July 23, 2014

Despite ongoing peace efforts and growing international criticism of Israel’s invasion of Gaza, Israeli officials seem in no hurry to end their Gaza operation in light of the large number of tunnels and weapons uncovered over the past five days. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday emphasized the need for Hamas to end the conflict, a shift from controversial comments made over the past few days that were critical of Israel for the Gaza invasion.

Israel Presses Gaza Offensive, Undeterred by Negative Press
Israeli soldiers evacuate their wounded at an army deployment area near Israel's border with the Gaza Strip on July 23, 2014. (JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
With Iraq in Chaos, Israel Strengthens Ties to the Kurds
June 26, 2014
Israel accepted a first shipment of oil last week from Iraq’s Kurdistan region, throwing the Kurds a lifeline in their conflict with the Iraqi central government over oil resources. But it’s not likely that Kurdistan, given the politics of the Middle East, will ever be a reliable ally of Israel.
US Court Decision Brings Argentina Closer to Default
June 26, 2014
Bound by new restrictions to pay its creditors in full, Argentina is facing an uphill battle economically and politically to reach a negotiated settlement before a tight June deadline. Argentina’s ongoing fight with creditors became front-page news last week as a series of U.S. court rulings edged South America’s second largest economy a step closer to its second default in less than 15 years.
Pope Francis Walks Tall Into Organized Crime Stronghold
June 25, 2014
Friend of the poor, leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Roman Catholics, Pope Francis over the weekend took on a new role as he confronted Italy's notorious 'Ndrangheta mob bosses at great personal risk. The papal crime-fighter denounced the Mafia and told the lapsed Catholic criminals to consider themselves excommunicated.
Bergdahl Facing Long Debriefing by the Book
June 25, 2014
Any desertion or treason case to be made against freed prisoner of war Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl could result in a complex legal entanglement. Bergdahl won’t be officially questioned until his lengthy military debriefing is over, and he could at that point invoke his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.
ISIS Loves Twitter, But So Does Western Intelligence
June 25, 2014
When they aren’t shooting unarmed soldiers or chopping off heads, the brutal jihadist army marching toward Baghdad is spreading terror across Iraq in another way – in 140 characters or less. Social media is just another tool in the arsenal of the rebels of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. But it also gives U.S. intelligence agencies another way to track them.
Latin Free-Market Bloc Risks Advances with Leftist Outreach
June 24, 2014
The economically liberal Latin American trade bloc known as the Pacific Alliance, founded by Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru, is a shining example of the benefits of free markets in a region with deep historical sympathy for socialist policies. Yet a bid to seek closer ties with the left-leaning, five-nation South American customs union Mercosur could backfire, watering down the Pacific Alliance’s status as a role model for the region's growing economies.
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