Media Roundup

United States

Top News

Obama Open to Appointing Ebola ‘Czar,’ Opposes Travel Ban

By Steve Holland and David Morgan | Reuters

President Barack Obama said he was considering appointing an Ebola “czar” to coordinate the fight against the virus in the United States, but he remained opposed to a ban on travel from West Africa.

Prostitution Shenanigans Rock State Department

By Guy Taylor | The Washington Times

State Department managers created the appearance of giving “undue influence and favoritism” by quashing or delaying official probes into accusations of prostitution solicitation, sexual assault and document leaking by American diplomats in recent years, a report by the department’s internal watchdog said Thursday.

Opinion

Obama Needs to Dial Back His Syria Strategy

By Fareed Zakaria | The Washington Post

From the start, President Obama’s Syria policy has foundered because of a gap between words and deeds. And he’s done it again.

When Meetings Move Markets

By Robert Kahn | Council on Foreign Relations

The IMF and World Bank annual meetings last week, which often pass uneventfully, created a conversation that helped unsettle global financial markets.

Global Markets Catch the Chinese Flu

By Ruchir Sharma | The Wall Street Journal

The ill effects of Beijing’s borrowing and spending binge are rippling through the world economy.

Latin America

Top News

Venezuela Vulnerable to Oil’s Fall

By Sara Schaefer Muñoz And Ezequiel Minaya | The Wall Street Journal

Fears among investors grow that Caracas could default its debt, as crude’s decline exacerbates the country’s recession and widespread consumer shortages.

Off the Radar

Europe

Top News

Europe Signals Progress on Ukraine

By Colleen Barry and Vladimir Isachenkov | The Associated Press

European leaders and Russia signaled cautious optimism over a peace deal for Ukraine after a high-level meeting in Milan on Friday, but emphasized details still need to be worked out.

Opinion

Europe’s Brain Drain Problem Is Becoming a Major Crisis

By Edoardo Campanella | Foreign Affairs

As they struggle to save the continent’s common currency from ruin, European policymakers must also confront what could be an even bigger economic problem. Europe’s economy is on the brink of a catastrophic skills shortage.

Russia’s Control of Business Is Now a Global Trend

By Fyodor Lukyanov | The Moscow Times

Current events in both Russia and the U.S. illustrate the worldwide trend of states beginning to disregard business interests and forcing them to toe the political line.

Off the Radar

Eurosceptic European Parliament Group Falls Apart

By Valentina Pop | EUobserver

Latvian Member of the European Parliament Iveta Grigule resigned from the eurosceptic Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy (EFDD) group, which led to the break-up of the faction.

Putin, Abe Agree to Meet During APEC Summit

RIA Novosti

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe agreed to meet during the upcoming Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Friday.

Africa

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Ruling Party Ahead in Mozambique Elections

By Emmanuel Camillo | The Associated Press

The ruling party candidate in the southern African country of Mozambique was leading in early returns from a presidential election this week, officials said.

Off the Radar

Iran Police Chief in Uganda

By Innocent Anguyo | New Vision

The head of the police in Iran Brig Gen Ismaeil Ahamdi Moghadam is in Uganda to tour the country’s police institutions with a view of increasing its capacity to fight crime in the 21st century.

Relief for Kenya as Tanzania Signs EU Trade Deal

By George Omondi | Business Daily Africa

Tanzania has endorsed a regional trade pact with the European Union, clearing the way for Kenyan products to regain duty free export access to Europe.

Middle East

Top News

When the Ayatollah Said No to Nukes

By Gareth Porter | Foreign Policy

In an exclusive interview, a top Iranian official says that Khomeini personally stopped him from building Iran’s WMD program.

Opinion

Off the Radar

U.S Held First Direct Talks With Syria’s PKK-Linked Party

Today's Zaman

A U.S. State Department official held direct talks for the first time over the weekend with the main Syrian Kurdish political party as the United States builds a coalition against so-called Islamic State militants, a State Department official said Thursday.

Asia / Pacific

Top News

Indonesia’s President-Elect Meets Rival

The Associated Press

Indonesia’s defeated presidential candidate met the winner and president-elect Jokowi Widodo on Friday for the first time since the bitterly contested polls in July, in a sign that political tensions in the Southeast Asian nation might be thawing.

China Jails 2 Reporters Accused of Faking Stories

By Christopher Bodeen | The Associated Press

A Chinese court on Friday jailed two journalists accused of taking bribes and smearing an engineering company with fabricated articles, one of a series of recent scandals surrounding the state-controlled media.

Opinion

Pakistan’s Internal Dynamics Keep a Lasting Peace With India at Bay

By Brahma Chellaney | The Japan Times

Every time a Pakistani leader has moved to build better ties with India, Pakistan’s politically strong military has masterminded a cross-border attack or terrorist strike. India is signaling that its response to Pakistan’s military strategy will no longer be survival by a thousand bandages.

Video Interview: Japan and Its Neighbors: Shinzo Abe’s Northeast Asia Diplomacy

By Shannon Tiezzi | The Diplomat

Historical issues, strategic differences and concerns over Japan’s expanded defense capabilities all have a major impact on Japan’s outreach to China, South Korea, North Korea and Russia. Jim Schoff of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace sits down with the The Diplomat to talk about Japan’s foreign policy moves in Northeast Asia.

