Media Roundup

United States

In D.C., Syrian Defector Displays Photos of Mutilated Bodies

By Greg Miller | The Washington Post

A Syrian defector who smuggled out thousands of photos of mutilated corpses, showed some of those images in Washington on Monday and said they depicted prisoners who were tortured and killed by the security services of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

U.S., European Nations to Levy Coordinated Sanctions on Russia

By Christi Parsons and Paul Richter | Los Angeles Times

President Obama and European leaders have agreed on a new, coordinated set of sanctions against Russia in response to Moscow’s continued role in supporting separatist fighters in neighboring Ukraine, a senior administration official said Monday.

Inside the Kerry-Israel Meltdown

By Josh Rogin and Eli Lake | The Daily Beast

The secretary of state has been furiously working on a Mideast ceasefire, but his ad hoc efforts were dealt another blow Monday when Israel rejected his latest peacemaking plan.

John Kerry: Millions Displaced by Religious Fighting in 2013

By Meredith Somers | The Washington Times

The displaced include nearly all of Syria’s 160,000 Christians, driven from their ancient homeland by three years of civil war, and 12,000 Burmese Muslims forced from their home by militant Buddhist groups.

Latin America


U.S. Paratroopers in Afghanistan Hope to Deal a Few Final Blows Against the Taliban

By Ernesto Londoño | The Washington Post

It was a homecoming of sorts for Lt. Col. Paul Larson, returning to this remote corner of southern Afghanistan at the twilight of America’s longest war. He was back to take stock of a slice of the battlefield that seemed brimming with possibility when he last led soldiers here a decade ago.

With Microsoft in Sights, China Starts to Squeeze U.S. Tech Companies

By Andrew Jacobs Chris Buckley and Nick Wingfield | The New York Times

In the latest sign of the change in climate, officials from a Chinese government agency that enforces antimonopoly laws and other business regulations visited four Microsoft offices across China on Monday, the company said.


Liberia Among African Nations Trying to Contain Deadly Ebola Virus

By Robyn Dixon | Los Angeles Times

Liberia President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has closed most of the country’s land borders, restricted public gatherings and quarantined communities that have seen Ebola outbreaks to try to contain the world’s worst outbreak of the deadly virus.


BP Warns of Impact of Russia Sanctions on Profits

By Danica Kirka | The Associated Press

Energy company BP warned Tuesday that further international sanctions on Russia could hurt its profits because of its stake in the country's oil giant, Rosneft.

Civilians Killed in Eastern Ukraine in Fierce Fighting


Intense fighting between Ukrainian troops and pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine killed dozens of civilians, soldiers and rebels, as Kiev pressed on with an offensive on Tuesday including near the wreckage of Malaysian flight MH 17.

Tripoli Fuel Depot Fire: Italy to 'Help Douse' Blaze


Italy has offered to help extinguish a huge blaze that has engulfed the biggest fuel depot in the Libyan capital, Libya's government says. It would send aircraft and a team of experts to contain the blaze which has hit two tanks, the government added.

U.S. Says Russia Tested Cruise Missile, Violating Treaty

By Michael R. Gordon | The New York Times

The United States has concluded that Russia violated a landmark arms control treaty by testing a prohibited ground-launched cruise missile, according to senior American officials.

Middle East

In Turbulent Iraq, Children Bear the Brunt of War

By Chau Ngo | Inter Press Service

As the ambulance stopped in Iraq’s northern city of Kirkuk, people rushed in to help. They unloaded six children, from several months to 11 years old, all injured allegedly by an air attack in the neighbouring town of Tuz Khurmatu.

Tunnels Lead Right to the Heart of Israeli Fear

By Jodi Rudoren | The New York Times

The sophistication and extent of the underground passages used by Hamas to infiltrate Israel from Gaza has stiffened Israeli resolve to destroy them.

United States

Obama Failed to Stop the Islamic State When He Had the Chance

By Marc A. Thiessen | The Washington Post

From Europe to the Middle East, we have seen how disaster follows U.S. retreat and disengagement from the world. But the one area where President Obama seemed to be leaning forward was drone strikes. He personally approved terrorist “kill lists” and has taken out many hundreds of terrorists with drones in Pakistan, Yemen and East Africa.

Chen Guangcheng Goes to Washington

By Jerome A. Cohen | The Diplomat

In a few days, Mr. Chen Guangcheng, the blind “barefoot lawyer” who arrived in New York from Beijing 26 months ago amid a blaze of publicity, will go to Washington in the hope of reforming not America’s political system but China’s.

Behind Door Number Three in Iraq

By Mary Ann Tétreault | Foreign Policy in Focus

Obama has few good options in Iraq, but the worst choice would be emulating George W. Bush.

NAFTA: Border Crisis Overshadows Trade Progress

By Mary Sanchez | Miami Herald

Texas Gov. Rick Perry made headlines recently by ordering 1,000 National Guard troops to the border. This bravado comes at a price: $12 million a month. Perry plans to send the bill the federal government. That’s one way to finance your presidential campaign ads.


Reassurance and Resolve in East Asia

By James Steinberg and Michael O'Hanlon | Project Syndicate

As territorial frictions involving China and many of its neighbors persist in the East and South China Seas, the US needs a clearer regional strategy. America must simultaneously uphold its interests and alliance commitments and avoid counterproductive confrontation, or even conflict.


