New York Review of Books
Based on a global average, the upcoming Sochi Olympics should have cost $24 billion (USD); it’s $50 billion (USD) price tag reflects kickbacks and embezzlement.