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United States

Top News

September 23, 2016

Opinion

September 23, 2016

Justice Delayed: Why International Law Still Matters

By Michael Byers | Foreign Affairs

Two years ago, when Syria’s death toll stood at 250,000, the United Nations, no longer able to verify the data, stopped counting the dead. Today, the death toll has likely reached half a million.

The Case for Isolating Pakistan

By Vivek Mishra | The National Interest

The Pentagon is not happy with Pakistan’s approach to containing the dreaded Haqqani network, which has been carrying attacks on civilians and also targeting U.S. interests in Afghanistan.

The Americas

Opinion

September 23, 2016

End U.S. Support for the Thugs of Honduras

By Dana Frank | The New York Times

Instead of continuing aid for security forces that have a dire human rights record, America should back calls for an independent investigation.

Three decades since Brazil emerged from a military dictatorship, and in the wake of its second presidential impeachment, the country is deeply divided, pessimistic and losing faith in democracy itself.

Off the Radar

September 23, 2016

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Cuban President Raul Castro agreed Thursday to expand bilateral economic ties by increasing Japanese investment in the Caribbean country and canceling a major part of its debt to Japan. At a meeting in Havana, Abe, the first Japanese prime minister to visit Cuba, also unveiled grants worth about $12.9 million in medical aid to the country.

The European Commission formally proposed on Thursday that member states back a new political dialogue and cooperation agreement with Cuba and repeal the restrictive Common Position on the Caribbean island. The Common Position has regulated EU relations with Cuba since 1996, linking them to human rights issues.

More from WPR: Between Reforms and Repression, Can Cuba’s New Forces of Change Succeed?

The Brazilian air force announced Thursday a plan to reduce staffing by 25 percent over the next 20 years in response to the government’s severe fiscal crisis. The reduction in officers and enlisted personnel will be accompanied by new investment in technology.

Europe

Top News

September 23, 2016

The young woman’s face is framed by a modest headscarf as she lays out flowers on the beachside promenade, a day after an Islamic State-inspired terrorist mowed down Bastille Day revelers in mid-July. She's somber but determined when asked if the attack would heighten tensions over Muslims in France. There should be no confusion, said the 30-year-old woman, who asked to be identified only as Nathalie.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has named his top political strategist to serve as the speaker of the newly elected parliament after elections that saw the main pro-Kremlin party strengthen its grip on the lower house.

Political parties on Friday wrapped up campaigns for elections in Spain's Basque and Galicia regions that offer a slim chance of ending the nine-month deadlock at national level and avoiding a third general election in a year.

Opinion

September 23, 2016

Jeremy Corbyn and the Problem With ‘Electability’

By Ellie Mae O'Hagan | The New York Times

Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the Labour Party, during a debate in Glasgow in August. If Labour members re-elect a left-wing firebrand as their leader, they’ll undo years of rightward drift in their party.

Off the Radar

September 23, 2016

The Turkish Foreign Ministry said Friday that it does not recognize the results of Russia’s parliamentary elections recently held in Crimea. Russia annexed Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula in March 2014 following a contested referendum. Since then, the region’s Tatar community has regularly denounced increasing repression including arbitrary arrests and detentions.

Africa

Top News

September 23, 2016

Opinion

September 23, 2016

I was born in Mali, where more than 95% of the population professes Islam as their religion. When I think of how I got a visa to come to the US 40 years ago, the story seems romantic, especially in light of all the Muslim-hating that’s going on in this presidential election.

Off the Radar

September 23, 2016

Kenya's Parliament has ratified the Economic Partnership Agreement with the European Union, allowing Kenya to export its agricultural products to Europe without attracting taxes.

Middle East & North Africa

Top News

September 23, 2016

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan accused the United States of supplying more weapons to Kurdish fighters in northern Syria this week, saying Washington had delivered two plane loads of arms to what Ankara considers a terrorist group.

Kingdom Comedown: Falling Oil Prices Shock Saudi Middle Class

By Ahmed Al Omran and Nikhil Lohade | The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)

A sharp drop in the price of oil, Saudi Arabia’s main revenue source, has forced the government to withdraw some benefits this year—raising the cost of living in the kingdom and hurting its middle class, a part of society long insulated from such problems.

During the last Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, this stunning Red Sea resort town was crowded with tourists from all around the world. During the same festival season last week, the beaches were half-filled, and hotel occupancy rates were low. At night, on the seaside promenade, restaurants and bars were largely empty. Some were closed.

Dozens of bodies, many decomposed, were being pulled out of the waters off the Egyptian coast on Friday, three days after hundreds of migrants heading to Europe, drowned when their overcrowded boat capsized.

Opinion

September 23, 2016

Off the Radar

September 23, 2016

Asia-Pacific

Top News

September 23, 2016

Opinion

September 23, 2016

India's Health Scare Gets Worse

By Neeta Lal | The Diplomat

The current outbreak of vector borne diseases lays bare the inadequacies of India’s health care system.

Off the Radar

September 23, 2016

India on Friday signed an $8.78 billion deal with France to buy 36 Rafale fighter jets in "ready to fly" condition, meaning they will be made in France. The first of the Rafales, made by Dassault Aviation, will be delivered in three years and the last in 5½ years, the Press Trust of India news agency reported.

