Media Roundup

United States

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U.S., Iraq Set Sights on Mosul Offensive

By Julian E. Barnes | The Wall Street Journal

The U.S. and Iraq have begun preparations for an assault by summer to retake Mosul, selecting and training military units and cutting supply lines to Islamic State militants who control Iraq’s second-largest city.

Opinion

State of the Empire in 2015

By Peter Certo | Foreign Policy in Focus

Before Obama’s State of the Union address falls out of the news cycle, here are the foreign policy tidbits you need to remember.

America’s Global Balancing Act

By Zbigniew Brzezinski | Project Syndicate

The redistribution of global power has produced a situation in which the U.S. is no longer the sole hegemon. The U.S. has to acknowledge the fact that the world is now much more complex, and that, though it must understand the national interests of key players, it cannot allow itself to identify completely with any of them.

The Americas

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Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner Now Claiming Prosecutor’s Death Was Not a Suicide

By Guy Taylor | The Washington Times

In an abrupt about-face, Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner claimed Thursday that the prosecutor who turned up dead in the nation just days after accusing her of pursuing a secret deal to bury Iran’s alleged role in a 1994 bombing at a Buenos Aires Jewish center did not commit suicide.

Off the Radar

Europe

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Top Official: Russians Will ‘Eat Less’ for Putin

By Carlo Piovano and Nataliya Vasilyeva | The Associated Press

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov, speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, on Friday warned the West against trying to topple President Vladimir Putin and said that Russians are ready to sacrifice their wealth in Putin’s support.

Opinion

Greece’s Fatal Mistake, and Europe’s

By Joseph C. Sternberg | The Wall Street Journal

Voters could pull the plug on efforts to reconcile the eurozone’s need for growth with its inability to reform.

Off the Radar

Africa

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153 Arrested in South Africa Looting

By Lynsey Chutel | The Associated Press

Days of violence and looting of foreign-owned shops in South Africa have left at least two people dead and 153 arrested in the Johannesburg area, police said Friday.

Off the Radar

Madagascar’s Opposition to Challenge PM’s Appointment in Constitutional Court

By Lovasoa Rabary | Reuters

Madagascar’s opposition is to challenge the appointment of Prime Minister Jean Ravelonarivo in the constitutional court after the administrative court said it would not hear the case, extending uncertainty in a country struggling to repair its economy.

Previous Media Roundup coverage: Madagascar’s President Names New Prime Minister, Madagascar Government Resigns as Blackouts Roil Country

Middle East

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Yemen President Quits, Throwing Country Deeper Into Chaos

By Yara Bayoumy and Mohammed Ghobari | Reuters

Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi resigned on Thursday, days after Houthi rebels battled their way into his presidential palace, plunging the unstable Arab country deeper into chaos and depriving Washington of a key ally against al Qaeda.

Amid Mourning, a New Generation Enters Line to Saudi Throne

By Abdullah al-Shihri and Aya Batrawy | The Associated Press

Saudi Arabia’s newly enthroned King Salman moved quickly Friday to name a future successor to the crown in his oil-rich kingdom, a significant appointment that puts the kingdom’s future squarely in the hands of a new generation.

Opinion

Saudi Arabia’s Tyrant King Misremembered as Man of Peace

By Murtaza Hussain | The Intercept

It’s not often that the unelected leader of a country which publicly flogs dissidents and beheads people for sorcery wins such glowing praise from American officials and the Western press. King Abdullah’s regime engaged in wanton human rights abuses, instrumentalized religious chauvinism, and played a hugely counterrevolutionary role in regional politics.

Off the Radar

Israel’s Arab Parties Unite, Could Help Netanyahu Rivals

By Dan Williams | Reuters

Four political parties that mostly represent Israel’s Arab minority have decided to run together in elections on March 17, creating a potential counter-weight to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his right-wing allies.

Asia / Pacific

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Indonesian Police Arrest Deputy Head of Anti-Graft Agency

By Niniek Karmini | The Associated Press

Police arrested the deputy head of Indonesia's top anti-corruption body on Friday, days after it accused a senior police officer of graft, sparking accusations of police retaliation and demands that the president defend the agency.

Blast in Southern Philippine City Kills 1, Wounds 37

The Associated Press

A powerful explosion Friday killed at least one person and wounded more than 35 others in a southern Philippine port city that has been hit by similar blasts blamed on Muslim militants, the police said.

Opinion

Off the Radar

South Korea’s Park Nominates New PM

By Kang Seung-woo | The Korea Times

South Korean President Park Geun-hye has nominated Saenuri Party floor leader Lee Wan-koo as her new prime minister, a presidential official said Friday.

