July 28, 2014

Despite a request yesterday by President Obama to Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu for an immediate humanitarian cease-fire and a Security Council demand late last night for a cease-fire, Israeli officials refuse to pause hostilities and reportedly plan to expand their offensive in Gaza.
Strained US Ties Seen as Israel Rejects Cease-fire Pleas
An Israeli army Merkava tank rolls along the border between Israel and the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip on July 28, 2014. (David Buimovitch/AFP/Getty Images)
China, Russia Scramble to Fill US Leadership Void in Latin America
July 17, 2014
Mere months after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry declared the Monroe Doctrine to be null and void, China and Russia are seeking to take advantage of U.S. neglect of the Western Hemisphere by expanding their presence in the region. Both Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin are aggressively courting the region’s leftist leaders during overlapping trips to Latin America and the Caribbean this week.
WTO Subsidy Brawl Widens Chasm Between West and the Rest
July 17, 2014
China and India scored partial victories this week in their lengthy trade disputes against the United States, making it harder for Washington to challenge the trade practices of other nations on a global scale. A panel of World Trade Organization judges used a rather strict interpretation of what constitutes a “public body” to strike down the American arguments that solar panel and steel exporters in China and India received unfair subsidies.
Islamic Army’s Advance Ignites European Terrorism Fears
July 17, 2014
The European Union is growing alarmed by the prospect of more than 2,000 European-born militants fighting alongside of the Twitter-savvy Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). As the foreign insurgents begin returning home, the danger of new terrorist attacks in Europe is rising dramatically.
Fears of Terrorist Alliance Drive Egyptian Crackdown in Sinai
July 16, 2014
As new Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi settles into office, he is directing his attention to imposing order on the strategically important Sinai Peninsula. A new crackdown on radical Islamist militants in the region may prove pivotal to Israeli-Egyptian cooperation as Hamas and the Islamic State (ISIS) attempt to infiltrate the Sinai.
Kremlin Cries Crocodile Tears Over Fracking in Europe
July 16, 2014
As the conflict between Ukraine and Russia creates uncertainty over Europe’s energy supply, Russia is waging a behind-the-scenes campaign to keep Europe dependent on Russian natural gas. Despite Russia’s execrable environmental record, since 2011, the Kremlin has been leading a scheme to trumpet fracking’s potential to harm European ecosystems while maneuvering to stop cheap natural gas from reaching Europe from pipelines beyond Russian control.
NSA Uncovers Threats That Make Its Worst Critics Worry
July 16, 2014
Heavily criticized for occasionally tapping into the electronic lives of U.S. citizens, NSA data collection is proving to be a worthwhile investment. While media critics have been quick to condemn the effort as nothing more than a virtual dragnet, a clutch of new reports includes counterterrorism revelations so worrisome that the Washington Post declined to print them.
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