[tz] WSJ follows AP to Kyiv

Florian Weimer fw at deneb.enyo.de
Tue Nov 19 20:31:37 UTC 2019

* John Hawkinson:

> What would we say if diplomats in the US State Department reached
> out privately to Paul and asked him to accellerate the change and
> made an argument that doing so was to promote Ukrainian sovereignty
> and that was a preeminent national security interest of the United
> States?

Should the U.S. government really be the arbiter of how the citizens
of Kyiv call themselves?

I've changed my mind about this: Ignoring their request denies them
one of the most basic aspects of self-determination.  I don't see much
of a difference anymore compared to, say, referring to transgender
people using their pre-transition pronouns, against their explicit

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