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August 2, 2021

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August 2, 2021

Space Norms and U.S. National Security: Leading on Space Debris

By Philip Potter, George W. Foresman & Michael Horowitz | War on the Rocks (free)

Nearly 50 years after the end of the last space race, the competition is back. America’s well-known economic and military dependence on open access to space is being challenged. As stated in the 2020 U.S. Defense Space Strategy, “China and Russia each have weaponized space as a means to reduce U.S. and allied military effectiveness and challenge our freedom of operation in space.” But even putting geopolitics aside, the complexity of a more crowded space environment increases the chances of collisions and miscalculations.

More from WPR: Small States Can Play a Big Role in Space

Africa

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August 2, 2021

He is famous in Nigeria for catching notorious criminals—killers, kidnappers, bank robbers and Boko Haram extremists. Years of high-profile arrests won him acclaim and an enduring nickname: “super cop.” Now Abba Alhaji Kyari, deputy commissioner for the Nigeria Police Force, stands accused of abusing his power to support a global fraud ring.

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August 2, 2021

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August 2, 2021

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August 2, 2021

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August 2, 2021

Taliban Advances Into Major Afghan Cities for First Time in Two Decades

By Susannah George & Aziz Tassal | The Washington Post

The Taliban is ramping up pressure on some of Afghanistan’s largest cities, striking busy transit hubs and pushing front lines deep into urban areas for the first time since the militants were overthrown nearly two decades ago.

Europe

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August 2, 2021

EU to Aid Lithuania Amid Swelling Migrant Flows From Belarus

By Liudas Dapkus | Associated Press (free)

European Union officials Monday pledged millions of euros to Lithuania to help it tackle a migrant crisis that it blames on the government of neighboring Belarus and its authoritarian president, Alexander Lukashenko.

Middle East & North Africa

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August 2, 2021

Syrian Army Steps Up Offensive in Restive Southern City

By Suleiman Al-Khalidi | Reuters (free)

Syrian troops stepped up shelling of an opposition enclave in the southern city of Deraa in a bid to assert control over an area that has defied state authority since it was retaken three years ago, witnesses, the army and residents said.

Seven Kurds Slain in Turkey; Officials Deny Ethnic Motive

By AP Editors | Associated Press (free)

Authorities said Saturday that 10 suspects have been detained over the killing of seven people from an ethnic Kurdish family in Turkey’s central Konya province. Family members say the attack was ethnically motivated, while authorities blame a long-running feud between two families.

Opinion

August 2, 2021

This week, a 3,500-year-old clay tablet containing a portion of the “Epic of Gilgamesh”—one of the world’s oldest surviving pieces of literature—was forfeited by Hobby Lobby to the Justice Department. The tablet constitutes one of more than 17,000 artifacts and treasures that are said to be returning to Iraq soon. This is refreshing news for those of us who have documented and pursued Iraq’s lost heritage. Unfortunately, this rare incident should not obscure the fact that Iraq was, and continues to be, looted and stolen from with few, if any, consequences.

United States

News

August 2, 2021

He is famous in Nigeria for catching notorious criminals—killers, kidnappers, bank robbers and Boko Haram extremists. Years of high-profile arrests won him acclaim and an enduring nickname: “super cop.” Now Abba Alhaji Kyari, deputy commissioner for the Nigeria Police Force, stands accused of abusing his power to support a global fraud ring.

Opinion

August 2, 2021

Space Norms and U.S. National Security: Leading on Space Debris

By Philip Potter, George W. Foresman & Michael Horowitz | War on the Rocks (free)

Nearly 50 years after the end of the last space race, the competition is back. America’s well-known economic and military dependence on open access to space is being challenged. As stated in the 2020 U.S. Defense Space Strategy, “China and Russia each have weaponized space as a means to reduce U.S. and allied military effectiveness and challenge our freedom of operation in space.” But even putting geopolitics aside, the complexity of a more crowded space environment increases the chances of collisions and miscalculations.

More from WPR: Small States Can Play a Big Role in Space

The Americas

News

August 2, 2021

Opinion

August 2, 2021

Europe

News

August 2, 2021

EU to Aid Lithuania Amid Swelling Migrant Flows From Belarus

By Liudas Dapkus | Associated Press (free)

European Union officials Monday pledged millions of euros to Lithuania to help it tackle a migrant crisis that it blames on the government of neighboring Belarus and its authoritarian president, Alexander Lukashenko.

Africa

News

August 2, 2021

He is famous in Nigeria for catching notorious criminals—killers, kidnappers, bank robbers and Boko Haram extremists. Years of high-profile arrests won him acclaim and an enduring nickname: “super cop.” Now Abba Alhaji Kyari, deputy commissioner for the Nigeria Police Force, stands accused of abusing his power to support a global fraud ring.

Opinion

August 2, 2021

Middle East & North Africa

News

August 2, 2021

Syrian Army Steps Up Offensive in Restive Southern City

By Suleiman Al-Khalidi | Reuters (free)

Syrian troops stepped up shelling of an opposition enclave in the southern city of Deraa in a bid to assert control over an area that has defied state authority since it was retaken three years ago, witnesses, the army and residents said.

Seven Kurds Slain in Turkey; Officials Deny Ethnic Motive

By AP Editors | Associated Press (free)

Authorities said Saturday that 10 suspects have been detained over the killing of seven people from an ethnic Kurdish family in Turkey’s central Konya province. Family members say the attack was ethnically motivated, while authorities blame a long-running feud between two families.

Opinion

August 2, 2021

This week, a 3,500-year-old clay tablet containing a portion of the “Epic of Gilgamesh”—one of the world’s oldest surviving pieces of literature—was forfeited by Hobby Lobby to the Justice Department. The tablet constitutes one of more than 17,000 artifacts and treasures that are said to be returning to Iraq soon. This is refreshing news for those of us who have documented and pursued Iraq’s lost heritage. Unfortunately, this rare incident should not obscure the fact that Iraq was, and continues to be, looted and stolen from with few, if any, consequences.

Asia-Pacific

News

August 2, 2021

Taliban Advances Into Major Afghan Cities for First Time in Two Decades

By Susannah George & Aziz Tassal | The Washington Post

The Taliban is ramping up pressure on some of Afghanistan’s largest cities, striking busy transit hubs and pushing front lines deep into urban areas for the first time since the militants were overthrown nearly two decades ago.

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