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July 31, 2015

U.S. Names New Targets of Sanctions Over Ukraine

By Michael D. Shear | The New York Times

Eight of 26 new targets are linked to Gennady Timchenko, a billionaire Russian businessman who is known to have ties to President Vladimir V. Putin.

Iran: U.S. Statements on Attacking Tehran Violate Nuke Deal

By George Jahn | The Associated Press

A senior Iranian official is accusing the U.S. of violating the nuclear deal with his country through comments indicating that the accord would make any attack on Tehran's atomic program more efficient because it would result in greater insight about potential targets.

Opinion

July 31, 2015

Obama’s Racial Blind Spot on Iran Deal

By Ruth R. Wisse | The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)

The nuclear deal with Iran’s fanatical anti-Jewish regime will fuel racism on a global scale.

It’s Time to Ban the Bomb

By Hans Blix | Project Syndicate

Seventy years ago next month, the nuclear bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki opened the darkest chapter in the long history of humanity’s wartime horrors. The international agreement to curtail Iran's nuclear program, while welcome, also serves as a reminder that the chapter remains open—and that it must be closed for good.

The Americas

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July 31, 2015

Opinion

July 31, 2015

Off the Radar

July 31, 2015

Brazilian and Swedish authorities have agreed on the financing terms for the Brazilian air force’s purchase of three dozen fighter jets made by Swedish aerospace and defense company Saab Group, officials said.

Europe

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July 31, 2015

U.K. to Send Sniffer Dogs, Extra Fencing to Calais

By Jenny Gross | The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)

The British prime minister met with senior government officials to discuss the U.K.’s response to the large numbers of migrants attempting to cross into the U.K. on a nightly basis via the Eurotunnel.

Opinion

July 31, 2015

Russia Won't Be Rushed by the West

By Pyotr Romanov | The Moscow TImes

The West can try to hurry Russia's development along and scold it for bad behavior but ultimately it won't work, Russia will develop at its own pace and nobody else's.

Off the Radar

July 31, 2015

Africa

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July 31, 2015

Off the Radar

July 31, 2015

Middle East

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July 31, 2015

Turkey: 5 Killed in Clashes Between Authorities and PKK

By Suzan Fraser | The Associated Press

Kurdish rebels raided a Turkish police station and fired on railway workers in two separate attacks that left five dead, officials said Friday, amid renewed conflict between the security forces and insurgents that has wrecked a fragile peace process.

Attack in West Bank Kills Palestinian Child, Homes Torched

By Araf Tufaha and Mohammed Daraghmeh | The Associated Press

A sleeping toddler was burned to death when suspected Jewish assailants set fire to two Palestinian homes in a West Bank village early Friday, an attack that also critically wounded the child's 4-year-old brother and parents and outraged both Israelis and Palestinians.

Opinion

July 31, 2015

In 2005, the state managed to evacuate 9,000 settlers from Gaza. In 2015, it struggled to demolish two empty settlement buildings in Beit El—highlighting how the settlers have seized control of more than just land.

Viewed as a snapshot, the situation in Syria and Iraq may lead one to hopelessness and despair. But as a professor of history, diplomat and politician, I know that history flows in consequential frames that make sense only once they can be seen as a whole.

Lebanon’s Ills Summed Up by Garbage

By Eyad Abu Shakra | Asharq Alawsat

I remember from my youth the popular Lebanese saying, “Everything in Lebanon is ‘zift’ [asphalt] except the roads!” Metaphorically, asphalt, or rather, “zift,” came to mean any bleak and slimy bad situation. However, the Lebanese now recall those “zift” days with nostalgia, simply because their current situation is much worse.

The Folly of Defeating ISIS

By Karl Sharro | The Atlantic

Everyone with a stake in Middle Eastern geopolitics publicly declares that ISIS must be defeated. Yet opinions range widely on how this should be achieved.

Off the Radar

July 31, 2015

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told media during a three-day trip to Indonesia on Friday that he wanted Turkey to join his host country as a member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, on his way back from Indonesia, will be stopping over at Islamabad on Saturday, according to a statement by Foreign Office spokesman Syed Khalilullah.

Asia / Pacific

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July 31, 2015

Beijing has been chosen to host the 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympics, beating the bid of Kazakhstan's Almaty. Having hosted the 2008 Olympics, the Chinese capital will be the first city to host both a summer and winter Games.

Unidentified gunmen opened fire at campaign workers in Sri Lanka's capital on Friday, killing one and wounding 13, police and hospital officials said, in the first major political violence before the parliamentary election.

Mullah Omar death, Islamic State Growth Shake Afghanistan Peace Hopes

By Guy Taylor and Dave Boyer | The Washington Times

The two events could deal a fresh blow to a hoped-for political settlement for Afghanistan’s long civil war. Pakistani officials said Thursday that a planned second round of peace talks between Kabul and the Taliban had been postponed at the request of the new Taliban leadership.

