Media Roundup

United States

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Democrats Can’t Decide on Netanyahu Speech

By Josh Rogin and Eli Lake | Bloomberg View

Caught between their party loyalty to President Barack Obama and the popularity of Israel in Congress, most Senate Democrats refuse to say whether they will attend Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to a joint session of Congress next week.

Kurdish Envoy to Washington Says U.S. Has No Clear Strategy for Syria

By Guy Taylor | The Washington Times

Washington lacks a clear strategy to contain the chaos in Syria and should build on the battlefield successes of Iraq’s Kurdish forces by accelerating shipments of heavy weapons to the front, one of Kurdistan’s top diplomats said Thursday.

Opinion

Converting the Ayatollahs

By David Brooks | The New York Times

The nuclear negotiations with Iran are based on misguided premises and could have disastrous outcomes.

The U.S.’s Looming Capitulation to Iran

By Charles Krauthammer | The Washington Post

The news from the nuclear talks with Iran was already troubling. Iran was being granted the “right to enrich.” It would be allowed to retain and spin thousands of centrifuges.

America Is the Ally That Egypt Needs

By David Ignatius | The Washington Post

The Obama administration’s decision to engage Egypt is “a case of realpolitik over idealism,” concedes one official. But it’s also the right policy choice.

The Americas

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Mexico Official: Top Capo Nabbed in Western Michoacan State

By E. Eduardo Castillo and Adriana Gomez Licon | The Associated Press

Servando “La Tuta” Gomez, one of the most-wanted drug lords and who once terrorized western Michoacan state, was captured early Friday federal police, according to a Mexican official.

Opinion

Nothing but the Truth: Brazil’s Truth Commission Looks Back

By Kathryn Sikkink and Bridget Marchesi | Foreign Affairs

In December 2014, Brazil’s National Truth Commission completed what may be Latin America’s last major investigation into human rights abuses during the twentieth century. The report names names and calls for prosecutions, but whether its findings will lead to justice for the victims remains an open question.

Off the Radar

Argentine Congress Approves ‘Strategic Integral Alliance’ Agreements With China

MercoPress

Despite the strong questioning from the opposition, the manufacturers’ lobby and many unions, the Argentine ruling coalition mustered sufficient votes in the Lower House to pass the controversial package of cooperation, economic and investment agreements between Argentina and China.

More from World Politics Review: With Currency Swap, Argentina Becomes Dependent on China, Despite Poor Optics, China-Argentina Deals Reflect Both Sides’ Pragmatism

Europe

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Greek Reform Plan Gets Green Light From German Parliament

By Julia Kollewe and Graeme Wearden | The Guardian

The German parliament has backed the extension of the Greek bailout by four months with an overwhelming majority—the biggest yet of any Bundestag vote on measures to fight the European debt crisis.

In Midst of War, Ukraine Becomes Gateway for Jihad

By Marcin Mamon | The Intercept

In the West, most look at the war in Ukraine as simply a battle between Russian-backed separatists and the Ukrainian government. But the truth on the ground is now far more complex, particularly when it comes to the volunteer battalions fighting on the side of Ukraine.

Off the Radar

Georgian, Russian Diplomats Meet in Prague

Civil Georgia

The Georgian Prime Minister’s special representative for relations with Russia, Zurab Abashidze, met yesterday in Prague with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin as part of direct bilateral talks ongoing since late 2012 to address trade and humanitarian issues.

Africa

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Explosions in Nigerian Towns in North Kill at Least 34

By Ahmed Saka and Haruna Umar | The Associated Press

Explosions in Nigeria’s north central city of Jos and the northeastern town of Biu over the past two days have killed at least 34 people, witnesses said Thursday.

Off the Radar

Middle East

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Yemen Shiite Rebel Leader: Saudi Arabia Seeks Yemen Split

By Ahmed Al-Haj | The Associated Press

Yemen’s Shiite rebel leader lashed out at Saudi Arabia on Thursday, accusing it of seeking to split the country following his group’s power grab, as a U.N. envoy met the embattled Yemeni president who has fled the capital, Sanaa.

Opinion

Erdogan’s Dangerous Power Game

By Amir Taheri | Asharq Alawsat

According to Western governments, more than 12,000 of their citizens have traveled to Syria to join the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in various capacities including frontline fighters.

The Palestinian Authority’s Bad Day in Court

By Jessica Kasmer-Jacobs | The Wall Street Journal

The government of the West Bank, which receives hundreds of millions in U.S. foreign aid, is found liable for financing terrorism in Israel.

Off the Radar

Asia / Pacific

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China’s Neighbors Bulk Up Militaries

By Trefor Moss | The Wall Street Journal

Despite Beijing’s more conciliatory tone, many Asian countries are modernizing their militaries, seeing little reason to adjust their long-term preparations for potential friction with China.

American Blogger Killed in Bangladesh

By Syed Zain Al-Mahmood | The Wall Street Journal

A Bangladeshi-born American blogger, known for his outspoken criticism of Islamic religious fundamentalism, was hacked to death by machete wielding attackers in the Bangladeshi capital on Thursday night, police said.

Opinion

Off the Radar

Draft Chinese Law Paves Way for Counterterror Operations Abroad

By Michael Martina | Reuters

China is close to approving a law that will create a legal framework for sending troops abroad on counterterrorism missions, as Beijing seeks to address the vulnerability of the country’s growing global commercial and diplomatic interests.

