Media Roundup

United States

U.S. to Move Troops to Allies Near Russia as Tensions Flare in Ukraine

By Julian E. Barnes, Carol E. Lee and Philip Shishkin | The Wall Street Journal (Subscription Required)

The Pentagon said U.S. troops would be sent for exercises in Eastern Europe to reassure allies on Russia's border, after Ukraine accused pro-Russian separatists of killing two people and shooting at a military plane.

Less Silent Suffering: Veterans’ Post-Traumatic Stress Taken Seriously

By Maggie Ybarra | The Washington Times

The U.S. military has been criticized for being slow to acknowledge and respond to the disorder -- and to the complaints of military personnel and their families who said returning troops were suffering long-term psychological damage from their battlefield experiences.

Latin America

Brazil Ex-president 'Not Murdered'


Brazil's National Truth Commission says the death of ex-President Juscelino Kubitschek was an accident, despite claims he was murdered.


Hole in Afghan Budget Stirs Unease as West Starts Packing Bags

By Jeremy Laurence and Mirwais Harooni | Reuters

A $375 million hole in the Afghan budget is threatening public projects and civil servants' salaries, officials say, putting the aid-dependent economy under stress just as Afghanistan awaits a new leader and foreign troops prepare to go home.

Afghanistan: Bringing the Bridges Home

By Francesca Dziadek | Inter Press Service

As foreign forces withdraw slowly from Afghanistan, they leave behind a vulnerable band of people who were their ears and guides on the ground. These people who served as interpreters, face a life of threats and uncertainties. Many have been killed.


Nigeria -- From Sticks and Machetes to Rocket-propelled Grenades

By Sam Olukoya | Inter Press Service

Nigerians are beginning to adjust to the sad reality that they live in a country where suicide bombers and terrorists could be lurking around the next corner thanks to a ready supply of advanced weapons smuggled through the country’s porous borders.


Middle East

High-Ranking Egyptian Police Official Killed by Car Bomb

By Laura King | Los Angeles Times

In the latest strike by suspected militants against a senior Egyptian security official, a police brigadier general was killed Wednesday by a bomb planted under his car, state media reported.

Israelis, Palestinians Struggle for Way Forward as Deadline Nears

By Batsheva Sobelman | Los Angeles Times

With Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations still deadlocked a week before their current round expires, negotiating teams met Tuesday with U.S. envoy Martin Indyk in Jerusalem to discuss extending the troubled talks.

Homs Emerges as Turning Point in Shaping Syria’s Future

By Anne Barnard | The New York Times

For both the government and opposition, the central Syrian crossroads city, practically reduced to rubble during the civil war, will play a crucial role in stitching the country back together.

Jihadists Now Control Secretive U.S. Base in Libya

By Eli Lake | The Daily Beast

A key jihadist leader and longtime member of al Qaeda has taken control of a secretive training facility set up by U.S. special operations forces on the Libyan coastline to help hunt down Islamic militants, according to local media reports, Jihadist web forums, and U.S. officials.

United States

Obama's Keystone Pipeline Trap

By Jonah Goldberg | Los Angeles Times

The president's predicament is just the latest example of how climate change monomania has become a problem for environmentalists -- and the country.

No More Secrecy for a Memo on Killing Americans

By Amy Davidson | The New Yorker

The problem that the Obama Administration had, in trying to persuade a court to let it keep secret a memo explaining why it was legal to assassinate Americans abroad, was how proud it was of its work.

Latin America

Climate Change Comes to the Caribbean

By Nathalie Baptiste | Foreign Policy in Focus

Climate change is already wreaking havoc on the Caribbean's vital fishing, tourism, and agriculture industries.



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.


Stopping Russia Starts in Syria

By Anne-Marie Slaughter | Project Syndicate

The solution to the crisis in Ukraine lies in part in Syria. It is time for US President Barack Obama to demonstrate that he can order the offensive use of force in circumstances other than secret drone attacks or covert operations.

Middle East

Israel Shows Zionism’s True Colors

By Rami G. Khouri | The Daily Star

This week, the Israeli Transportation Ministry announced that it would establish designated bus routes for Palestinians in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, allowing Jewish Israelis to travel on buses without Palestinians.

