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United States

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December 5, 2016

Carson Accepts Trump's Offer to Head U.S. Housing Department

By Diane Bartz & Doina Chiacu | Reuters

Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, a presidential rival-turned-supporter, has accepted U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's nomination to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Trump's transition team said on Monday.

Japanese Leader Abe to Visit Pearl Harbor With Obama

By Ken Moritsugu | Associated Press

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will visit Pearl Harbor with U.S. President Barack Obama at the end of this month, becoming the first leader of his country to go to the site of the Japanese attack that propelled the United States into World War II.

Opinion

December 5, 2016

The Real Risk Behind Trump’s Taiwan Call

By Evan Osnos | The New Yorker

In his first semiofficial act of foreign policy, President-elect Trump, on Friday, lobbed a firework into the delicate diplomacy of Asia by taking a phone call from Taiwan’s President, breaking thirty-seven years of American practice in a way that is sure to upset relations with China.

The Win-Win Fantasy of Liberal Democracy

By Kemal Dervis | Project Syndicate

Few analysts expected Britons to vote to exit the European Union or Americans to choose Donald Trump as their next president. Yet it did not take long for a consensus explanation of these miscalculations to emerge. When it comes to such complex and consequential developments, however, we should beware of facile reasoning.

Off the Radar

December 2, 2016

The Americas

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December 5, 2016

Thousands Protest Corruption, Support Judiciary in Brazil

By Sarah DiLorenzo & Ernesto Moreno Quintana | Associated Press

Tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets in cities across Brazil on Sunday to express disgust with public corruption and outrage at what they say are lawmakers' attempts to muzzle the judges and prosecutors pursuing those crimes.

Off the Radar

December 2, 2016

Europe

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December 5, 2016

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls is expected to announce he is entering the race to be the Socialist candidate for next year's presidential election, after Francois Hollande said he would not stand, a move that would mean a government reshuffle.

Opinion

December 5, 2016

First Britain voted for Brexit. Then America voted for Trump. And now Italians have overwhelmingly voted to reject constitutional reform, leading Matteo Renzi to state he will resign as prime minister later today. It’s tempting to draw parallels between the three votes. But Italy’s referendum does not mark a political earthquake.

How Macedonia Is Leading on the Refugee Crisis

By Wes Martin | The National Interest

The sluggish reaction from some of the world’s biggest economies so far has forced the smaller ones to step up. And it will be these countries, especially across the Balkans, that will remain pivotal in our ability to defeat ISIS. One to watch is the small country of Macedonia.

Africa

Off the Radar

December 2, 2016

Moroccan King Mohammed VI is in the Nigerian capital Abuja for his first visit to the African country since assuming power 18 years ago, Morocco’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement released late Thursday.

China will help Sierra Leone improve its industrialization and public health system, President Xi Jinping said Thursday. Xi and Sierra Leone President Ernest Bai Koroma witnessed the signing of cooperation documents after their talks in Beijing, which covered areas including diplomacy, economy, infrastructure development and health.

Middle East & North Africa

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December 5, 2016

Syrian Army Tells Rebels in Aleppo to Leave or Die

By Philip Issa & Bassem Mroue | Associated Press

The Syrian army on Sunday ordered rebels in Aleppo to leave the city or face "inevitable death," as a series of airstrikes on the neighboring Idlib province killed at least 50 people, including several children.

After the Islamic State

By Robin Wright | The New Yorker

As the caliphate crumbles, rival movements struggle for the soul of Sunni jihadism.

Opinion

December 5, 2016

Who in the GCC Wants a Union?

By Giorgio Cafiero | Al-Monitor

Citing “security problems, economic challenges and other serious issues confronted by the region,” Bahrain’s Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa recently announced that the transformation of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) to a union is an “inevitable goal” of this weekend’s Manama Dialogue.

Off the Radar

December 2, 2016

Egypt's president has imposed a second increase of tariffs on hundreds of imported products. The official Gazette published President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi's decree on Thursday with a long list of over 350 items including fruits, foods, perfumes, furniture, and others where customs duties increased between 40 and 60 percent.

Asia-Pacific

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December 5, 2016

Philippine VP Quits Cabinet in New Duterte Dilemma

By Jim Gomez | Associated Press

The Philippine vice president resigned her Cabinet post Monday after citing irreconcilable differences with President Rodrigo Duterte, who had banned her from attending Cabinet meetings, in a new political dilemma for the leader.

Opinion

December 5, 2016

Off the Radar

December 2, 2016

Indonesia Blasphemy Protest Draws 200,000, Ends Peacefully

By Stephen Wright & Niniek Karmini | Associated Press

At least 200,000 conservative Muslims rallied peacefully in the Indonesian capital on Friday in the second major protest against its minority Christian governor, who is being prosecuted for alleged blasphemy.

