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Media Roundup

United States

Top News

December 2, 2016

Opinion

December 2, 2016

The Propaganda About Russian Propaganda

By Adrian Chen | The New Yorker

Bogus news stories did flood social media throughout the campaign, and the hack of the Clinton campaign chair John Podesta’s e-mail seems likely to have been the work of Russian intelligence services. But, as harmful as these phenomena might be, the prospect of legitimate dissenting voices being labelled fake news or Russian propaganda is even scarier.

Off the Radar

December 2, 2016

The Americas

Top News

December 2, 2016

Michel Temer, the fledgling president of Brazil, is furious. One of his own cabinet ministers secretly recorded their conversation, accusing Mr. Temer of pressuring him to help an ally in a property deal. Now Mr. Temer’s enemies are seizing on the scandal to call for his impeachment — just months after he became president through the impeachment of his predecessor.

Off the Radar

December 2, 2016

Europe

Top News

December 2, 2016

Opinion

December 2, 2016

Preventing the Next Eurozone Crisis Starts Now

By Jean Pisani-Ferry | Project Syndicate

There are no quick fixes to the eurozone’s problems, but the lack of genuine discussion on possible futures is a serious cause for concern. Silence is not always golden; for the sake of Europe’s future, the hush surrounding the common currency should be broken as soon as possible.

Britain Has No Idea What to Do Next, and That’s Dangerous

By Anne Applebaum | The Washington Post

Already, the ideas being mooted in the British political debate are much more extreme than anything heard in the referendum campaign, and far away from what many people thought they were voting for. But the really dangerous bit comes next.

The Freedom Party’s Second Chance in Austria

By Robert Misik | The New York Times

Sunday will see the culmination of one of the longest, toughest — and flat-out weirdest — elections ever in Austria. Voters will choose between two candidates: Alexander Van der Bellen, the former leader of the small Green Party, and Norbert Hofer, a key figure in the right-wing Freedom Party. The result will have a symbolic importance far beyond Austria.

Africa

Top News

December 2, 2016

The South Sudanese government says it only targets the rebels, who say in turn that they only attack the military. But refugees' accounts and a human rights report from the Equatoria region, much of which is cut off by fighting, point to both sides targeting civilians along ethnic lines, adding weight to a U.N. warning of a genocide in the making.

More from WPR: Kenya’s Troop Withdrawal Could Seal the Fate of South Sudan’s Peace Process

Off the Radar

December 2, 2016

Moroccan King Mohammed VI is in the Nigerian capital Abuja for his first visit to the African country since assuming power 18 years ago, Morocco’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement released late Thursday.

China will help Sierra Leone improve its industrialization and public health system, President Xi Jinping said Thursday. Xi and Sierra Leone President Ernest Bai Koroma witnessed the signing of cooperation documents after their talks in Beijing, which covered areas including diplomacy, economy, infrastructure development and health.

Middle East & North Africa

Top News

December 2, 2016

Opinion

December 2, 2016

If the Syrian regime succeeds in taking back all of Aleppo from rebel forces — and this week, it looks likely — such a development would be a very heavy blow to Erdogan. The fall of Aleppo appears to mean that his long-held anti-Assad policy has been defeated on the battleground.

Off the Radar

December 2, 2016

Egypt's president has imposed a second increase of tariffs on hundreds of imported products. The official Gazette published President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi's decree on Thursday with a long list of over 350 items including fruits, foods, perfumes, furniture, and others where customs duties increased between 40 and 60 percent.

Asia-Pacific

Top News

December 2, 2016

South Korea, Japan Announce New Sanctions on North Korea

By Hyung-Jin Kim | Associated Press

South Korea and Japan on Friday announced their own fresh, unilateral sanctions on North Korea as their nuclear-armed neighbor warns of retaliation against toughened U.N. sanctions over the nuclear and missile tests it conducted this year.

Opinion

December 2, 2016

China and Its Neighbors: A Delicate Balance

By Liu Xuejun & Liu Jun | The National Interest

China knows that its global ambitions have to begin with its neighbors, and that differentiated approaches to different neighbors make the most sense in creating an overall favorable neighborhood environment.

ISIS, Afghanistan’s Accidental Broker?

By Sune Engel Rasmussen | The New York Times

If anything, the emergence of the Islamic State in Afghanistan may present an opportunity for the Taliban, and the Afghan government: The Taliban are by no measure a harbinger of modernity, but they are, by comparison with the Islamic State, moderate and more in sync with the population.

Off the Radar

December 2, 2016

Indonesia Blasphemy Protest Draws 200,000, Ends Peacefully

By Stephen Wright & Niniek Karmini | Associated Press

At least 200,000 conservative Muslims rallied peacefully in the Indonesian capital on Friday in the second major protest against its minority Christian governor, who is being prosecuted for alleged blasphemy.

