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July 21, 2017

A secretive U.S. government panel has objected to at least nine acquisitions of U.S. companies by foreign buyers so far this year, people familiar with the matter said, a historically high number that bodes poorly for China's overseas buying spree.

Opinion

July 21, 2017

Trump Was Right: NATO Is Obsolete

By Mark Galeotti | Foreign Policy

To fight the wars to come, the transatlantic alliance is going to need to start spending more — but not on tanks and fighter jets.

News

July 20, 2017

The Americas

News

July 21, 2017

Opinion

July 21, 2017

Instead of using the negotiations as a tool to further withdraw the U.S. from its role as a leader in regional affairs if it follows its own objectives, the Trump administration can capitalize on the renegotiation of NAFTA as an opportunity to reaffirm the U.S.’s commitment to leadership in the hemisphere.

Why U.S. Economic Sanctions on Venezuela Are a Bad Idea

By Christopher Sabatini | Global Americans

While I support the dozen or so targeted, individual sanctions that the U.S. has imposed on Venezuelan officials implicated in corruption, human rights violations and narcotics trafficking, the floated economic sanctions are of a different order that would have negative consequences for the U.S. strategy for Venezuela and for Venezuelans. 

Europe

News

July 21, 2017

Opinion

July 21, 2017

Why Finland’s Basic Income Experiment Isn’t Working

By Antti Jauhiainen & Joona-Hermanni Mäkinen | The New York Times

The Finnish government has a chance to correct its course. It should expand the trial in early 2018, as originally planned, and steer it back to its original ideals: a bold experiment to collect hard data about how a much-debated idea actually works in practice. Only that would honor Finland’s tradition of experimenting with innovative social policies.

The Spanish Exception

By Omar G. Encarnación | Foreign Affairs

Why Spain has resisted right-wing populism.

News

July 20, 2017

As ‘Brexit’ Clock Ticks, U.K. Seems Adrift

By Stephen Castle | The New York Times

One was accused of trying to sabotage Britain’s exit from the European Union and of treating colleagues like “pirates who have taken him prisoner.” Two others were described as “dangerous and deranged.” As for the man leading London’s talks on “Brexit,” he has been called “lazy as a toad” and “vain as Narcissus,” and his colleagues “government morons.”

More from WPR: As the Reality of Brexit Sinks In, There Are No Good Options for the U.K.

Africa

News

July 21, 2017

Middle East & North Africa

News

July 21, 2017

Power-Sharing Deal Between Former Foes Taking Shape in Gaza

By Fares Akram & Mohammed Daraghmeh | Associated Press

A power-sharing deal between two former arch foes is slowly taking shape in Gaza and could lead to big changes in the Hamas-ruled territory, including an easing of a decade-long border blockade.

Opinion

July 21, 2017

The Middle East’s Next War

By Joschka Fischer | Project Syndicate

With the retaking of Mosul in northern Iraq, the Islamic State could soon be a thing of the past. But the defeat of ISIS and the demise of its self-proclaimed Iraqi-Syrian caliphate won’t bring peace to the Middle East, or even an end to the Syrian tragedy.

Fostering Arab Entrepreneurship

By Philippe Le Houérou | Project Syndicate

Innovative startups can be a boon to the Middle East and North Africa, bringing jobs and private-sector development to struggling economies. But regulatory environments that favor big firms and the state sector are stifling startup ecosystems, curbing the potential of the region’s most promising growth engine.

Asia-Pacific

News

July 21, 2017

Opinion

July 21, 2017

United States

News

July 21, 2017

A secretive U.S. government panel has objected to at least nine acquisitions of U.S. companies by foreign buyers so far this year, people familiar with the matter said, a historically high number that bodes poorly for China's overseas buying spree.

Exxon Mobil Fined for Violating Sanctions on Russia

By Alan Rappeport | The New York Times

The Treasury Department on Thursday fined Exxon Mobil $2 million for violating sanctions that the United States imposed on Russia in 2014 while Rex W. Tillerson, now the secretary of state, was the oil company’s chief executive.

Burundi Robotics Team Vanishes After U.S. Competition

By Emily Cochrane | The New York Times

The police were searching on Thursday for six African teenagers who were reported missing from an international robotics competition in Washington. Two of them were said to have been seen crossing into Canada, law enforcement officials said.

Opinion

July 21, 2017

Trump Was Right: NATO Is Obsolete

By Mark Galeotti | Foreign Policy

To fight the wars to come, the transatlantic alliance is going to need to start spending more — but not on tanks and fighter jets.

