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United States

Opinion

February 9, 2016

The Americas

Top News

February 9, 2016

Opinion

February 9, 2016

The Bolivia-Jihadist Axis of Cocaine

By Mary Anastasia O'Grady | The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)

Evo Morales denies running a narco state. Mounting evidence suggests otherwise.

Europe

Top News

February 9, 2016

Opinion

February 9, 2016

Ukraine and the West Need Each Other

By Oleksander Sushko | The New York Times

Again and again, our country has expressed its desire to integrate more fully with the European Union; now, for the first time, the European Union—roiled by nationalism and a refugee crisis—may need us as much as we need it.

Off the Radar

February 9, 2016

Greek PM Strenghtens Ties With Iran

By Eric Maurice | EUobserver

Greece and Iran pledged Monday to strengthen the political and economic cooperation between their two countries in a series of meetings where Iran's geopolitical importance was emphasised.

Africa

Top News

February 9, 2016

Despite overseeing the near-total destruction of Africa’s newest country, South Sudan’s liberation hero-turned-rebel leader Riek Machar says that his war is just. In an in-depth interview at his residence, Machar says that while he has some regrets, he’s not the bad guy and that history will vindicate him.

Violent extremist groups and their affiliates are collaborating more in northern Africa, and regional forces must be built up and supported with deeper intelligence sharing to counter the increasing threat of attacks, the head of the U.S. military's Special Operations Command Africa said Monday.

Opinion

February 9, 2016

Nigeria Is Coming Apart at the Seams

By Max Siollun | Foreign Policy

At best, a revitalized Biafran secessionist movement will lead to mass bloodshed. At worst, it will trigger the country's unraveling.

Off the Radar

February 9, 2016

At least 21 people were killed, 40 wounded and dozens of houses burned in weekend attacks aimed at Hutus in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the United Nations said Monday, expressing alarm at rising ethnic violence.

Middle East

Top News

February 9, 2016

Opinion

February 9, 2016

Syria: What’s next after Geneva’s failure?

By Frederic C. Hof | The Daily Star

For Moscow the attempted military solution being enabled by the Vienna process has nothing to do with facilitating stable, legitimate governance or defeating Daesh (ISIS). The mission is to defeat all non-government, non-Daesh armed opponents of the Assad regime.

Off the Radar

February 9, 2016

Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan arrives in India on Wednesday accompanied by a delegation of ministers, government officials, economists and business executives.

Asia / Pacific

Top News

February 9, 2016

Hong Kong's Lunar New Year celebration descended into chaos as protesters and police, who fired warning shots into the air, clashed over a street market selling fishballs and other local holiday delicacies, with dozens injured and arrested.

In Japan, the prime minister said North Korea would be committing a "grave, provocative act" if it followed through on plans to launch a long-range rocket. South Korea warned of "searing consequences" if the launch went ahead. Moscow and Washington, which rarely agree on much of anything these days, both denounced Pyongyang's plans. Even China, North Korea's closest ally, said it was worried.

How a Huge Chinese ‘Ponzi Scheme’ Lured Investors

By Emily Rauhala | The Washington Post

Ads on state TV and executives’ ties to major officials made it seem like Ezubo was cozy with the government — and trustworthy. Now it’s being billed as China’s largest-ever online scam.

Australia Eyes Privatization of Public Health and Welfare Payments

By Rob Taylor | The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)

Australia’s government is considering a multibillion-dollar privatization of public health and welfare payments, as conservatives look for new ways to refill budget coffers emptied by an economic slowdown and collapsing prices of the country’s resource exports.

Opinion

February 9, 2016

China’s Rule of Fear

By Minxin Pei | Project Syndicate

China is once again gripped by fear. From the inner sanctum of the Chinese Communist Party to university lecture halls and executive suites, the specter of harsh accusations and harsher punishment is stalking China’s political, intellectual, and business elites.

Paralyzed by Pyongyang

By David A. Welch | Foreign Affairs

Why China lets North Korea wag the dog, and how to make it stop.

China: The Great Stall

By Martin Wolf | The American Interest

Will China finish the economic transformation it has so successfully begun, or will it crash along the way?

