Wednesday News

Could The Fighting In Gaza Be A Game Changer?
In a guest post on, Frida Ghitis says the latest outbreak of violence in Gaza will have an impact once the fighting concludes.

“The aftershocks of this war will reverberate not just in Gaza, the West Bank and Israel, but also in the streets of Cairo and Riyadh, in the cafes and living rooms of Paris, in the foreign ministries of Arab countries and in the meetings rooms of the U.S. State Department. This war has exposed damaged nerves, deep prejudices and flawed policies,” she writes.

In Europe, Ghitis believes there will be an increase in anti-Semitism, while in the US, she argues the effects of social media in terms of shaping the debate could result in a reexamination of US policy, although that appears unlikely given the longstanding relationship the US has had with Israel.

Ethnic Fighting In China Increases, Facts Unclear
More than 100 were left dead following clashes between police and a mob in Xinjiang, home to China’s Uighur minority, after assailants attacked an outdoor vegetable market in the regional capital, Urumqi.

Xinjiang’s government web portal Tianshan on Wednesday described the violence as a “terror attack” that killed or wounded “several tens” of Uighur and Han. The Han are China’s largest ethnic group, whose members have migrated in large numbers to Xinjiang in recent decades, reports the Sri Lankan Times.

China’s official news agency described the attack as an “organized and premeditated” terror attack, but Time magazine says those reports have been disputed and facts about what actually happened are unclear.

China Courts Latin America
Jinping visited four Latin American countries last week, pledging money and tightening bonds with nations like Brazil and Argentina, reports the World Affairs Journal.

The End Of The Middle Eastern State
Former Secretary of State for East Asia, Christopher Hill, sees Middle Eastern states as “becoming weaker than ever, as traditional authorities, whether aging monarchs or secular authoritarians, seem increasingly incapable of taking care of their restive publics. As state authority weakens, tribal and sectarian allegiances strengthen.”

“There are many reasons for the weakening of Arab nation-states, the most proximate of which is the legacy of the Arab Spring. At its outset in 2011, Arab publics took to the streets seeking to oust authoritarian or monarchical regimes widely perceived to have lost their energy and direction. But those initial demonstrations, often lacking identifiable leaders and programs, soon gave way to old habits,” he writes.


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