Media Roundup

United States

Opinion

Special Guest Star: Bibi!

By John Feffer | Foreign Policy in Focus

Congressional hawks are putting on a show in Washington, and they've invited the Israeli prime minister to guest star. Who else might fit the bill?

New Phase in India-U.S. Ties

By Harsh V. Pant | The Japan Times

What India's prime minister and a lame-duck U.S. president have just accomplished again underscores how well Narendra Modi understands the workings of modern-day diplomacy and how far ahead he is of his political critics.

The Americas

Top News

Oil Cash Waning, Venezuelan Shelves Lie Bare

By William Neuman | The New York Times

Because Venezuela is so dependent on oil sales to buy imports of food, medicine and many other basics, the drop in oil prices means that there is even less hard currency to buy what the country needs.

Opinion

A Plan for Central America

By Joseph R. Biden Jr. | The New York Times

If we don’t act, the region’s problems will arrive at our door.

Off the Radar

CELAC Summit Concludes Amid Integrationist Consensus

Prensa Latina

The Third Summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) concludes today in the capital of Costa Rica in an environment ratified in favor of unity and regional integration.

Panama High Court OKs Corruption Probe of Ex-President

By Juan Zamorano | The Associated Press

Panama’s Supreme Court voted Wednesday to open a corruption probe against former President Ricardo Martinelli, a move likely to rally popular support in a nation where the politically powerful rarely face justice for misdeeds.

Peru Repeals Controversial Labor Law

Latin American Herald Tribune

The government of Peru made official on Wednesday the repeal of an unpopular labor law that reduced benefits for younger workers.

Europe

Top News

Greece’s Leftist Government Sparks Fears of a Russian Beachhead in Europe

By Griff Witte and Karoun Demirjian | The Washington Post

Just days after shaking European economic policy to its core with a sweeping win in Greek elections, the radical leftist party Syriza is challenging a fundamental tenet of the continent’s foreign policy by seeking a softer stance on Russia.

Opinion

Greece’s Gamble

By Nicholas Burns | The Boston Globe

The new government risks undercutting ties with Europe and the United States.

Africa

Top News

Chad Fights Boko Haram in Nigeria

By Drew Hinshaw and Matina Stevis | The Wall Street Journal

Chadian military forces liberated a Nigerian town from Boko Haram militants, hours after the African Union’s top official called on Nigeria’s neighbors to contribute to a multinational force to combat the Islamist insurgents.

Opinion

Off the Radar

Security, Ebola to Top Agenda at AU Summit

By Karim Lebhour | The East African

Conflict in Africa, especially the violence of Nigeria’s Boko Haram insurgents, and efforts to stem Ebola will top the agenda as African leaders gather for their annual summit this week.

Middle East

Top News

Simultaneous Attacks in Egypt's Sinai Kill 26

By Ashraf Sweilam | The Associated Press

Militants struck more than a dozen army and police targets in the restive Sinai Peninsula with simultaneous attacks involving a car bomb and mortar rounds on Thursday, killing at least 26 security officers.

Asia / Pacific

Top News

Beijing Seeks to Contain its Population, and With it, Problems

By Sean Silbert | Los Angeles Times

As closing time approaches, the 20-story wholesale clothing emporium called Shiji Tianhe Market is madness. All day, local bargain hunters and retailers from outside Beijing have been sifting through apparel varying from faux fur coats to the latest South Korean fashions.

Opinion

The Grand Strategy of Xi Jinping

By Yoon Young-kwan | Project Syndicate

China spent much of 2014 seeking to revive the concept of “Asia for the Asians” that Japan proclaimed seven decades ago, when it was an imperial power seeking to impose its will on the region. But that effort may not end as badly for China as it did for Japan.

Abenomics Meets Womenomics: Transforming the Japanese Workplace

By Devin Stewart | Foreign Affairs

Working women have long struggled to make their way in Japan, even in comparison to their counterparts in other advanced countries. But now many Japanese companies are acting to change that on their own — a shift that could provide a much-needed boost to the country's economy.

Off the Radar

China to Widen Anti-Graft Inspections of Armed Forces

Reuters

China’s powerful Central Military Commission will widen anti-graft inspections of the country’s armed forces, the Defence Ministry said Thursday, as part of Beijing’s sweeping campaign to weed out corruption.

