This was another busy week in global politics and I’m going to highlight some of the best tweets in my Twitter feed. Before starting, however, I will acknowledge that this post is late.
I believe my excuse is pretty good as it involves lots of late night baseball. I grew up in Kansas rooting for the local team — and the Kansas City Royals are in the playoffs for the first time since winning the World Series in 1985. Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, the Royals won three consecutive extra inning games. All ended after 1 am Eastern Time. I then had to read for 30 to 45 minutes after the long and exciting games just to unwind enough to sleep.
None of those victories featured the longest game of the week. As DC residents know, the Washington Nationals lost to the San Francisco Giants 2-1 in the 18th inning. I caught a bit of that contest:
Tuned into Nats game in 9th inning and saw tying run score. Then watched entirety of "Lee Daniels' The Butler." Game now in 15th.
— Rodger A. Payne (@RodgerPayne) October 5, 2014
Turning now to global politics, perhaps the biggest news of the week involved the protests in Hong Kong. How about one tweet for analysis and another for a startling picture?
The fight for Hong Kong has just moved to a new battlefield and Beijing is unexpectedly losing http://t.co/tdo6n3Y19h pic.twitter.com/FRXuWZS52A
— Foreign Policy (@ForeignPolicy) September 28, 2014
Perhaps most incredible photo of #HongKong you will ever see: protests last night via @hkdemonow @WilliamsJon pic.twitter.com/GB7wmt65MM
— The Power Of One. (@france7776) October 1, 2014
I’ve actually seen a number of impressive photos from the protests. Here’s why those visual images matter:
As might be expected, the Chinese government has been trying to stifle this dissent:
The umbrella isn't tool of violence but China sees profound threat in democracy it represents. http://t.co/6L8sLpAUHH pic.twitter.com/brBVhDSvm2
— Kenneth Roth (@KenRoth) October 1, 2014
In China, Most Censored Day of Year. Censors deleting Hong Kong protests busier than on #anniversary of Tiananmen. http://t.co/h8ecNDIz7E
— Carnegie Council (@carnegiecouncil) September 29, 2014
At least early in the week, leading western states made sure to signal their disinterest:
“We do not take sides in the discussion of Hong Kong’s political development," US Consulate in HK, taking a page from the British govt
— Mark Landler (@MarkLandler) September 29, 2014
Next, the latest from the Middle East and the war against ISIS/ISIL. First, reporters are pressing the administration about its overall Syria policy. This exchange is from last week’s “60 Minutes”:
Kroft: "You say Assad has to go."
Kroft: "But we are fighting his enemies."
POTUS: "I recognize the contradiction."
— Roger Simon (@politicoroger) September 28, 2014
Second, the alliance grew, at least on paper, to include Turkey:
Shorter: Turkey won't do anything RT @AkiPeritz: MT @CarnegieEndow: "Is Turkey Going to War?" @aron_ld http://t.co/5xgJUeOncw
— Laura Rozen (@lrozen) October 3, 2014
But third, the threat also seems to be growing as ISIS moves closer to Baghdad:
In case you are wondering about the legality of the US use of force, here’s what a constitutional law scholar and former lawyer for the State Department in the Obama administration says:
Harold Koh on Obama admin's theories for its domestic/international legal authority to wage war against Islamic State http://t.co/WhiHsi0zaQ
— Charlie Savage (@charlie_savage) September 29, 2014
Before closing, I’d like to post a few tweets that might spark some conversation in class. Like this tweeter, I too am fed up with analysis like this:
I can't stand to hear the analysis of any crisis leading to the parallel with Munich. It is a shallow, lazy and boring cliché.
— Gérard Araud (@GerardAraud) September 30, 2014
And this is a loaded tweet on the value of economic sanctions:
ICYMI Do Sanctions Work Against Authoritarian Regimes? | Katy Pearce http://t.co/SYknfJ77T6
— Dr. Katy Pearce (@katypearce) October 4, 2014
Finally, given the news about the failures of the Secret Service, a thought about the safety of America’s nuclear force:
As we learn the White House intruder made it inside, remember: Our nuclear weapons are totally secure. Nothing could go wrong.
— Dr. Jeffrey Lewis (@ArmsControlWonk) September 29, 2014