Media Roundup

United States

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Japan’s Shinzo Abe Visits U.S. to Discuss New Threat: China

By Don Lee and Julie Makinen | Los Angeles Times

When Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe rises to address a joint session of Congress on Wednesday, it will represent a diplomatic sea change so great that it may seem incomprehensible to the lingering members of the “Greatest Generation.”

U.S. Kept Looser Rules for Drones in Pakistan

By Adam Entous | The Wall Street Journal

President Obama tightened rules for the U.S. drone program in 2013, but secretly approved a waiver giving the CIA more flexibility in Pakistan to strike suspected militants.

Opinion

Obama Showing the World How Not to Deal With Russia

By L. Todd Wood | The Washington Times

The United States needs a leader who can diffuse this situation and protect our security as Russia continues to rise. We need a leader to invite Mr. Putin to Iceland and work out a solution so America can coexist with Russia from a position of strength.

The Americas

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Ex-Guantanamo Detainees Keep Up Protest in Uruguay

The Associated Press

Four former Guantanamo Bay prisoners protested for a third day Sunday in front of the U.S. Embassy in Uruguay, saying Washington should provide them with housing and financial support because of their prolonged incarceration.

Opinion

Devilish Dealmaking in Colombia

By Mary Anastasia O’Grady | The Wall Street Journal

The predawn execution of 11 Colombian soldiers in the province of Cauca by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) on April 15 is shaping up as a defining moment for President Juan Manuel Santos.

Off the Radar

Europe

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Putin Accuses U.S. of Supporting Separatists in Russia

By Nataliya Vasilyeva | The Associated Press

In a new documentary, Russian President Vladimir Putin says intercepted calls showed that the U.S. helped separatists in Russia’s North Caucasus in the 2000s, underscoring his suspicions of the West.

Opinion

Russia’s New Totalitarianism Depends on Silence

By Vladimir Ryzhkov | The Moscow Times

Can we really see the ominous harbingers of totalitarianism in modern Russia? Does a crackdown against dissident voices loom on the close horizon? Will the authorities ban books and movies? Will they begin using force and aggression?

The End of Britain as We Know It?

By Alex Massie | Politico Magazine

In Scotland, a rebellion is brewing the likes of which Britain has not experienced in nearly a century and that, if unchecked, will change the United Kingdom for good.

Africa

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Opinion

China Comes to Djibouti

By John Lee | Foreign Affairs

Tiny Djibouti in the Horn of Africa is a key strategic outpost for U.S. armed forces. But with China getting in on the act, Washington would do well to pay more attention to the country—or risk losing its foothold there.

Off the Radar

Benin Votes in Test for President Boni Yayi

By Benjamin Agon/AFP | Yahoo News

Benin voted Sunday in legislative elections seen as a key test for President Thomas Boni Yayi, whom the opposition accuses of planning to try to cling to power after his second term ends next year.

Middle East

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Mustafa Akinci Wins Northern Cyprus Presidential Election

By Helena Smith | The Guardian

A leftist moderate, campaigning on a platform of peace, has won the presidential election in Turkish-occupied northern Cyprus, raising hopes of a breakthrough in stalled reunification talks on the ethnically divided island.

Saudi-Led Air Campaign Resumes in Yemeni Capital

By Saeed Al-Batati and Kareem Fahim | The New York Times

In addition to the bombings in Sana, the coalition carried out airstrikes in several other provinces, suggesting a broadening, rather than a scaling back of the monthlong air offensive against the Houthi rebels.

Asia / Pacific

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Malaysia: ASEAN to Avoid Confronting China in South China Sea

By Eileen NG | The Associated Press

Malaysia’s leader said Monday that Southeast Asian countries will avoid direct confrontation with China but push for a quick conclusion to a binding code of conduct to govern behavior in the disputed waters of the South China Sea.

China Seeks United Front in Reactor Export Push

By Lucy Hornby | Financial Times

China’s domestic nuclear rivalries are spilling overseas as state-owned rivals jostle to promote their reactor designs despite Beijing’s efforts to present a united front.

Opinion

Empty Marching in Korea

By Abraham Cooper and Greg Scarlatoiu | The Washington Post

Now comes word that a group of activists, led by feminist icon Gloria Steinem, will take action in an effort to change the status quo on the Korean Peninsula. Their purpose? To bring a formal end to the Korean War through the Women Cross DMZ peace march.

The Earthquake Nepal Saw Coming

By Matt Schiavenza | The Atlantic

Political gridlock and substandard infrastructure left the country particularly vulnerable to devastation.

Off the Radar

South Korea’s Park Signed 78 Deals on Latin America Trip

By Kim Hee-jin | Korea JoongAng Daily

South Korean President Park Geun-hye wrapped up state visits to four South American countries where she signed 78 memorandums of understanding in a variety of sectors, such as increasing recruitment of South Korean youth in South America and expanding the telemedicine market.

