Indonesian Leader in Global Spotlight

The New York Times | Oct 21, 2014

In his previous life as a small-time furniture exporter and exhibitor, Joko Widodo was used to erecting stages. But in early November, just days after being sworn in as the president of Indonesia, he will now be sharing a stage with the world’s most powerful leaders.

A New Face for India and Pakistan’s Track II Diplomacy

The Diplomat | Oct 21, 2014

The recent violence along the Line of Control (LoC) between India and Pakistan in Kashmir threatens confrontation yet again between the two nuclear armed neighbors. It also underscores the need to rescue the fragile Track II process from irrelevance, because ultimately it is through genuine people-to-people exchange that long-term peace between the two nations is possible.

China's Confucius Institutes: Self-Promotion or Cultural Imperialism?

CNN | Oct 21, 2014

While introducing Chinese language and culture to foreigners is a good idea, the aggressive attempt to do so via Confucius Institutes has proved problematic.

Islamic State’s Rules of Attraction, and Why U.S. Countermoves are Doomed

Reuters | Oct 21, 2014

The U.S. State Department is producing anti-Islamic State propaganda to persuade American and other would-be jihadis not to join the extremist group. It’s ham-handed, and often sarcastic, and unlikely to have the intended effect. Why? Because the department fails to understand how Islamic State attracts recruits in the first place.

Cuba, ALBA Take Lead on Ebola

Beta Fusion | Oct 20, 2014

Cuba is offering to throw the entire weight of its international medical mission at stopping the spread of Ebola and avoiding— in the words of Raul Castro— “a humanitarian crisis of unpredictable consequences.”

Pope Francis Has Enlightening Words for Anti-Gay Bishops

Policy Mic | Oct 20, 2014

Pope Francis has doubled down on his progressive stance toward including gays in the Roman Catholic Church after conservative bishops stymied his efforts.  Francis shared his remarks after the bishops rejected a report from last week containing language they deemed too favorable to gays.

No LOL Matter: FBI Trolls Social Media for Would-Be Jihadis

NBC News | Oct 20, 2014

Sheikh’s case and several other recent terrorism prosecutions shed light on the growing importance of social media in the battles unfolding in Syria and Iraq -- both as a recruiting tool for Islamic terrorist groups like ISIS and the Al-Nusra Front, and as a means for the FBI to pre-emptively nab the would-be jihadis.

Poll: 75% of Israeli Jews Oppose Palestinian State on '67 Lines

Haaretz | Oct 20, 2014

Some 75 percent of Israeli Jews oppose the establishment of a Palestinian state along 1967 lines, according to a new survey published by the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs.

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