Weekly World News Update, December 6, 2017


Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Rolling the Dice on Jerusalem; The New Cold War; Yeman’s Saleh Slain; EU-Africa Migration Challenges; Brexit Delayed Over Irish Border

Quote of the Week:

Israel’s “historical and national identity is receiving important expressions every day, but especially today.”

— Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu, speaking in a Facebook video quoted by Haaretz on Wednesday about President Trump’s forthcoming speech on recognizing Jerusalem the capital of Israel.

“This decision means the official announcement of the end of the peace process.”

— Ismail Haniyeh, Political Chief of Hamas and former Prime Minister of the Palestinian National Authority, commenting to Al Jazeera on President Trump’s Jerusalem plan today, which eventually includes moving the U.S. embassy there.

Rolling the Dice on Jerusalem

“U.S. to Recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital, Trump Says, Alarming Middle East Leaders” Mark Landler and David M. Halbfinger — The New York Times, December 5, 2017

“Trump’s Recognition of Jerusalem Makes ‘Peace’ More Likely” Doug Harsanyi — The Federalist, December 6, 2017

“Why Is Trump Undoing Decades of U.S. Policy on Jerusalem?” Shibley Telhami — Brookings, December 5, 2017

“Trump Big Israel Move Could Shake the Middle East – and Some Consider it a Declaration of War” Michal Kranz — Business Insider, December 5, 2017

The New Cold War

“How to Stand Up to the Kremlin” Joseph R. Biden, Jr. and Michael Carpenter — Foreign Affairs, December 5, 2017

“Putin Conspiracists Often Sound Envious” Michael Brendan Dougherty — National Review, December 6, 2017

“Why Isn’t Europe Preparing for a War with Russia?” Doug Bandow — The National Interest, December 4, 2017

Developments in Yemen: Saleh Slain

“Ali Abdullah Saleh’s Death Will Shake Up the War in Yemen” — The Economist, December 4, 2017

“Iranian-Backed Houthis Just Caused a Self-Inflicted Wound by Killing Yemen’s Former President” Ashish Kumar Sen — Atlantic Council, December 4, 2017

“Yemen’s Future Looks Grim After Saleh’s Killing” Peter Salisbury — BBC, December 4, 2017

“Saleh and the War in Yemen” Anthony Cordesman — CSIS, December 4, 2017

“Saleh’s Death in Yemen Sends a Message to Other Dictators” Krishnadev Calamur — The Atlantic, December 4, 2017

EU and Africa Struggle to Quell Migration Woes

“Europe’s Paranoia About African Migrants Enabled the Libyan Slave Market” Simon McMahon — Quartz, December 6, 2017

“Misunderstanding Migration in North and West Africa” Andrew Lebovich — European Council on Foreign Relations, December 5, 2017

“Can Africa and the EU Forge a Partnership of Equals?” Tighisti Amare and Paul Melly — Chatham House, December 5, 2017

Irish Border a Hurdle to Brexit Talks

“Northern Ireland’s DUP Derails Theresa May’s Trip to Brussels” Tom McTague; Charlie Cooper; Annabelle Dickson — Politico, December 4, 2017

“A Brexit Breakthrough is Slipping Away” Emma Ross-Thomas and Dara Doyle — Bloomberg, December 6, 2017

“Northern Ireland Could Be Brexit’s Biggest Casualty” Yasmeen Serhan — The Atlantic, December 1, 2017