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Pagan News Beagle: Fiery Tuesday, March 8

What does the government's order of Apple in the San Bernardino case entail? The authoritarian histories of East Asia are reviewed. And we discuss the importance of standing up to our culture's skepticism towards rape claims. It's Fiery Tuesday, our weekly segment on political and societal news from around the world. All this and more for the Pagan News Beagle!

In the case between Apple and the FBI surrounding one of the San Bernardino shooters' phones, Apple has argued that what the FBI is ordering them to do would contravene the company's ethical guidelines. But according to Leif Ryge, a writer for gadget and technology magazine ars technica, Apple already has a "golden key" for its software: the system update.

Since the Russian invasion and subsequent illegal annexation of Crimea, Ukraine tensions have been high between the nation and other world powers throughout the globe. But as harsh as many Western leaders' rhetoric have been towards Russia, the Putin government shows little sign of letting up its more aggressive posture in world affairs. The German newspaper Der Spiegel makes an argument for how the West should respond.

When people talk about the rise of authoritarianism in the 1930s, their focus is predominantly on Nazi Germany. But halfway around the world another country was experiencing a simultaneous political upheaval: Japan. NHK News remembers the February 26 Incident, wherein a number of young Japanese military officers attempted a military coup, accelerating the military's increased control over the country's civilian government.

Eleven years later, the Republic of China took control of several areas where Japan had previously exerted control, such as the island of Taiwan. But if the Taiwanese people hoped the end of Japanese rule would mean more political freedom they were gravely mistaken. The Taiwanese newspaper The News Lens discusses the soiled legacy of Chiang Kai-shek, the Chinese and Taiwanese dictator whose actions were potentially responsible for the deaths of millions.

When women raise accusations of sexual harassment or assault, too often their charges are dismissed or ignored. This is even often the case for women in positions of power and influence, as the recent case of Kesha's struggle to escape a contract that binds her to her assailant Dr Luke has demonstrated. The Guardian makes the case for taking sexual assault claims more seriously.

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