The last East German
This weekend marks the thirtieth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. In Politico, Matthew Karnitschnig has a lively interview exchange with Egon Krenz, the last leader of the German Democratic Republic, who was in power for only two months. As Karnitschnig writes, Krenz sees his continued allegiance to the ideals of East Germany as a sign of “character,” not delusion.
Farce in Xinjiang
China’s Xinjiang region is frequently under a spotlight for the mistreatment of its Uighur population. In response, reports The Globe and Mail’s Nathan VanderKlippe, authorities are going to great lengths to deceive visitors, staging “intricately managed scenes filled with pedestrians, street vendors and drivers played by people – police officers, teachers, retirees – who have been screened by the authorities and assigned roles.”
This week, India formally stripped Kashmir of its special status and divided it into two new territories. For The New York Times, Sameer Yasir and Jeffrey Gettleman report from the region, where soldiers and militants prowl the streets. At least 1.5 million Kashmiri students are out of school, and young people worry for their future. “My dream of becoming a doctor is ruined,” one said. “Sometimes I wonder why was I even born here.”
What ISIS left behind
For Maclean’s, Adnan Khan visited Northern Syria, reporting on how the ghosts of the world’s most violent terror group are still felt “in the tunnels they have left behind and the mines they planted; in the tens of thousands of their faceless, black-clad female followers haunting refugee camps; and in the thousands more of their dead fighters.” Given recent developments, will ISIS remain contained?