"By trying to use force to seize control over the Senkakus' environs, Beijing edges closer to naked aggression. If its goal is to get Tokyo to talk about the status of the islands and reach a peaceful settlement, its brinksmanship has put that possibility further out of reach," the Wall Street Journal writes in an editorial.
"Mr. Abe has pursued a disturbingly nationalistic foreign policy dominated by overheated words and an aggressive posture toward China that can be dangerous, for Japan and the United States. The Obama administration must find a way to defend Japan's interest without emboldening the Abe government to take foolish risks that would increase tensions with China. Along with its predecessors, the administration has not always been clear or consistent in its messages and that needs to change," the New York Times writes in an editorial.
This CFR Backgrounder explains the origins and rise of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.
France to Send Troops to the Central African Republic
France will send hundreds of extra troops to the Central African Republic after the United Nations warned that the country was descending into chaos (AFP). According to reports, security forces and militia gangs have razed villages, carried out public executions, and perpetrated rapes in acts that verge on genocide.
Senate Writing New Sanctions in Case Iran Fails to Honor Deal
Top Democratic and Republican senators are writing legislation to reinstate existing sanctions and impose new ones if Iran doesn't comply with its pledge to roll back its nuclear program. The measure would require the Obama administration to certify every thirty days that Iran is adhering to the terms of the Geneva deal (AP).
Expert David Albright explains in this interview that while the deal with Iran is an important accomplishment, tough negotiations will continue on the scope of Tehran's nuclear program.
UNITED STATES: A new analysis by a group of climate scientists reports that emissions of the greenhouse gas methane were 1.5 times greater in the United States in the middle of the last decade than prevailing estimates, driven largely by incorrect estimates of the impact of the oil and gas industry (NYT).