Weekly World News Update, August 6, 2014

TODAY we are pleased to provide the “Weekly World News Update” (WWNU) for your review. It is produced by the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh and shared through the network of the World Affairs Councils of America. The Tennessee WAC is a proud member of the network — the world’s largest grassroots global education effort.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Analysis of the continued conflict in Gaza, Turkey’s upcoming election, relations with Russia, and more. Plus, articles on U.S. foreign policy, communication freedom, global health, and a historical perspective on today’s conflicts.

Continued Tension in Gaza

Israel, Trapped by Nationalism,” Pankaj Mishra – Bloomberg View, August 3, 2014
The Hamas Trap: Hidden Labyrinth was Wired for War,” Paul Sheehan – The Sydney Morning Herald, August 4, 2014
You Learn a Lot Very Quickly in Gaza…,” David Blair – The Telegraph, August 3, 2014
For Hamas, War in Gaza is a Step Towards the West Bank,” Hussein Ibish – The National, August 2, 2014

What to Expect When Turkey Votes

Sleepless in Ankara: The Post-Erdogan Government’s Big Challenges,” Sinan Ülgen – National Interest, August 4, 2014

Global Health

After Ebola,” Michael Specter – The New Yorker, August 1, 2014


Cold Tensions Rising

Beyond Sanctions: What’s the West’s Strategy on Russia?,” Ulrich Speck – Carnegie Europe, August 1, 2014
The Rise of Putinism,” Fareed Zakaria – The Washington Post, July 31, 2014
Clashes with Russia Point to Globalization’s End,” Mark Leonard – Reuters, July 30, 2014
Why Europe Might Balk at Backing Sanctions Against Russia,” Alastair Jamieson and F. Brinley Bruton – NBC News, August 4, 2014

New Separatist War Fears

New War Risk on Russia Fringes Amid Armenia-Azeri Clashes,” Henry Meyer, Sara Khojoyan and Zulfugar Agayev – Bloomberg, August 4, 2014
Death Toll Rises in Azerbaijan-Armenia Conflict,” Aida Sultanova – ABC News, August 4, 2014

U.S. Foreign Policy Strategies

A U.S.-Vietnam Alliance? Not So Fast,” Teddy Pham – The Diplomat, August 4, 2014
Obama Woos African Leaders to Counter Growing Chinese Influence,” Chris McGreal – The Guardian, August 3, 2014

Freedom of Communication?

Japan: Hate Speech vs. Free Speech,” Kyla Ryan – The Diplomat, August 4, 2014
Breaking Through China’s Great Firewall,” Kevin Holden – The Diplomat, July 30, 2014


Reflecting on Today’s Conflicts

The Dirty Little Wars of 2014 Go Back 100 Years,” Timothy Garton Ash – The Globe and Mail, August 1, 2014

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