Weekly World News Update, June 14, 2017



Wednesday, June 14, 201

Russian Interference in U.S. Election; Cuba – U.S. Elections; China’s Tightening Grip on Power; Aftermath of British Elections; Puerto Rico Seeks Statehood; Furthering Democracy


Quote of the Week:

“We met a couple times maybe… but we never functioned, frankly, Mr. Chairman, as a coherent team.” 

— Attorney General Jeff Sessionstestifying Tuesday before the Senate Intelligence Committee, about the Trump campaign’s foreign policy team, which he headed.


Russian Interference in U.S. Election

Forget Comey: The Real Story Is Russia’s War on America” Molly McKew– Politico, June 11, 2017

Senators Strike Comprehensive Deal to Increase Russia Sanctions” Karoun Demirjian — The Washington Post, June 12, 2017

From Russia with Chaos” David Satter — The Wall Street Journal, June 12, 2017


Cuba – U.S. Relations

An Isolated Cuba Will not Be a Free Cuba” Bonnie Kristian — Real Clear World, June 9, 2017

Race to Influence the President on Cuba Policy Heats Up” Mimi Whitefield — Miami Herald, June 13, 2017

Who Is Trump Trying to Help on Cuba?” Juan Carlos Hidalgo — CATO Institute, June 13, 2017

Trump’s Conflicts of Interest in Cuba” Carolyn Kenney and John Norris– Center for American Progress, June 14, 2017


China’s Tightening Grip on Power

China’s Emerging Power: Cooperation, Competition, or Conflict?” Anthony H. Cordesman — CSIS, June 12, 2017

Course Correction: How to Stop China’s Maritime Advance” Ely Ratner — Foreign Affairs, July/August, 2017

China Walks the Tightrope in Hitting Taiwan Without Gutting the Economy” Ting Shi — Bloomberg, June 13, 2017

Unite to Shape Hong Kong’s Future” — South China Morning Post, June 14, 2017

China’s Cult of Stability of Killing Tibetans” Kevin Carrico — Foreign Policy, June 13, 2017


Aftermath of the British Elections

Theresa May’s Weak and Wobbly Outfit” Roger Cohen — The New York Times, June 13, 2017

Theresa May Running Out of Time for EU Withdrawal Talks, Europe’s Chief Negotiator Says” Jon Sharman — Independent, June 13, 2017

Theresa May’s Failed Election Gamble” Ashish Kumar Sen — The Atlantic, June 9, 2017

Political Support Grows for Cross-Party Approach to Brexit Negotiations” Matthew Weaver — The Guardian, June 13, 2017


Puerto Rico Seeks Statehood

Puerto Rico Will Seek Statehood Again” Erin Blakemore — Smithsonian, June 12, 2017

The Voters of Puerto Rico Have Spoken” Jose Aponte-Hernandez — The Hill, June 12, 2017


Furthering Democracy

How to Hate Each Other Peacefully in a Democracy” Shadi Hamid — The Atlantic, June 11, 2017

Has Western-Style Democracy Become Too Expensive for Capitalism?” Michael Power — Financial Times, June 13, 2017

Facebook Needs to Be More Open About Its Effect on Democracy” John Gallacher and Monica Kaminska — The Guardian, June 12, 2017