Media Roundup

United States

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U.S., Japan Push Trade Pact to Counter China

By Jacob M. Schlesinger, Mitsuru Obe and Mark Magnier | The Wall Street Journal

Momentum in Washington behind an ambitious Pacific free-trade pact gives new energy to a U.S.-Japan campaign to counter China’s influence in Asia.

Opinion

Whatever Happened to Obama’s Pivot to Asia?

By Fareed Zakaria | The Washington Post

Remember, the basic argument behind the pivot was that the United States was overinvested in the Middle East, a crisis-prone region of dwindling importance to the U.S. national interest. Asia, on the other hand, is the future.

Drones Keep Obama’s Yemen War Alive

By Eli Lake | Bloomberg View

When U.S. special operations forces exited Yemen last month, it was seen as a severe blow to the fight against al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, which President Barack Obama had previously held up as a success in the global effort against terrorism.

The Drone That Didn’t Strike

By Conor Friedersdorf | The Atlantic

Some of the most powerful people in the U.S. government wanted to kill Mohanad Mahmoud Al Farekh. The military, the CIA, and an influential Republican member of Congress all argued that a drone should be sent to kill the American. Now he is in custody.

The Americas

Off the Radar

Unasur Opens Defense School

MercoPress

The Union of South American Nations (Unasur) will celebrate this Friday its eighth anniversary with the official opening of the South American Defense School (Esude) created to instruct on defense and security issues, both at civil and military level, following the principles of a regional strategic vision.

Guatemala Arrests Current, Ex-Tax Chiefs in Corruption Case

By Sonia Perez D. | The Associated Press

Guatemala’s current and former tax chiefs were detained along with more than a dozen other people in a crackdown on a ring that defrauded the state through bribery and theft and that was led by a top aide to the vice president, authorities said Thursday.

Europe

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Opinion

Macedonia Steps Backward

By Nikola Dimitrov | The New York Times

Our promising future as an E.U. member is being undermined by government eavesdropping and corruption.

The Silence About Europe Right Now Makes Me Nervous

By Natalie Nougayrède | The Guardian

Britain’s fate as a power and the fate of Europe as a world actor have perhaps never been so intimately linked. In a global world, there can only be global or collective solutions.

Africa

Off the Radar

Middle East

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Iraqi Forces Recapture 2 Towns From IS Near Crucial Refinery

By Qassim Abdul-Zahra | The Associated Press

Iraqi security forces have gained full control over a contested area south of the country’s largest oil refinery Friday as part of ongoing operations to secure the rest of Salahuddin province following the recapturing of Tikrit, a senior Iraqi military official said.

Breakaway Turkish Cypriots Pick Leader as Peace Talks Loom

By Menelaos Hadjicostis | The Associated Press

Uncertainty reigns as Turkish Cypriots vote for a new leader this weekend: There’s no clear favorite and no way of knowing whether the winner can bring talks on reunifying Cyprus to a successful conclusion.

Al-Qaida Seizes Airport in Eastern Yemen

By Ali al-Mujahed and Hugh Naylor | The Washington Post

Fighters from the Yemeni branch of the militant group took control of the Riyan Airport in Mukalla on Tuesday.

Opinion

Off the Radar

Asia / Pacific

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Thai Charter, Weakening Political Parties, Ready for Review

The Associated Press

A draft of Thailand’s new constitution, written to reduce the power of major political parties and keep politicians in check, was submitted to an advisory council for review on Friday, nearly a year after the military took power from an elected government.

Report Says China Building Airstrip on Reclaimed Island

The Associated Press

China is building an airstrip on an artificially created island in a disputed section of the South China Sea, according to independent analysts, a move the U.S. has warned could raise tensions in the area.

Opinion

Addressing Nepal’s Water Crisis

By Juliette Rousselot | The Diplomat

Although many communities still struggle, Nepal is making real progress on providing access to water.

Top News

U.S., Japan Push Trade Pact to Counter China

By Jacob M. Schlesinger, Mitsuru Obe and Mark Magnier | The Wall Street Journal

Momentum in Washington behind an ambitious Pacific free-trade pact gives new energy to a U.S.-Japan campaign to counter China’s influence in Asia.

Opinion

Whatever Happened to Obama’s Pivot to Asia?

By Fareed Zakaria | The Washington Post

Remember, the basic argument behind the pivot was that the United States was overinvested in the Middle East, a crisis-prone region of dwindling importance to the U.S. national interest. Asia, on the other hand, is the future.

Drones Keep Obama’s Yemen War Alive

By Eli Lake | Bloomberg View

When U.S. special operations forces exited Yemen last month, it was seen as a severe blow to the fight against al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, which President Barack Obama had previously held up as a success in the global effort against terrorism.

The Drone That Didn’t Strike

By Conor Friedersdorf | The Atlantic

Some of the most powerful people in the U.S. government wanted to kill Mohanad Mahmoud Al Farekh. The military, the CIA, and an influential Republican member of Congress all argued that a drone should be sent to kill the American. Now he is in custody.

Off the Radar

Unasur Opens Defense School

MercoPress

The Union of South American Nations (Unasur) will celebrate this Friday its eighth anniversary with the official opening of the South American Defense School (Esude) created to instruct on defense and security issues, both at civil and military level, following the principles of a regional strategic vision.

Guatemala Arrests Current, Ex-Tax Chiefs in Corruption Case

By Sonia Perez D. | The Associated Press

Guatemala’s current and former tax chiefs were detained along with more than a dozen other people in a crackdown on a ring that defrauded the state through bribery and theft and that was led by a top aide to the vice president, authorities said Thursday.

Top News

Opinion

Macedonia Steps Backward

By Nikola Dimitrov | The New York Times

Our promising future as an E.U. member is being undermined by government eavesdropping and corruption.

The Silence About Europe Right Now Makes Me Nervous

By Natalie Nougayrède | The Guardian

Britain’s fate as a power and the fate of Europe as a world actor have perhaps never been so intimately linked. In a global world, there can only be global or collective solutions.

Off the Radar

Top News

Iraqi Forces Recapture 2 Towns From IS Near Crucial Refinery

By Qassim Abdul-Zahra | The Associated Press

Iraqi security forces have gained full control over a contested area south of the country’s largest oil refinery Friday as part of ongoing operations to secure the rest of Salahuddin province following the recapturing of Tikrit, a senior Iraqi military official said.

Breakaway Turkish Cypriots Pick Leader as Peace Talks Loom

By Menelaos Hadjicostis | The Associated Press

Uncertainty reigns as Turkish Cypriots vote for a new leader this weekend: There’s no clear favorite and no way of knowing whether the winner can bring talks on reunifying Cyprus to a successful conclusion.

Al-Qaida Seizes Airport in Eastern Yemen

By Ali al-Mujahed and Hugh Naylor | The Washington Post

Fighters from the Yemeni branch of the militant group took control of the Riyan Airport in Mukalla on Tuesday.

Opinion

Off the Radar

Top News

Thai Charter, Weakening Political Parties, Ready for Review

The Associated Press

A draft of Thailand’s new constitution, written to reduce the power of major political parties and keep politicians in check, was submitted to an advisory council for review on Friday, nearly a year after the military took power from an elected government.

Report Says China Building Airstrip on Reclaimed Island

The Associated Press

China is building an airstrip on an artificially created island in a disputed section of the South China Sea, according to independent analysts, a move the U.S. has warned could raise tensions in the area.

Opinion

Addressing Nepal’s Water Crisis

By Juliette Rousselot | The Diplomat

Although many communities still struggle, Nepal is making real progress on providing access to water.