United States

Top News

September 23, 2016

Opinion

September 23, 2016

Justice Delayed: Why International Law Still Matters

By Michael Byers | Foreign Affairs

Two years ago, when Syria’s death toll stood at 250,000, the United Nations, no longer able to verify the data, stopped counting the dead. Today, the death toll has likely reached half a million.

The Case for Isolating Pakistan

By Vivek Mishra | The National Interest

The Pentagon is not happy with Pakistan’s approach to containing the dreaded Haqqani network, which has been carrying attacks on civilians and also targeting U.S. interests in Afghanistan.

The Americas

Opinion

September 23, 2016

End U.S. Support for the Thugs of Honduras

By Dana Frank | The New York Times

Instead of continuing aid for security forces that have a dire human rights record, America should back calls for an independent investigation.

Three decades since Brazil emerged from a military dictatorship, and in the wake of its second presidential impeachment, the country is deeply divided, pessimistic and losing faith in democracy itself.

Off the Radar

September 23, 2016

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Cuban President Raul Castro agreed Thursday to expand bilateral economic ties by increasing Japanese investment in the Caribbean country and canceling a major part of its debt to Japan. At a meeting in Havana, Abe, the first Japanese prime minister to visit Cuba, also unveiled grants worth about $12.9 million in medical aid to the country.

The European Commission formally proposed on Thursday that member states back a new political dialogue and cooperation agreement with Cuba and repeal the restrictive Common Position on the Caribbean island. The Common Position has regulated EU relations with Cuba since 1996, linking them to human rights issues.

More from WPR: Between Reforms and Repression, Can Cuba’s New Forces of Change Succeed?

The Brazilian air force announced Thursday a plan to reduce staffing by 25 percent over the next 20 years in response to the government’s severe fiscal crisis. The reduction in officers and enlisted personnel will be accompanied by new investment in technology.

Europe

Top News

September 23, 2016

The young woman’s face is framed by a modest headscarf as she lays out flowers on the beachside promenade, a day after an Islamic State-inspired terrorist mowed down Bastille Day revelers in mid-July. She's somber but determined when asked if the attack would heighten tensions over Muslims in France. There should be no confusion, said the 30-year-old woman, who asked to be identified only as Nathalie.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has named his top political strategist to serve as the speaker of the newly elected parliament after elections that saw the main pro-Kremlin party strengthen its grip on the lower house.

Political parties on Friday wrapped up campaigns for elections in Spain's Basque and Galicia regions that offer a slim chance of ending the nine-month deadlock at national level and avoiding a third general election in a year.

Opinion

September 23, 2016

Jeremy Corbyn and the Problem With ‘Electability’

By Ellie Mae O'Hagan | The New York Times

Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the Labour Party, during a debate in Glasgow in August. If Labour members re-elect a left-wing firebrand as their leader, they’ll undo years of rightward drift in their party.

Off the Radar

September 23, 2016

The Turkish Foreign Ministry said Friday that it does not recognize the results of Russia’s parliamentary elections recently held in Crimea. Russia annexed Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula in March 2014 following a contested referendum. Since then, the region’s Tatar community has regularly denounced increasing repression including arbitrary arrests and detentions.

Africa

Top News

September 23, 2016

Opinion

September 23, 2016

I was born in Mali, where more than 95% of the population professes Islam as their religion. When I think of how I got a visa to come to the US 40 years ago, the story seems romantic, especially in light of all the Muslim-hating that’s going on in this presidential election.

Off the Radar

September 23, 2016

Kenya's Parliament has ratified the Economic Partnership Agreement with the European Union, allowing Kenya to export its agricultural products to Europe without attracting taxes.

Middle East & North Africa

Top News

September 23, 2016

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan accused the United States of supplying more weapons to Kurdish fighters in northern Syria this week, saying Washington had delivered two plane loads of arms to what Ankara considers a terrorist group.

Kingdom Comedown: Falling Oil Prices Shock Saudi Middle Class

By Ahmed Al Omran and Nikhil Lohade | The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)

A sharp drop in the price of oil, Saudi Arabia’s main revenue source, has forced the government to withdraw some benefits this year—raising the cost of living in the kingdom and hurting its middle class, a part of society long insulated from such problems.

During the last Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, this stunning Red Sea resort town was crowded with tourists from all around the world. During the same festival season last week, the beaches were half-filled, and hotel occupancy rates were low. At night, on the seaside promenade, restaurants and bars were largely empty. Some were closed.

Dozens of bodies, many decomposed, were being pulled out of the waters off the Egyptian coast on Friday, three days after hundreds of migrants heading to Europe, drowned when their overcrowded boat capsized.

Opinion

September 23, 2016

Off the Radar

September 23, 2016

Asia-Pacific

Top News

September 23, 2016

Opinion

September 23, 2016

India's Health Scare Gets Worse

By Neeta Lal | The Diplomat

The current outbreak of vector borne diseases lays bare the inadequacies of India’s health care system.

Off the Radar

September 23, 2016

India on Friday signed an $8.78 billion deal with France to buy 36 Rafale fighter jets in "ready to fly" condition, meaning they will be made in France. The first of the Rafales, made by Dassault Aviation, will be delivered in three years and the last in 5½ years, the Press Trust of India news agency reported.

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