Opinion

July 31, 2015

Off the Radar

July 31, 2015

United States

Top News

July 31, 2015

U.S. Names New Targets of Sanctions Over Ukraine

By Michael D. Shear | The New York Times

Eight of 26 new targets are linked to Gennady Timchenko, a billionaire Russian businessman who is known to have ties to President Vladimir V. Putin.

Iran: U.S. Statements on Attacking Tehran Violate Nuke Deal

By George Jahn | The Associated Press

A senior Iranian official is accusing the U.S. of violating the nuclear deal with his country through comments indicating that the accord would make any attack on Tehran's atomic program more efficient because it would result in greater insight about potential targets.

Opinion

July 31, 2015

Obama’s Racial Blind Spot on Iran Deal

By Ruth R. Wisse | The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)

The nuclear deal with Iran’s fanatical anti-Jewish regime will fuel racism on a global scale.

It’s Time to Ban the Bomb

By Hans Blix | Project Syndicate

Seventy years ago next month, the nuclear bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki opened the darkest chapter in the long history of humanity’s wartime horrors. The international agreement to curtail Iran's nuclear program, while welcome, also serves as a reminder that the chapter remains open—and that it must be closed for good.

The Americas

Top News

July 31, 2015

Opinion

July 31, 2015

Off the Radar

July 31, 2015

Brazilian and Swedish authorities have agreed on the financing terms for the Brazilian air force’s purchase of three dozen fighter jets made by Swedish aerospace and defense company Saab Group, officials said.

Europe

Top News

July 31, 2015

U.K. to Send Sniffer Dogs, Extra Fencing to Calais

By Jenny Gross | The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)

The British prime minister met with senior government officials to discuss the U.K.’s response to the large numbers of migrants attempting to cross into the U.K. on a nightly basis via the Eurotunnel.

Opinion

July 31, 2015

Russia Won't Be Rushed by the West

By Pyotr Romanov | The Moscow TImes

The West can try to hurry Russia's development along and scold it for bad behavior but ultimately it won't work, Russia will develop at its own pace and nobody else's.

Off the Radar

July 31, 2015

Africa

Top News

July 31, 2015

Off the Radar

July 31, 2015

Middle East

Top News

July 31, 2015

Turkey: 5 Killed in Clashes Between Authorities and PKK

By Suzan Fraser | The Associated Press

Kurdish rebels raided a Turkish police station and fired on railway workers in two separate attacks that left five dead, officials said Friday, amid renewed conflict between the security forces and insurgents that has wrecked a fragile peace process.

Attack in West Bank Kills Palestinian Child, Homes Torched

By Araf Tufaha and Mohammed Daraghmeh | The Associated Press

A sleeping toddler was burned to death when suspected Jewish assailants set fire to two Palestinian homes in a West Bank village early Friday, an attack that also critically wounded the child's 4-year-old brother and parents and outraged both Israelis and Palestinians.

Opinion

July 31, 2015

In 2005, the state managed to evacuate 9,000 settlers from Gaza. In 2015, it struggled to demolish two empty settlement buildings in Beit El—highlighting how the settlers have seized control of more than just land.

Viewed as a snapshot, the situation in Syria and Iraq may lead one to hopelessness and despair. But as a professor of history, diplomat and politician, I know that history flows in consequential frames that make sense only once they can be seen as a whole.

Lebanon’s Ills Summed Up by Garbage

By Eyad Abu Shakra | Asharq Alawsat

I remember from my youth the popular Lebanese saying, “Everything in Lebanon is ‘zift’ [asphalt] except the roads!” Metaphorically, asphalt, or rather, “zift,” came to mean any bleak and slimy bad situation. However, the Lebanese now recall those “zift” days with nostalgia, simply because their current situation is much worse.

The Folly of Defeating ISIS

By Karl Sharro | The Atlantic

Everyone with a stake in Middle Eastern geopolitics publicly declares that ISIS must be defeated. Yet opinions range widely on how this should be achieved.

Off the Radar

July 31, 2015

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told media during a three-day trip to Indonesia on Friday that he wanted Turkey to join his host country as a member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, on his way back from Indonesia, will be stopping over at Islamabad on Saturday, according to a statement by Foreign Office spokesman Syed Khalilullah.

Asia / Pacific

Top News

July 31, 2015

Beijing has been chosen to host the 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympics, beating the bid of Kazakhstan's Almaty. Having hosted the 2008 Olympics, the Chinese capital will be the first city to host both a summer and winter Games.

Unidentified gunmen opened fire at campaign workers in Sri Lanka's capital on Friday, killing one and wounding 13, police and hospital officials said, in the first major political violence before the parliamentary election.

Mullah Omar death, Islamic State Growth Shake Afghanistan Peace Hopes

By Guy Taylor and Dave Boyer | The Washington Times

The two events could deal a fresh blow to a hoped-for political settlement for Afghanistan’s long civil war. Pakistani officials said Thursday that a planned second round of peace talks between Kabul and the Taliban had been postponed at the request of the new Taliban leadership.

Opinion

July 31, 2015

Off the Radar

July 31, 2015

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