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Views From Abroad: Obama’s Upcoming Visit to Myanmar

by Newsteam Staff
Soe Moe, a supporter of President Obama, and a man hold T-shirts with images of Obama in their office in Yangon November 16, 2012. (Soe Zeya Tun/Courtesy Reuters) Soe Moe, a supporter of President Obama, and a man hold T-shirts with images of Obama in their office in Yangon November 16, 2012. (Soe Zeya Tun/Courtesy Reuters)

In this week’s Views, we head to Myanmar, where President Obama will be making a historic visit next week. In the Democratic Voice of Burma, Zaw Nay Aung writes that it’s a disgrace for Obama to visit while hundreds of political prisoners remain jailed: Read more »

Congress Update: Bob Corker on Foreign Relations

by Newsteam Staff
Republican Senator Bob Corker makes a statement following a closed session about the new START treaty on Capitol Hill December 20, 2012. (Kevin Lamarque/Courtesy Reuters) Republican Senator Bob Corker makes a statement following a closed session about the new START treaty on Capitol Hill December 20, 2012. (Kevin Lamarque/Courtesy Reuters)

Although neither the House nor the Senate switched hands in the recent election, the chairpersons, along with many other influential members, of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and the House Committee on Foreign Affairs will be changing. In Foreign Policy, Josh Rogin writes, “Several key committee leadership posts are changing hands, influential leaders are exiting Washington, and a new crop of national security lawmakers is looking to fill their void. Read more »

Views From Abroad: Africans Blog About U.S. Elections

by Newsteam Staff
A truck driver prepares for evening prayers as trucks queue up at a border crossing in Noe, Ivory Coast September 24, 2012. (Thierry Gouegnon/Courtesy Reuters) A truck driver prepares for evening prayers as trucks queue up at a border crossing in Noe, Ivory Coast September 24, 2012. (Thierry Gouegnon/Courtesy Reuters)

In this week’s Views, we head to the Ivory Coast, where Venance Konan writes for Le Temps that Africans from several countries have mixed reviews of President Obama. Read more »

Midday Update: Romney Camp Criticizes Russia Arms Deal Halt

by Newsteam Staff
Photo of the Day: A customer pulls an Obama pin off the jacket of a seller on a street October 11, 2012. (Kevin Lamarque/Courtesy Reuters) Photo of the Day: A customer pulls an Obama pin off the jacket of a seller on a street October 11, 2012. (Kevin Lamarque/Courtesy Reuters)

GOP nominee Mitt Romney’s campaign characterized a Russian announcement that it is pulling out of a twenty-year-long arms reduction pact with the United States (TheHill) as an indication that “they do not perceive [the United States] to be strong.” Read more »

Midday Update: Poll Shows Voters Shifting on Immigration

by Newsteam Staff
Photo of the Day: GOP nominee Mitt Romney and U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) (R) order food at a Chipotle Restaurant in Denver October 2, 2012. (Brian Snyder/Courtesy Reuters) Photo of the Day: GOP nominee Mitt Romney and U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) (R) order food at a Chipotle Restaurant in Denver October 2, 2012. (Brian Snyder/Courtesy Reuters)

In a CNN/ORC International poll released yesterday, 56 percent of U.S. voters surveyed said that immigration policy should focus on finding a way to legalize undocumented immigrants instead of deporting them and trying to seal off the borders.Thirty-nine percent advocate deportation, according to the poll. Read more »

Views From Abroad: Israel’s Effect on the Campaign

by Newsteam Staff
A Jewish worshipper leans on the stones of the Western Wall during prayers July 29, 2012. (Baz Ratner/Courtesy Reuters) A Jewish worshipper leans on the stones of the Western Wall during prayers July 29, 2012. (Baz Ratner/Courtesy Reuters)

On this week’s Views from Abroad, we head to Israel, where two hot topics are Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s U.S. visit and GOP nominee Mitt Romney’s leaked comments on the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. Read more »

Midday Update: Campaigns Pause for 9/11 Rememberance

by Newsteam Staff
Photo of the Day: U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama observe a moment of silence on the 11th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, September 11, 2012 (Jason Reed/Courtesy Reuters). Photo of the Day: U.S. President Barack Obama and wife Michelle observe the anniversary of the September 11 attacks at the White House, September 11, 2012 (Jason Reed/Courtesy Reuters).

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joseph Biden will be off the campaign trail today to commemorate the eleventh anniversary of the September 11 attacks (Politico). GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his running mate Paul Ryan issued statements about the anniversary. Political ads will also pause today (FoxNews). Read more »

Convention Update: Touting Obama’s Foreign Policy Record

by Newsteam Staff
President Barack Obama accepts the 2012 U.S Democratic presidential nomination during the final session of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, September 6, 2012. (Jason Reed/Courtesy Reuters). President Barack Obama accepts the 2012 U.S Democratic presidential nomination during the final session of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, September 6, 2012. (Jason Reed/Courtesy Reuters).

Most of the 2012 campaign has focused on domestic policy, particularly the economy. But President Barack Obama’s acceptance speech at the close of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., made room for foreign policy concerns as well, tying them with his plans for the U.S. economy: Read more »

Midday Update: Julian Castro Courts Latinos for Obama

by Newsteam Staff
Photo of the Day: Delegates wave during the first session of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, September 4, 2012 (Rick Wilking/Courtesy Reuters). Photo of the Day: Delegates at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, September 4, 2012 (Rick Wilking/Courtesy Reuters).

At Tuesday night’s Democratic Convention, keynote speaker, San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro, urged Latino voters to support President Barack Obama’s reelection effort because of his action to “lift the shadow of deportation” for a generation of young immigrants (Bloomberg). Read more »

Convention Update: Dems’ Spotlight on National Security

by Newsteam Staff
First lady Michelle Obama addressed the first session of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, September 4, 2012 (Eric Thayer/Courtesy Reuters). First lady Michelle Obama addressed the first session of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, September 4, 2012 (Eric Thayer/Courtesy Reuters).

Democrats kicked off their convention in Charlotte, N.C. Tuesday, highlighting Obama administration accomplishments on defense and foreign policy as well as domestic issues such as healthcare, education, and economic policy.

Former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine outlined the policy promises he says President Barack Obama has kept in his first term (Fox), especially national security. Read more »