FOREIGN NEWS MONITORING
The Foreign News Monitoring Section of IR Insider publishes breaking news reports and analyses which synthesize global perspectives on a specific current event or topic. Writers of the Foreign News Monitoring Section track a particular subject for a week-long interval and produce a concluding, synthesizing report at the close of the tracking period. Additionally, writers of the Foreign News Monitoring Section repost relevant publications from various foreign media outlets throughout the tracking period. Topics covered by the Foreign News Monitoring are not necessarily tied to a specific region and writers may therefore cover any current world event. Our section editor is Kevin Moya.
Media outlets around the world turned their attention towards the Persian Gulf this week as the United States’ recent decision to deploy further military forces into the Middle East to deter Iranian behavior sparked a fresh set of tensions between Tehran and Washington.
(The Telegraph — European Union) Britain and other European allies suggested they could be forced to reapply sanctions if Iran follows through with its threat to partially withdraw from the Iran Nuclear Deal.
(The Guardian — Iran) Iran’s top security body has labeled the United States’ recent decision to send an aircraft carrier and bombers to the Middle East a form of “psychological warfare”.
(CNN — United States) The United States announced Sunday it is deploying the USS Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group and a bomber task force to the Middle East in response to a "number of troubling and escalatory indications and warnings" from Iran.
Events in Sudan have attracted international attention in recent weeks as the country’s military rulers and civilian protest leaders continue discussions on what the future of the Sudanese government will look like. Negotiations have come after veteran military dictator Omar al-Bashir, who had ruled Sudan since 1993, was ousted in a military coup on April 11 amidst massive protests against his rule.
(Middle East Monitor — African Union) The African Union has given the Sudanese Transitional Military Council another 60 days to hand over power to a civilian transitional authority, otherwise it will face the country’s membership being suspended.
(Arab News — United Arab Emirates) The UAE said Wednesday it supported an "orderly" transition in Sudan where military leaders are locked in a standoff with protesters demanding a civilian government.
(TRT World — Turkey) Experts say Ankara could play a significant role in shaping the Sudanese political crisis and also limit the authoritarian influence of Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.
(Al Jazeera — Sudan) Sudan's military rulers and protest leaders have offered differing visions for a joint army-civilian governing council.
The United States escalated tensions between itself and Iran this week as Washington announced on Monday that it would end its sanctions waivers for eight countries who import Iranian oil. Washington’s decision signaled yet another example of the United States’ strategy of gradually strangling the Iranian regime through political, economic, and military pressure.
(TASS News Agency — Russia) The United States’ decision to crackdown on Iranian oil exports will not bolster Washington’s international standing, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a communique this week.
(The Times of Israel — Iran) Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Wednesday warned that the United States should be “prepared for the consequences” if Washington prevents Iran from selling oil.
(Reuters — China) China’s Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday that it has complained to the United States over its recent decision to end waivers on sanctions on Iranian oil imports.
(New York Times — United States) The Trump administration increased its economic pressure on Iran by announcing on Monday that it would stop allowing five large countries to purchase Iranian oil.
The international community remains deeply concerned regarding the conflict in Libya, as the threat of an all-out civil war has left many global leaders fearing the emergence of yet another humanitarian crisis in the Middle East.
(Al Jazeera — United Nations) The United Nations has condemned an attack launched by Libyan General Khalifa Haftar’s forces on a residential neighborhood in Tripoli that killed 7 civilians and wounded at least 20.
(Reuters — Libya) Shells slammed into Libya’s capital of Tripoli overnight as Khalifa Haftar’s forces intensify their effort to oust Libya’s internationally backed government.
(Euronews — Italy) Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has called for an immediate ceasefire in the ongoing Libyan conflict.
(The Telegraph — United Kingdom) British diplomats on Tuesday circulated a draft resolution to members of the United Nations Security Council calling for a ceasefire in Libya.
(Washington Post — Germany) German Chancellor Angela Merkel voiced her concern regarding the humanitarian situation in Libya on Monday as a civil war continues to force Libyans to migrate.
The focus of international media shifted toward Israel this week as Israelis took to the polls to settle a tightly contested election between incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and former military chief Benny Gantz.
(Israel Hayom — Iran) Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday dismissed Israel’s elections as “meaningless,” arguing the United States’ designation of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards as a terrorist organization was simply a political ploy to help Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Nethanyahu get re-elected.
(The Washington Post — United States) U.S. President Donald Trump congratulated Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Nethanyahu on his apparent re-election on Wednesday, stating Nethanyahu’s victory increases the chances of peace in the region.
(Haaretz — Israel) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to carry on to a fifth term in office and beat rival Benny Gantz in a tightly-contested election, the latest results indicate as vote continue to be counted.
(Anadolu Agency — Turkey) Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday that the West Bank “absolutely” belongs to Palestinians, blasting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Nethanyahu’s recent comments on annexing Jewish settlements in the West Bank if re-elected.
As the economic situation in Venezuela grows more dire every week and the political battle between sitting President Nicolas Maduro and his opponents at home and abroad intensifies, a thick cloud of uncertainty looms over Venezuela, its future, and the international community’s response.
(Reuters — United Nations) A report by researchers at Human Rights Watch and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health released on Thursday urges United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to officially declare that Venezuela is facing a “humanitarian crisis.”
(Reuters — United States) United States Senators introduced bipartisan legislation on Wednesday to provide $400 million in new aid, internationalize sanctions and ease penalties on Venezuelan officials who recognize Juan Guaido’s opposition government.
(The Telegraph — Russia) Russia has opened a base in Venezuela to train military helicopter pilots as part of an effort by Russian President Validimir Putin to prop-up the Maduro regime.
(NPR — Venezuela) Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Sunday instituted a plan to ration electricity as his government scrambles to repair the country’s electrical system and its worsening political and economic conditions.