Media Roundup

United States

Obama to Reassure Baltic States

By Colleen McCain Nelson | Wall Street Journal

President Barack Obama will travel to Estonia this week intending to reassure the region, rattled by Russia's incursion into Ukraine, that NATO remains committed to defending its Baltic members.

Latin America

U.S. Travelers to Cuba Face Stricter Rules On Imports

Associated Press

Cuba has imposed stronger restrictions on goods being brought into the country by relatives of its citizens, meaning some Americans will not be able to deliver as many gifts to their families as they have in the past.

Under New Management

By Maya Kroth | Foreign Policy

The coast of Honduras could be the site of a radical experiment: one in which foreign ?investors bankroll a quasi-sovereign city. Backers say it will lift the region out of poverty— but residents are anything but convinced.

Asia-Pacific

Africa

Ebola 'Threatens' West Africa Harvests

BBC

The deadly Ebola outbreak is putting food prices and harvests in West Africa "at serious risk", warns the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation.

Europe

Ukraine Accuses Russia Of 'Undisguised Aggression' As Rebels Advance

By Pavel Polityuk and Polina Devitt | Reuters

European Union leaders decided at a summit on Saturday that the direct engagement of Russian troops in the war - still denied by the Kremlin - called for a stepping up of economic sanctions unless Moscow pulled its soldiers back.

Middle East

Hamas Popularity Surges as Palestinian Rivalry Flares

By Noah Browning | Reuters

Militant group Hamas would sweep Palestinian elections if they were held today after its support soared during seven weeks of war with Israel in Gaza, an opinion poll published on Tuesday found.

Land Move By Israel Draws Criticism

By Joshua Mitnick | Wall Street Journal

Allies and critics of Israel said its plans to nationalize 1,000 acres of West Bank territory for settlement building would undermine attempts to resume peace talks with the Palestinians.

Pakistan's Sharif Clings to Power as Protesters Step Up Assault

By Shaiq Hussain and Tim Craig | Washington Post

  • Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was clinging to power Monday as protesters stepped up their assault on government buildings while the capital was gripped with fear and confusion about whether the country’s powerful military will step in to defuse the tension.

United States

The Politics of the ISIS Threat

By Charles M. Blow | New York Times

President Obama is trying to take a deliberative approach to ISIS, but he may be drowned out by the drums of war and the chants for blood.

We Need the Realist's Vigilant Cynicism

By Richard Cohen | Washington Post

  • Foreign-policy realists appreciate that what works for us may not work for others, and that our national interest may entail a certain healthy hypocrisy about democracy.

To Beat ISIS, Focus On Syria

By Julien Barnes-Dacey and Daniel Levy | New York Times

  • If the West is serious about defeating ISIS, it must expand its policy and become more open to working with Syria and Iran.

Latin America

Argentina's Use and Abuse of Keynes

By Andres Velasco | Project Syndicate

Last week, addressing the elite of Argentina’s business community, the economy minister, Axel Kicillof, explained the government's policies as a real-world application of Keynesian theory. But that is a deeply flawed interpretation.

Asia-Pacific

Modi Goes to Japan Chasing a Foolish Crush

By Pankaj Mishra | Japan Times

Narendra Modi’s old-fashioned reverence for all things Japanese, from the tea ceremony to nuclear plants, cannot produce the right blueprint for India’s future.

Democracy is Contagious

By Isaac Stone Fish | Foreign Policy

  • While Beijing is trying to communicate that it has Hong Kong firmly under control, discontent in Hong Kong could send a worrying message to people throughout China.

Hong Kong's Miraculous Progress

By Richard W. Rahn | Washington Times

  • The city-state’s miraculous growth over the last 50 years can be attributed to the fact that it’s about as close to the ideal free-market capitalist model as anything you can find on the planet.

Africa

Heading Off a Bigger Ebola Catastrophe

By Scott Gottlieb and Tevi Troy | Wall Street Journal (subscription required)

  • Even if an outbreak of Ebola is unlikely in the U.S., it represents a humanitarian catastrophe abroad, and the Obama administration should lead a worldwide effort to fight the disease.

Europe

Can Putin's Popularity Last?

By Samuel Greene and Graeme B. Robertson | Moscow Times

Putin's approval ratings are at an all-time high, but he'll have to work hard to keep them there.

Middle East

The Saudis Will Be Vital in Helping to Fight ISIS

By David Ignatius | Daily Star

Complicating Saudi Arabia’s pivotal role in containing regional instability is the fact that generational change is slowly coming in the kingdom, too. The stakes for the U.S. in this leadership transition are large, and the outcome is hard to predict.

Israel, A State of Armed Robbery

By Amira Hass | Haaretz

  • The Israeli regime is based on grabbing land and nurturing the apparatus that secures the plunder — the army, in the local argot.

Let the Middle East Govern Itself

By Jeffrey D. Sachs | Project Syndicate

  • One hundred years after the start of WWI, colonial practices must finally come to an end. The Middle East needs the opportunity to govern itself, protected and supported by the UN Charter, not by any individual great power.

Latin America

Asia-Pacific

Chinese President to Visit Tajikistan

By Aygun Badalova | Trend.az

Tajikistan and China will sign a number of bilateral documents during the official visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to Tajikistan, Asia-Plus reported. The visit will take place Sept. 12-13.

Africa

Europe

France, UAE Close In on Spy Satellite Deal

By Awad Mustafa and Pierre Tran | Defense News

The United Arab Emirates and France are expected to finalize the Falcon Eye spy satellite deal within the coming weeks while looking into the purchase of 40 Dassault Rafale fighter jets.

Middle East

Lebanese MPs Fail to Form Quorum for President’s Election

By Joseph A. Kechichian | Gulf News

As expected, Lebanese parliamentarians failed to form a quorum on Tuesday and postponed to Sept. 23—ironically the customary inauguration day for Lebanese presidents—their next convocation to elect a head of state.