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Political risk must-reads

Eurasia Group's weekly selection of essential reading for the political-risk junkie -- presented in no particular order. As always, feel free to give us your feedback or selections by tweeting at us via @EurasiaGroup or @ianbremmer.

"China's Entrenched Gender Gap"
Leta Hong Fincher, New York Times
The employment rate for urban working-age women in China fell to 60.8 percent in 2010 -- down from 77.4 percent 20 years earlier -- a full 20 percentage points below the 2010 rate for men. As China continues to urbanize, what does this trend mean? Will educated Chinese women increasingly look abroad for work?

"Senate Moves Toward Arming the Syrian Rebels"
Josh Rogin, Daily Beast
"The U.S. cannot solve every conflict on the planet," said Sen. Marco Rubio at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee meeting to vote on legislation that would arm elements of the Syrian opposition. But even with no Syrian solution in sight, that didn't stop him from voting in favor of the bill. Will it pressure President Barack Obama to increase U.S. involvement?

"How Taiwan Bungled the Philippine Crisis"
J. Michael Cole, the Diplomat
After a Philippine Coast Guard vessel fired on a Taiwanese fishing boat and killed a 65-year-old fisherman this month, Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou responded in an aggressive fashion (perhaps because of his 20 percent approval rating). Has he lost the moral high ground -- and the upper hand in negotiations -- as a result?

"‘Dealing with the Devil': The Thankless Task of Greece's Top Job-Cutter"
Manfred Ertel, Der Spiegel
Q: What's worse than being a public official in Greece who loses your job to austerity?
A: Being the man charged with slashing 150,000 jobs like yours.

Weekly bonus

"The audacious plan to end hunger with 3-D printed food"
Christopher Mims, Quartz
"The way we are working on it is, all the carbs, proteins, and macro- and micronutrients are in powder form. We take moisture out, and in that form it will last maybe 30 years." Is this the food of the future?

"11 Terrifying Images of Old Soviet Playgrounds"
Ransom Riggs, Mental Floss
Just click. We dare you.