By Andy Mukherjee
The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.
This week, rapper Eminem made headlines when, in a new music video, he performed a violently misogynistic rap that attacked singer Lana Del Rey. Del Rey, who is 29 and best known for her songs “Young and Beautiful” and “Summertime Sadness,” has been publicly effusive in her admiration for Eminem (né Marshall Mathers). In the video, Eminem fantasizes about brutalizing the singer in a verse that also lionizes the behavior of former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, who was caught on surveillance video earlier this year knocking his fiancé unconscious in an elevator:
Is Myanmar’s reform effort going into reverse?
Not even close. Yet if international support for its political transition seriously weakens in the face of recent setbacks, the prophecies of Myanmar’s critics may be fulfilled. The international community needs to show staying power and accept that the road to reform is long.
As I reporter, I love when federal judges say provocative things outside of their courtrooms. It's news if U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff of Manhattan publishes an article chastising the Justice Department for prosecuting corporations instead of individuals or if his colleague Shira Scheindlin gives interviews about her willingness to stand up to prosecutors. The public benefits when brave judges like U.S. Magistrate Stephen Smith of Houston, who highlighted the government's secret use of electronic surveillance in a 2012 paper for the Harvard Law and Policy Review, call attention to what they've observed from the bench. I also understand that judges, just like ordinary people, want to share (or occasionally overshare) their thoughts in a forum aside from judicial opinions.
If you're like me, the past few days of social media have featured a handful of friends and follows who are positively aghast at a threat to our very way of life. I'm not talking about Ebola-carrying ISIS warriors infiltrating America's porous borders to deliver dastardly deaths. Instead, I speak of the impending chocolate crisis.