Weekly World News Update, July 20, 2017


Liu Xiaobo’s Legacy; Defusing North Korea; Trump-Putin Bromance; Peace in Colombia; Dire Straits in Venezuela; Sudan’s Strategic Significance


Quote of the Week:

“Enemy mentality will poison the spirit of a nation, incite cruel mortal struggles, destroy a society’s tolerance and humanity, and hinder a nation’s progress toward freedom and democracy.” 

— The late Lui Xiaobo, in his Nobel Lecture read in absentia by Liv Ulmann on December 10, 2010.


‘Live On Well’

Liu Xiaobo’s Death Holds a Message for China” — The Economist, July 15, 2017

What Lui Xiaobo’s Life and Death Can Teach Us About China and Dissent” Brij Tankha — The Wire, July 15, 2017

Liu Xiaobo’s Death Pushes China’s Censors into Overdrive” Amy Qin — The New York Times, July 17, 2017

Why Liu Xiaobo Is the Role Model that a Modern China Sorely Needs” Cary Huang — South China Morning Post, July 18, 2017


Chill Out, North Korea

South Korea Proposes Military Talks with North at Their Border” Choe Sang-Hun and Devid E. Sanger– The New York Times, July 17, 2017

Why Is South Korea Pushing for Talks with North Korea?” — The Japan Times, July 18, 2017

Forcing China’s Hand on North Korea” Daniel Blumenthal and Derek Scissors — The Wall Street Journal, July 17, 2017

The North Korean Endgame” Liubomir K. Topaloff — The Diplomat, July 13, 2017


Trump-Putin Affair Exposed

How the GOP Became the Party of Trump” James Kirchick — Politico, July 18, 2017
Time for Sober Realism on the U.S.-Russia Relationship” Katrina Vanden Heuvel — The Washington Post, July 18, 2017

Trump Confirms Authoritarian Bromance with Putin” Mark C. Eades — Foreign Policy Association, July 13, 2017

Trump, Putin Had Previously Undisclosed Visit at G20 Dinner” Steve Holland and Patricia Zengerle — Reuters, July 18, 2017


Peace Outbreak in Colombia

Colombia’s Exclusive Peace” Emilio Huertas — U.S. News & World Report, July 17, 2017

After Decades of War, Colombian Farmers Face a New Test: Peace‘” Nicholas Casey — The New York Times, July 18, 2017

Will Colombia’s Peace Accord Boost Its Democracy?” Andreas E. Feldman — Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, July 13, 2017

How Peace Broke Out in Colombia” Mark Leon Goldberg — UN Global Dispatches, July 17, 2017 [Podcast]


Dire Straits Worsen in Venezuela

Threat of U.S. Oil Sanctions on Venezuela Sparks Fear of Economic ‘Collapse’” Jim Wyss; Patricia Mazzei; Alex Daugherty — Miami Herald, July 18, 2017

Venezuela Has Reached the ‘Zero Hour’: What’s Next?” — Al Jazeera, July 19, 2017

Venezuela at a Crossroads: The Countdown to a Soviet-Style Constituent Assembly” Moises Rendon — CSIS, July 17, 2017


Sudan’s Strategic Significance

Sudan: A Strategy for Re-Engagement” Ambassador Mary Carlin Yates and Kelsey Lilley — The Atlantic Council, July 14, 2017

Sudan Sanctions Spur Intense Lobbying” Megan R. Wilson — The Hill, July 19, 2017