Media Roundup

United States

Opinion

Saving Global Order

By Kofi A. Annan | Project Syndicate

Around the world, personal liberty, human rights, and democracy are at risk, while the international community is deeply divided, blocking progress on challenges ranging from the crises in Syria, Iraq, and Ukraine to climate change and trade.

The Americas

Top News

Raul Castro: U.S. Must Return Guantanamo for Normal Relations

By Javier Cordoba and Michael Weissenstein | The Associated Press

Cuban President Raul Castro demanded on Wednesday that the United States return the U.S. base at Guantanamo Bay, lift the half-century trade embargo on Cuba and compensate his country for damages before the two nations re-establish normal relations.

In Violent Venezuela, Police Killings Surge to Almost One a Day

By Andrew Cawthorne and Diego Ore | Reuters

After finishing a routine overnight shift, Venezuelan policeman Edgar Perez was walking home from the bus stop when two armed men pulled up on a motorbike. Perez, 41, had time to draw his gun and injure one of the attackers in the shootout near his modest home in the town of Ocumare del Tuy outside Caracas, but the other shot him in the head and took his weapon.

In Brazil, a New Bus Fare Increase Elicits Tepid Protests This Time

By Vincent Bevins | Los Angeles Times

In June 2013, an 8-cent bus fare increase spurred student-led protests that quickly grew into a wider movement in which more than a million people took to the streets nationwide to denounce Brazil's poor public services, government corruption and police abuse.

Opinion

Spies, Cover-Ups and the Mysterious Death of an Argentinian Prosecutor

By Jonathan Watts | The Guardian

Intrigue swirls around the late Alberto Nisman, who was set to implicate the government in attempting to cover up the country’s deadliest terrorist attack before his death. Answers are still difficult to come by in this story that traces two decades of allegedly unchecked intelligence operations.

Off the Radar

CELAC Summit Concludes Amid Integrationist Consensus

Prensa Latina

The Third Summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) concludes today in the capital of Costa Rica in an environment ratified in favor of unity and regional integration.

Panama High Court OKs Corruption Probe of Ex-President

By Juan Zamorano | The Associated Press

Panama's Supreme Court voted Wednesday to open a corruption probe against former President Ricardo Martinelli, a move likely to rally popular support in a nation where the politically powerful rarely face justice for misdeeds.

Peru Repeals Controversial Labor Law

Latin American Herald Tribune

The government of Peru made official on Wednesday the repeal of an unpopular labor law that reduced benefits for younger workers.

Europe

Top News

Radical Islam Hotbeds Simmer in French Prisons

By Michael Birnbaum | The Washington Post

In a chaotic French prison where the Paris attackers made contacts, militancy lurks in the shadows. Sometimes, the best-behaved men are most dangerous.

EU Holds Back on Tougher Russia Sanctions

By Christian Oliver and Stefan Wagstyl | Financial Times

The EU will not extend its economic sanctions against Russia immediately despite a dramatic escalation of fighting in eastern Ukraine.

Italy Lawmakers Vote for New President in Test for Renzi

The Associated Press

Lawmakers cast ballots Thursday for a new Italian president in a vote testing Premier Matteo Renzi's ability to rally his divided party behind his reform agenda and a single candidate who is also agreeable to ex-Premier Silvio Berlusconi.

Opinion

E-Stonia and the Future of the Cyberstate

By Eric B. Schnurer | Foreign Affairs

By launching an e-residency program, Estonia is leading the way to a new market—one in which states compete for customers just as businesses do.

Africa

Opinion

Off the Radar

Middle East

Top News

Hezbollah Seeks to Calm Tensions With Israel

By Joshua Mitnick | The Wall Street Journal

Israeli defense minister said that the Lebanese group has sent a message saying that it doesn’t want to escalate hostilities, despite the outbreak of the worst border violence in nearly a decade.

New Deadline Approaches in Islamic State Hostage Crisis

By Elaine Kurtenbach and Karin Laub | The Associated Press

A sunset deadline was approaching Thursday in the Middle East for Jordan to release an Iraqi prisoner or face the death of a captured Jordanian air force pilot, according to the latest threat purportedly issued by the Islamic State group.

Opinion

The Future of Saudi Foreign Policy

By Abdulrahman Al-Rashed | Asharq Alawsat

So far, there has been no indication that Saudi Arabia intends to change the direction of its foreign policy, either partially or completely. Saudi policy is usually set in stone, though the world around the Kingdom has changed a lot.

Asia / Pacific

Top News

China Builds Great Firewall Higher

By Simon Denyer | The Washington Post

Google has been steadily strangled, and Gmail finally blocked more effectively than ever. Instagram and Flickr recently went black, while Microsoft Outlook was hacked. In the past few days, virtual private network (VPN) services, the tools that many people use here to evade online censorship, came under renewed attack.

Philippines Warns ASEAN Over China Reef Reclamation

The Associated Press

The Philippines has urged fellow Southeast Asian nations to demand that China immediately stop its land reclamation in contested South China Sea reefs, warning the 10-nation bloc's credibility may be undermined if it remains silent on the issue.

