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World Policy Newsletter, Week of February 12th

Around the World

The UThukela district in South Africa offers 16 young women the chance to have their university degrees fully funded—provided they prove, through twice-yearly testing, that they remain virgins throughout their studies. Melanie Smuts calls for an end to these kinds of programs, which fail to address public health concerns and reinforce brutal patriarchal systems.

In Burundi, many have claimed that the recent violence constitutes genocide. Amilcar Ryumeko argues that regardless of whether that term is applicable, crimes against humanity have been committed and international intervention is required.

Meanwhile, in Argentina, the government is becoming more authoritarian with increasing media control, repression, and controversial economic policies. Kristina Hille draws attention to the human rights issues in Argentina that threaten the country’s democracy.

Finally, on this week’s episode of World Policy On Air, historian Ángel Gurría-Quintana explains that Latin America’s unique cultural diversity should be viewed as a source of economic strength—not weakness.

 

Around the Institute

Beningo S. Aquino III, President of the Republic of the Philippines will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Loyola Marymount University in recognition of his dedication to his country, his integrity, and his embodiment of a Jesuit education. The event is being co-sponsored by World Policy Institute at Loyola Marymount University and the School for Education's Teach for the Philippines. The ceremony will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 17 at 12:00 p.m. at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. RSVP here by Feb. 10.

The inspections we put up with at airport gates and the endless warnings we get at train stations, on buses, and all the rest are the way we encounter the vast apparatus of U.S. security. Like the wars fought in its name, these measures are supposed to make us safer in a post-9/11 world. But do they? In the latest event in our new World Policy Security Series, “Against Security: How We Go Wrong at Subways, Airports, and Other Sites of Ambiguous Danger,” Dr. Harvey Molotch explains how these regimes of command-and-control not only annoy and intimidate but are counterproductive. The discussion will take place Monday, Feb. 22This event is by invitation only.

On Wednesday, Feb. 24, World Policy Institute is hosting its next World Economic Roundtable on "Deflation: Boom or Bust,” featuring Diana Choyleva, chief economist and head of research at Lombard Street Research. Dr. Choyleva will explain why an economic slowdown in China could be positive for the world economy, resulting in what she calls a “deflationary boom”—though she will also outline what could go wrong with this optimistic baseline scenario, bringing the world economy closer to a deflationary bust. This event is by invitation only.

If you would like to attend invitation-only events, please consider enrolling in the World Policy Membership Program today. 

 

Fellow Updates

Kavitha Rajagopalan writes for Observer on how British band Coldplay’s new music video insults much of India.

Damaso Reyes’ audio artwork, “A Day in the Life of Europe,” is featured on Earlid, an online exhibition space for sound art.

Martin Walker has been awarded a gold medal for services to culture by the French Republic, in a joint announcement by the ministries of foreign affairs and economics, in recognition of the impact on tourism of his mystery novels featuring “Bruno, chief of police.” Walker has also been appointed a Grand Consul de la Vinee de Bergerac, a body founded in the 13th century to uphold and guarantee the quality of the wines of Bergerac.

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