By Catherine Contiguglia
- Western nations are expected soon to intervene in Syria following the alleged use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime last week, but much concerning a potential strike remains unclear, including the legal questions, and whether America can still rely on its traditional allies in the region.
- Elsewhere, the New Yorker’s George Packer considers the lack of clarity and consensus in the debate on Syria intervention, while the New York Times opens up the discussion to a panel of policy experts.
- The June shooting and killing of an anti-corruption activist is the most recent illustration of what danger whistleblowers face in South Africa, where endemic corruption seems to be undermining and corroding the ruling African National Congress, writes the FT’s Andrew England.
- In the first of a three-part series, the FT examines the Chinese Debt Dragon. Although the Chinese government denies the country has a debt problem, the picture on the ground shows failing public services and unpaid wages as debt dependency rises to dangerous levels, reports Simon Rabinovitch.
- “Vote me out of jail or I will bring the country down with me,” is the message from Silvio Berlusconi following his conviction for tax fraud – but to bow to this threat would be “accepting the age-old intuition that [Italian] politics will always be corrupt” and that there are better things to worry about, writes Tim Parks in the New York Review of Books.