Previous Media Roundup coverage: Peru, South Korea Presidents to Deliver First Training Aircraft to Air Force, South Korean, Peruvian Leaders Meet in Lima, South Korea’s Park to Begin South America Tour

Top News

Japan’s Shinzo Abe Visits U.S. to Discuss New Threat: China

By Don Lee and Julie Makinen | Los Angeles Times

When Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe rises to address a joint session of Congress on Wednesday, it will represent a diplomatic sea change so great that it may seem incomprehensible to the lingering members of the “Greatest Generation.”

U.S. Kept Looser Rules for Drones in Pakistan

By Adam Entous | The Wall Street Journal

President Obama tightened rules for the U.S. drone program in 2013, but secretly approved a waiver giving the CIA more flexibility in Pakistan to strike suspected militants.

Opinion

Obama Showing the World How Not to Deal With Russia

By L. Todd Wood | The Washington Times

The United States needs a leader who can diffuse this situation and protect our security as Russia continues to rise. We need a leader to invite Mr. Putin to Iceland and work out a solution so America can coexist with Russia from a position of strength.

Top News

Ex-Guantanamo Detainees Keep Up Protest in Uruguay

The Associated Press

Four former Guantanamo Bay prisoners protested for a third day Sunday in front of the U.S. Embassy in Uruguay, saying Washington should provide them with housing and financial support because of their prolonged incarceration.

Opinion

Devilish Dealmaking in Colombia

By Mary Anastasia O’Grady | The Wall Street Journal

The predawn execution of 11 Colombian soldiers in the province of Cauca by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) on April 15 is shaping up as a defining moment for President Juan Manuel Santos.

Off the Radar

Top News

Putin Accuses U.S. of Supporting Separatists in Russia

By Nataliya Vasilyeva | The Associated Press

In a new documentary, Russian President Vladimir Putin says intercepted calls showed that the U.S. helped separatists in Russia’s North Caucasus in the 2000s, underscoring his suspicions of the West.

Opinion

Russia’s New Totalitarianism Depends on Silence

By Vladimir Ryzhkov | The Moscow Times

Can we really see the ominous harbingers of totalitarianism in modern Russia? Does a crackdown against dissident voices loom on the close horizon? Will the authorities ban books and movies? Will they begin using force and aggression?

The End of Britain as We Know It?

By Alex Massie | Politico Magazine

In Scotland, a rebellion is brewing the likes of which Britain has not experienced in nearly a century and that, if unchecked, will change the United Kingdom for good.

Top News

Opinion

China Comes to Djibouti

By John Lee | Foreign Affairs

Tiny Djibouti in the Horn of Africa is a key strategic outpost for U.S. armed forces. But with China getting in on the act, Washington would do well to pay more attention to the country—or risk losing its foothold there.

Off the Radar

Benin Votes in Test for President Boni Yayi

By Benjamin Agon/AFP | Yahoo News

Benin voted Sunday in legislative elections seen as a key test for President Thomas Boni Yayi, whom the opposition accuses of planning to try to cling to power after his second term ends next year.

Top News

Mustafa Akinci Wins Northern Cyprus Presidential Election

By Helena Smith | The Guardian

A leftist moderate, campaigning on a platform of peace, has won the presidential election in Turkish-occupied northern Cyprus, raising hopes of a breakthrough in stalled reunification talks on the ethnically divided island.

Saudi-Led Air Campaign Resumes in Yemeni Capital

By Saeed Al-Batati and Kareem Fahim | The New York Times

In addition to the bombings in Sana, the coalition carried out airstrikes in several other provinces, suggesting a broadening, rather than a scaling back of the monthlong air offensive against the Houthi rebels.

Top News

Malaysia: ASEAN to Avoid Confronting China in South China Sea

By Eileen NG | The Associated Press

Malaysia’s leader said Monday that Southeast Asian countries will avoid direct confrontation with China but push for a quick conclusion to a binding code of conduct to govern behavior in the disputed waters of the South China Sea.

China Seeks United Front in Reactor Export Push

By Lucy Hornby | Financial Times

China’s domestic nuclear rivalries are spilling overseas as state-owned rivals jostle to promote their reactor designs despite Beijing’s efforts to present a united front.

Opinion

Empty Marching in Korea

By Abraham Cooper and Greg Scarlatoiu | The Washington Post

Now comes word that a group of activists, led by feminist icon Gloria Steinem, will take action in an effort to change the status quo on the Korean Peninsula. Their purpose? To bring a formal end to the Korean War through the Women Cross DMZ peace march.

The Earthquake Nepal Saw Coming

By Matt Schiavenza | The Atlantic

Political gridlock and substandard infrastructure left the country particularly vulnerable to devastation.

Off the Radar

South Korea’s Park Signed 78 Deals on Latin America Trip

By Kim Hee-jin | Korea JoongAng Daily

South Korean President Park Geun-hye wrapped up state visits to four South American countries where she signed 78 memorandums of understanding in a variety of sectors, such as increasing recruitment of South Korean youth in South America and expanding the telemedicine market.

Previous Media Roundup coverage: Peru, South Korea Presidents to Deliver First Training Aircraft to Air Force, South Korean, Peruvian Leaders Meet in Lima, South Korea’s Park to Begin South America Tour