Media Roundup

United States

U.S. Senators Support Moldova in EU Bid

Reuters

Four U.S. senators have visited Moldova to offer political and financial support, while Russian President Vladimir Putin is urging Ukraine to end a blockade of the country's separatist province Trans-Dniester.

Latin America

Brazil Troops Guard Strike-Hit

BBC

Brazil sends thousands of federal troops to maintain order in the north-eastern state of Bahia after police there went on strike over pay.

Uruguay Not a ‘Pirate’

By Pavol Stracansky | Inter Press Service

The Uruguayan government has made a controversial move to regulate the production and sale of cannabis. The government believes that this will help in the fight against drug-related crime and in dealing with public health issues.

Asia-Pacific

Afghanistan Turns a Political Corner

By Giuliano Battiston | Inter Press Service

The Afghanistan presidential election is turning out to be a tale of two narratives. The more positive and democratic one could be winning the day.

Africa

Fate of Nigeria Kidnap Girls Unclear

BBC

Mystery surrounds the fate of more than 100 teenage girls abducted from a school in the remote north-east of Nigeria by suspected Islamist militants.

Algerians Vote; Ailing President Likely to Be Re-elected

By Laura King | Los Angeles Times

With a notable lack of enthusiasm, Algerians went to the polls Thursday in a presidential vote that the 77-year-old incumbent, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, was considered likely to win despite his obviously failing health.

Europe

Russia Economy Worsens Even Before Sanctions Hit

By David M. Herzenhorn | The New York Times

With the country’s long-troubled economy teetering on the edge of recession, average Russians are feeling the pinch, even before the bite of Western sanctions over Crimea.

Pro-Russian Militants Killed in Ukraine Clash

By Anthony Faiola | The Washington Post

Three militants were killed in what seems to be the most intense encounter yet in the restive east as Ukrainian forces battle separatists over control of a military base.

U.S., EU, Russia Meet Over Ukraine Crisis

By Laurence Norman | The Wall Street Journal (Subscription Required)

Foreign ministers from Russia, Ukraine, the U.S. and EU gathered in Geneva Thursday in the biggest diplomatic effort so far to ease tensions between Kiev and Moscow.

Middle East

Iran Cuts Sensitive Nuclear Stockpile, Key Plant Delayed: IAEA

By Fredrik Dahl | Reuters

Iran has acted to cut its most sensitive nuclear stockpile by nearly 75 percent in implementing a landmark pact with world powers, but a planned facility it will need to fulfill the six-month deal has been delayed, a U.N. report showed on Thursday.

United States

Cold War 2.0, the Videogame

By Daniel Henninger | The Wall Street Journal (Subscription Required)

Obama's Uninterest in Ukraine Forgets History.

A Fearful New World

By Anne Applebaum | The Washington Post

Russia’s subterfuge must be countered by the United States.

Climate Change: A Roadmap for Survival

By Oscar Reyes | Foreign Policy in Focus

The latest UN report on addressing climate change reflects a strong Western bias, but it's the most comprehensive tool we've got.

Latin America

Myths and Realities About the Colombian Peace Process

By Humberto De La Calle | Miami Herald

Some opponents of the peace process between the government of Colombia and insurgents have been circulating false versions about the talks underway in Havana and unbelievable myths about its actual scope. We will clarify the main legends right now.

Venezuela’s Unending Ordeal

By Rodrigo Pardo | Project Syndicate

Venezuela is descending ever deeper into violence, with street protests spreading rapidly across the country and President Nicolás Maduro’s efforts to suppress them becoming increasingly brutal. Unfortunately, there are no upcoming elections that might resolve the worsening power struggle – and no outside actors willing to intervene.

Beyond the Street Protests: Youth, Women and Democracy in Latin America

By Jessica Faieta | Inter Press Service

Women’s empowerment and political participation are not only crucial for women: they are essential for effective democratic governance, one which promotes human rights and equity. The same can be said about the importance of boosting youth political participation.

Asia-Pacific

Africa

Algeria Votes -- But For What?

By Robert Zaretsky | Los Angeles Times

The presidential election will maintain the status quo. But what comes next for le pouvoir and the people?

