What We’re Reading
Preeti Aroon "Cubans now can enjoy cellphones, DVDs … legally," by Sara Miller Llana of the Christian Science Monitor. Cubans can now own cellphones and DVD players, as well as stay at hotels once limited to foreign tourists, thanks to Raúl Castro. But given that the average Cuban’s monthly salary is $17, the new president’s ...
"Cubans now can enjoy cellphones, DVDs … legally," by Sara Miller Llana of the Christian Science Monitor. Cubans can now own cellphones and DVD players, as well as stay at hotels once limited to foreign tourists, thanks to Raúl Castro. But given that the average Cuban’s monthly salary is $17, the new president’s changes may be more politically symbolic than economically liberating.
"Caution: NAFTA at Work," in Miller-McCune. Princeton’s Douglas Massey argues that only by massively deepening its economic integration with Mexico can the United States solve its illegal-immigration problem. (Hat tip: Matt Yglesias)
"After America: Is the West Being Overtaken by the Rest," by Ian Buruma in the New Yorker. Buruma reviews the "grand thesis" of the West’s decline and Asia’s rise as it appears in new books by Fareed Zakaria, Robert Kagan, and Bill Emmott. He concludes that, even in the new Asian order, the U.S. will continue to play an indespensible role. "Democracy would be a far more persuasive model than Chinese or Russian autocracy," he cautions, "if some of its main proponents were less eager to believe that the open society comes out of the barrel of a gun."
"The New E-spionage Threat" in BusinessWeek. In a recent interview with FP, former U.S. counterterrorism chief Richard Clarke describes Chinese hacks on U.S. government and defense industry computers as "massive espionage." BW’s cover story this week examines the growing threat.
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