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Although the vote on whether or not to acquit US President Donald Trump a second time could prove more controversial than the Senate's first impeachment vote, the panel – like the United States as a whole – has long been deeply divided. The schism may be partly due to provocative news rather than actual political differences, write Karen Stenner and Jessica Stern.

In Ukraine, President Volodymyr Zelensky – once a television star – is taking over the very industry that started his career. His crackdown on the media is an attempt to lose the reputation of being little more than a "comical populist unwilling or unable to face the Russian influence that is tearing his country apart," writes Dan Peleschuk .

And finally a film review by 76 days, the lively documentary about Wuhan's lockdown, reminds us of how we got to that moment – stuck at home almost a year later.

Here are Foreign policy Top weekend reads.

Supporters of President Donald Trump gather outside the U.S. Capitol to protest the ratification of President-elect Joe Biden's victory in Washington on January 6th.Brent Stirton / Getty Images

1. How to live with authoritarians

Authoritarianism is not a disease that democracy can rid itself of – or a problem that can be removed. About a third of the population of Western countries is psychologically predisposed to authoritarianism, and its impulses must be treated like a chronic illness, write Karen Stenner and Jessica Stern.

Police officers patrol outside the NASH television station headquarters during a demonstration in Kiev, Ukraine, on February 6. The protesters accused NASH television of being pro-Kremlin and called for it to be taken off the air.Aleksandr Gusev / SOPA Images / LightRocket

2. The Ukrainian president is finally flexing his muscles

That month, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky began cracking down on pro-Russian media, most of which are run by oligarchs. It is the first time that he has taken decisive action against the Kremlin – and no one knows how he will react, writes Dan Peleschuk.

A scene from the documentary "76 Days".MTV documentaries

3. “76 Days” turns the Wuhan outbreak into dark poetry

The new movie 76 daysJeannette Ng writes that the coronavirus lockdown in Wuhan, China, holds many strands of different material together on the wall and floods the viewer in a series of intimate, but also impersonal moments.

Yeliz Guzel will practice her musical instrument, the baglama – a kind of lute – in her one-room apartment in Mersin, Turkey, on November 23, 2020. Ahmer Khan for foreign policy

4th Sing for inclusivity in Turkey

In 2016, Yeliz Guzel, the founder of Turkey's first LGTBQ choir, was forced to resign after a public backlash. But she is still working to empower marginalized communities in other ways, writes Ahmer Khan.

Then-Republican presidential candidate Senator Marco Rubio speaks at Patrick Henry College in Purcellville, Virginia on February 28, 2016.Drew Angerer / Getty Images

5. The world according to God's Harvard

Patrick Henry College in Purcellville, Virginia was only founded in 2000. However, it has managed to create a niche for itself as the first pipeline to government service for ultra-conservative Christian law, writes Mark Thomas-Patterson.

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