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United States

U.S. to Move Troops to Allies Near Russia as Tensions Flare in Ukraine

By Julian E. Barnes, Carol E. Lee and Philip Shishkin | The Wall Street Journal (Subscription Required)

The Pentagon said U.S. troops would be sent for exercises in Eastern Europe to reassure allies on Russia's border, after Ukraine accused pro-Russian separatists of killing two people and shooting at a military plane.

Less Silent Suffering: Veterans’ Post-Traumatic Stress Taken Seriously

By Maggie Ybarra | The Washington Times

The U.S. military has been criticized for being slow to acknowledge and respond to the disorder -- and to the complaints of military personnel and their families who said returning troops were suffering long-term psychological damage from their battlefield experiences.

Latin America

Brazil Ex-president 'Not Murdered'


Brazil's National Truth Commission says the death of ex-President Juscelino Kubitschek was an accident, despite claims he was murdered.


Hole in Afghan Budget Stirs Unease as West Starts Packing Bags

By Jeremy Laurence and Mirwais Harooni | Reuters

A $375 million hole in the Afghan budget is threatening public projects and civil servants' salaries, officials say, putting the aid-dependent economy under stress just as Afghanistan awaits a new leader and foreign troops prepare to go home.

Afghanistan: Bringing the Bridges Home

By Francesca Dziadek | Inter Press Service

As foreign forces withdraw slowly from Afghanistan, they leave behind a vulnerable band of people who were their ears and guides on the ground. These people who served as interpreters, face a life of threats and uncertainties. Many have been killed.


Nigeria -- From Sticks and Machetes to Rocket-propelled Grenades

By Sam Olukoya | Inter Press Service

Nigerians are beginning to adjust to the sad reality that they live in a country where suicide bombers and terrorists could be lurking around the next corner thanks to a ready supply of advanced weapons smuggled through the country’s porous borders.


Middle East

High-Ranking Egyptian Police Official Killed by Car Bomb

By Laura King | Los Angeles Times

In the latest strike by suspected militants against a senior Egyptian security official, a police brigadier general was killed Wednesday by a bomb planted under his car, state media reported.

Israelis, Palestinians Struggle for Way Forward as Deadline Nears

By Batsheva Sobelman | Los Angeles Times

With Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations still deadlocked a week before their current round expires, negotiating teams met Tuesday with U.S. envoy Martin Indyk in Jerusalem to discuss extending the troubled talks.

Homs Emerges as Turning Point in Shaping Syria’s Future

By Anne Barnard | The New York Times

For both the government and opposition, the central Syrian crossroads city, practically reduced to rubble during the civil war, will play a crucial role in stitching the country back together.

Jihadists Now Control Secretive U.S. Base in Libya

By Eli Lake | The Daily Beast

A key jihadist leader and longtime member of al Qaeda has taken control of a secretive training facility set up by U.S. special operations forces on the Libyan coastline to help hunt down Islamic militants, according to local media reports, Jihadist web forums, and U.S. officials.

United States

Obama's Keystone Pipeline Trap

By Jonah Goldberg | Los Angeles Times

The president's predicament is just the latest example of how climate change monomania has become a problem for environmentalists -- and the country.

No More Secrecy for a Memo on Killing Americans

By Amy Davidson | The New Yorker

The problem that the Obama Administration had, in trying to persuade a court to let it keep secret a memo explaining why it was legal to assassinate Americans abroad, was how proud it was of its work.

Latin America

Climate Change Comes to the Caribbean

By Nathalie Baptiste | Foreign Policy in Focus

Climate change is already wreaking havoc on the Caribbean's vital fishing, tourism, and agriculture industries.



Pretoria’s Problems Go Beyond Zuma

By T. O. Molefe | The New York Times

South Africa is facing a crisis of democratic accountability and the president is merely the tip of the iceberg.


Stopping Russia Starts in Syria

By Anne-Marie Slaughter | Project Syndicate

The solution to the crisis in Ukraine lies in part in Syria. It is time for US President Barack Obama to demonstrate that he can order the offensive use of force in circumstances other than secret drone attacks or covert operations.

Middle East

Israel Shows Zionism’s True Colors

By Rami G. Khouri | The Daily Star

This week, the Israeli Transportation Ministry announced that it would establish designated bus routes for Palestinians in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, allowing Jewish Israelis to travel on buses without Palestinians.

Still No Deal

By David Ignatius | The Washington Post

Is Iran is ready for accommodation?

It’s All About May 25

By Thomas L. Friedman | The New York Times

The revolution that started in Tahrir Square in Cairo has moved to the Maidan in Kiev. The first big test for Ukrainians will come with their presidential elections next month.

Libya Is Ripe for International Intervention

By Ali Ibrahim | Asharq Al-Awsat

When crises proliferate and compete in one geographic location, it is only natural that some will gain priority over others. This explains the current puzzling absence of the international and regional powers from the snowballing Libyan crisis, which is deteriorating day by day.

The Closing of Abu Ghraib and the U.S. Failure in Iraq

By Andrew J. Bacevich | Miami Herald

The government of Iraq last week announced that it had padlocked the infamous prison at Abu Ghraib. The gates are closed. The inmates moved. Whether the closure is permanent or temporary -- Iraqi officials suggest the latter -- this ought to qualify as a notable milestone. What does it signify?

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