Libya on the Brink

By Jason Pack | Foreign Affairs

Tripoli is burning. Western Libya’s two biggest militias -- Islamist-leaning fighters from the coastal city of Misrata and anti-Islamist ones from the western town of Zintan -- are facing off for the first time since they collaborated to oust Muammar al-Qaddafi three years ago.


Putin's Ukraine Unreality Show

By Arkady Ostrovsky | The Wall Street Journal (Subscription Required)

The crucifixion of a 3-year old, the U.S. helped Kiev shoot down Flight 17, and other tales the Kremlin media tell.

Putin’s Strange Bedfellows

By Cathy Young | The Boston Globe

Both leftists and rightists see Putin’s Russia as perhaps the only force that can counteract American hegemony.

More Economic Pain Ahead for Russia

By Robert Kahn | Council on Foreign Relations and Fortune

Moscow should expect U.S. and European sanctions to widen considerably in the coming months, including restrictions on major industrial sectors.

Middle East

No War Is an Island

By David Brooks | The New York Times

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is largely a proxy war rooted in broader rivalries throughout the Arab world.

U.N. Human Rights Council's Anti-Israel Inquiry

By Gregory J. Wallance | Los Angeles Times

Last week, the United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a resolution, S-21, creating a "commission of inquiry" to investigate human rights violations in the Gaza war. Nowhere does the resolution mandate that the commission conduct a fair, impartial and balanced investigation.

Israel’s Tarnished Moral Calculus

By Don Futterman | Haaretz

We used to shoot and cry, as the old Si Heyman song says. Now we kill and justify. Hamas is out to kill Israelis, but when defending ourselves have we lost our interest in minimizing brutal tactics?

A Mosul Without Christians

By Suleiman Gouda | Asharq Al-Awsat

It is hard to find the words to describe the recent events in Mosul, in northern Iraq, and I can only turn to the words of Nabil Elaraby, the secretary-general of the Arab League, who said that what happened was a disgrace that must never be tolerated and a crime against Iraq and its history, against Arab and Islamic countries, and against all Muslims.

A Meaningless Distinction

By Diana Moukalled | Asharq Al-Awsat

The Lebanese army has insisted on limiting its comments on reports about the decision by one of its soldiers to leave his post and join the Al-Nusra Front. It said only that it was "an isolated incident and the soldier is a deserter, not a defector."

This Is a Fight Israel Did Not Seek

By Chaim Shacham | Miami Herald

The current conflict in Gaza was not of Israel’s choosing. Israelis, like all civilized humans, are shocked and saddened by the loss of innocent life and the destruction of war.

Latin America


5 Dead as Fresh Fighting Rattles South Thailand

By AFP | The China Post

A 10-year-old girl died in a grenade blast while four others—including a soldier—were killed in a shootout hours later in Thailand's war-torn deep south, officials said Monday.

India's Modi to Visit Nepal

By Damakant Jayshi | The Hindu

The Nepal government has begun preparations to make Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit from next Sunday special, as the first bilateral trip by an Indian prime minister in 17 years, is seen here as an opportunity to deepen ties and promote mutual interests.

India to Sell Partial Stake in Hindustan Aeronautics

By Vivek Raghuvanshi | Defense News

India will sell 10 percent of its 100 percent stake in monopoly military aircraft producer Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL), a senior Defence Ministry official said. All formalities have been cleared and the 10 percent stake will be put on sale by October, the official said.


Boko Haram Clashes With Cameroon Soldiers in Cross-Border Attacks

By Reuters | defenceWeb

Nigeria's Islamist militant group Boko Haram has carried out two cross-border attacks into Cameroon since Friday, killing at least four soldiers and prompting the Cameroonian army to send reinforcements to the area, army sources said Saturday.

Central African Republic Ceasefire 'Broken'

Associated Press

A spokesman for the mostly Muslim Seleka rebel group in Central African Republic says a ceasefire has been "broken" after its fighters came under attack from the mostly Christian anti-Balaka militia.

Uganda FM in India for Trade Mission

By Raymond Baguma | New Vision

Ugandan Foreign Minister Sam Kutesa is leading a delegation on cabinet ministers and government officials on a five-day official trade mission to India.


Japan, France Agree on Expanding Defense Cooperation

RIA Novosti

France and Japan will expand defense cooperation and conduct joint military exercises as part of a treaty signed in Tokyo by Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera and his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian.

Middle East

Russian Naval Destroyer Moving to Mediterranean

RIA Novosti

The Russian navy’s Vice-Admiral Kulakov, an Udaloy-class destroyer, is moving to the eastern parts of the Mediterranean Sea, where it will join the permanent Russian naval task force, Northern Fleet spokesman Capt. 1st Rank Vadim Serga said.

Egypt Military Kills 7 Militants in Volatile Sinai

Associated Press

Egyptian troops killed seven suspected militants and arrested five as part of an ongoing offensive in the volatile Sinai Peninsula, where the military has been trying to quell a spreading insurgency by Islamic militants, an army spokesman said.

U.S. to Seize $100 Million of Iraqi Kurdish Oil in Tanker off Texas

By Anna Driver and Julia Payne | Reuters

U.S. authorities were set Tuesday to seize a cargo of crude worth more than $100 million from Iraqi Kurdistan anchored off the Texas coast after a judge approved a request from Baghdad, raising the stakes in an oil sales dispute between Iraq's central government and the autonomous region.