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United States

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August 4, 2015

Opinion

August 4, 2015

How Congress Can Make a Bad Iran Deal Better

By Danielle Pletka | Politico Magazine

Congress fought a bruising legislative battle in order to ensure its right to review the Iran deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. But like the dog that caught a car, Congress now faces the question of what to do with it.

The Americas

Opinion

August 4, 2015

Argentina: Great Economists, Awful Economy

By Noah Smith | Bloomberg View

Our career choices are often shaped by our personal tragedies. Someone who loses a parent to cancer may decide to become an oncologist. Someone who grows up around crime may go into criminal psychology. I think about this principle when I see Argentinian macroeconomists.

Off the Radar

August 4, 2015

Uruguay Adopts Ambitious Energy-Saving Plan

Latin American Herald Tribune

The government of Uruguay has approved an energy efficiency plan aimed at reducing consumption on the order of 1,690 kilotons of oil equivalent by 2024, the country’s minister of industry, energy and mining said Monday.

Europe

Top News

August 4, 2015

Russia Bids for Vast Arctic Territories at UN

By Vladimir Isachenkov | The Associated Press

Russia has submitted its bid for vast territories in the Arctic to the United Nations, the Foreign Ministry said Tuesday. The ministry said in a statement that Russia is claiming 1.2 million square kilometers (over 463,000 square miles) of Artic sea shelf extending more than 350 nautical miles (about 650 kilometers) from the shore.

Opinion

August 4, 2015

The West’s Failure of Imagination

By Christopher Walker | The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)

The democratic world won the Cold War but has underestimated the tenacity of the new threats to freedom.

Kremlin's New Naval Doctrine Misses the Boat

By Alexander Golts | The Moscow Times

Russia's entire shipbuilding industry stands in need of fundamental reform—much more than the swaggering and unrealistic naval doctrine.

Off the Radar

August 4, 2015

Africa

Top News

August 4, 2015

Off the Radar

August 4, 2015

Middle East

Top News

August 4, 2015

Pro-government forces in Yemen have retaken the country's largest airbase in a battle with Houthi rebels, a spokesman for the forces told the BBC. Heavy casualties have been reported at al-Anad airbase, north of Aden, after intense fighting there in recent days.

Interview: Qatar's FM Urges 'Serious Dialogue' With Iran

By Adam Schreck | The Associated Press

Qatar's top diplomat on Tuesday called for deeper engagement with Iran in the wake of Tehran's nuclear deal with world powers, saying there is a need for "serious dialogue" to solve challenges facing the region.

Militants in Egypt Shell House in Sinai, Killing Family of Five

By Merrit Kennedy | The Associated Press

Militants in Egypt's restive northern Sinai shelled a house near a security checkpoint early on Tuesday, killing an entire family of five members inside it and wounding nine of their neighbors, Egyptian security officials said.

Opinion

August 4, 2015

Is the Gulf’s Relationship with Washington a Mistake?

By Abdulrahman Al-Rashed | Asharq Alawsat

The U.S. administration’s deal with Iran on its nuclear program, which ends sanctions and paves the way for rapprochement with Tehran, was viewed by some as a rather low move by Washington against its longtime allies in the Gulf, who were loyal for over five decades.

Security Reform Is a Way Out of Yemen’s Crises

By Joana Cook | The Daily Star

Yemen’s security sector, much like the country’s political system, has historically reflected the niche interests of its ruling elite, thriving on a system of patronage and corruption.

Off the Radar

August 4, 2015

Firing of Generals Raises Fear of Return to Algerian Strife

By Aomar Ouali, Paul Schemm | The Associated Press

Algeria is in the grips of political intrigue, as the president nears death and rumors of coup attempts swirl. Now, the unprecedented firing of three top generals is generating fear that a power struggle within the regime will break into the open—unleashing a new cycle of the bloodshed that plagued the country in the 1990s.

Asia / Pacific

Top News

August 4, 2015

Asean Urged to Stand Up to Beijing Over South China Sea

By Trefor Moss | The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations should be central to tackling the region’s territorial disputes, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said, setting up a clash with China.

Pakistan Defies Rights Protests to Hang 'Teen' Convict

By Ashraf Khan and Sajjad Qayyum | Agence France-Presse

Pakistan on Tuesday executed a man convicted of killing a child, brushing aside a storm of protests from rights groups that his confession had been extracted by torture and he was a minor at the time of the crime.

Pakistani, Indian Troops Trade Fire, Killing 3 in Kashmir

By Munir Ahmed | The Associated Press

Pakistani and Indian border guards traded gunfire and mortar shells Tuesday along their disputed border in the Himalayan region of Kashmir, killing two Pakistanis and an Indian, officials said.

Opinion

August 4, 2015

Abe Losing to His Demons

By Kevin Rafferty | The Japan Times

On the 70th anniversary of Japan's defeat and surrender, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has a wonderful opportunity to set a new path for Japan, for Asia and the world. But will he take it?

Taliban in Pieces: The Internal Struggle Behind the Announcement of Mullah Omar's Death

By Antonio Giustozzi and Silab Mangal | Foreign Affairs

Although rumors of the death of Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar have circulated for years—rumors that the Afghan National Directorate of Security even confirmed several times, first in classified communications with its allies and then in a December 2014 public statement—it was only on July 29, 2015, that the Afghan and U.S. governments affirmed that he had died.

Off the Radar

August 4, 2015

India's Modi Backtracks on Pro-Business Land Bill

By Nigam Prusty and Rupam Jain Nair | Reuters

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has agreed to drop politically unpopular clauses from a pro-business land bill, a move that will fuel worries among investors that the slow pace of economic reforms is hurting long-term growth prospects.

