Media Roundup

United States

Declining Majority Still Supports “Active” U.S. Role in World Affairs

By Jim Lobe | Inter Press Service

Despite elite concerns about growing “isolationism” in the U.S. electorate, nearly six in 10 citizens believe Washington should “take an active part in world affairs,” according to the latest in a biennial series of major surveys of U.S. foreign-policy attitudes.

World Leaders Vow to Do 'Whatever Necessary' to Defeat ISIS Jihadis

By Kim Willsher, Ian Black and Patrick Wintour | The Guardian

U.S.-led efforts to construct an international coalition to destroy Islamic State (Isis) are to intensify after leaders from 24 countries pledged at a crisis meeting in Paris on Monday to use "whatever means necessary" to defeat what they called a "global threat."

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Asia-Pacific

Beijing's Big Balancing Act

By Lingling Wei, Bob Davis and Mark Magnier | The Wall Street Journal

With China's economy faring worse than thought, the country's long push toward financial reform is bumping up against another national goal: boosting growth.

Africa

UN Takes Over C. African Republic Peacekeeping

By Steve Niko and Krista Larson | The Associated Press

The United Nations took over a regional African peacekeeping mission in Central African Republic on Monday, nine months after sectarian violence erupted that has left at least 5,000 people dead and has forced tens of thousands of Muslims to flee into exile in neighboring countries.

U.S. to Increase Medical Aid to Fight Ebola Outbreak in West Africa

By Kathleen Hennessey | Los Angeles Times

Amid criticism that the U.S. has not done enough to block the spread of the Ebola virus across West Africa, President Obama will announce a “significantly ramped up” campaign Tuesday that relies heavily on the U.S. military, senior administration officials said.

Libya's Leaders Shelter by the Sea as Country Tilts Toward Civil War

By Laura King and Yasmine Ryan | Los Angeles Times

The seaside hotel that serves as the last redoubt of Libya's internationally recognized government is named Dar al-Salam, or House of Peace. But beyond the confines of this modest port city nearly a thousand miles from the capital, this country teeters on the brink of civil war.

Europe

Kiev Grants Special Status To Rebel-Held Territories

By James Marson | The Wall Street Journal

Ukraine's parliament passed a law offering territories held by pro-Russia rebels self-governance for three years and ratified a trade-and-political deal with the EU.

Migrant Boat Was 'Deliberately Sunk' in Mediterranean

By Peter Walker | The Guardian

About 500 migrants are feared to have drowned after the boat carrying them from Egypt to Malta was apparently rammed and deliberately sunk by people-traffickers, an intergovernmental group has said.

Middle East

Islamic State Supporter Warns of Attacks Against U.S.: SITE

Reuters

A supporter of Islamic State militants has warned of attacks on the United States and its allies if they continue to carry out military action against the group that has seized large parts of Iraq and Syria, the SITE monitoring service said.

Arab Divide in Middle East Plagues Coalition

By Stacy Meichtry, Jay Solomon and Maria Abi-Habib | The Wall Street Journal

U.S. efforts to build a broad coalition to combat Islamic State ran into the sectarian chasm that has divided the Middle East, with Arab allies disagreeing over whether Iraq's neighbors should have a military role.

United States

Isolating the Islamic State

By Ed Feulner | The Washington Times

It’s good to see President Obama move beyond the “we don’t have a strategy yet” phase in the fight against the Islamic State.

Obama Is Rushing Into War Against Islamic State

By Jonah Goldberg | Los Angeles Times

By all means, let's destroy Islamic State, but let's talk about it first. We are in a very strange place right now. President Obama is rushing into a war he doesn't want to fight. He can barely bring himself to call it a war.

Detentions of War

By Alan M. Dershowitz | The Boston Globe

How can the US keep suspected terrorists with no hope of being brought to trial, but espouse due process?

The Dual Threats to Western Values

By Anders Fogh Rasmussen | The Wall Street Journal

The Islamic State and Vladimir Putin's Russia are enemies of liberty, democracy and the rule of law.

Asia-Pacific

Markets’ Rose-Tinted World

By Mohamed A. El-Erian | Project Syndicate

This has been an unusual year for the global economy, characterized by a series of unanticipated economic, geopolitical, and market shifts – and the final quarter is likely to be no different. So why are financial markets behaving as if they were in a world of their own?

Africa

Leading From Behind the Curve on Ebola

By Michael Gerson | The Washington Post

The nation of Liberia -- founded by liberated American slaves with support from Henry Clay, Daniel Webster and James Monroe -- is not unacquainted with suffering.

Europe

New Energy for Russian Sanctions

By Robert Kahn | Council on Foreign Relations

Expanded western sanctions on Russia, particularly new restrictions on major energy projects, could be a game changer.

Russia Shouldn't Expect a Prosperous Future

By E. Razumny | The Moscow Times

There was a time, not long ago, when Russia was one of the fastest-growing economies globally. Now Russia's economic future is cloudy, at best.

Ukraine's Crisis Is Not the West's Fault

By Maria Snegovaya | The Moscow Times

The Kremlin's invasion of Ukraine is an attempt to stop the spread of Kiev's revolutionary ideology, not defend against NATO, writes Maria Snegovaya.

Middle East

A Misreading of Henry Kissinger on Israel

By Richard Cohen | The Washington Post

At the age of 91, Henry Kissinger has published yet another book — his 17th in 60 years, according to his biographer Walter Isaacson. In that sense, “World Order” is something of a miracle, but it is also a swell read.

Iran Is Taking Aim at the Anti-ISIS Coalition

By Abdulrahman Al-Rashed | Asharq Al-Awsat

The sudden dispute over striking ISIS has a backstory. All parties agreed to fight the terrorist organizations of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and the Al-Nusra Front following the sudden rush of ISIS’s victories in Iraq.

Don’t Confuse America With the Promised Land

By Samuel Heilman | Haaretz

A recent paean to Diaspora Jewish life imagines a Judaism that eschews particularism, is disconnected from its past and peoplehood, and rejects a positive Jewish nationalism that nurtures Jewish values.

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Asia-Pacific

China, India in Border Skirmish Ahead of Xi Visit

By Shishir Gupta | Hindustan Times

Days before Chinese President Xi Jinping's arrival in India, possibly with promises of huge investments, his troops were locked eyeball-to-eyeball last week with Indian security forces, an incident serious enough to be escalated to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's office.

Africa

Lesotho to Hold Early Vote to End Political Crisis

By AFP | News24

Lesotho's leaders are planning to head to the polls early in a bid to restore political order following an attempted coup and stalled peace talks between deadlocked political parties, a South African official said Monday.

South Sudan Bans All Foreign Workers

By AFP | Daily Nation

War-torn South Sudan has banned all foreign workers—including aid workers—and ordered they be replaced by locals, an official notice said Tuesday.

Mauritius Names Opposition Leader

By Jean Paul Arouff | Reuters

Mauritius appointed a new leader of the opposition Monday, replacing the head of the Mauritian Militant Movement, which has decided to enter into a coalition with the ruling Labour Party.

Europe

Middle East

Turkey's Erdogan Visits Qatar

Today's Zaman

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has paid an official visit to Qatar at the invitation of Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani and had talks with officials there.