United States

Opinion

February 9, 2016

The Americas

Top News

February 9, 2016

Opinion

February 9, 2016

The Bolivia-Jihadist Axis of Cocaine

By Mary Anastasia O'Grady | The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)

Evo Morales denies running a narco state. Mounting evidence suggests otherwise.

Europe

Top News

February 9, 2016

Opinion

February 9, 2016

Ukraine and the West Need Each Other

By Oleksander Sushko | The New York Times

Again and again, our country has expressed its desire to integrate more fully with the European Union; now, for the first time, the European Union—roiled by nationalism and a refugee crisis—may need us as much as we need it.

Off the Radar

February 9, 2016

Greek PM Strenghtens Ties With Iran

By Eric Maurice | EUobserver

Greece and Iran pledged Monday to strengthen the political and economic cooperation between their two countries in a series of meetings where Iran's geopolitical importance was emphasised.

Africa

Top News

February 9, 2016

Despite overseeing the near-total destruction of Africa’s newest country, South Sudan’s liberation hero-turned-rebel leader Riek Machar says that his war is just. In an in-depth interview at his residence, Machar says that while he has some regrets, he’s not the bad guy and that history will vindicate him.

Violent extremist groups and their affiliates are collaborating more in northern Africa, and regional forces must be built up and supported with deeper intelligence sharing to counter the increasing threat of attacks, the head of the U.S. military's Special Operations Command Africa said Monday.

Opinion

February 9, 2016

Nigeria Is Coming Apart at the Seams

By Max Siollun | Foreign Policy

At best, a revitalized Biafran secessionist movement will lead to mass bloodshed. At worst, it will trigger the country's unraveling.

Off the Radar

February 9, 2016

At least 21 people were killed, 40 wounded and dozens of houses burned in weekend attacks aimed at Hutus in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the United Nations said Monday, expressing alarm at rising ethnic violence.

Middle East

Top News

February 9, 2016

Opinion

February 9, 2016

Syria: What’s next after Geneva’s failure?

By Frederic C. Hof | The Daily Star

For Moscow the attempted military solution being enabled by the Vienna process has nothing to do with facilitating stable, legitimate governance or defeating Daesh (ISIS). The mission is to defeat all non-government, non-Daesh armed opponents of the Assad regime.

Off the Radar

February 9, 2016

Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan arrives in India on Wednesday accompanied by a delegation of ministers, government officials, economists and business executives.

Asia / Pacific

Top News

February 9, 2016

Hong Kong's Lunar New Year celebration descended into chaos as protesters and police, who fired warning shots into the air, clashed over a street market selling fishballs and other local holiday delicacies, with dozens injured and arrested.

In Japan, the prime minister said North Korea would be committing a "grave, provocative act" if it followed through on plans to launch a long-range rocket. South Korea warned of "searing consequences" if the launch went ahead. Moscow and Washington, which rarely agree on much of anything these days, both denounced Pyongyang's plans. Even China, North Korea's closest ally, said it was worried.

How a Huge Chinese ‘Ponzi Scheme’ Lured Investors

By Emily Rauhala | The Washington Post

Ads on state TV and executives’ ties to major officials made it seem like Ezubo was cozy with the government — and trustworthy. Now it’s being billed as China’s largest-ever online scam.

Australia Eyes Privatization of Public Health and Welfare Payments

By Rob Taylor | The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)

Australia’s government is considering a multibillion-dollar privatization of public health and welfare payments, as conservatives look for new ways to refill budget coffers emptied by an economic slowdown and collapsing prices of the country’s resource exports.

Opinion

February 9, 2016

China’s Rule of Fear

By Minxin Pei | Project Syndicate

China is once again gripped by fear. From the inner sanctum of the Chinese Communist Party to university lecture halls and executive suites, the specter of harsh accusations and harsher punishment is stalking China’s political, intellectual, and business elites.

Paralyzed by Pyongyang

By David A. Welch | Foreign Affairs

Why China lets North Korea wag the dog, and how to make it stop.

China: The Great Stall

By Martin Wolf | The American Interest

Will China finish the economic transformation it has so successfully begun, or will it crash along the way?

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