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.
(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.
United States President Donald Trump’s decision on Monday to formally recognize Israeli sovereignty over the long-disputed region of the Golan Heights received intense backlash this week from the international community.
(Al Jazeera — United Nations) The United States received fierce condemnation from the other 14 member states of the UN Security Council on Wednesday for recognizing Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights.
(Haaretz — European Union) European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini released a statement on Wednesday saying the E.U "does not recognize Israeli sovereignty over the occupied Golan Heights."
(Mexico Daily News - Mexico) The pope was also asked to apologize to Mexico's indigenous people for indignities they suffered. The government of Spain has “vigorously” rejected a request from Mexican President López Obrador that it apologize for its conquest of Mexico.
(Syrian Arab News Agency — Syria) People took to the streets across Syria on Tuesday to protest United States President Donald Trump’s recent recognition of Israel’s authority over the highly-disputed Golan Heights region.
(New York Times — United States) United States President Donald Trump signed a proclamation on Monday recognizing Israel’s claim to the historically-disputed Golan Heights region, reversing decades of American policy in doing so.
Years of delay and dithering have dominated the political environment surrounding ‘Brexit’ as the United Kingdom prepares to leave the European Union. The process of arranging Britain’s divorce from the E.U. has left high levels of uncertainty and division, both within the UK Parliament and the international community with regards to how, when, or even if Brexit will take place.
(Reuters—United States) United States President Donald Trump said Thursday that he anticipates a “large scale” trade deal with the United Kingdom as the British government prepares to leave the European Union.
(France 24—France) French customs agents striking to demand better pay and more resources for the extra work that is anticipated with Brexit nearing rejected an offer of 14 million euros from the French government on Wednesday.
(BBC — United Kingdom) British lawmakers rejected Prime Minister Theresa May’s revised Brexit deal on Tuesday by another overwhelming margin, raising the possibility of Britain crashing out of the European Union with no deal.
(Reuters — European Union) European Commission head Jean Claude Juncker said Monday that he agreed on a revised Brexit deal with British Prime Minister Theresa May to make the agreement better-suited to some demands from UK lawmakers, who are set to vote on the deal on Tuesday.