Business Daily (Kenya) - - IDEAS & DEBATE -


US Vice Pres­i­dent Mi­ami Her­ald, Edi­to­rial North Korea. Afghanistan. Venezuela, too, is on the list of trou­ble­some coun­tries Pres­i­dent Trump seems poised to tackle head on. And many think time is of the essence. Last Wed­nes­day, Vice Pres­i­dent Mike Pence ap­peared in Do­ral, where thou­sands of Venezue­lans live in ex­ile, to lis­ten to their sto­ries of why they left their home­land and as­sure them that the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion will not stand by as Ni­colás Maduro con­sol­i­dates his Cuba-style dic­ta­tor­ship. That would threaten Amer­i­cans, Pres­i­dent Trump has said. Pence stayed away from speci ics, which likely means some ac­tion should be ex­pected soon, if one is to be­lieve Trump’s mantra that he will not sig­nal his next move, giv­ing up the power of sur­prise.


Late Libyan leader Ex­pla­na­tion, Econ­o­mist Re­cent weeks have seen an abrupt shift in the pat­tern of ir­reg­u­lar mi­gra­tion in the Mediter­ranean . ... Italy then re­ceived the lion’s share of ar­rivals, with more than 100,000 peo­ple en­ter­ing the EU in 2016 from the south, most hav­ing set off from Libya. Now that route ap­pears to have been dis­rupted Since the fall of its late dic­ta­tor, Muammar Gadda i, Libya has be­come a patch­work of ter­ri­to­ries con­trolled by mur­der­ously com­pet­i­tive armed bands. The as­cen­dancy of the par­tic­u­lar group said to be clamp­ing down on the traf ick­ers may not last too.


Is­raeli Prime Min­is­ter Mos­cow Times, Seth J. Frantz­man With at least eight public vis­its to the Krem­lin in the last ive years, Is­rael’s Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu has be­come a fre­quent guest in Mos­cow. Ne­tanyahu’s meet­ing with Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin in Sochi last Wed­nes­day over Syria and the Mid­dle East comes within the con­text of the close re­la­tion­ship that Is­rael en­joys with Rus­sia. One of Ne­tanyahu’s key con­cerns is the re­cent cease- ire in south­ern Syria bro­kered by the United States, Rus­sia and Jor­dan in July. Is­rael also wants to stress its con­cerns about Ira­nian in­volve­ment in Syria and Le­banon and Hezbol­lah’s grow­ing power.

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