Media Roundup

United States

U.S. Push for Gaza Truce Yields Little

By Jay Solomon and Joshua Mitnick | The Wall Street Journal (Subscription Required)

The failure of U.S. diplomacy to extend the cease-fire exposed the divisions that have developed between Washington and its Mideast allies.

Thousands of New Yorkers Protest Gaza Killings

By Kanya D'Almeida | Inter Press Service

Thousands of New Yorkers took to the streets in multiple protests this past week against the Israeli offensive in Gaza, which has left at least 1,049 Palestinians dead and over 6,000 injured since Jul. 8.

Republicans Home in on Libya, Blast Obama as U.S. Embassy Closes

By Ben Wolfgang and Jacqueline Klimas | The Washington Times

With violence spreading across Libya and the U.S. Embassy closing in Tripoli, Republican lawmakers over the weekend blasted the Obama administration for failing to stop yet another troubled Middle Eastern nation from descending into complete chaos, and even some Democrats conceded that America’s influence in the world has waned considerably.

Latin America


Pakistani Mob Attacks Minority Muslims, Kills 3

By Zaheer Babar | The Associated Press

A Pakistani mob burned down several homes belonging to the minority Ahmadi sect in the country's east, killing a woman and her two granddaughters in riots following rumors about blasphemous postings on Facebook, police said Monday.

China’s Navy Offers Massages in Soft-Power Display in Hawaii


On a Chinese hospital ship off Hawaii, crew members demonstrate traditional massage techniques to U.S. sailors. The mood is one of collegiality, even after China opted out of Japan-led humanitarian drills at the world’s largest international naval exercise.

South Stymies North in Global Trade Talks

By Ravi Kanth Devarakonda | Inter Press Service

A group of developing countries brought a tectonic shift at the World Trade Organization on Friday by turning the tables against the industrialised countries, when they offered a positive trade agenda to expeditiously arrive at a permanent solution for food security and other development issues, before adopting the protocol of amendment of the contested Trade Facilitation Agreement.


Islamist Militants Kidnap Wife of Cameroonian Official

By Robyn Dixon | Los Angeles Times

Islamist militants believed to be associated with the Nigerian terror group Boko Haram kidnapped the wife of a Cameroonian vice prime minister Sunday, in a worrying sign that the violence in northeastern Nigeria is spreading beyond its borders.


Russia Told to Pay Yukos Shareholders $50 Billion

By Lukas I. Alpert | The Wall Street Journal (Subscription Required)

A European court has ruled that Russia owes former shareholders of the now-defunct oil giant Yukos more than $50 billion in compensation for the government's seizure of the company, describing the Kremlin's actions as "a devious and calculated expropriation" of assets.

Russia Hopes for 'Impartial' Malaysia Jet Crash Investigation

By Steven Zeitchik and Isabel Gorst | Los Angeles Times

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Monday dug his heels in on the war in Ukraine and Russia’s alleged involvement in the conflict, saying that Kiev had overstepped its bounds in fighting the insurgency.

Middle East

Israel Resumes Strikes on Gaza After Holiday Lull

By Alexandra Zavis and Batsheva Sobelman | Los Angeles Times

A fragile holiday lull in fighting in the Gaza Strip on Monday was punctuated by Israeli airstrikes and a rocket launch by Palestinian militants in the wake of a call by the U.N. Security Council for an unconditional humanitarian truce.

Still Torn by Factional Fighting, Post-Revolt Libya Is Coming Undone

By Kareem Fahim | The New York Times

For weeks, rival Libyan militias had been pounding one another’s positions with artillery, mortar rounds and rockets in a desperate fight to control the international airport in the capital, Tripoli. Then suddenly, early Saturday morning, the fighting just stopped.

United States

A Dangerous Retreat

By Fred Hiatt | The Washington Post

We’re seeing the effects of U.S. disengagement.

America Should Open Its Doors to Iraqis

By Amanda Ufheil-Somers | Foreign Policy in Focus

Iraq's dire refugee crisis is posing a humanitarian and political challenge to the Obama administration.

