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August 16, 2019

President Trump Eyes a New Real Estate Purchase: Greenland

By Vivian Salama, Rebecca Ballhaus, Andrew Restuccia & Michael C. Bender | The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)

The idea of the U.S. purchasing Greenland has captured the former real estate developer’s imagination, according to people familiar with the discussion, who said Trump has, with varying degrees of seriousness, repeatedly expressed interest in buying the ice-covered autonomous Danish territory between the North Atlantic and Arctic oceans.

More from WPR: The Costs of Keeping Greenland in the West’s Orbit

U.S. Tech Groups in the Dark About Renewal of Huawei Sales Licence

By Kiran Stacey & James Politi | Financial Times (subscription required)

U.S. technology and telecoms companies still do not know whether they will be able to sell to Huawei after Monday, when a temporary export licence runs out, leaving many in the industry frustrated over the lack of information from the Trump administration.

Opinion

August 16, 2019

We need to be honest with ourselves and others: The United States won’t go to war to save free speech in Hong Kong. It probably wouldn’t go to war to protect the independence of Taiwan, either. The United States should subtly raise the cost of potential Chinese intervention and maintain some ambiguity about its actions. But we should be careful about facile rhetorical threats that raise the costs for others.

Africa

News

August 16, 2019

Seamen Kidnapped Off Cameroon’s Coast

By The Editors | Reuters

A number of seamen have been kidnapped after an attack on their vessel off the coast of Cameroon in West Africa’s piracy-plagued Gulf of Guinea, a source in the Cameroonian army and a source at the major port of Douala said Friday.

Opinion

August 16, 2019

The Americas

News

August 16, 2019

Venezuela’s opposition-controlled Congress is considering reforms to the country’s oil law that would open up the sector to private investment but are scaled back from the sweeping changes outlined in a past proposal, according to a draft of the bill seen by Reuters.

The government of President Nicolas Maduro on Thursday nullified the newly named board of Venezuela’s prized Citgo refineries in the U.S. amid a political battle for control of the country, saying opposition leaders had no right to appoint them.

Opinion

August 16, 2019

In a democracy, the people are often mistaken but never wrong. This fall, Canada will have a federal election and a chance to make a decision. The SNC-Lavalin affair will be fresh fodder for citizens and parties. It should be. Voters can and should judge whether and to what degree Trudeau and his team ought to be sanctioned for what they did, weighing that consideration against their electoral alternatives.

More from WPR: Why the SNC-Lavalin Scandal Is Such a Blow for Canada’s Trudeau

Asia-Pacific

News

August 16, 2019

Opinion

August 16, 2019

Party Man

By Richard McGregor | Foreign Affairs

Xi Jinping’s quest to dominate China.

Europe

News

August 16, 2019

Novichok Sickened Second British Officer, Police Say

By Anna Schaverien | The New York Times

A second police officer has been confirmed as a victim of the nerve-agent attack that nearly killed a Russian former spy and his daughter in England last year, the police said Thursday, bringing the number of those known to have been sickened in the episode to six.

Opinion

August 16, 2019

Middle East & North Africa

News

August 16, 2019

A day after Israel announced it was banning Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib from entering for a four-day trip to the Palestinian territories, the country’s Interior Minister Aryeh Deri said Friday he would approve a humanitarian request from Tlaib to visit her 90-year-old grandmother who lives in the occupied West Bank.

Opinion

August 16, 2019

Israel’s record of killing or injuring Palestinians with impunity, systematically taking over their land and controlling the lives of millions through an arbitrary system of permits—while claiming that all this is “legal” and democratic—is part of the infamous status quo. So is its habit of attacking and trying to ban those who criticize its behavior.

United States

News

August 16, 2019

President Trump Eyes a New Real Estate Purchase: Greenland

By Vivian Salama, Rebecca Ballhaus, Andrew Restuccia & Michael C. Bender | The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)

The idea of the U.S. purchasing Greenland has captured the former real estate developer’s imagination, according to people familiar with the discussion, who said Trump has, with varying degrees of seriousness, repeatedly expressed interest in buying the ice-covered autonomous Danish territory between the North Atlantic and Arctic oceans.

More from WPR: The Costs of Keeping Greenland in the West’s Orbit

U.S. Tech Groups in the Dark About Renewal of Huawei Sales Licence

By Kiran Stacey & James Politi | Financial Times (subscription required)

U.S. technology and telecoms companies still do not know whether they will be able to sell to Huawei after Monday, when a temporary export licence runs out, leaving many in the industry frustrated over the lack of information from the Trump administration.

A day after Israel announced it was banning Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib from entering for a four-day trip to the Palestinian territories, the country’s Interior Minister Aryeh Deri said Friday he would approve a humanitarian request from Tlaib to visit her 90-year-old grandmother who lives in the occupied West Bank.

Opinion

August 16, 2019

We need to be honest with ourselves and others: The United States won’t go to war to save free speech in Hong Kong. It probably wouldn’t go to war to protect the independence of Taiwan, either. The United States should subtly raise the cost of potential Chinese intervention and maintain some ambiguity about its actions. But we should be careful about facile rhetorical threats that raise the costs for others.

News

August 15, 2019

Opinion

August 15, 2019

The Steep Price of Trump’s Incoherent Nihilism

By E.J. Dionne Jr. | The Washington Post

A concern for human rights and democracy has often been seen as an add-on to our country’s foreign policy, an attractive veneer over the usual realpolitik. But President Trump is demonstrating that a supposedly “America First” policy focused entirely on trade and divorced from a commitment to our values is incoherent.