United States

Top News

December 5, 2016

Carson Accepts Trump's Offer to Head U.S. Housing Department

By Diane Bartz & Doina Chiacu | Reuters

Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, a presidential rival-turned-supporter, has accepted U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's nomination to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Trump's transition team said on Monday.

Japanese Leader Abe to Visit Pearl Harbor With Obama

By Ken Moritsugu | Associated Press

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will visit Pearl Harbor with U.S. President Barack Obama at the end of this month, becoming the first leader of his country to go to the site of the Japanese attack that propelled the United States into World War II.

Opinion

December 5, 2016

The Real Risk Behind Trump’s Taiwan Call

By Evan Osnos | The New Yorker

In his first semiofficial act of foreign policy, President-elect Trump, on Friday, lobbed a firework into the delicate diplomacy of Asia by taking a phone call from Taiwan’s President, breaking thirty-seven years of American practice in a way that is sure to upset relations with China.

The Win-Win Fantasy of Liberal Democracy

By Kemal Dervis | Project Syndicate

Few analysts expected Britons to vote to exit the European Union or Americans to choose Donald Trump as their next president. Yet it did not take long for a consensus explanation of these miscalculations to emerge. When it comes to such complex and consequential developments, however, we should beware of facile reasoning.

Off the Radar

December 2, 2016

The Americas

Top News

December 5, 2016

Thousands Protest Corruption, Support Judiciary in Brazil

By Sarah DiLorenzo & Ernesto Moreno Quintana | Associated Press

Tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets in cities across Brazil on Sunday to express disgust with public corruption and outrage at what they say are lawmakers' attempts to muzzle the judges and prosecutors pursuing those crimes.

Off the Radar

December 2, 2016

Europe

Top News

December 5, 2016

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls is expected to announce he is entering the race to be the Socialist candidate for next year's presidential election, after Francois Hollande said he would not stand, a move that would mean a government reshuffle.

Opinion

December 5, 2016

First Britain voted for Brexit. Then America voted for Trump. And now Italians have overwhelmingly voted to reject constitutional reform, leading Matteo Renzi to state he will resign as prime minister later today. It’s tempting to draw parallels between the three votes. But Italy’s referendum does not mark a political earthquake.

How Macedonia Is Leading on the Refugee Crisis

By Wes Martin | The National Interest

The sluggish reaction from some of the world’s biggest economies so far has forced the smaller ones to step up. And it will be these countries, especially across the Balkans, that will remain pivotal in our ability to defeat ISIS. One to watch is the small country of Macedonia.

Africa

Off the Radar

December 2, 2016

Moroccan King Mohammed VI is in the Nigerian capital Abuja for his first visit to the African country since assuming power 18 years ago, Morocco’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement released late Thursday.

China will help Sierra Leone improve its industrialization and public health system, President Xi Jinping said Thursday. Xi and Sierra Leone President Ernest Bai Koroma witnessed the signing of cooperation documents after their talks in Beijing, which covered areas including diplomacy, economy, infrastructure development and health.

Middle East & North Africa

Top News

December 5, 2016

Syrian Army Tells Rebels in Aleppo to Leave or Die

By Philip Issa & Bassem Mroue | Associated Press

The Syrian army on Sunday ordered rebels in Aleppo to leave the city or face "inevitable death," as a series of airstrikes on the neighboring Idlib province killed at least 50 people, including several children.

After the Islamic State

By Robin Wright | The New Yorker

As the caliphate crumbles, rival movements struggle for the soul of Sunni jihadism.

Opinion

December 5, 2016

Who in the GCC Wants a Union?

By Giorgio Cafiero | Al-Monitor

Citing “security problems, economic challenges and other serious issues confronted by the region,” Bahrain’s Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa recently announced that the transformation of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) to a union is an “inevitable goal” of this weekend’s Manama Dialogue.

Off the Radar

December 2, 2016

Egypt's president has imposed a second increase of tariffs on hundreds of imported products. The official Gazette published President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi's decree on Thursday with a long list of over 350 items including fruits, foods, perfumes, furniture, and others where customs duties increased between 40 and 60 percent.

Asia-Pacific

Top News

December 5, 2016

Philippine VP Quits Cabinet in New Duterte Dilemma

By Jim Gomez | Associated Press

The Philippine vice president resigned her Cabinet post Monday after citing irreconcilable differences with President Rodrigo Duterte, who had banned her from attending Cabinet meetings, in a new political dilemma for the leader.

Opinion

December 5, 2016

Off the Radar

December 2, 2016

Indonesia Blasphemy Protest Draws 200,000, Ends Peacefully

By Stephen Wright & Niniek Karmini | Associated Press

At least 200,000 conservative Muslims rallied peacefully in the Indonesian capital on Friday in the second major protest against its minority Christian governor, who is being prosecuted for alleged blasphemy.

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