Syria: Cause and effect.
Turkey: Who started this? And why?
North Korea: They do this a lot. So, is this a case of playing to the home crowd again, or is this the time we really have to worry?
Sri Lanka: A few years ago an assistant coach in the area told me a story about meeting another child in grade school who was also Sri Lankan. After his friend came over to play, his parents told him that the friend couldn’t come over any more. His family was Sinhalese, the friend’s family was Tamil. I’d really like to see reconciliation work in my lifetime.
Thailand: When bad things happen, governments often like to blame who they want to be responsible rather than who is actually responsible. Did Thailand get it right, or is this scapegoating? (Remember, right now they’re under military rule – what serves the ruling powers?)
Great Britain: I think this article overstates matters; it cites sound bites without the proper context I’ve read elsewhere. The question may actually be whether or not Corbyn will ever matter enough to affect the U.S.-British relationship. (Will he?)
Spain: Taking a break from economic issues, Catalonian independence, and migrants.
Zimbabwe: I’ve posted on Zimbabwe’s history/background earlier; it’ll give you more context for this article.
Guatemala: A small development in a bigger drama.