Media Roundup

United States

U.S. Ordered to Release Memo in Awlaki Killing

By Benjamin Weiser | The New York Times

The Justice Department document provided the legal justification for the killing of Anwar al-Awlaki, an American citizen who was said to have joined Al Qaeda and died in a drone strike in Yemen.

Obama Seeks to Reassure Anxious Asians on “Rebalance”

By Jim Lobe | Inter Press Service

As he embarks Tuesday on a major trip through East Asia, U.S. President Barack Obama will be focused on reassuring anxious – albeit sometimes annoying – allies that Washington remains determined to deepen its commitment to the region.

Latin America

Venezuela Unrest: Fresh Violence Erupts in Caracas


Fresh violence has erupted in the Venezuelan capital, Caracas, between police and opponents of President Nicolas Maduro. Masked protesters burned effigies of the president after a rally called "Resurrection of Democracy."


Nine Killed in Attacks in Pakistan's Volatile Northwest

By Jibran Ahmed | Reuters

Nine people, including policemen, were killed and dozens wounded in two separate bomb and gun attacks in Pakistan's volatile northwest on Tuesday, police said, a week after the Taliban refused to extend a ceasefire with the government.


Under Russia, Life in Crimea Grows Chaotic

By Neil MacFarquhar | The New York Times

A month after the lightning annexation of Crimea, residents find themselves in a state of confusion, with few institutions functioning normally, including banks, courts and foreign businesses.

Russia Displays a New Military Prowess in Ukraine’s East

By Michael R. Gordon | The New York Times

Russian forces skillfully employed 21st-century tactics that combined cyberwarfare, an energetic information campaign and the use of highly trained special operation troops in its annexation of Crimea.

Joe Biden Stresses Importance of Ukraine Elections

By Carol E. Lee | The Wall Street Journal (Subscription Required)

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said Ukraine's elections next month may be the most important in the country's history, as he urged government officials to eradicate corruption and adopt a series of critical constitutional reforms.

‘Reverse Flow’ -- Pushing Gas From EU -- Seen as Way to Aid Ukraine, Hit Russia

By Guy Taylor | The Washington Times

Vice President Joseph R. Biden arrived in the Ukrainian capital with a bipartisan delegation of U.S. lawmakers to show support for struggling pro-Western leaders and to push a strategy that U.S. officials hope might ween the nation off Russian natural gas. Mr. Biden is the highest-ranking American official to visit Kiev since the crisis began.

Poland Uses Ukraine to Push Coal

By Claudia Ciobanu | Inter Press Service

A European ‘energy union’ plan proposed by Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk as an EU response to the crisis in Ukraine could be a Trojan horse for fossil fuels.

Middle East

Iraq Oil Output Exceeds Hussein Era

By Sarah Kent, Justin Scheck and Matt Bradley | The Wall Street Journal (Subscription Required)

Iraq oil production was higher this year than since before Saddam Hussein took power. The problem: getting it out of the country.

Yemen Said Strikes on al-Qaida Base in Southern Mountains Kill 55 Militants

By Ahmed Al-Haj | The Associated Press

Yemeni forces, reportedly backed by U.S. drone strikes, hit al-Qaida militants for a second straight day Monday in what Yemen officials said was an assault on a major base of the terror group hidden in the remote southern mountains. The government said 55 militants were killed so far.

United States

What Samuel Huntington Knew

By Bret Stephens | The Wall Street Journal (Subscription Required)

The dictators are back. The political scientist saw it coming.

How Will Obama Navigate the Asia Pivot?

By Tom Donilon | Council on Foreign Relations

President Obama's trip to the region will reinforce the key elements of the Asia rebalance, which is about more than just military assets.

Latin America


A Liberated Yuan Is Likely to Fall

By Charles Wolf Jr. | The Wall Street Journal (Subscription Required)

Exposed to market forces, China's currency may not follow the U.S. Treasury's designs.

The Second Opening of Japan

By Shinzo Abe | The Japan Times

To make a proactive contribution to peace, Japan will bear its share of responsibility for assuring the security that supports global prosperity and stability.

Can Cambodia’s Media Reform?

By Theara Khoun | The Diplomat

Without sweeping reform, traditional media in Cambodia is at risk of becoming irrelevant.


Pretoria’s Problems Go Beyond Zuma

By T. O. Molefe | The New York Times

South Africa is facing a crisis of democratic accountability and the president is merely the tip of the iceberg.


Londongrad Calling

By Jonathan Hopkin and Mark Blyth | Foreign Affairs

Wealthy Russian expats seem to wield substantial influence over the British government's approach to the Ukraine crisis, which points to the outsized role that such super-rich play in British politics. But all that foreign money reveals deep structural weaknesses in the British economy.

The Geneva Respite

By Georgy Bovt | The Moscow Times

The Geneva agreement might have offerred a slight relief, but it did not generate serious hopes for resolving the crisis in Ukraine.

Camouflaging Extremism

By Abdul Rahman Al-Rashed | Asharq Al-Awsat

It is ironic that British authorities supervising nonprofit organizations in the country have only just noticed the threats posed by these so-called charities which are used to espouse terrorism and engage in organized fraud.

Putin’s Perilous Course

By Jeffrey D. Sachs | Project Syndicate

Following Russia’s forcible takeover of Crimea, it is almost unimaginable that normal economic relations between Russia and the West could survive a Russian invasion or annexation of another part of Ukraine. And, if the worst-case scenario materializes, as appears increasingly likely, Russia would be the long-term economic loser.

Middle East

Turkey Was Inept, Not Evil, in Syria

By Mustafa Akyol | The New York Times

Erdogan’s foreign policy has been characterized more by idealistic delusions than malicious conspiracies.

United States

Latin America

China, Venezuela Discuss Cooperation Deals

By Agence France-Presse | Global Post

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, on a tour of Latin America, met his Venezuelan counterpart Elias Jaua Monday to discuss boosting cooperation in a range of areas including energy.


Pakistan Successfully Test-Fires Hatf III


Pakistan on Tuesday conducted a successful test-fire of Short Range Surface to Surface Ballistic Missile Hatf III (Ghazanavi) which can carry nuclear and conventional warheads to a range of 180 miles.

Thai Parties Fail to Agree on New Elections

Al Jazeera

Thailand's political impasse has been met with continued obstacles after talks called by the country's Election Commission (EC) to draw a roadmap towards elections ended with no breakthrough after the opposition withdrew at the last minute.


Kenya Woos Qatari Oil and Gas Investors

Daily Nation

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has invited Qatari investors to partner with the Jubilee Government in the exploration of oil and generation of natural gas.

UPDF Takes Over Protection of U.N. Camp in Bor

By Risdel Kasasira and Christine Wanjala | Daily Monitor

The Uganda People’s Defense Forces have taken over the protection of a United Nations camp with more than 5,000 internally displaced persons in South Sudan.

Senegal's Ex-President Wade to Return Home

By Agence France-Presse | Africa Review

Senegal's former president Abdoulaye Wade is due to return home Wednesday after moving abroad following his election defeat, his party said, a move that comes as his son faces trial for corruption.