Top News

U.S., Iraq Set Sights on Mosul Offensive

By Julian E. Barnes | The Wall Street Journal

The U.S. and Iraq have begun preparations for an assault by summer to retake Mosul, selecting and training military units and cutting supply lines to Islamic State militants who control Iraq’s second-largest city.

Opinion

State of the Empire in 2015

By Peter Certo | Foreign Policy in Focus

Before Obama’s State of the Union address falls out of the news cycle, here are the foreign policy tidbits you need to remember.

America’s Global Balancing Act

By Zbigniew Brzezinski | Project Syndicate

The redistribution of global power has produced a situation in which the U.S. is no longer the sole hegemon. The U.S. has to acknowledge the fact that the world is now much more complex, and that, though it must understand the national interests of key players, it cannot allow itself to identify completely with any of them.

Top News

Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner Now Claiming Prosecutor’s Death Was Not a Suicide

By Guy Taylor | The Washington Times

In an abrupt about-face, Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner claimed Thursday that the prosecutor who turned up dead in the nation just days after accusing her of pursuing a secret deal to bury Iran’s alleged role in a 1994 bombing at a Buenos Aires Jewish center did not commit suicide.

Off the Radar

Top News

Top Official: Russians Will ‘Eat Less’ for Putin

By Carlo Piovano and Nataliya Vasilyeva | The Associated Press

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov, speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, on Friday warned the West against trying to topple President Vladimir Putin and said that Russians are ready to sacrifice their wealth in Putin’s support.

Opinion

Greece’s Fatal Mistake, and Europe’s

By Joseph C. Sternberg | The Wall Street Journal

Voters could pull the plug on efforts to reconcile the eurozone’s need for growth with its inability to reform.

Off the Radar

Top News

153 Arrested in South Africa Looting

By Lynsey Chutel | The Associated Press

Days of violence and looting of foreign-owned shops in South Africa have left at least two people dead and 153 arrested in the Johannesburg area, police said Friday.

Off the Radar

Madagascar’s Opposition to Challenge PM’s Appointment in Constitutional Court

By Lovasoa Rabary | Reuters

Madagascar’s opposition is to challenge the appointment of Prime Minister Jean Ravelonarivo in the constitutional court after the administrative court said it would not hear the case, extending uncertainty in a country struggling to repair its economy.

Previous Media Roundup coverage: Madagascar’s President Names New Prime Minister, Madagascar Government Resigns as Blackouts Roil Country

Top News

Yemen President Quits, Throwing Country Deeper Into Chaos

By Yara Bayoumy and Mohammed Ghobari | Reuters

Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi resigned on Thursday, days after Houthi rebels battled their way into his presidential palace, plunging the unstable Arab country deeper into chaos and depriving Washington of a key ally against al Qaeda.

Amid Mourning, a New Generation Enters Line to Saudi Throne

By Abdullah al-Shihri and Aya Batrawy | The Associated Press

Saudi Arabia’s newly enthroned King Salman moved quickly Friday to name a future successor to the crown in his oil-rich kingdom, a significant appointment that puts the kingdom’s future squarely in the hands of a new generation.

Opinion

Saudi Arabia’s Tyrant King Misremembered as Man of Peace

By Murtaza Hussain | The Intercept

It’s not often that the unelected leader of a country which publicly flogs dissidents and beheads people for sorcery wins such glowing praise from American officials and the Western press. King Abdullah’s regime engaged in wanton human rights abuses, instrumentalized religious chauvinism, and played a hugely counterrevolutionary role in regional politics.

Off the Radar

Israel’s Arab Parties Unite, Could Help Netanyahu Rivals

By Dan Williams | Reuters

Four political parties that mostly represent Israel’s Arab minority have decided to run together in elections on March 17, creating a potential counter-weight to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his right-wing allies.

Top News

Indonesian Police Arrest Deputy Head of Anti-Graft Agency

By Niniek Karmini | The Associated Press

Police arrested the deputy head of Indonesia's top anti-corruption body on Friday, days after it accused a senior police officer of graft, sparking accusations of police retaliation and demands that the president defend the agency.

Blast in Southern Philippine City Kills 1, Wounds 37

The Associated Press

A powerful explosion Friday killed at least one person and wounded more than 35 others in a southern Philippine port city that has been hit by similar blasts blamed on Muslim militants, the police said.

Opinion

Off the Radar

South Korea’s Park Nominates New PM

By Kang Seung-woo | The Korea Times

South Korean President Park Geun-hye has nominated Saenuri Party floor leader Lee Wan-koo as her new prime minister, a presidential official said Friday.