August 4, 2021
The U.S. Withdrawal from Afghanistan and Iraq; A Problem Like Myanmar; Upcoming Elections; Lebanon One Year On; Human Rights Issues in Belarus; The January 6th Commission: Global Perspectives
Quote of the Week
I am very glad I was vaccinated because without vaccination, I am certain I would not feel as well as I do now. My symptoms would be far worse."

-- Sen. Lindsey Graham tweeted on Monday after testing positive for COVID-19, becoming the first senator to publicly disclose a breakthrough infection.

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The U.S. Withdrawal from Afghanistan and Iraq 
Afghan Government Facing 'Existential Crisis'” Jeff Seldin -- Voice of America News, July 29, 2021 

‘They Deserve Our Help.’ U.S. Expands Afghan Refugee Program as Violence Spikes” Tracy Wilkinson -- Los Angeles Times, August 2, 2021 

China Pledges Support for Taliban in Afghanistan, but Demands End to ETIM Ties” Catherine Wong -- South China Morning Post, July 28, 2021 

Treat Iraq’s Iran-Aligned Militias Like ISIS” Ranj Alaaldin -- The Brookings Institution, July 30, 2021

Iraqi Prime Minister on U.S.-Iran Tensions” United States Institute of Peace, July 27, 2021 

A Problem Like Myanmar
Upcoming Elections
"Lungu Deploys Military Ahead of Zambia Elections" Africa Times, August 2, 2021

"Haiti Electoral Council Chief Vows to Hold Elections Despite Setbacks" Sandra Lemaire -- Voice of America, August 3, 2021

"Argentine Government Speeds Up Money Printing Ahead of Election" Patrick Gillespie -- Bloomberg, July 28, 2021

"Mali's Interim Government Is Mindful of Fixed Election Timeline - PM" Tiemoko Diallo; Alessandra Prentice -- Reuters, July 30, 2021

Photo: Doha News
Lebanon One Year On

"A Year After Beirut Blast, Lebanon Sinks Deep into Mire of Corruption" Martin Chulov -- The Guardian, July 31, 2021 

"A Year After Beirut’s Blast, Macron’s Lebanon Gambit Is a Dud" Ishaan Tharoor -- The Washington Post, August 3, 2021 

"Lebanon’s ‘National Financial Suicide’" Angélique Mounier-Kuhn -- The Nation, August 2, 2021
Photo: The Guardian
Human Rights Issues in Belarus
Why Are So Many Migrants Coming to One of Europe’s Smallest Countries? Blame Belarus, Officials Say” Reis Thebault; Robyn Dixon -- The Washington Post, August 1, 2021 

Vitaly Shishov, Head of Belarusian Exile Group, Found Dead in Ukrainian Capital” Radina Gigova; Denis Lapin; Jessie Yeung; Tara John -- CNN, August 3, 2021 

Belarusian Olympian Says Punishment Awaited Her Back Home as She Heads to Poland” Chantal Da Silva -- NBC News, August 3, 2021 

"UK Is On Your Side, Boris Johnson Tells Belarus Opposition Leader” Aubrey Allegretti -- The Guardian, August 3, 2021 
Photo: NBC
The January 6th Commission: Global Perspectives   
Here Are the 9 Lawmakers Investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol Attack” Barbara Sprunt -- NPR, July 28, 2021 

Jan. 6 Hearing Opens as Police Detail Violence, Injuries” The Times of India, July 29, 2021  

Dramatic Video at Hearing Shows Brutality of U.S. Capitol Riot” Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), July 28, 2021