"The cocky defiance by so-called "non-state actors" -- Snowden himself and the anti-secrecy group, WikiLeaks, completes the picture of a world less willing than ever to bend to U.S. prescriptions of right and wrong," write Warren Strobel and Paul Eckert for Reuters.
"The Obama administration and politicians on Capitol Hill are likely to be infuriated if Snowden makes it to Ecuador, where he has requested asylum. But the former contractor who had worked at an NSA facility in Hawaii until he fled to Hong Kong skillfully placed his fate in the hands of WikiLeaks and countries that nurse animosities toward the United States. And Snowden's odyssey is likely to exacerbate the United States' strained relations with China and Russia," write Sari Horwitz, Jia Lynn Yang and Peter Finn in the Washington Post.
"We should be particularly wary of trusting the private sector to regulate surveillance. Markets can be effective at disciplining companies, but they operate best where there is competition, an expectation of repeat encounters, and a free flow of information. None of these factors exist in the realm of intelligence," writes Simon Chesterman in Project Syndicate.
Taliban Attack Foreign Climbers, Avenging U.S. Drone Strike
The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for an attack on foreign climbers (NYT), which killed eleven, including one American. Taking place in a remote area of the Himalayas, the attack demonstrates the Taliban's growing geographic scope.
Six rockets fired from Gaza (Haaretz) landed in southern Israel on Sunday night, disturbing what has been a lengthy period of relative calm enforced by Hamas. Islamic Jihad, a rival group, is responsible for the rockets, which were retaliation in an internal conflict.
CFR's Steven Cook discusses Erdogan's political vulnerability in this article.
Attack in Northeastern Kenya Kills At Least Ten
The grenade attack took place at an internally displaced persons camp near the borders with Somalia and Ethiopia, where inter-clan violence has been ongoing (AFP). Police have attributed previous attacks to Somalia's al-Shabaab.
This CFR Backgrounder explains al-Shabaab's history and structure, as well as U.S. policy in Somalia.
Pope Francis will meet with leaders of the Qom community (MercoPress), from northern Argentine, Monday, hearing complaints of police brutality and other human rights violations. President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner has rejected meeting the group, whose advocate is Nobel-laureate Adolfo Perez Esquivel.
UNITED STATES: As sexual assault in the military has come to the forefront of Congressional debate and public discourse, a new Pentagon report estimates that a slim majority of victims are male (NYT). Women are more likely to be assaulted but make up a relatively small portion of the force.