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Operation Carwash: Lula’s Presidential Hopes Dealt a New Blow

Former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, cc Flickr Mídia NINJA, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Brazil’s Operation Carwash has caught some big fish so far, but none so big as former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, who saw his corruption conviction upheld earlier this week.

Turkish Offensive against the Kurdish Enclave of Afrin

The United States Marine Corps provide fire support to the SDF during the Battle of Raqqa., public domain, USMC

Turkish forces have launched an operation against the Kurdish-majority enclave of Afrin, marking a new chapter in the Syrian civil war.

Trump Approves Lethal Arms Sales to Ukraine

UkraineSoldier, cc Ministry of Defense of Ukraine Flickr, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Will greater parity along the ceasefire line deescalate conflict, or trigger a wider arms race?

Argentina’s Macri Fights a Political War on Two Fronts

President Macri, cc Flickr Agência Brasil Fotografias, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

President Mauricio Macri faces a backlash over pension reforms and the recent indictment of former President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner.

IMF Warns on China’s Financial System (Again)

Pudong, cc Flickr Eugene Lim, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

The International Monetary Fund is still worried about debt levels in China’s financial system.

President Trump Recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital

Jerusalem Dome of the Rock, cc Flickr Dennis Jarvis, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Following through with one of his campaign promises, President Trump has bucked decades of US policy by recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

The Military Steps in at Venezuela’s PDVSA

PDVSA_Towers_in_Maracaibo_Center, cc Wikicommons, modfiied, The Photographer, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:PDVSA_Towers_in_Maracaibo_Center.jpg

Mismanagement in Venezuela’s oil industry will only get worse as career officials are replaced en masse with military figures.

Disputed Election Looms in Honduras

public domain, US Marines, modified, Photo By: Cpl. Kimberly Aguirre , http://www.marforsouth.marines.mil/Photos/igphoto/2001671892/

With votes still left to be counted, the opposition is gearing up for a challenge.

Brexit Talks Stall on the Issue of Northern Ireland Border

Banksy does Brexit ( photo cc Flickr Duncan Hall, modified) - Banksy has a much publicised casual attitude towards recreational copyright infringement and you are invited to download whatever you wish from www.banksy.co.uk for personal use.

With the success of Brexit talks hanging in the balance, neither side is willing to compromise on the issue of the Northern Ireland Border.

Backgrounder: Hezbollah

Nasrallah, cc Flickr thierry ehrmann, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Examining Hezbollah, the paramilitary group at the heart of the Saudi-Iran contest for the Middle East.

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