The Myth of American Military Dominance

By Justin Lynch | War on the Rocks

Because American conventional military dominance is an assumption rather than a fact, strategists need to question its validity and its importance for policy and strategy. If the common narrative proves to be unsupported, it will change America’s strategic variables.

The Americas

News

August 16, 2019

Venezuela’s opposition-controlled Congress is considering reforms to the country’s oil law that would open up the sector to private investment but are scaled back from the sweeping changes outlined in a past proposal, according to a draft of the bill seen by Reuters.

The government of President Nicolas Maduro on Thursday nullified the newly named board of Venezuela’s prized Citgo refineries in the U.S. amid a political battle for control of the country, saying opposition leaders had no right to appoint them.

Opinion

August 16, 2019

In a democracy, the people are often mistaken but never wrong. This fall, Canada will have a federal election and a chance to make a decision. The SNC-Lavalin affair will be fresh fodder for citizens and parties. It should be. Voters can and should judge whether and to what degree Trudeau and his team ought to be sanctioned for what they did, weighing that consideration against their electoral alternatives.

More from WPR: Why the SNC-Lavalin Scandal Is Such a Blow for Canada’s Trudeau

News

August 15, 2019

Opinion

August 15, 2019

Europe

News

August 16, 2019

President Trump Eyes a New Real Estate Purchase: Greenland

By Vivian Salama, Rebecca Ballhaus, Andrew Restuccia & Michael C. Bender | The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)

The idea of the U.S. purchasing Greenland has captured the former real estate developer’s imagination, according to people familiar with the discussion, who said Trump has, with varying degrees of seriousness, repeatedly expressed interest in buying the ice-covered autonomous Danish territory between the North Atlantic and Arctic oceans.

More from WPR: The Costs of Keeping Greenland in the West’s Orbit

Novichok Sickened Second British Officer, Police Say

By Anna Schaverien | The New York Times

A second police officer has been confirmed as a victim of the nerve-agent attack that nearly killed a Russian former spy and his daughter in England last year, the police said Thursday, bringing the number of those known to have been sickened in the episode to six.

Opinion

August 16, 2019

News

August 15, 2019

Meeting a Russian Scientist? He Might Need to Report on You

By Ivan Nechepurenko | The New York Times

Russian scientists on Wednesday ridiculed a government plan to impose Soviet-style restrictions on their interactions with colleagues from around the world, such as seeking permission for meetings and submitting reports about each encounter with a foreign peer.

Opinion

August 15, 2019

Africa

News

August 16, 2019

Seamen Kidnapped Off Cameroon’s Coast

By The Editors | Reuters

A number of seamen have been kidnapped after an attack on their vessel off the coast of Cameroon in West Africa’s piracy-plagued Gulf of Guinea, a source in the Cameroonian army and a source at the major port of Douala said Friday.

Opinion

August 16, 2019

News

August 15, 2019

Huawei Technicians Helped African Governments Spy on Political Opponents

By Joe Parkinson, Nicholas Bariyo & Josh Chin | The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)

Technicians from the Chinese powerhouse have, in at least two cases, personally helped African governments spy on their political opponents, including intercepting their encrypted communications and social media, and using cell data to track their whereabouts, according to senior security officials working directly with the Huawei employees in these countries.

Opinion

August 15, 2019

Middle East & North Africa

News

August 16, 2019

A day after Israel announced it was banning Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib from entering for a four-day trip to the Palestinian territories, the country’s Interior Minister Aryeh Deri said Friday he would approve a humanitarian request from Tlaib to visit her 90-year-old grandmother who lives in the occupied West Bank.

Opinion

August 16, 2019

Israel’s record of killing or injuring Palestinians with impunity, systematically taking over their land and controlling the lives of millions through an arbitrary system of permits—while claiming that all this is “legal” and democratic—is part of the infamous status quo. So is its habit of attacking and trying to ban those who criticize its behavior.

News

August 15, 2019

Opinion

August 15, 2019

Asia-Pacific

News

August 16, 2019

U.S. Tech Groups in the Dark About Renewal of Huawei Sales Licence

By Kiran Stacey & James Politi | Financial Times (subscription required)

U.S. technology and telecoms companies still do not know whether they will be able to sell to Huawei after Monday, when a temporary export licence runs out, leaving many in the industry frustrated over the lack of information from the Trump administration.

Opinion

August 16, 2019

We need to be honest with ourselves and others: The United States won’t go to war to save free speech in Hong Kong. It probably wouldn’t go to war to protect the independence of Taiwan, either. The United States should subtly raise the cost of potential Chinese intervention and maintain some ambiguity about its actions. But we should be careful about facile rhetorical threats that raise the costs for others.

Party Man

By Richard McGregor | Foreign Affairs

Xi Jinping’s quest to dominate China.

News

August 15, 2019

Huawei Technicians Helped African Governments Spy on Political Opponents

By Joe Parkinson, Nicholas Bariyo & Josh Chin | The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)

Technicians from the Chinese powerhouse have, in at least two cases, personally helped African governments spy on their political opponents, including intercepting their encrypted communications and social media, and using cell data to track their whereabouts, according to senior security officials working directly with the Huawei employees in these countries.

Opinion

August 15, 2019

The Silence Is the Loudest Sound

By Arundhati Roy | The New York Times

The Indian government has confined about seven million Kashmiris to their homes and imposed a complete communications blackout.

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