Opinion

Saving Global Order

By Kofi A. Annan | Project Syndicate

Around the world, personal liberty, human rights, and democracy are at risk, while the international community is deeply divided, blocking progress on challenges ranging from the crises in Syria, Iraq, and Ukraine to climate change and trade.

Top News

Raul Castro: U.S. Must Return Guantanamo for Normal Relations

By Javier Cordoba and Michael Weissenstein | The Associated Press

Cuban President Raul Castro demanded on Wednesday that the United States return the U.S. base at Guantanamo Bay, lift the half-century trade embargo on Cuba and compensate his country for damages before the two nations re-establish normal relations.

In Violent Venezuela, Police Killings Surge to Almost One a Day

By Andrew Cawthorne and Diego Ore | Reuters

After finishing a routine overnight shift, Venezuelan policeman Edgar Perez was walking home from the bus stop when two armed men pulled up on a motorbike. Perez, 41, had time to draw his gun and injure one of the attackers in the shootout near his modest home in the town of Ocumare del Tuy outside Caracas, but the other shot him in the head and took his weapon.

In Brazil, a New Bus Fare Increase Elicits Tepid Protests This Time

By Vincent Bevins | Los Angeles Times

In June 2013, an 8-cent bus fare increase spurred student-led protests that quickly grew into a wider movement in which more than a million people took to the streets nationwide to denounce Brazil's poor public services, government corruption and police abuse.

Opinion

Spies, Cover-Ups and the Mysterious Death of an Argentinian Prosecutor

By Jonathan Watts | The Guardian

Intrigue swirls around the late Alberto Nisman, who was set to implicate the government in attempting to cover up the country’s deadliest terrorist attack before his death. Answers are still difficult to come by in this story that traces two decades of allegedly unchecked intelligence operations.

Off the Radar

CELAC Summit Concludes Amid Integrationist Consensus

Prensa Latina

The Third Summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) concludes today in the capital of Costa Rica in an environment ratified in favor of unity and regional integration.

Panama High Court OKs Corruption Probe of Ex-President

By Juan Zamorano | The Associated Press

Panama's Supreme Court voted Wednesday to open a corruption probe against former President Ricardo Martinelli, a move likely to rally popular support in a nation where the politically powerful rarely face justice for misdeeds.

Peru Repeals Controversial Labor Law

Latin American Herald Tribune

The government of Peru made official on Wednesday the repeal of an unpopular labor law that reduced benefits for younger workers.

Top News

Radical Islam Hotbeds Simmer in French Prisons

By Michael Birnbaum | The Washington Post

In a chaotic French prison where the Paris attackers made contacts, militancy lurks in the shadows. Sometimes, the best-behaved men are most dangerous.

EU Holds Back on Tougher Russia Sanctions

By Christian Oliver and Stefan Wagstyl | Financial Times

The EU will not extend its economic sanctions against Russia immediately despite a dramatic escalation of fighting in eastern Ukraine.

Italy Lawmakers Vote for New President in Test for Renzi

The Associated Press

Lawmakers cast ballots Thursday for a new Italian president in a vote testing Premier Matteo Renzi's ability to rally his divided party behind his reform agenda and a single candidate who is also agreeable to ex-Premier Silvio Berlusconi.

Opinion

E-Stonia and the Future of the Cyberstate

By Eric B. Schnurer | Foreign Affairs

By launching an e-residency program, Estonia is leading the way to a new market—one in which states compete for customers just as businesses do.

Opinion

Off the Radar

Top News

Hezbollah Seeks to Calm Tensions With Israel

By Joshua Mitnick | The Wall Street Journal

Israeli defense minister said that the Lebanese group has sent a message saying that it doesn’t want to escalate hostilities, despite the outbreak of the worst border violence in nearly a decade.

New Deadline Approaches in Islamic State Hostage Crisis

By Elaine Kurtenbach and Karin Laub | The Associated Press

A sunset deadline was approaching Thursday in the Middle East for Jordan to release an Iraqi prisoner or face the death of a captured Jordanian air force pilot, according to the latest threat purportedly issued by the Islamic State group.

Opinion

The Future of Saudi Foreign Policy

By Abdulrahman Al-Rashed | Asharq Alawsat

So far, there has been no indication that Saudi Arabia intends to change the direction of its foreign policy, either partially or completely. Saudi policy is usually set in stone, though the world around the Kingdom has changed a lot.

Top News

China Builds Great Firewall Higher

By Simon Denyer | The Washington Post

Google has been steadily strangled, and Gmail finally blocked more effectively than ever. Instagram and Flickr recently went black, while Microsoft Outlook was hacked. In the past few days, virtual private network (VPN) services, the tools that many people use here to evade online censorship, came under renewed attack.

Philippines Warns ASEAN Over China Reef Reclamation

The Associated Press

The Philippines has urged fellow Southeast Asian nations to demand that China immediately stop its land reclamation in contested South China Sea reefs, warning the 10-nation bloc's credibility may be undermined if it remains silent on the issue.