Top News

Democrats Can’t Decide on Netanyahu Speech

By Josh Rogin and Eli Lake | Bloomberg View

Caught between their party loyalty to President Barack Obama and the popularity of Israel in Congress, most Senate Democrats refuse to say whether they will attend Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to a joint session of Congress next week.

Kurdish Envoy to Washington Says U.S. Has No Clear Strategy for Syria

By Guy Taylor | The Washington Times

Washington lacks a clear strategy to contain the chaos in Syria and should build on the battlefield successes of Iraq’s Kurdish forces by accelerating shipments of heavy weapons to the front, one of Kurdistan’s top diplomats said Thursday.

Opinion

Converting the Ayatollahs

By David Brooks | The New York Times

The nuclear negotiations with Iran are based on misguided premises and could have disastrous outcomes.

The U.S.’s Looming Capitulation to Iran

By Charles Krauthammer | The Washington Post

The news from the nuclear talks with Iran was already troubling. Iran was being granted the “right to enrich.” It would be allowed to retain and spin thousands of centrifuges.

America Is the Ally That Egypt Needs

By David Ignatius | The Washington Post

The Obama administration’s decision to engage Egypt is “a case of realpolitik over idealism,” concedes one official. But it’s also the right policy choice.

Top News

Mexico Official: Top Capo Nabbed in Western Michoacan State

By E. Eduardo Castillo and Adriana Gomez Licon | The Associated Press

Servando “La Tuta” Gomez, one of the most-wanted drug lords and who once terrorized western Michoacan state, was captured early Friday federal police, according to a Mexican official.

Opinion

Nothing but the Truth: Brazil’s Truth Commission Looks Back

By Kathryn Sikkink and Bridget Marchesi | Foreign Affairs

In December 2014, Brazil’s National Truth Commission completed what may be Latin America’s last major investigation into human rights abuses during the twentieth century. The report names names and calls for prosecutions, but whether its findings will lead to justice for the victims remains an open question.

Off the Radar

Argentine Congress Approves ‘Strategic Integral Alliance’ Agreements With China

MercoPress

Despite the strong questioning from the opposition, the manufacturers’ lobby and many unions, the Argentine ruling coalition mustered sufficient votes in the Lower House to pass the controversial package of cooperation, economic and investment agreements between Argentina and China.

More from World Politics Review: With Currency Swap, Argentina Becomes Dependent on China, Despite Poor Optics, China-Argentina Deals Reflect Both Sides’ Pragmatism

Top News

Greek Reform Plan Gets Green Light From German Parliament

By Julia Kollewe and Graeme Wearden | The Guardian

The German parliament has backed the extension of the Greek bailout by four months with an overwhelming majority—the biggest yet of any Bundestag vote on measures to fight the European debt crisis.

In Midst of War, Ukraine Becomes Gateway for Jihad

By Marcin Mamon | The Intercept

In the West, most look at the war in Ukraine as simply a battle between Russian-backed separatists and the Ukrainian government. But the truth on the ground is now far more complex, particularly when it comes to the volunteer battalions fighting on the side of Ukraine.

Off the Radar

Georgian, Russian Diplomats Meet in Prague

Civil Georgia

The Georgian Prime Minister’s special representative for relations with Russia, Zurab Abashidze, met yesterday in Prague with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin as part of direct bilateral talks ongoing since late 2012 to address trade and humanitarian issues.

Top News

Explosions in Nigerian Towns in North Kill at Least 34

By Ahmed Saka and Haruna Umar | The Associated Press

Explosions in Nigeria’s north central city of Jos and the northeastern town of Biu over the past two days have killed at least 34 people, witnesses said Thursday.

Off the Radar

Top News

Yemen Shiite Rebel Leader: Saudi Arabia Seeks Yemen Split

By Ahmed Al-Haj | The Associated Press

Yemen’s Shiite rebel leader lashed out at Saudi Arabia on Thursday, accusing it of seeking to split the country following his group’s power grab, as a U.N. envoy met the embattled Yemeni president who has fled the capital, Sanaa.

Opinion

Erdogan’s Dangerous Power Game

By Amir Taheri | Asharq Alawsat

According to Western governments, more than 12,000 of their citizens have traveled to Syria to join the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in various capacities including frontline fighters.

The Palestinian Authority’s Bad Day in Court

By Jessica Kasmer-Jacobs | The Wall Street Journal

The government of the West Bank, which receives hundreds of millions in U.S. foreign aid, is found liable for financing terrorism in Israel.

Off the Radar

Top News

China’s Neighbors Bulk Up Militaries

By Trefor Moss | The Wall Street Journal

Despite Beijing’s more conciliatory tone, many Asian countries are modernizing their militaries, seeing little reason to adjust their long-term preparations for potential friction with China.

American Blogger Killed in Bangladesh

By Syed Zain Al-Mahmood | The Wall Street Journal

A Bangladeshi-born American blogger, known for his outspoken criticism of Islamic religious fundamentalism, was hacked to death by machete wielding attackers in the Bangladeshi capital on Thursday night, police said.

Opinion

Off the Radar

Draft Chinese Law Paves Way for Counterterror Operations Abroad

By Michael Martina | Reuters

China is close to approving a law that will create a legal framework for sending troops abroad on counterterrorism missions, as Beijing seeks to address the vulnerability of the country’s growing global commercial and diplomatic interests.