Off the Radar

Top News

Obama Open to Appointing Ebola ‘Czar,’ Opposes Travel Ban

By Steve Holland and David Morgan | Reuters

President Barack Obama said he was considering appointing an Ebola “czar” to coordinate the fight against the virus in the United States, but he remained opposed to a ban on travel from West Africa.

Prostitution Shenanigans Rock State Department

By Guy Taylor | The Washington Times

State Department managers created the appearance of giving “undue influence and favoritism” by quashing or delaying official probes into accusations of prostitution solicitation, sexual assault and document leaking by American diplomats in recent years, a report by the department’s internal watchdog said Thursday.

Opinion

Obama Needs to Dial Back His Syria Strategy

By Fareed Zakaria | The Washington Post

From the start, President Obama’s Syria policy has foundered because of a gap between words and deeds. And he’s done it again.

When Meetings Move Markets

By Robert Kahn | Council on Foreign Relations

The IMF and World Bank annual meetings last week, which often pass uneventfully, created a conversation that helped unsettle global financial markets.

Global Markets Catch the Chinese Flu

By Ruchir Sharma | The Wall Street Journal

The ill effects of Beijing’s borrowing and spending binge are rippling through the world economy.

Top News

Venezuela Vulnerable to Oil’s Fall

By Sara Schaefer Muñoz And Ezequiel Minaya | The Wall Street Journal

Fears among investors grow that Caracas could default its debt, as crude’s decline exacerbates the country’s recession and widespread consumer shortages.

Off the Radar

Top News

Europe Signals Progress on Ukraine

By Colleen Barry and Vladimir Isachenkov | The Associated Press

European leaders and Russia signaled cautious optimism over a peace deal for Ukraine after a high-level meeting in Milan on Friday, but emphasized details still need to be worked out.

Opinion

Europe’s Brain Drain Problem Is Becoming a Major Crisis

By Edoardo Campanella | Foreign Affairs

As they struggle to save the continent’s common currency from ruin, European policymakers must also confront what could be an even bigger economic problem. Europe’s economy is on the brink of a catastrophic skills shortage.

Russia’s Control of Business Is Now a Global Trend

By Fyodor Lukyanov | The Moscow Times

Current events in both Russia and the U.S. illustrate the worldwide trend of states beginning to disregard business interests and forcing them to toe the political line.

Off the Radar

Eurosceptic European Parliament Group Falls Apart

By Valentina Pop | EUobserver

Latvian Member of the European Parliament Iveta Grigule resigned from the eurosceptic Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy (EFDD) group, which led to the break-up of the faction.

Putin, Abe Agree to Meet During APEC Summit

RIA Novosti

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe agreed to meet during the upcoming Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Friday.

Top News

Ruling Party Ahead in Mozambique Elections

By Emmanuel Camillo | The Associated Press

The ruling party candidate in the southern African country of Mozambique was leading in early returns from a presidential election this week, officials said.

Off the Radar

Iran Police Chief in Uganda

By Innocent Anguyo | New Vision

The head of the police in Iran Brig Gen Ismaeil Ahamdi Moghadam is in Uganda to tour the country’s police institutions with a view of increasing its capacity to fight crime in the 21st century.

Relief for Kenya as Tanzania Signs EU Trade Deal

By George Omondi | Business Daily Africa

Tanzania has endorsed a regional trade pact with the European Union, clearing the way for Kenyan products to regain duty free export access to Europe.

Top News

When the Ayatollah Said No to Nukes

By Gareth Porter | Foreign Policy

In an exclusive interview, a top Iranian official says that Khomeini personally stopped him from building Iran’s WMD program.

Opinion

Off the Radar

U.S Held First Direct Talks With Syria’s PKK-Linked Party

Today's Zaman

A U.S. State Department official held direct talks for the first time over the weekend with the main Syrian Kurdish political party as the United States builds a coalition against so-called Islamic State militants, a State Department official said Thursday.

Top News

Indonesia’s President-Elect Meets Rival

The Associated Press

Indonesia’s defeated presidential candidate met the winner and president-elect Jokowi Widodo on Friday for the first time since the bitterly contested polls in July, in a sign that political tensions in the Southeast Asian nation might be thawing.

China Jails 2 Reporters Accused of Faking Stories

By Christopher Bodeen | The Associated Press

A Chinese court on Friday jailed two journalists accused of taking bribes and smearing an engineering company with fabricated articles, one of a series of recent scandals surrounding the state-controlled media.

Opinion

Pakistan’s Internal Dynamics Keep a Lasting Peace With India at Bay

By Brahma Chellaney | The Japan Times

Every time a Pakistani leader has moved to build better ties with India, Pakistan’s politically strong military has masterminded a cross-border attack or terrorist strike. India is signaling that its response to Pakistan’s military strategy will no longer be survival by a thousand bandages.

Video Interview: Japan and Its Neighbors: Shinzo Abe’s Northeast Asia Diplomacy

By Shannon Tiezzi | The Diplomat

Historical issues, strategic differences and concerns over Japan’s expanded defense capabilities all have a major impact on Japan’s outreach to China, South Korea, North Korea and Russia. Jim Schoff of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace sits down with the The Diplomat to talk about Japan’s foreign policy moves in Northeast Asia.

Off the Radar