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David Brooks: What Putin, ISIS have in common

At NATO's upcoming summit, is there a leader who can revive the confidence of the democratic nations to meet their challenges to international norms?

NEW YORK TIMES

Beijing quashes Hong Kong's right to choose leader freely

The central government said it would be too "chaotic" to allow the public to nominate candidates in a 2017 election for chief executive.

WASHINGTON POST

All-out war in Europe: Not farfetched with Putin

Is Russia headed to total war, including the use of tactical nuclear weapons against Eastern European opponents? The Russian Army has twice practiced for using the nuclear option.

NEW YORK TIMES

6 strategies Obama could use with Islamist extremists

A summer of rampage by militants must be met with concerted action. Experts offer their ideas.

POLITICO

Syria warns against U.S. air strikes

According to the Washington Post, "Syria warned the Obama administration not to extend its air war against the Islamic State into Syria."

WASHINGTON POST

NATO to create bases in Eastern Europe

The move comes in response to Russian actions. 

THE GUARDIAN (UK)

Israel, Hamas will have long-term ceasefire

An Israeli official said the deal has no time limit. 

NEW YORK TIMES

Roger Cohen: How weakness and bad decisions in U.S. fueled ISIS

Just three years ago, the death of Osama bin Laden seemed to signal an end to post-9/11 trauma.

NEW YORK TIMES

Pentagon says ISIS siege of mountain broken

Thousands of Yazidis are able to escape, due to the air strikes and the efforts of Kurdish troops. 

NEW YORK TIMES

Do Russians really “love” Putin?

A new poll shows 87 percent of Russians approve of Vladimir Putin’s performance, but it’s important to put that figure into a cultural context.

VICE
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