Democracy is Not a Mystifying Western Plot – It Is a Universal Value

Guardian, The | Jul 3, 2015

We should demystify democracy. Democracy is not a western plot, it is a universal value. Virtually all countries have aspects of democratic culture in place to some degree, and absolutely every country has room to strengthen the quality of their democracy.

Zarif’s Wife Adds a New Twist to the Talks

IranWire | Jul 3, 2015

As this week’s final nuclear talks got underway, there was one uninvited guest: Maryam Imanieh, the wife of Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. She arrived at Vienna’s Palais Saxe-Coburg Hotel with Hossein Fereydoon, President Hassan Rouhani’s brother, adding a new twist to the final days of negotiations.

Prince Charles and His Wife, Camilla, Will Tour Australia in November

News.com.au | Jul 3, 2015

The future king Prince Charles and his wife Camilla are set for another visit to Australia with apparently the lure of fine food and wine and friendly people enough for the duchess to conquer her hatred of flying. 

U.S. Cancels Assistance to Burundi Over Flawed Election

Voice of America | Jul 3, 2015

The United States says it is suspending some security assistance programs to Burundi because of abuses committed by police during political protests and the government's decision to proceed with what the U.S. says were "flawed" parliamentary elections.

Israel Going to Great Lengths to Link Hamas to Sinai Attacks

Haaretz | Jul 3, 2015

In a highly unusual move, Israel's leading figure in the Arab media has explicitly linked the group's militant wing to Wednesday's killings. Israel directly accused Hamas of aiding Islamic State, the organization behind Wednesday’s terror attacks on Egyptian security forces in Sinai that left 17 soldiers dead.

Information is the Most Powerful Weapon Against North Korea Regime

The Guardian | Jul 3, 2015

Interviews with defectors reveal that many listen to news from shortwave radios, despite fear of severe punishment, and there is a new $50 portable media device providing a window to the outside world – despite the government’s best efforts to isolate its population.

America Ferrera Pens Open Letter Thanking Trump for ‘Straight Talk’

MSNBC | Jul 2, 2015

Actress America Ferrera has penned an open letter to Donald Trump in response to his controversial comments about Mexican immigrants. Ferrera has been an advocate for Latino causes and a prominent supporter of Democratic candidates for years. Her tongue-in-cheek post puts a unique spin on the uproar over Trump’s claims that “rapists” and “drug dealers” have entered the U.S. border illegally from Mexico. 

Why the BBC Said No When Asked to Stop Using the Term Islamic State

The Washington Post | Jul 2, 2015

The debate over what to call the Islamist extremist group that controls parts of Iraq and Syria has been raging for well over a year now. [...] Cameron's logic is simple: Calling the group "Islamic State" defers upon it a religious legitimacy and sense of statehood that should be denied.

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