United States

Top News

December 2, 2016

Opinion

December 2, 2016

The Propaganda About Russian Propaganda

By Adrian Chen | The New Yorker

Bogus news stories did flood social media throughout the campaign, and the hack of the Clinton campaign chair John Podesta’s e-mail seems likely to have been the work of Russian intelligence services. But, as harmful as these phenomena might be, the prospect of legitimate dissenting voices being labelled fake news or Russian propaganda is even scarier.

Off the Radar

December 2, 2016

The Americas

Top News

December 2, 2016

Michel Temer, the fledgling president of Brazil, is furious. One of his own cabinet ministers secretly recorded their conversation, accusing Mr. Temer of pressuring him to help an ally in a property deal. Now Mr. Temer’s enemies are seizing on the scandal to call for his impeachment — just months after he became president through the impeachment of his predecessor.

Off the Radar

December 2, 2016

Europe

Top News

December 2, 2016

Opinion

December 2, 2016

Preventing the Next Eurozone Crisis Starts Now

By Jean Pisani-Ferry | Project Syndicate

There are no quick fixes to the eurozone’s problems, but the lack of genuine discussion on possible futures is a serious cause for concern. Silence is not always golden; for the sake of Europe’s future, the hush surrounding the common currency should be broken as soon as possible.

Britain Has No Idea What to Do Next, and That’s Dangerous

By Anne Applebaum | The Washington Post

Already, the ideas being mooted in the British political debate are much more extreme than anything heard in the referendum campaign, and far away from what many people thought they were voting for. But the really dangerous bit comes next.

The Freedom Party’s Second Chance in Austria

By Robert Misik | The New York Times

Sunday will see the culmination of one of the longest, toughest — and flat-out weirdest — elections ever in Austria. Voters will choose between two candidates: Alexander Van der Bellen, the former leader of the small Green Party, and Norbert Hofer, a key figure in the right-wing Freedom Party. The result will have a symbolic importance far beyond Austria.

Africa

Top News

December 2, 2016

The South Sudanese government says it only targets the rebels, who say in turn that they only attack the military. But refugees' accounts and a human rights report from the Equatoria region, much of which is cut off by fighting, point to both sides targeting civilians along ethnic lines, adding weight to a U.N. warning of a genocide in the making.

More from WPR: Kenya’s Troop Withdrawal Could Seal the Fate of South Sudan’s Peace Process

Off the Radar

December 2, 2016

Moroccan King Mohammed VI is in the Nigerian capital Abuja for his first visit to the African country since assuming power 18 years ago, Morocco’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement released late Thursday.

China will help Sierra Leone improve its industrialization and public health system, President Xi Jinping said Thursday. Xi and Sierra Leone President Ernest Bai Koroma witnessed the signing of cooperation documents after their talks in Beijing, which covered areas including diplomacy, economy, infrastructure development and health.

Middle East & North Africa

Top News

December 2, 2016

Opinion

December 2, 2016

If the Syrian regime succeeds in taking back all of Aleppo from rebel forces — and this week, it looks likely — such a development would be a very heavy blow to Erdogan. The fall of Aleppo appears to mean that his long-held anti-Assad policy has been defeated on the battleground.

Off the Radar

December 2, 2016

Egypt's president has imposed a second increase of tariffs on hundreds of imported products. The official Gazette published President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi's decree on Thursday with a long list of over 350 items including fruits, foods, perfumes, furniture, and others where customs duties increased between 40 and 60 percent.

Asia-Pacific

Top News

December 2, 2016

South Korea, Japan Announce New Sanctions on North Korea

By Hyung-Jin Kim | Associated Press

South Korea and Japan on Friday announced their own fresh, unilateral sanctions on North Korea as their nuclear-armed neighbor warns of retaliation against toughened U.N. sanctions over the nuclear and missile tests it conducted this year.

Opinion

December 2, 2016

China and Its Neighbors: A Delicate Balance

By Liu Xuejun & Liu Jun | The National Interest

China knows that its global ambitions have to begin with its neighbors, and that differentiated approaches to different neighbors make the most sense in creating an overall favorable neighborhood environment.

ISIS, Afghanistan’s Accidental Broker?

By Sune Engel Rasmussen | The New York Times

If anything, the emergence of the Islamic State in Afghanistan may present an opportunity for the Taliban, and the Afghan government: The Taliban are by no measure a harbinger of modernity, but they are, by comparison with the Islamic State, moderate and more in sync with the population.

Off the Radar

December 2, 2016

Indonesia Blasphemy Protest Draws 200,000, Ends Peacefully

By Stephen Wright & Niniek Karmini | Associated Press

At least 200,000 conservative Muslims rallied peacefully in the Indonesian capital on Friday in the second major protest against its minority Christian governor, who is being prosecuted for alleged blasphemy.

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