5 Top Reads
The World This Weekend
FP’s latest on the turmoil in Sudan, Benjamin Netanyahu’s re-election, and Julian Assange’s arrest.
This week, beginning with the ouster of Sudan’s longtime ruler, President Omar al-Bashir, the country saw three leaders in as many days. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu maintained his grip on power and dashed the lingering hopes of those still pushing for a Palestinian state. And after nearly seven years spent holed up in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was arrested.
Meanwhile, the Trump administration labeled Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as a terrorist organization—which met vociferous backlash in Tehran.
Here are Foreign Policy’s top five weekend reads.
After the historic removal of Bashir, and his replacement with a military strongman, Sudanese activists were quick to express their discontent, calling the situation a “recycled coup,” Justin Lynch and FP’s Robbie Gramer, Colum Lynch, and Jefcoate O’Donnell report. Protesters have vowed to press on until they gain civilian rule.
In Israel, an election victory for Netanyahu’s Likud party deepened the incline of the Palestinians’ uphill battle for a state of their own and greatly diminished the chances of Jared Kushner’s peace plan for the Middle East ever gaining ground, FP’s Michael Hirsh and Colum Lynch report.
Assange’s arrest on Thursday represents just the latest twist in his journey from computer hacker to transparency activist to fugitive, FP’s Elias Groll writes.
When the United States decided to label Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps a terrorist organization on Monday, it didn’t take Tehran long to strike back in kind by categorizing U.S. Central Command with the same tag, Colin P. Clarke and Ariane Tabatabai write.
Washington has boxed Ankara into a choice between Russian and U.S. military hardware, pitting Moscow’s S-400 weapons systems against U.S. F-35 fighter jets. However, even with the two NATO partners locked in a standoff, they still have a way out of their bind, Sinan Ulgen writes.