Weekly World News Update, June 29, 2017



Democracy Under Threat; Global Cyber Attack; Trump Meets Modi; Proxy War in Syria; Push-Pull of Progress in south America; World Economic Forum


Quote of the Week:

“Our nation is moving in an authoritarian direction and the very nature of American democracy is under attack.” 

— Senator Bernie Sanders, speaking onThreats to Democracy at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.



Democracy Under Threat?

Finding Faith in Democracy at Moments of National Conflict” Connor Freidersdorf — The Atlantic, June 26, 2017

Is Democracy on the Decline? Not as Much as Some Pundits Want You to Believe” Anna Lurhmann; Valeriya Mechkova; Matthew Wilson — The Washington Post, June 26, 2017

Poll Shows U.S. Tumbling in World’s Regard Under Trump” Isaac Stanley-Becker and Scott Clement — The Washington Post, June 26, 2017


Attacked: Global Cyber Networks Infiltrated Again

A Cyberattack ‘the World Isn’t Ready For’” Nicole Perlroth — The New York Times, June 22, 2017

Why We Need a Transatlantic Charter for Data Security and Mobility” Dr. Christopher Smart — Chatham House, June 28, 2017

Ukraine Was Hit by a Major Cyberattack. Why the U.S. Must Keep Up Support for This Key Ally” Daniel Kochis– The Daily Signal, June 28, 2017


A Passage to America: Trump Meets Modi

Time for a U.S.-India Rebalance” Arthur Herman and Husain Haqqani — Hudson Institute, June 26, 2017

What Followed After Modi-Trump Hug Was Net Win for India” Maya Mirchandani — NDTV, June 27, 2017

Why the U.S.-India Relationship Is Headed for Big Things” Michael Kugelman — The National Interest, June 27, 2017

Together, Trump and Modi Skipped Human Rights” Meenakshi Ganguly — Human Rights Watch, June 28, 2017

Indian Prime Minister Modi Plays Nice with Trump” Arafat Kabir — Forbes, June 27, 2017


Are We Sliding Into a Proxy War in Syria?

U.S Warning on Syrian Chemical Attacks a ‘Message to Russia and Iran’” Clark Mindock — Independent, June 27, 2017

Stop Wobbling the Dominoes in Syria” — Real Clear Defense, June 28, 2017


The Push-Pull of Progress in South America

Post-Coup Brazil: Temer’s Rise to Power and the New State of Exception” Aline Piva — Council on Hemispheric Affairs, June 22, 2017

Corruption Accusations Against Temer Add to Political Turmoil and Uncertainty in Brazil” Paulo Sotero — Wilson Center, June 27, 2017

‘Goodbye, Weapons!’ FARC Disarmament in Colombia Signals New Era” Nicholas Casey and Joe Parkin Daniels — New York Times, June 27, 2017

‘Pistol Plan’ Shows Why Peace Celebrations in Colombia Premature” Erika Pineros — IRIN, June 28, 2017

Amid Venezuela’s Chaos, Protesters Ask: Was Helicopter ‘Attack’ Rebellion or Ruse?” Joshua Partlow and Rachelle Krygier — The Washington Post, June 28, 2017