Media Roundup

United States

Obama to Reassure Baltic States

By Colleen McCain Nelson | Wall Street Journal

President Barack Obama will travel to Estonia this week intending to reassure the region, rattled by Russia's incursion into Ukraine, that NATO remains committed to defending its Baltic members.

Latin America

U.S. Travelers to Cuba Face Stricter Rules On Imports

Associated Press

Cuba has imposed stronger restrictions on goods being brought into the country by relatives of its citizens, meaning some Americans will not be able to deliver as many gifts to their families as they have in the past.

Under New Management

By Maya Kroth | Foreign Policy

The coast of Honduras could be the site of a radical experiment: one in which foreign ?investors bankroll a quasi-sovereign city. Backers say it will lift the region out of poverty— but residents are anything but convinced.



Ebola 'Threatens' West Africa Harvests


The deadly Ebola outbreak is putting food prices and harvests in West Africa "at serious risk", warns the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation.


Ukraine Accuses Russia Of 'Undisguised Aggression' As Rebels Advance

By Pavel Polityuk and Polina Devitt | Reuters

European Union leaders decided at a summit on Saturday that the direct engagement of Russian troops in the war - still denied by the Kremlin - called for a stepping up of economic sanctions unless Moscow pulled its soldiers back.

Middle East

Hamas Popularity Surges as Palestinian Rivalry Flares

By Noah Browning | Reuters

Militant group Hamas would sweep Palestinian elections if they were held today after its support soared during seven weeks of war with Israel in Gaza, an opinion poll published on Tuesday found.

Land Move By Israel Draws Criticism

By Joshua Mitnick | Wall Street Journal

Allies and critics of Israel said its plans to nationalize 1,000 acres of West Bank territory for settlement building would undermine attempts to resume peace talks with the Palestinians.

Pakistan's Sharif Clings to Power as Protesters Step Up Assault

By Shaiq Hussain and Tim Craig | Washington Post

  • Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was clinging to power Monday as protesters stepped up their assault on government buildings while the capital was gripped with fear and confusion about whether the country’s powerful military will step in to defuse the tension.

United States

The Politics of the ISIS Threat

By Charles M. Blow | New York Times

President Obama is trying to take a deliberative approach to ISIS, but he may be drowned out by the drums of war and the chants for blood.

We Need the Realist's Vigilant Cynicism

By Richard Cohen | Washington Post

  • Foreign-policy realists appreciate that what works for us may not work for others, and that our national interest may entail a certain healthy hypocrisy about democracy.

To Beat ISIS, Focus On Syria

By Julien Barnes-Dacey and Daniel Levy | New York Times

  • If the West is serious about defeating ISIS, it must expand its policy and become more open to working with Syria and Iran.

Latin America

Argentina's Use and Abuse of Keynes

By Andres Velasco | Project Syndicate

Last week, addressing the elite of Argentina’s business community, the economy minister, Axel Kicillof, explained the government's policies as a real-world application of Keynesian theory. But that is a deeply flawed interpretation.


Modi Goes to Japan Chasing a Foolish Crush

By Pankaj Mishra | Japan Times

Narendra Modi’s old-fashioned reverence for all things Japanese, from the tea ceremony to nuclear plants, cannot produce the right blueprint for India’s future.

Democracy is Contagious

By Isaac Stone Fish | Foreign Policy

  • While Beijing is trying to communicate that it has Hong Kong firmly under control, discontent in Hong Kong could send a worrying message to people throughout China.

Hong Kong's Miraculous Progress

By Richard W. Rahn | Washington Times

  • The city-state’s miraculous growth over the last 50 years can be attributed to the fact that it’s about as close to the ideal free-market capitalist model as anything you can find on the planet.


Heading Off a Bigger Ebola Catastrophe

By Scott Gottlieb and Tevi Troy | Wall Street Journal (subscription required)

  • Even if an outbreak of Ebola is unlikely in the U.S., it represents a humanitarian catastrophe abroad, and the Obama administration should lead a worldwide effort to fight the disease.


Can Putin's Popularity Last?

By Samuel Greene and Graeme B. Robertson | Moscow Times

Putin's approval ratings are at an all-time high, but he'll have to work hard to keep them there.

Middle East

The Saudis Will Be Vital in Helping to Fight ISIS

By David Ignatius | Daily Star

Complicating Saudi Arabia’s pivotal role in containing regional instability is the fact that generational change is slowly coming in the kingdom, too. The stakes for the U.S. in this leadership transition are large, and the outcome is hard to predict.

Israel, A State of Armed Robbery

By Amira Hass | Haaretz

  • The Israeli regime is based on grabbing land and nurturing the apparatus that secures the plunder — the army, in the local argot.

Let the Middle East Govern Itself

By Jeffrey D. Sachs | Project Syndicate

  • One hundred years after the start of WWI, colonial practices must finally come to an end. The Middle East needs the opportunity to govern itself, protected and supported by the UN Charter, not by any individual great power.

Latin America


India FM to Visit Vietnam to Boost Ties

By Smriti Kak Ramachandran | The Hindu

To give a fillip to India’s bilateral ties with Vietnam and in keeping with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Look East policy, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will leave for a three-day visit to Vietnam on August 24.

South Korea Hints at Mending Ties With Japan

By Kang Hyun-kyung | The Korea Times

Seoul officials have recently been cautiously but increasingly talking about a possible South Korea-Japan summit, sending signals that such a meeting would be possible if Japan takes sincere measures to resolve the wartime sex slavery issue.

U.K.'s Clegg to Lead Business Delegation to India

By Parvathi Menon | The Hindu

Education, research, the retail sector, and aerospace will be the major focus areas of a large trade delegation led by British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg that will visit India for three days starting Aug. 25.

North Korea Likely to Have Abduction Report Ready by Mid-September

By Jiji | The Japan Times

North Korea is expected to make an initial report on its investigation into Japanese nationals abducted or believed to have been abducted by the reclusive country in the second week of September at the earliest, according to informed sources.


Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia to Resume Water Talks

Egypt Independent

Water ministers of Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan will resume next Monday three-party negotiations on the Ethiopian Renaissance Dam crisis in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum.

CAR Unveils New Government

By AFP | News24

The prime minister of the Central African Republic unveiled his new government Friday, a broad coalition which includes representatives from rival armed groups.


Middle East