Instead of using the negotiations as a tool to further withdraw the U.S. from its role as a leader in regional affairs if it follows its own objectives, the Trump administration can capitalize on the renegotiation of NAFTA as an opportunity to reaffirm the U.S.’s commitment to leadership in the hemisphere.

News

July 20, 2017

Lack of Progress at U.S.-China Talks Raises Stakes for Trump

By Jacob M. Schlesinger & Ian Talley | The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)

High-level economic talks between the U.S. and China ended Wednesday without any concrete agreement or future agenda, leaving the Trump administration’s efforts to recast trade ties with Beijing in limbo.

Opinion

July 20, 2017

News

July 19, 2017

A high-stakes power struggle between Iran’s moderate president and his hard-line opponents in the judiciary appeared to escalate with the arrest of the president’s brother and the conviction of an American student for espionage this weekend — rulings that seemed timed to embarrass the Iranian leader at home and abroad.

More from WPR: How the Nuclear Deal Has Reconfigured Iran’s Political Landscape

The Americas

News

July 21, 2017

Bolivian President Evo Morales arrived in Cuba for a brief working visit before traveling to Argentina to attend the meeting of leaders of the Common Market of the South, MERCOSUR.

The executive director of the Uruguayan government’s export and investment promotion agency called for closer trade ties between Latin America and China during Thursday’s presentation in Brazil of the China-Latin America and Caribbean Business Summit, which will be held in late November in the Uruguayan seaside resort of Punta del Este.

More from WPR: Why Trump’s Rise Is Sending Latin America Into China’s Arms

Opinion

July 21, 2017

Instead of using the negotiations as a tool to further withdraw the U.S. from its role as a leader in regional affairs if it follows its own objectives, the Trump administration can capitalize on the renegotiation of NAFTA as an opportunity to reaffirm the U.S.’s commitment to leadership in the hemisphere.

Why U.S. Economic Sanctions on Venezuela Are a Bad Idea

By Christopher Sabatini | Global Americans

While I support the dozen or so targeted, individual sanctions that the U.S. has imposed on Venezuelan officials implicated in corruption, human rights violations and narcotics trafficking, the floated economic sanctions are of a different order that would have negative consequences for the U.S. strategy for Venezuela and for Venezuelans. 

News

July 20, 2017

The Brazilian central bank has frozen four bank accounts belonging to ex-President Lula da Silva due to his recent conviction on corruption charges, the federal judge who heard his case said on Wednesday.

July 19, 2017

Judge Sergio Moro rejected the first appeal filed by defense attorneys representing former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva of the prison sentence handed down to him in a corruption case, judicial officials said Tuesday.

Bolivia’s Evo Morales Plans Lithium Mining Offensive

By Srinivas Mazumdaru | Associated Press

The Bolivian government aims to pump massive investments to expand the country's production of lithium, a metal needed for the batteries that power everything from smartphones and laptops to hybrid and electric cars.

Ecuador Risks OPEC Split by Increasing Oil Output

By Adam Vaughan | The Guardian

Ecuador has become the first country to publicly admit it will not meet OPEC’s production curbs, saying it needs to pump more oil to address its fiscal deficit.

Uruguay Pharmacies to Begin Selling Legal Marijuana

By Tristan Clavel | Insight Crime

Beginning on July 19, Uruguay's citizens will be able to legally purchase marijuana from pharmacies, a milestone in the process of establishing a legal market for the drug and a valuable experiment for the region, despite setbacks and potential shortcomings.

Chile and Malta have agreed to develop greater diplomatic relations between the two countries, first agreed to 28 years ago. The agreement comes after Malta President Marie-Louise Coleriro Preca, who is on a two-day visit to Chile, was greeted by Chilean President Michelle Bachelet at the entrance to the La Moneda Palace on Tuesday.

Europe

News

July 21, 2017

Opinion

July 21, 2017

Why Finland’s Basic Income Experiment Isn’t Working

By Antti Jauhiainen & Joona-Hermanni Mäkinen | The New York Times

The Finnish government has a chance to correct its course. It should expand the trial in early 2018, as originally planned, and steer it back to its original ideals: a bold experiment to collect hard data about how a much-debated idea actually works in practice. Only that would honor Finland’s tradition of experimenting with innovative social policies.

