Brazil first (from NPR):
Cuba: Diplomatic relations are hardly the whole picture of US-Cuba relations.
Egypt: A previous post briefly discussed Egypt’s political cycle in recent years. This articles presents a more nuanced discussion of Egypt’s government. A necessary background article.
Syria: Knowing who we should help seems easy – not pro-Assad forces or Islamic extremist militias (Nusra/ISIS) – but actually helping is a lot more complex.
China: Krugman tackles China’s economic problems. Excellent background.
Euro: While this article has to do with Italy specifically, the bridge line between pages 1 and 2 just begs to be used in an intro on Greece as well.