Media Roundup

United States

U.S. Airstrike Success Spurs Push for More Iraq Attacks

By Dion Nissenbaum and Matt Bradley | The Wall Street Journal (Subscription Required)

The U.S.'s recent success in weakening Islamic State extremists is creating momentum for a broader campaign that could take American air power to the militant group's heartland northwest of Baghdad.

Army Extends Bergdahl Inquiry

By Kristina Wong | The Hill

Since his return in May, Bergdahl has been the subject of an investigation regarding the circumstances of his disappearance from his post, leading to his capture by the Taliban in 2009.

Latin America

Argentina Unveils Debt Plan to Avoid U.S. Court Ruling


Argentina's president has announced plans for a debt swap to try to avoid a US court ruling that pushed Argentina into a second default. An emotional Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner proposed legislation that would return control of its debt to the government.

A 10-year-old Vanishes During a Raid

By Joshua Partlow | The Washington Post

A Honduran family thought they understood the risks as they tried to illegally migrate to America. But they never thought their daughter would be lost in the chaos of deportation.


Stab in the Back for Painful Afghanistan Election Process?

By Karlos Zurutuza | Inter Press Service

A knife fight late Tuesday among several auditors at the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) still inspecting the results of the presidential elections held in mid-June could be the stab in the back for what has been a painful election process.



Putin Meeting Leaves Kiev With Tough Choices

By James Marson and Anton Troianovski | The Wall Street Journal (Subscription Required)

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Ukrainian counterpart will meet next week for the first time in two months, intensifying a diplomatic push that could force Kiev to choose between continuing its military campaign or making concessions to Moscow.

Middle East

Iran's Parliament Dismisses Moderate Minister

By Ali Akbar Dareini | The Associated Press

In a move led by hard-line lawmakers, Iran's parliament dismissed the country's science minister on Wednesday over his alleged support for pro-Western voices at universities, dealing a blow to moderate President Hassan Rouhani.

Video: The Man Primed to Lead Iraq

By Carrie Halperin and Natalia V. Osipova | The New York Times

Iraq is looking to a new leader in Haider al-Abadi as he prepares to replace Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki, who has said he will give up power.

Strike Kills Hamas Army Chief's Family

By Joshua Mitnick and Asa Fitch | The Wall Street Journal (Subscription Required)

The wife and child of Hamas's military commander were killed in an Israeli airstrike, the Islamist group said, after the collapse of a week-long cease-fire sparked a sharp escalation in attacks.

United States

Dysfunction Junction

By Gideon Rose and Jonathan Tepperman | Foreign Affairs

American politics today are a mess, and since the distraction and paralysis of the world’s hegemon has such obvious global significance, we decided to turn our focus inward, exploring the sources and contours of the American malaise.


'Paramilitarizing' the South China Sea

By Peter Lee | Asia Times

There is an assumption that "paramilitarizing" South China Sea disputes through the use of coast guards is low cost/low risk because Beijing will back down in a direct confrontation with even US "paramilitary" forces. Don't buy it.

The Fate of Feminism in Pakistan

By Bina Shah | The New York Times

A nation formed on both Islamic and secular principles needs a feminism that blends these two traditions.

No More Shoot-Downs

By Martin Rivers | The New York Times

The downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 exposed dangerous flaws in how we manage airspace over conflict zones.

The Great War’s Forgotten Soldiers

By Shashi Tharoor | Project Syndicate

The role and sacrifice of Australians, New Zealanders, Canadians, and South Africans have long been celebrated in history books, novels, and award-winning films like “Gallipoli.” But the world hears very little about the 1.3 million Indian troops who fought and died in the conflict.


Crafting a Strategy for Deterring Putin

By David Ignatius | The Washington Post

At the public kickoff of a discussion here about U.S. policy toward Russia and Ukraine, former defense secretary Robert Gates joked that his favorite definition of diplomacy was “petting a dog and saying ‘nice doggie’ until you can find a rock.”

Germans Learn Why Friends Spy on Friends

By Josef Joffe | The Wall Street Journal (Subscription Required)

A chorus of outrage against U.S. snooping falls silent when they learn that their government snooped on U.S. officials.

U.K. Should Stay in EU Until They Beg It to Leave

By Clive Crook | The Japan Times

The European Union moves under a seemingly irresistible momentum to strengthen its institutions even as it fails to integrate in ways that a well-run single-currency area needs.

Russia Is Trapped In 1991

By Georgy Bovt | The Moscow Times

Having failed to find an acceptable national idea immediately after the fall of the Soviet Union, Russia and its citizens are now trying to find it in Crimea.

Middle East

Gaza’s Hostages

By Ali Ibrahim | Asharq Al-Awsat

The Gaza truce negotiations that aim to end the current and third war since Hamas took over the enclave in 2007, differ from previous ones in terms of their nature, interests and the conflicting objectives of all the visible and invisible players involved.

Video: Iraq's Spiral of Suffering

By Isobel Coleman | Council on Foreign Relations

Jihadist violence in northern Iraq has uprooted more than a million people, exacerbating a regional humanitarian crisis.

Saving the Mideast From Apocalypse

By Sefi Rachlevsky | Haaretz

The elimination of the curse of colonial borders imposed on Iraq, not to mention other countries, is of utmost urgency.

Latin America

Opposition Attacks Education Reform in Chile

By Sam Edwards | The Santiago Times

Chile's opposition right-leaning Alianza coalition announced Tuesday its latest attempt to halt the proposed overhaul of the country’s education system by calling Education Minister Nicolas Eyzaguirre in front of Congress for a formal grilling.

Argentina Tries to Boost Exports to Russia


Argentine Minister of Industry Debora Giorgi and Minister of Agriculture Carlos Casamiquela started negotiations in Moscow aimed at expanding Argentine exports to Russia, following President Putin’s decision to veto the imports from the EU and the United States.

Peru President Approves New Peru-Chile Border Map


Peruvian President Ollanta Humala signed on Tuesday a supreme decree approving the Map of External Border which establishes that the maritime boundary between Peru and Chile begins in the Concordia Point.


China, Mongolia Explore Ways to Expand Economic Ties

People's Daily

Chinese President Xi Jinping is expected, during his upcoming visit to Mongolia, to work with Mongolian leaders to explore effective ways to expand and deepen bilateral economic and trade relations between two countries.


Nigerian Soldiers Mutiny Over Lack of Weapons


Dozens of Nigerian soldiers have refused to deploy for an offensive against Boko Haram Islamists until they receive better weapons, several of the mutineers told AFP on Wednesday.


NATO Eyes 'Alliance Assurance' Force

By Jorge Benitez | Defense News

In response to Russia’s aggression against Ukraine, NATO leaders are examining the need to enhance the readiness of deployable military forces to reassure allies and deter threats to the alliance. If all members agree, this will be one of the major reforms to come out of the NATO summit in Wales, Sept. 4-5.

Middle East

Top Kurdish Minister Rejoins Iraqi Government

Al Jazeera

A Kurdish minister who suspended his participation in the government of outgoing Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has rejoined the administration, in an apparent sign of reconciliation in the politically fractured country.