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United States

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Obama Torpedoes the Nuclear Navy

By John Lehman | The Wall Street Journal

The president disregards a policy that for decades has ensured effective leadership of the nuclear fleet.

The Americas

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China, Peru and Brazil Mull Amazon Railway

BBC

A Chinese scheme to build an east-west railway across South America, cutting across parts of the Amazon rain forest, has moved a step closer after Peru agreed to study the proposal.

Opinion

The Cost of Corruption in Latin America

By Mac Margolis | Bloomberg View

Guatemalans are steaming. Crowds of them have poured into the streets this month—some 60,000 on May 16 alone—to protest corruption and demand the ouster of President Otto Perez Molina.

A Drug Cartel’s Power in Venezuela

By Jackson Diehl | The Washington Post

The Chavez regime, headed since his demise by Nicolas Maduro, harbors not just a clique of crackpot socialists, but also one of the world’s biggest drug cartels.

Off the Radar

China, Chile Sign 10 Cooperation Agreements

Latin American Herald Tribune

On Monday in Santiago, Chilean President Michelle Bachelet and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang signed 10 cooperation agreements in the fields of trade, finance, science and the economy.

Suriname’s Bouterse on Track for Second Presidential Term

By Ank Kuipers | Reuters

Suriname President Desi Bouterse, a former military ruler convicted of drug trafficking in the Netherlands, looked on course for a second term after his party won a slim majority in parliamentary elections, according to first results on Tuesday.

Europe

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Russia Recovery Talk Premature as Sanctions Threaten to Cripple Economy

By Guy Taylor | The Washington Times

Russian government officials—and even some outside banking institutions—are sounding increasingly confident that the Russian economy has weathered the storm brought on by U.S. and European sanctions, but some private analysts say the worst is yet to come.

Opinion

On Being African in Europe

By Vittorio Longhi | The New York Times

We lack inspiring symbols and leaders: our Martin Luther Kings, our Rosa Parkses, our Obamas.

The Return of the Balkan Question

By Dominique Moisi | Project Syndicate

The recent violence in Macedonia is a reminder that the Balkans region remains a volatile mix of nationalism and economic frustration, underpinned by disillusionment about progress toward membership in the EU. But the EU continues to be the only alternative to a future as bad as the worst of the past.

A Finance Minister Fit for a Greek Tragedy?

By Suzy Hansen | The New York Times Magazine

The European Union has been a project in the making since the end of World War II, but its monetary union, the eurozone, is only 16 years old. There is no agreement on what might happen if a country were to leave it.

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Africa

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Off the Radar

Tanzania to Pick New President, Parliament on Oct. 25

Reuters

Tanzanians will pick a new president and parliament on Oct. 25, officials said on Monday, in a national election likely to be dominated by the ruling party despite rising anger at poverty and corruption.

Middle East

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Iraq Launches Operation to Drive IS From Anbar

By Sinan Salaheddin | The Associated Press

Iraq on Tuesday announced the launch of a military operation to drive the Islamic State group out of the western Anbar province, where the extremists captured the provincial capital, Ramadi, earlier this month.

Yemen’s Pro-Government Forces Retake City From Shite Rebels

By Ahmed Al-Haj | The Associated Press

Yemen’s pro-government fighters have pushed out Shite rebels and their allies and retaken a southern city that’s the gateway to the port of Aden in their first significant advance since a Saudi-led coalition launched airstrikes on the rebel group, officials said Tuesday.

Opinion

Iraq is Bankrolling ISIL

By Howard J. Shatz | Politico Magazine

Last week ISIL took control of the Iraqi city Ramadi and the Syrian city Palmyra, advances that the Iraqi government perversely subsidized.

Asia / Pacific

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Myanmar’s Suu Kyi Is Missing From Global Meeting on Rohingya

By Robin McDowell | The Associated Press

An international gathering about the plight of Myanmar’s persecuted Rohingya Muslims boasts a star-studded cast, with three Nobel Peace Prize laureates among those calling on the world to wake up to the unfolding tragedy.

Off the Radar

India’s Modi to Visit Bangladesh

By PTI | The Times of India

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will make a two-day state visit to Bangladesh from June 6 to further bolster bilateral ties, the Bangladesh foreign ministry said Tuesday.