Europe

Ukrainian Hopes, Russian Failings

By Maxim Trudolyubov | The New York Times

President Vladimir V. Putin's aggression reflects his inability to lead Russia toward a prosperous future.

In Ukraine, Seeking U.S. Aid

By Nicholas Kristof | The New York Times

Ukrainians have been bullied relentlessly by Russia. Why aren’t we doing more to stand up for them?

The Sources of Russian Conduct

By Richard N. Haass | Council on Foreign Relations

The United States and its allies should adopt a containment strategy in confronting Russia akin to the doctrine that guided Western policy during the Cold War.

Middle East

The Middle East War on Christians

By Ron Prosor | The Wall Street Journal (Subscription Required)

The Middle East may be the birthplace of three monotheistic religions, but some Arab nations appear bent on making it the burial ground for one of them.

Keeping Egypt’s Lights On

By Abdel Monem Said | Asharq Al-Awsat

In the days of former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, the perpetual complaint was that the faces in government never changed. Some ministers held on to their seats for more than two decades.

Iran: It’s Our Party

By John Feffer | Foreign Policy in Focus

Iranians have a sovereign right to choose whomever they want to represent them at the UN, just as Texans have the right to choose whatever Ivy League meathead they want to represent them in Congress.

Pakistan and the Sunni Gulf

By Umar Farooq | The Diplomat

Overtures to Pakistan from the Sunni Gulf appear to be linked to the conflict in Syria.

Latin America

Asia-Pacific

Canada to Suspend Commonwealth Funding

By Meera Srinivasan | The Hindu

Canada has announced its decision to withhold funding to the Commonwealth Secretariat, pointing to the Secretariat’s silence on alleged war crimes and rights abuse in Sri Lanka, which currently chairs the international association.

Chinese Police Shoot Man Dead at Checkpoint in Xinjiang

Reuters

Police in China's far-western region of Xinjiang have shot dead a man who drove through a security checkpoint, the local government said Thursday, the latest violence to hit the troubled area with a large Muslim population.

Japan Postpones Foreign Minister's Trip to Russia

Reuters

Japan has postponed a visit to Russia by Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida that had been planned for later this month, the foreign ministry said Thursday, as bloodshed in an eastern city in Ukraine threatened to overshadow crisis talks in Geneva.

Bangladesh PM to Visit Japan in Late May

By Kyodo | Global Post

Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is planning to visit Japan late next month to hold talks with Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe, Japanese government sources said Thursday.

Africa

IGAD to Deploy Peacekeepers to South Sudan

World Bulletin

The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), an East Africa trade bloc, plans to deploy peacekeepers in South Sudan by the end of April, an official close to South Sudanese peace talks said Thursday.

South Sudan Moves to Strengthen Trade Ties With China

Sudan Tribune

South Sudan’s presidential advisor on legal affairs, Telar Ring Deng, has returned from a four-day visit to the Chinese capital, Beijing, aimed at strengthening economic cooperation between the two countries in the fields of trade and investment.

Uganda's Museveni Praises North Korea Security Training

The East African

President Yoweri Museveni Wednesday thanked embargoed North Korea for training the Uganda People’s Defense Forces and Uganda police, days after the United Nations Security Council told Uganda to explain its ties with Pyongyang.

South Africa, Malaysia to Establish Defence Technology Center

DefenceWeb

Radar and sensor technology and electronic and network centric warfare are top of the priority list at a new Center of Excellence for Advanced Defense Technologies that will be run by South Africa’s Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and the National Defence University of Malaysia (NDUM).

Middle East

Iran Will Not Discuss Missile Program

By Ali Akbar Dareini | Associated Press

Tehran will not discuss its ballistic missiles as part of ongoing talks with world powers on a final agreement to curb the Iranian nuclear program, the country's defense minister said Wednesday.

Australia to Export Uranium to UAE

By Sid Maher | The Australian

Australia will start exporting uranium to the Middle East under a landmark deal with the United Arab Emirates that could result in up to 800 tons a year being sold to the Gulf state by the end of the decade.