United States

Top News

August 4, 2015

Opinion

August 4, 2015

How Congress Can Make a Bad Iran Deal Better

By Danielle Pletka | Politico Magazine

Congress fought a bruising legislative battle in order to ensure its right to review the Iran deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. But like the dog that caught a car, Congress now faces the question of what to do with it.

The Americas

Opinion

August 4, 2015

Argentina: Great Economists, Awful Economy

By Noah Smith | Bloomberg View

Our career choices are often shaped by our personal tragedies. Someone who loses a parent to cancer may decide to become an oncologist. Someone who grows up around crime may go into criminal psychology. I think about this principle when I see Argentinian macroeconomists.

Off the Radar

August 4, 2015

Uruguay Adopts Ambitious Energy-Saving Plan

Latin American Herald Tribune

The government of Uruguay has approved an energy efficiency plan aimed at reducing consumption on the order of 1,690 kilotons of oil equivalent by 2024, the country’s minister of industry, energy and mining said Monday.

Europe

Top News

August 4, 2015

Russia Bids for Vast Arctic Territories at UN

By Vladimir Isachenkov | The Associated Press

Russia has submitted its bid for vast territories in the Arctic to the United Nations, the Foreign Ministry said Tuesday. The ministry said in a statement that Russia is claiming 1.2 million square kilometers (over 463,000 square miles) of Artic sea shelf extending more than 350 nautical miles (about 650 kilometers) from the shore.

Opinion

August 4, 2015

The West’s Failure of Imagination

By Christopher Walker | The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)

The democratic world won the Cold War but has underestimated the tenacity of the new threats to freedom.

Kremlin's New Naval Doctrine Misses the Boat

By Alexander Golts | The Moscow Times

Russia's entire shipbuilding industry stands in need of fundamental reform—much more than the swaggering and unrealistic naval doctrine.

Off the Radar

August 4, 2015

Africa

Top News

August 4, 2015

Off the Radar

August 4, 2015

Middle East

Top News

August 4, 2015

Pro-government forces in Yemen have retaken the country's largest airbase in a battle with Houthi rebels, a spokesman for the forces told the BBC. Heavy casualties have been reported at al-Anad airbase, north of Aden, after intense fighting there in recent days.

Interview: Qatar's FM Urges 'Serious Dialogue' With Iran

By Adam Schreck | The Associated Press

Qatar's top diplomat on Tuesday called for deeper engagement with Iran in the wake of Tehran's nuclear deal with world powers, saying there is a need for "serious dialogue" to solve challenges facing the region.

Militants in Egypt Shell House in Sinai, Killing Family of Five

By Merrit Kennedy | The Associated Press

Militants in Egypt's restive northern Sinai shelled a house near a security checkpoint early on Tuesday, killing an entire family of five members inside it and wounding nine of their neighbors, Egyptian security officials said.

Opinion

August 4, 2015

Is the Gulf’s Relationship with Washington a Mistake?

By Abdulrahman Al-Rashed | Asharq Alawsat

The U.S. administration’s deal with Iran on its nuclear program, which ends sanctions and paves the way for rapprochement with Tehran, was viewed by some as a rather low move by Washington against its longtime allies in the Gulf, who were loyal for over five decades.

Security Reform Is a Way Out of Yemen’s Crises

By Joana Cook | The Daily Star

Yemen’s security sector, much like the country’s political system, has historically reflected the niche interests of its ruling elite, thriving on a system of patronage and corruption.

Off the Radar

August 4, 2015

Firing of Generals Raises Fear of Return to Algerian Strife

By Aomar Ouali, Paul Schemm | The Associated Press

Algeria is in the grips of political intrigue, as the president nears death and rumors of coup attempts swirl. Now, the unprecedented firing of three top generals is generating fear that a power struggle within the regime will break into the open—unleashing a new cycle of the bloodshed that plagued the country in the 1990s.

Asia / Pacific

Top News

August 4, 2015

Asean Urged to Stand Up to Beijing Over South China Sea

By Trefor Moss | The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations should be central to tackling the region’s territorial disputes, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said, setting up a clash with China.

Pakistan Defies Rights Protests to Hang 'Teen' Convict

By Ashraf Khan and Sajjad Qayyum | Agence France-Presse

Pakistan on Tuesday executed a man convicted of killing a child, brushing aside a storm of protests from rights groups that his confession had been extracted by torture and he was a minor at the time of the crime.

Pakistani, Indian Troops Trade Fire, Killing 3 in Kashmir

By Munir Ahmed | The Associated Press

Pakistani and Indian border guards traded gunfire and mortar shells Tuesday along their disputed border in the Himalayan region of Kashmir, killing two Pakistanis and an Indian, officials said.

Opinion

August 4, 2015

Abe Losing to His Demons

By Kevin Rafferty | The Japan Times

On the 70th anniversary of Japan's defeat and surrender, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has a wonderful opportunity to set a new path for Japan, for Asia and the world. But will he take it?

Taliban in Pieces: The Internal Struggle Behind the Announcement of Mullah Omar's Death

By Antonio Giustozzi and Silab Mangal | Foreign Affairs

Although rumors of the death of Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar have circulated for years—rumors that the Afghan National Directorate of Security even confirmed several times, first in classified communications with its allies and then in a December 2014 public statement—it was only on July 29, 2015, that the Afghan and U.S. governments affirmed that he had died.

Off the Radar

August 4, 2015

India's Modi Backtracks on Pro-Business Land Bill

By Nigam Prusty and Rupam Jain Nair | Reuters

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has agreed to drop politically unpopular clauses from a pro-business land bill, a move that will fuel worries among investors that the slow pace of economic reforms is hurting long-term growth prospects.

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