Top Picks: September 28- October 2

Photo of the Week:  Cuba's President Raul Castro (C), Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos (L), and FARC rebel leader Timochenko shake hands in Havana, September 23, 2015. Copyright Alexandre meneghini/ reuters.  FOREIGN AFFAIRS

Photo of the Week:  Cuba's President Raul Castro (C), Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos (L), and FARC rebel leader Timochenko shake hands in Havana, September 23, 2015. Copyright Alexandre meneghini/ reuters.  FOREIGN AFFAIRS

This week's Top Picks is brought to you by Laura Burgess, Public Affairs Officer and Intercross Editor

The Guardian view on Russian intervention in Syria: mixed motives- Britain’s The Guardian reflects on Russia’s increased involvement in Syria this week, opining that it presents  an opportunity for the international community to “shift focus away from the military extinction of ISIS” and towards the protection of civilians and the creation of safe zones for them.

Justice or Peace in Colombia- Last week saw landmark progression in the peace talks between the Colombian Government and the FARC rebel group.  Foreign Affairs discusses the heated debates on future immunity versus trials, and how the government is weighing the pros and cons of forsaking traditional justice in the interest of peace.

Last Friday, the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) were unanimously adopted at the UN General Assembly. They replace and expand on the UN’s previous road map, the Millennium Development Goals, which were adopted in 2000. The 17 new goals and their 169 targets were debated widely in the media, drawing a range of opinions. The New York Times offers a breakdown of the 17 goals, while Foreign Policy blasts them for being too “unactionable, unquantifiable” and simply “unattainable.” Over at TIME, Tony Elumelu writes about the positive impact they could have for Africa, but only if the private sector steps up to the plate by engaging in what he calls “Africapitalism.”

Finally: The Sad Decline of Yemen, the Best Country You’ll Never Get to See- This article from The Daily Beast, written by Barry Pell, who has travelled to more than 160 countries, reflects on the progression from a once beautiful and exotically complicated Yemen, to the war-torn country that it is today.

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