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The Group Will Crumble -- but Its Message Will SurvivePaul Hidalgo
The ongoing dispute between Hong Kong and Beijing is dangerous precisely because it has exposed political and cultural rifts that have been widening for some time. The question of Hong Kong’s 2017 election is only a relatively narrow controversy in a much broader showdown.
Late last week in Minsk, negotiators representing Ukraine, the separatist forces, and Russia agreed to a ceasefire. If this deal holds -- plenty of earlier ceasefires have fallen apart as soon as they were signed -- then the active phase of fighting in eastern Ukraine will have come to end on terms favorable to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
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