Top News

Opinion

Obama Torpedoes the Nuclear Navy

By John Lehman | The Wall Street Journal

The president disregards a policy that for decades has ensured effective leadership of the nuclear fleet.

Top News

China, Peru and Brazil Mull Amazon Railway

BBC

A Chinese scheme to build an east-west railway across South America, cutting across parts of the Amazon rain forest, has moved a step closer after Peru agreed to study the proposal.

Opinion

The Cost of Corruption in Latin America

By Mac Margolis | Bloomberg View

Guatemalans are steaming. Crowds of them have poured into the streets this month—some 60,000 on May 16 alone—to protest corruption and demand the ouster of President Otto Perez Molina.

A Drug Cartel’s Power in Venezuela

By Jackson Diehl | The Washington Post

The Chavez regime, headed since his demise by Nicolas Maduro, harbors not just a clique of crackpot socialists, but also one of the world’s biggest drug cartels.

Off the Radar

China, Chile Sign 10 Cooperation Agreements

Latin American Herald Tribune

On Monday in Santiago, Chilean President Michelle Bachelet and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang signed 10 cooperation agreements in the fields of trade, finance, science and the economy.

Suriname’s Bouterse on Track for Second Presidential Term

By Ank Kuipers | Reuters

Suriname President Desi Bouterse, a former military ruler convicted of drug trafficking in the Netherlands, looked on course for a second term after his party won a slim majority in parliamentary elections, according to first results on Tuesday.

Top News

Russia Recovery Talk Premature as Sanctions Threaten to Cripple Economy

By Guy Taylor | The Washington Times

Russian government officials—and even some outside banking institutions—are sounding increasingly confident that the Russian economy has weathered the storm brought on by U.S. and European sanctions, but some private analysts say the worst is yet to come.

Opinion

On Being African in Europe

By Vittorio Longhi | The New York Times

We lack inspiring symbols and leaders: our Martin Luther Kings, our Rosa Parkses, our Obamas.

The Return of the Balkan Question

By Dominique Moisi | Project Syndicate

The recent violence in Macedonia is a reminder that the Balkans region remains a volatile mix of nationalism and economic frustration, underpinned by disillusionment about progress toward membership in the EU. But the EU continues to be the only alternative to a future as bad as the worst of the past.

A Finance Minister Fit for a Greek Tragedy?

By Suzy Hansen | The New York Times Magazine

The European Union has been a project in the making since the end of World War II, but its monetary union, the eurozone, is only 16 years old. There is no agreement on what might happen if a country were to leave it.

Off the Radar

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Off the Radar

Tanzania to Pick New President, Parliament on Oct. 25

Reuters

Tanzanians will pick a new president and parliament on Oct. 25, officials said on Monday, in a national election likely to be dominated by the ruling party despite rising anger at poverty and corruption.

Top News

Iraq Launches Operation to Drive IS From Anbar

By Sinan Salaheddin | The Associated Press

Iraq on Tuesday announced the launch of a military operation to drive the Islamic State group out of the western Anbar province, where the extremists captured the provincial capital, Ramadi, earlier this month.

Yemen’s Pro-Government Forces Retake City From Shite Rebels

By Ahmed Al-Haj | The Associated Press

Yemen’s pro-government fighters have pushed out Shite rebels and their allies and retaken a southern city that’s the gateway to the port of Aden in their first significant advance since a Saudi-led coalition launched airstrikes on the rebel group, officials said Tuesday.

Opinion

Iraq is Bankrolling ISIL

By Howard J. Shatz | Politico Magazine

Last week ISIL took control of the Iraqi city Ramadi and the Syrian city Palmyra, advances that the Iraqi government perversely subsidized.

Top News

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi Is Missing From Global Meeting on Rohingya

By Robin McDowell | The Associated Press

An international gathering about the plight of Myanmar’s persecuted Rohingya Muslims boasts a star-studded cast, with three Nobel Peace Prize laureates among those calling on the world to wake up to the unfolding tragedy.

Off the Radar

India’s Modi to Visit Bangladesh

By PTI | The Times of India

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will make a two-day state visit to Bangladesh from June 6 to further bolster bilateral ties, the Bangladesh foreign ministry said Tuesday.