A short one this week. Enjoy.

  • Writing for the council on foreign relations, Sheila A. Smith explains the recent heightening of diplomatic tensions between Japan and South Korea and how it’s linked to the failures of U.S. foreign policy. The tl;dr is that South Korea favours far less aggressive solutions to dealing with China and North Korea than Japan does, and this is colouring their relationship with Japan at the moment. Usually the United States would mediate, but they’re kind of flailing in the foreign policy department at the moment.
  • Writing for Vox, Kelsey Piper cautions against taking non-peer-reviewed books, interviews, and other statements from experts at face value. Often times, researchers make stunning and serious errors in interpreting data.
  • Though gay sex acts are no longer criminal for the general public in South Korea, they are for military personnel, and since all able-bodied men must give two years of service to the South Korean military, that means that male homosexuality is effectively still criminalized in the country. Choe Sang-Hun of The New York Times relates stories of the law’s devastating effects. I urge the South Korean government to both repeal the law and end forced military service.

That’s all for now. See ya later.