The Spanish Exception

By Omar G. Encarnación | Foreign Affairs

Why Spain has resisted right-wing populism.

News

July 20, 2017

As ‘Brexit’ Clock Ticks, U.K. Seems Adrift

By Stephen Castle | The New York Times

One was accused of trying to sabotage Britain’s exit from the European Union and of treating colleagues like “pirates who have taken him prisoner.” Two others were described as “dangerous and deranged.” As for the man leading London’s talks on “Brexit,” he has been called “lazy as a toad” and “vain as Narcissus,” and his colleagues “government morons.”

More from WPR: As the Reality of Brexit Sinks In, There Are No Good Options for the U.K.

Turkey’s Premier Says 'Pointless' to Revive Failed Cyprus Talks

By Menelaos Hadjicostis | Associated Press

Turkey's prime minister on Thursday appeared to shut the door on reviving efforts to reunify ethnically divided Cyprus anytime soon after high-level talks earlier this month failed to produce a hoped-for breakthrough deal.

Opinion

July 20, 2017

Britain’s European Ties That Bind

By Ana Palacio | Project Syndicate

Despite the impression given by early accounts of the Brexit negotiations, the interests of the U.K. and the EU are closely aligned in vital areas, particularly security and foreign policy. Finding a way forward on these topics might be the key to creating the cooperative frameworks needed to address more contentious issues.

News

July 19, 2017

The cost of the damage caused by street battles between protesters and police at the recent G20 summit in Hamburg may come in at about $14 million. Both sides still blame each other for the fighting.

Chile and Malta have agreed to develop greater diplomatic relations between the two countries, first agreed to 28 years ago. The agreement comes after Malta President Marie-Louise Coleriro Preca, who is on a two-day visit to Chile, was greeted by Chilean President Michelle Bachelet at the entrance to the La Moneda Palace on Tuesday.

Germany has delayed signing a deal with Israel advancing the sale of three submarines, an Israeli official said on Tuesday as a corruption probe into the affair gained momentum.

The first three Ka-52 attack helicopters, known as Black Sharks, were delivered to Egypt, a source in the Russian defense industry told TASS on Tuesday. A bilateral deal signed with Russia back in 2015 stipulates that 46 Black Shark helicopters will be delivered to Egypt. It was reported that the first batch would be delivered the summer of 2017.

Africa

News

July 21, 2017

Turkey will make every effort to strengthen trade ties with Tunisia, Ankara’s economy minister said on Friday. Turkey and Tunisia signed deals to promote bilateral relations on energy, industry and trade during Nihat Zeybekci's visit to the North African state.

Burundi Robotics Team Vanishes After U.S. Competition

By Emily Cochrane | The New York Times

The police were searching on Thursday for six African teenagers who were reported missing from an international robotics competition in Washington. Two of them were said to have been seen crossing into Canada, law enforcement officials said.

Tanzania detained and questioned two senior local Acacia Mining staff at an airport this week in a dispute with the government, two sources said on Friday, and the company said it was having trouble renewing work permits for foreign staff.

July 20, 2017

The president currently clinging to power in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and his family have a vast network of businesses reaching into almost every sector of the country’s economy that are thought to have generated hundreds of millions of dollars in revenues since 2003, according to a report.

General Saki James Palaoko's defection shows the speed with which alliances are shifting in the civil war and how rapidly it is fragmenting, with battles now being fought on many fronts, often over local issues such as cattle rustling and access to grazing.

Opinion

July 20, 2017

News

July 19, 2017

Middle East & North Africa

News

July 21, 2017

Power-Sharing Deal Between Former Foes Taking Shape in Gaza

By Fares Akram & Mohammed Daraghmeh | Associated Press

A power-sharing deal between two former arch foes is slowly taking shape in Gaza and could lead to big changes in the Hamas-ruled territory, including an easing of a decade-long border blockade.

Turkey will make every effort to strengthen trade ties with Tunisia, Ankara’s economy minister said on Friday. Turkey and Tunisia signed deals to promote bilateral relations on energy, industry and trade during Nihat Zeybekci's visit to the North African state.

Opinion

July 21, 2017

The Middle East’s Next War

By Joschka Fischer | Project Syndicate

With the retaking of Mosul in northern Iraq, the Islamic State could soon be a thing of the past. But the defeat of ISIS and the demise of its self-proclaimed Iraqi-Syrian caliphate won’t bring peace to the Middle East, or even an end to the Syrian tragedy.