Still No Deal

By David Ignatius | The Washington Post

Is Iran is ready for accommodation?

It’s All About May 25

By Thomas L. Friedman | The New York Times

The revolution that started in Tahrir Square in Cairo has moved to the Maidan in Kiev. The first big test for Ukrainians will come with their presidential elections next month.

Libya Is Ripe for International Intervention

By Ali Ibrahim | Asharq Al-Awsat

When crises proliferate and compete in one geographic location, it is only natural that some will gain priority over others. This explains the current puzzling absence of the international and regional powers from the snowballing Libyan crisis, which is deteriorating day by day.

The Closing of Abu Ghraib and the U.S. Failure in Iraq

By Andrew J. Bacevich | Miami Herald

The government of Iraq last week announced that it had padlocked the infamous prison at Abu Ghraib. The gates are closed. The inmates moved. Whether the closure is permanent or temporary -- Iraqi officials suggest the latter -- this ought to qualify as a notable milestone. What does it signify?

Latin America

U.S., Mexico, Canada Defense Chiefs to Meet in Mexico City

By Agence France-Presse | Tico Times

United States Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel will depart Wednesday for Mexico City to hold talks with his counterparts from Canada and Mexico aimed at bolstering Washington’s security ties to its neighbors.

Brazil Passes Detailed Internet Privacy Law

By PTI | Times of India

Brazil has passed a comprehensive legislation on internet privacy stating the rights, duties, principles, guarantees for both internet users and service providers here.

Argentina's Left Creates Broad Front As Government Alternative


The leaders of various Argentine center-left and radical parties signed Tuesday a document marking the official birth of the Broad Front UNEN, the electoral coalition which aims to provide a non-Peronist alternative at the 2015 presidential vote.

Chile Amends Constitution to Allow Expat Voting

By Eva Vergara/AP | Houston Chronicle

Chile has reformed its constitution to give voting rights to citizens living outside the country. The measure was more than 20 years in the making, and is seen as a major victory for the many Chileans who left the country during its long dictatorship.

Costa Rica President-Elect Rules Out Drug Legalization During His Term

Tico Times

On the first day of a tour of Central America and the Dominican Republic, the president-elect of Costa Rica Luis Guillermo Solís said Tuesday his administration would not promote initiatives to decriminalize illicit drugs, and that the topic should be subject to public debate.


Australia Orders 58 F-35 Lockheed Martin Stealth Fighters

By Reuters | Gulf News

Australia will order 58 more F-35 fighter jets built by Lockheed Martin Corp for $11.61 billion, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Wednesday, a purchase that will raise its air combat power to among the world’s most advanced.

Brunei Delays Introduction of Tough Islamic Law

By Agence France-Presse | The China Post

Brunei has postponed its implementation of tough Islamic criminal punishments that were due to begin Tuesday and have drawn condemnation from the U.N.'s human rights office and rare criticism at home.


Sudanese Government, SPLM-N Resume Peace Talks in Addis Ababa

Sudan Tribune

Peace talks between the Sudanese government and the rebel Sudanese People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) have resumed in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, on Tuesday in a new bid to end the nearly three-year-long conflict in South Kordofan and Blue Nile states.


German, French Ministers Visit Moldova, Georgia

By Associated Press | The Hindu

The German and French foreign ministers are making a joint visit to Moldova and Georgia, former Soviet republics that have breakaway regions with Russian-speaking populations, as tensions simmer over Russia’s intentions in Ukraine.

Middle East

Hamas, Fatah Sign Reconciliation Agreement

By Jack Khoury and Barak Ravid | Haaretz

Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah signed a historic reconciliation deal Wednesday, nearly seven years after a schism between the rival Palestinian factions.

U.S. to Deliver Apache Helicopters to Egypt, Relaxing Hold on Aid

By Reuters | Egypt Independent

The United States said Tuesday it will deliver 10 Apache attack helicopters to Egypt, relaxing a partial suspension of aid imposed after Egypt's military ousted President Mohamed Mursi last year and cracked down violently on protesters.