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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.