Fostering Arab Entrepreneurship

By Philippe Le Houérou | Project Syndicate

Innovative startups can be a boon to the Middle East and North Africa, bringing jobs and private-sector development to struggling economies. But regulatory environments that favor big firms and the state sector are stifling startup ecosystems, curbing the potential of the region’s most promising growth engine.

News

July 20, 2017

Kuwait Shuts Iran Cultural Mission, Expels Some Diplomats

By Hussain Al-Qatari | Associated Press

Kuwait said Thursday it is shutting the Iranian cultural mission to the country and calling for a reduction in the number of Iranian diplomats stationed there, deepening a rift between the Gulf Arab states and Tehran.

Turkey’s Premier Says 'Pointless' to Revive Failed Cyprus Talks

By Menelaos Hadjicostis | Associated Press

Turkey's prime minister on Thursday appeared to shut the door on reviving efforts to reunify ethnically divided Cyprus anytime soon after high-level talks earlier this month failed to produce a hoped-for breakthrough deal.

Opinion

July 20, 2017

News

July 19, 2017

A high-stakes power struggle between Iran’s moderate president and his hard-line opponents in the judiciary appeared to escalate with the arrest of the president’s brother and the conviction of an American student for espionage this weekend — rulings that seemed timed to embarrass the Iranian leader at home and abroad.

More from WPR: How the Nuclear Deal Has Reconfigured Iran’s Political Landscape

Saudi King’s Son Plotted Effort to Oust His Rival

By Ben Hubbard, Mark Mazzetti & Eric Schmitt | The New York Times

As next in line to be king of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Nayef was unaccustomed to being told what to do. Then, one night in June, he was summoned to a palace in Mecca, held against his will and pressured for hours to give up his claim to the throne.

Germany has delayed signing a deal with Israel advancing the sale of three submarines, an Israeli official said on Tuesday as a corruption probe into the affair gained momentum.

The first three Ka-52 attack helicopters, known as Black Sharks, were delivered to Egypt, a source in the Russian defense industry told TASS on Tuesday. A bilateral deal signed with Russia back in 2015 stipulates that 46 Black Shark helicopters will be delivered to Egypt. It was reported that the first batch would be delivered the summer of 2017.

The foreign ministers of China and Tunisia called Wednesday for new efforts to reach a negotiated peace in Libya and prevent the unstable North African nation from dissolving into a humanitarian disaster on a level with Syria.

Pakistan backs a diplomatic solution to the ongoing Gulf crisis involving Qatar and supports the mediation efforts of Kuwait, the visiting Qatari foreign minister was told in the capital Islamabad on Tuesday.

Asia-Pacific

News

July 21, 2017

A secretive U.S. government panel has objected to at least nine acquisitions of U.S. companies by foreign buyers so far this year, people familiar with the matter said, a historically high number that bodes poorly for China's overseas buying spree.

The executive director of the Uruguayan government’s export and investment promotion agency called for closer trade ties between Latin America and China during Thursday’s presentation in Brazil of the China-Latin America and Caribbean Business Summit, which will be held in late November in the Uruguayan seaside resort of Punta del Este.

More from WPR: Why Trump’s Rise Is Sending Latin America Into China’s Arms

Opinion

July 21, 2017

News

July 20, 2017

Lack of Progress at U.S.-China Talks Raises Stakes for Trump

By Jacob M. Schlesinger & Ian Talley | The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)

High-level economic talks between the U.S. and China ended Wednesday without any concrete agreement or future agenda, leaving the Trump administration’s efforts to recast trade ties with Beijing in limbo.

India Ready for Talks With China on Border Standoff

By Ashok Sharma | Associated Press

India said Thursday it is ready to hold talks with China if both sides pull back their forces to end a standoff along a disputed territory high in the Himalayan mountains.

Opinion

July 20, 2017

News

July 19, 2017

The foreign ministers of China and Tunisia called Wednesday for new efforts to reach a negotiated peace in Libya and prevent the unstable North African nation from dissolving into a humanitarian disaster on a level with Syria.

Pakistan backs a diplomatic solution to the ongoing Gulf crisis involving Qatar and supports the mediation efforts of Kuwait, the visiting Qatari foreign minister was told in the capital Islamabad on Tuesday.

A Thai court has found dozens of people guilty in the country's biggest ever human trafficking case, which began in 2015 after the discovery of 30 mass graves. The dead bodies are believed to be of Roghingya migrants.

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