1) The word used to summarize continued nuclear talks between the U.S. and Iran is “progress” which came from reports by each party. Sec. of State John Kerry met with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif yesterday. There is little discussion on what that progress might be. The deadline for the talks is late November.
1) Officials from at least 20 countries met in Washington DC yesterday as part of the Anti-ISIS coalition. The meeting included discussions of military strategy as ISIS makes gains in Iraq and Syria, despite on-going airstrikes.
1) Six Taliban leaders from Pakistan announced their allegiance to the Islamic State through a spokesman today. This is a PR victory for ISIS and could lead to more divisions and defections across the Middle East.
Obama is losing on the foreign policy front. Instead of addressing key issues like the beheadings by ISIS, he has try to direct attention elsewhere for the midterms. Nothing to see here.
On October 3rd, the Islamic State published another graphic beating for the world to see. Alan Henning, a British humanitarian aid provider was murdered. The decapitation video was meant as a message to President Barack Obama, who they blamed for the deaths. In the same video, the executioner threatened the life of captured American aid worker and former army ranger, Peter Kassig. But Obama has decided to focus on more electable issues as we head into the final stretch before midterms.
1) Yemen has appointed yet another new Prime Minister. This time the President selected UN envoy Khaled Bahah. Bahah was one of the three options that Houthi rebels suggested to fill the role. The government hopes this will end the conflict with the Shia rebels.
1) Shia rebels in Yemen have taken control of the country’s capital, Sana’a. They strongly opposed the appointment of Ahmed Awad bin Mubarak as Prime Minister, and he has turned down the position in response. The rebels, called the Houthi, called for multiple demonstrations across Yemen. A suicide bomber in Tahrir square, where protesters were gathering, killed 47 people today.
We were joined by Dustin Hoyt of @AmericaOurWay
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- Brazil Presidential Elections
- North Korea Coup?
- Border Town in Syria Could Fall to ISIS
1) New hostilities have opened up in the disputed region of Kashmir. India and Pakistan have both accused each other of starting the violence. At least 4 Indian civilians have been wounded.
2) After 18 months of unstable government in Bulgaria, parliamentary elections hoping to end the gridlock happened this past weekend. While the center-right party previously in power won the most votes, it is not a ruling majority and at least 8 parties won seats, which will most likely continue to split government.
It was a quite a weekend with multiple elections going on. Here I look at Brazil, ISIS, Hong Kong plus 7 more stories on IJReview.
1) President Rousseff of Brazil won 41.6% of the vote in yesterday’s election, but it is not enough to keep her out of a run-off with Aecio Neves, a former governor who won 33.6% of the vote in a surprising sudden surge of support.