Opinion

Special Guest Star: Bibi!

By John Feffer | Foreign Policy in Focus

Congressional hawks are putting on a show in Washington, and they've invited the Israeli prime minister to guest star. Who else might fit the bill?

New Phase in India-U.S. Ties

By Harsh V. Pant | The Japan Times

What India's prime minister and a lame-duck U.S. president have just accomplished again underscores how well Narendra Modi understands the workings of modern-day diplomacy and how far ahead he is of his political critics.

Top News

Oil Cash Waning, Venezuelan Shelves Lie Bare

By William Neuman | The New York Times

Because Venezuela is so dependent on oil sales to buy imports of food, medicine and many other basics, the drop in oil prices means that there is even less hard currency to buy what the country needs.

Opinion

A Plan for Central America

By Joseph R. Biden Jr. | The New York Times

If we don’t act, the region’s problems will arrive at our door.

Off the Radar

CELAC Summit Concludes Amid Integrationist Consensus

Prensa Latina

The Third Summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) concludes today in the capital of Costa Rica in an environment ratified in favor of unity and regional integration.

Panama High Court OKs Corruption Probe of Ex-President

By Juan Zamorano | The Associated Press

Panama’s Supreme Court voted Wednesday to open a corruption probe against former President Ricardo Martinelli, a move likely to rally popular support in a nation where the politically powerful rarely face justice for misdeeds.

Peru Repeals Controversial Labor Law

Latin American Herald Tribune

The government of Peru made official on Wednesday the repeal of an unpopular labor law that reduced benefits for younger workers.

Top News

Greece’s Leftist Government Sparks Fears of a Russian Beachhead in Europe

By Griff Witte and Karoun Demirjian | The Washington Post

Just days after shaking European economic policy to its core with a sweeping win in Greek elections, the radical leftist party Syriza is challenging a fundamental tenet of the continent’s foreign policy by seeking a softer stance on Russia.

Opinion

Greece’s Gamble

By Nicholas Burns | The Boston Globe

The new government risks undercutting ties with Europe and the United States.

Top News

Chad Fights Boko Haram in Nigeria

By Drew Hinshaw and Matina Stevis | The Wall Street Journal

Chadian military forces liberated a Nigerian town from Boko Haram militants, hours after the African Union’s top official called on Nigeria’s neighbors to contribute to a multinational force to combat the Islamist insurgents.

Opinion

Off the Radar

Security, Ebola to Top Agenda at AU Summit

By Karim Lebhour | The East African

Conflict in Africa, especially the violence of Nigeria’s Boko Haram insurgents, and efforts to stem Ebola will top the agenda as African leaders gather for their annual summit this week.

Top News

Simultaneous Attacks in Egypt's Sinai Kill 26

By Ashraf Sweilam | The Associated Press

Militants struck more than a dozen army and police targets in the restive Sinai Peninsula with simultaneous attacks involving a car bomb and mortar rounds on Thursday, killing at least 26 security officers.

Top News

Beijing Seeks to Contain its Population, and With it, Problems

By Sean Silbert | Los Angeles Times

As closing time approaches, the 20-story wholesale clothing emporium called Shiji Tianhe Market is madness. All day, local bargain hunters and retailers from outside Beijing have been sifting through apparel varying from faux fur coats to the latest South Korean fashions.

Opinion

The Grand Strategy of Xi Jinping

By Yoon Young-kwan | Project Syndicate

China spent much of 2014 seeking to revive the concept of “Asia for the Asians” that Japan proclaimed seven decades ago, when it was an imperial power seeking to impose its will on the region. But that effort may not end as badly for China as it did for Japan.

Abenomics Meets Womenomics: Transforming the Japanese Workplace

By Devin Stewart | Foreign Affairs

Working women have long struggled to make their way in Japan, even in comparison to their counterparts in other advanced countries. But now many Japanese companies are acting to change that on their own — a shift that could provide a much-needed boost to the country's economy.

Off the Radar

China to Widen Anti-Graft Inspections of Armed Forces

Reuters

China’s powerful Central Military Commission will widen anti-graft inspections of the country’s armed forces, the Defence Ministry said Thursday, as part of Beijing’s sweeping campaign to weed out corruption.