Typically, I don’t post links to longform essays here but this week I read two good ones on relevant issues.
The first is George Packer’s astounding and comprehensive profile of Angela Merkel in this weeks New Yorker. It is one of the best to come out this year. It superbly contextualises her rise, staying power and dominance in the German political system that has gone through considerable change over the past few decades, Here’s a brief clip from it:
Merkel, in her early thirties, was looking forward to 2014—when she would turn sixty, collect her state pension, and be allowed to travel to California.
And the second is this essay on sexual violence in the US military from the NY Times through the perspective of a former military prosecutor that worked zealously to protect the rights of women that have been sexually exploited.