Media Roundup

United States

Obama’s Handling of Terrorism Faulted by More Americans

By Julie Hirschfeld Davis and Dalia Sussman | The New York Times

With Americans’ fears about a terrorist attack on the rise, a New York Times/CBS News poll finds the public is questioning President Obama’s strategy for combating the Islamic State.

CIA Privately Skeptical About New Syria Strategy, Sources Say

By Ryan Grim and Sam Stein | Huffington Post

At a recent closed-door congressional briefing on the administration's new strategy to combat the Islamic State, a top CIA official left little doubt among those in the room about the agency's attitude toward the project.

House Approves Obama Plan to Arm, Train Syrian Rebels to fight Islamic State

By Stephen Dinan and Guy Taylor | The Washington Times

The House voted Wednesday to approve President Obama’s request to open a new front in the war on terrorism, granting him permission to train and arm some Syrian rebels in the hope that they will fight Islamic State militants advancing in Syria and Iraq.

Latin America

World’s Most Unequal Region Sets Example in Fight Against Hunger

By Marianela Jarroud | Inter Press Service

Latin America and the Caribbean, the world’s most unequal region, has made the greatest progress towards improving food security and has become the region with the largest number of countries to have reached the first Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of halving the proportion of undernourished people.

Asia-Pacific

Fiji Coup Leader Heads for Historic Poll Victory

By Neil Sands | Agence France-Presse

Coup leader Voreqe Bainimarama was Thursday on the verge of sweeping a historic vote to become Fiji's first elected leader in eight years, as international observers gave the ballot a stamp of approval.

North Korea Unresponsive to U.S. Envoy Offer

By Matthew Pennington | The Associated Press

North Korea is not accepting American offers to send a high-level envoy to seek the release of three detained Americans, a senior U.S. official said Wednesday.

China Hacked U.S. Military Contractors

By Danny Yadron | The Wall Street Journal

Hackers linked to China's government broke into computer networks of private transportation companies working for the U.S. military 20 times in one year, Senate investigators say.

India Presses China on Border Dispute

By Niharika Mandhana | The Wall Street Journal

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi pressed China's president for a speedy resolution of boundary disputes, as Indian and Chinese forces faced off in the Himalayas.

Australia Anti-Terrorism Raid Underway

By Lauren Raab | Los Angeles Times

Australian police are conducting what they called the largest counter-terrorism operation in the nation's history, with more than 800 police officers participating.

Africa

Nigeria Has 'Torture Officers'

BBC

Torture has become such an integral part of policing in Nigeria that many stations have an informal torture officer, Amnesty International says.

Europe

Putin Says Sanctions Violate Principles of WTO

Reuters

President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday Western sanctions against Russia violated the principles of the World Trade Organization and the main way to combat them was to develop the domestic market.

Scottish Vote on Independence Weighs Pride Against Risk

By Steven Erlanger and Katrin Bennhold | The New York Times

While Scots have been warned repeatedly about the dire consequences of voting for independence from the United Kingdom, half -- more or less -- are expected to do so anyway.

Middle East

Clock Ticking on Iran Nuclear Deal

By Daryl G. Kimball | Council on Foreign Relations

Without diplomatic progress over the next several weeks, world powers and Iran may squander their best opportunity for a comprehensive nuclear agreement.

A Year Later: Iranian Nuclear Talks Go From Promise to Doubt

By Paul Richter | Los Angeles Times

Hassan Rouhani won world leaders’ warm embrace a year ago when he arrived at the United Nations General Assembly in New York as Iran’s new president, speaking of reconciliation and offering a new era in relations between his nation and the West.

United States

A Choice of Evils

By Alan M. Dershowitz | The Boston Globe

Should democracies use torture to protect against terrorism?

From D.C. to Syria, a Mess

By Nicholas Kristof | The New York Times

So far, the Obama administration is bungling its mission for fighting the Islamic State in Syria.

Sleepwalking Towards Nuclear War

By Helge Luras | Inter Press Service

New military measures to deter what NATO perceives to be a direct threat from Russia were adopted at the alliance’s Heads of State meeting in Wales (Sep. 4-5). A few days earlier, President Barack Obama made promises in Estonia that the three tiny Baltic NATO member states would “never stand alone."

Asia-Pacific

China’s Mixed Messages to India

By Alyssa Ayres | Council on Foreign Relations

As India welcomes Chinese President Xi Jinping today, it’s hard to miss the mixed messages coming from China.

Europe

Europe's Jewish Problem

By Yascha Mounk | Foreign Affairs

Europe’s political climate is more hostile to Jews now than at any time in recent memory. Rising anti-Semitism among Europe’s Muslims, especially in the wake of the war in Gaza, is one reason for this change.

Torn States and Changing Identities

By Eyad Abu Shakra | Asharq Al-Awsat

Scotland’s pro-independence camp did not need to form armed groups or practice ritual murders to declare their intention to secede from the United Kingdom. Nevertheless, they pushed forward their secessionist scheme, which would separate the two most populous nations in the United Kingdom for the first time since 1707.

Ukraine: Donbass Is Not Scotland

By Ivan Sukhov | The Moscow Times

Russian State media's comparisons of Donetsk to Scotland are utterly ridiculous, in large part because post-Soviet referendums are always messier than Great Britain's gentlemanly debate.

An Old Alliance

By Adam Gopnik | The New Yorker

How can Scotland ignore the economic consequences for the sake of independence?

Middle East

Latin America

Argentina Eyes Legal Change to Attract More Oil, Gas Investment

Latin American Herald Tribune

Argentina’s central government and the governors of the 10 oil provinces have agreed on a plan to attract greater investment in the hydrocarbons sector by overhauling a decades-old law, President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner’s office said Wednesday.

Ecuador to Develop Its Own Satellite With Chinese Help

Latin American Herald Tribune

Ecuador is seeking to develop its own satellite using space technology from China and to collaborate with the Asian country in weapons production, Ecuadorian Defense Minister Maria Fernanda Espinosa said Wednesday in Beijing.

Bahamas Imposes New Immigration Restrictions

Associated Press

The Bahamas’ government announced a measure Wednesday aimed at making it harder for migrants to work in the island chain and said it was considering additional restrictions as part of a plan that appeared mostly aimed at the large numbers of Haitians who have settled in the country in recent years.

Asia-Pacific

Europe

U.S. to Send Troops, Tanks, Combat Vehicles to Latvia

RIA Novosti

The United States will send four tanks, 12 infantry combat vehicles and 150 troops to Latvia in order to bolster the security of the Baltic nations, a spokesperson for the Latvian Ministry of Defense, Kaspars Galkins, said Thursday.

Finland Gives Nod to Russian-Backed Nuclear Plant

By Reuters | The Moscow Times

The Finnish government has given conditional backing to an updated application from Finnish-Russian group Fennovoima to build a nuclear reactor in the north of the country, prompting the Green Party to quit and weaken the ruling coalition.

Middle East

Armed Shiite Rebels Push Into Yemen’s Capital

Reuters

Armed Shiite rebels pushed into Yemen’s capital Sanaa after clashing with the army in the city’s northwest outskirts Thursday, security sources and residents said, in an escalation of weeks of fighting and protests.