Latin America

Putin Restores a Cuban Beachhead

By Mary Anastasia O'Grady | The Wall Street Journal (Subscription Required)

The Kremlin and the Castros are chummy again, and Moscow is offering military aid.


Abe’s Asian Gambit

By Gareth Evans | Project Syndicate

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s makeover of Japanese foreign policy ranks among the most important recent global developments. But, the process must be very carefully managed by all concerned, including the US and Japan's other Asia-Pacific allies, lest it upset the fragile balance that holds the Sino-American rivalry in check.


Greece's Watershed Year

By Nikos Konstandaras | The New York Times

In 1974 we set course on the greatest period of stability in our history. But many problems still plague us.

Russia Buys Its Way In

By Anne Applebaum | The Washington Post

Moscow targets politically connected E.U. firms.

Russia Risks All, But Not Without Hope

By Pyotr Romanov | The Moscow Times

Russia's history reminds us that, however bad circumstances are today, things can change for the better tomorrow, writes Pyotr Romanov.

Middle East

An Israel Without Illusions

By David Grossman | The New York Times

Israelis must choose peace with the Palestinians -- or we’ll both keep circling the grindstone of violence.

Ramadan TV vs. the Muslim Brotherhood

By Mshari Al-Zaydi | Asharq Al-Awsat

As Ramadan draws to a close, anyone who watched the slew of Egyptian television dramas will have noticed the increasingly critical manner in which the Muslim Brotherhood, as well as other extremist groups, are being dealt with.

War Is Not Inevitable in Mideast

By Helen Aguirre Ferre | Miami Herald

Prussian military strategist Carl von Clausewitz said that war is another means to achieve a political goal. The goal of Hamas and Islamic jihadists is to annihilate Israel and its allies.

Hamas Should Thank Israel’s Right-Wing

By Ayman Sikseck | Haaretz

The rising death toll in Gaza and ever-expanding swath of destruction in the territory are the perfect backdrop for the restoration of Hamas’ reputation.

Latin America

Costa Rica Extends Ban on Petroleum Extraction

By Corey Kane | The Tico Times

President Luis Guillermo Solis extended the country’s ban on petroleum exploration and extraction until 2021 as well as adding guidelines for energy efficiency in government agencies.


Abe Opens LatAm Tour With Mexico Energy Deals

By Leticia Pineda/AFP | The China Post

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe struck a series of energy deals Friday with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto at the start of a five-country Latin American tour.

Japan, Mexico Sign Carbon Trade Deal

By Susanna Twidale | Reuters

Japan and Mexico have signed a deal for Japanese companies to earn carbon credits by investing in technology to cut greenhouse gas emissions in Mexico–in Japan's 12th bilateral carbon agreement.

Death Toll Rises to 21 in Southern Philippines Ambush

By Hader Glang | Anadolu

The beginning of the Islamic holiday of Eid was shattered by violence early Monday when 21 civilians were killed in an ambush by al-Qaeda-linked militants in the Philippines Muslim south.

Microsoft Confirms China Probe Over Possible Antitrust

By Adrian Wan, Keith Zhai and Bien Perez | South China Morning Post

Mainland business authorities are investigating Microsoft, the U.S. technology giant confirmed yesterday, with reports that the focus was on antitrust behavior.


Uganda's Museveni Shuns South Sudan Rebel Men, Meets Former Detainees

By Barbara Among | The East African

The attempt by Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni to find a solution to the conflict in South Sudan got more complicated last week when he snubbed rebel leader Riek Machar’s delegation to Kampala and instead met 11 former detainees of President Salva Kiir’s government.

Sweden Resumes Aid to Uganda

By Frederic Musisi | Africa Review

The Swedish government has resumed aid support to Uganda and announced $200 million in “development strategy cooperation” for the next five years.


Cypriot Leader Leaves Peace Talks

Today's Zaman

 Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades left peace talks, held in the long-divided island Thursday, after a disagreement with Turkish Cypriot officials.

Middle East

Tanker Full of Kurdish Oil Arrives in Texas

Al Jazeera

A tanker carrying crude oil from Iraqi Kurdistan was anchored near the Port of Galveston, Texas, on Sunday, a delivery that has infuriated Baghdad, which has threatened to sue anyone who buys the black gold.