FOREIGN NEWS MONITORING
This section reposts global news articles from various outlets to give readers an international perspective on leading topics. Our writers synthesize these global perspectives weekly. Writer William Kim is currently tracking the Syrian Civil War. Writer Maria Gracia Santillana is currently tracking protests in Iran. They each repost an article from another outlet on a daily basis. Our current section editor is Kevin Moya and our former editors are Forrest Ferguson (Fall 2017) and Kathleen Shea (Spring 2018).
(Turkey - Aljazeera) A team of Turkish investigators has entered the residence of the Saudi consul general in Istanbul as part of an investigation into the disappearance and suspected killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
(US - BBC News) US President Donald Trump has suggested "rogue killers" could be behind the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Turkey. Turkish officials believe Mr Khashoggi was murdered in the consulate by Saudi agents nearly two weeks ago but Riyadh has always strongly denied this.
(UK- The Guardian) Russia has summoned the Dutch ambassador to protest after the Netherlands exposed Moscow’s attempts to hack into the computers of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. In a report cited by Tass and other Russian state news agencies on Monday, the Russian foreign ministry said it would summon Renée Jones-Bos over “the misinformation campaign launched in The Hague”
Macedonia, a small landlocked country in Southeastern Europe, is currently in the midst of a huge change. On Sept. 30, 2018, Macedonia held a referendum in which it asked its citizens whether or not they supported membership into the EU and NATO by accepting a June 2018 deal with Greece to change its name to North Macedonia. A name change would settle Macedonia’s long-standing feud with Greece, who accuses Macedonia of appropriating its name from the northern Greek province called Macedonia, and would be seen as a welcome resolution by the international community. Nevertheless, complications regarding the referendum have caused commotion within the Balkan Peninsula and international media has kept a keen eye on the ongoing situation.
(Russia- The Moscow Times) Russian officials have denounced hacking accusations leveled by the United States, Britain and the Netherlands against Moscow on Thursday as an “orchestrated propaganda campaign.” Dutch authorities said Thursday that they had disrupted and deported four Russian military intelligence agents who had attempted to hack the international chemical weapons watchdog headquarters in The Hague in April.
(Netherlands - Dutch News) The Netherlands does not want to fall out with Russia over allegations of spy cyber activity, according to an expert in international law. Instead, the Dutch and British revealed in a press conference on Thursday, the alleged attempt was busted on 13th April and the four men were thrown out of the Netherlands.
(Chosun - South Korea) Few Macedonians turned out to vote in a referendum on whether to change the name of their country -- a move that could pave the way for it to join NATO and the European Union. According to election officials, only about a third of eligible voters cast ballots Sunday. But more than 90 percent of those voting cast a ballot in favor of changing the country's name to North Macedonia.
(US - Washington Post) The United States and major Western allies on Thursday forcefully condemned Russia’s hacking and disinformation operations, announcing indictments and describing in striking detail Moscow’s targeting of top Olympic athletes, anti-doping organizations, and chemical weapons monitors.
(Straits Times - Indonesia) Macedonia spun into political crisis on Sunday (Sept 30) as a referendum on a deal that would have unlocked the door to Nato and European Union membership fell well short of the required turnout, raising the prospect that the Balkan nation would be blocked from those Western clubs for years to come.
Since losing its access to the Pacific after the War of the Pacific in 1884, Bolivia has been yearning to win its forgone territories back. Following the war, Chile and Bolivia settled on an agreement that would give Chile full control of Bolivia’s maritime region. A Treaty signed in 1904 made the change permanent, with that area becoming the Antofagasta province of modern Chile.
(Times of India - India) Sunday's referendum asks voters if they support changing the Balkan nation's name from Macedonia to North Macedonia. Greece has agreed to drop longstanding objections to neighboring Macedonia's bids to join NATO and eventually the European Union, if the new name is approved.
(Bolivia - Prensa Latina) After the International Court of Justice (ICJ) rejected Chile's obligation to negotiate Bolivia's access to the sea, authorities here considered that the right to find a solution to the centenarian dispute is unwaivable. Bolivian President Evo Morales said in The Hague, the Netherlands, that the two countries and the region need to resolve pending matters, and that his nation will never abandon the maritime cause.
(Independent - UK) For the Macedonian government, the name change would bring an end to a 27-year long dispute with Greece – a dispute that that has prevented Macedonia joining Nato and the European Union. For Russia, Macedonian membership of Nato and the EU would signal its influence in the region further diminishing.
(Chile - The Santiago Times) The International Court of Justice (ICJ) on Monday ruled that Chile does not have to negotiate access to the Pacific Ocean with Bolivia, frustrating hopes of resolving a bitter dispute dating back to the late 19th century.
