“Obama suffers the slings and arrows of a restive world”


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“Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters pulling back from outside leader’s office”


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“Can Biden rescue the Asia pivot?”


POLITICO

By Josh Gerstein

President Barack Obama’s much-touted pivot to Asia — a foreign policy drive which has languished recently amidst a lack of high-level direction — could be reinvigorated by Vice President Joe Biden, analysts said.

Biden is on a swing through Asia this week amid heightened tensions following China’s announcement last week of a new air defense zone over long-disputed waters between that country and Japan.

The pivot to Asia was a central foreign policy theme of Obama’s first term, underscoring a need many policymakers saw for the United States to shift its diplomatic, security and economic attentions from the traditional focus on Europe and the Middle East to the rising powers in the Pacific — most notably, China. [EXCERPT]

(Also on POLITICO: Biden arrives in Tokyo)

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Criminal Complaints Have been filed against the leaker, Edward Snowden


The Washington Post Friday, June 21, 2013 6:11:54 PM

National News Alert

U.S. charges Edward Snowden with espionage in sealed criminal complaint

Federal prosecutors have filed a sealed criminal complaint against the former National Security Agency contractor who has admitted leaking a trove of documents about top-secret surveillance programs, and the United States has asked Hong Kong to detain him on a provisional arrest warrant, according to U.S. officials. Snowden was charged with espionage, theft and conversion of government property, the officials said.

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“Hard lessons as Afghanistan withdrawal nears”


AL-JAZEERA 

Most international troops are withdrawing from Afghanistan this year.

After 12 years of a US-led invasion, parallels are being drawn with the Soviet exit decades ago. That withdrawal is now widely seen as a disaster.

A Russian diplomat warned that forgetting Afghanistan altogether combined with pulling the troops could mean more problems for the international community.

Al Jazeera‘s Bernard Smith reports from Kabul.

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