(Aljazeera - Qatar) Who's winning, Russia or the West? That vexing question seems to be on everyone's mind with regard to the September 30 referendum which was supposed to change the name of the Republic of Macedonia to the Republic of North Macedonia.
On Sept. 22, shots were fired at a military parade in the Southwestern city of Ahvaz in Iran. Reports stated that 25 were killed and more than 50 were wounded, including soldiers and parade attendees. Funerals were held for the victims on Sept. 24, where they were buried in Iranian flags.
(US Perspective) Landlocked Bolivia is pushing Chile to return the territory it lost in the War of the Pacific. The International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague is expected to issue a ruling on the matter by the end of the year after hearing the countries' final arguments on the dispute last month.
(France 24 - France) Macedonia has struggled for recognition of its name since its birth in 1991 when the landlocked country declared independence from Yugoslavia. Athens protested about the name immediately, accusing Skopje of stealing it from its own northern province also called Macedonia. The dispute stretches back nearly three decades, with both countries claiming links to Alexander the Great's ancient empire of Macedon, which spanned the territories.
Controversies concerning current Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen have caused commotion surrounding the results of the recent 2018 Maldivian presidential election. Several reports speculate how these controversies and the results of the election may affect the Maldives’ domestic and international affairs. Global media has taken particular note on how India and China, two powerful nations in close proximity to the Maldives, may be affected.
(Global Times - China) In a statement, India's foreign ministry congratulated Solih, saying, "This election marks not only the triumph of democratic forces in the Maldives, but also reflects the firm commitment to the values of democracy and the rule of law." This may be an allusion to the Yameen administration's arrest and detention of opposition members and court judges over the past year, an act deemed by the West and India to undermine democracy and the rule of law. The Indian statement made clear its support for Solih and aversion to the president. Many Western media outlets say the defeat of a "pro-China" president will deal a blow to Beijing.
(Aljazeera - Qatar) Security forces in the Maldives have promised to uphold results of a contentious presidential election amid opposition fears that defeated President Abdulla Yameen was seeking to extend his rule.
(The Star - Kenya) The ministry cited provisional figures from the country's Elections Commission showing Solih winning by a margin of 16.7 percent over incumbent Abdulla Yameen in Sunday's election. "Voting proceeded smoothly and peacefully, with no reported incidents," the foreign ministry said. "No major issues were reported in the vote counting process as well as with the voters list, which will affect the results."
(United Arab Emirates- AP) On the same day Arab separatists killed at least 25 people in an attack targeting a military parade in southwestern Iran, President Donald Trump’s lawyer mounted a stage in New York to declare that the government would be toppled. For Iran’s Shiite theocracy, comments like these only fuel fears that America and its Gulf Arab allies are plotting to tear the Islamic Republic apart.
(Times of India - India) India put out an early welcome of the presidential election results in Maldives, not waiting for official announcement. In a statement, the ministry of external affairs said, "We welcome the successful completion of the third Presidential election process in the Maldives which, according to preliminary information, Mr. Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has won. We heartily congratulate Ibrahim Mohamed Solih on his victory and hope that the Election Commission will officially confirm the result at the earliest.
(Iran - IRNA) Deputy commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Sarallah headquarters, said that according to the documents, the role of Saudi Arabia and the US in supporting the terrorist groups is evident in the attack on Ahvaz.
(France 24 - France) Yameen, who is expected to retain power, has imprisoned or forced into exile almost all of his main rivals. Critics say he is returning the honeymoon island nation to authoritarian rule. The process is being closely watched by regional rivals India and China, who are jostling to influence Indian Ocean nations. The European Union and United States, meanwhile, have threatened sanctions if the vote is not free and fair.
With help from his Russian and Iranian allies, Syrian President Bashar Assad has taken further initiative to strike rebel strongholds in northwestern Syria, leaving many innocent civilians trapped on the battlefront. The US has threatened to take military action in response to Assad’s aggressions.
(France - France 24) Details about the attack remained unclear immediately afterward. The Islamic State group also claimed responsibility in a message on its Amaaq news agency, but provided no evidence it carried out the assault and initially wrongly said the attack targeted President Hassan Rouhani, who was in Tehran.
(Russia - Mehr News Agency) Russian President Vladimir Putin offered condolences to his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani after a deadly terrorist attack at a military parade in Ahvaz and confirmed readiness to boost cooperation with Iran in war on terror.
(Times of India - India) Turkey has played a positive role in Syria's Idlib province, German foreign minister Heiko Maas said on Friday after Turkey and Russia announced on that their troops would enforce a new demilitarised zone in Idlib.