North Korea’s impending famine, President Trump’s siding with Sunni leaders, Nigeria’s agencies can learn from offshore professionals, Jerusalem attack gave Israel pretext to heighten security, Journalists shouldn’t be distracted by Trump’s tweets

The Japan Times / Tokyo

The moral dilemma around North Korea’s impending famine

“Warnings that North Korea may soon encounter its worst food shortages in decades raise three interconnected questions for the rest of the world,” states an editorial. “The first is what those other nations can do to alleviate suffering in North Korea. The second addresses the strategic dimension of assistance…. The third concerns the morality of linking the two – the humanitarian dimension and the security problem…. It is generally agreed that humanitarian aid and politics should not be linked, but the world has tried to link food aid to the state’s nuclear programs, to little if any effect. Nevertheless, the fundamental moral question remains…. [S]hould the rest of the world do what it can to ease the suffering of a public that is battered by the indifference of its leaders and the vicissitudes of nature?”

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The News / Mexico City

President Trump’s siding with Sunni leaders is dangerous

“When Donald J. Trump made his first overseas trip as U.S. president to Saudi Arabia and spent half of the time during his 36-minute speech addressed to 50 Arab and Muslim leaders trashing Iran, he made it clear that, in the quickly intensifying Sunni-Shi’ite showdown, he was siding with the Sunnis…,” writes Thérèse Margolis. “The religious schism that is the dividing line between the Sunnis and Shi’ites began in 632, shortly after the death of the Prophet Muhammed…. And it is not going to go away simply because Saudi Arabia now has more political weight to throw around…. Donald Trump’s decision … could lead to a global confrontation the likes of which we have not seen since the end of the Second World War.”

This Day / Lagos, Nigeria

What Nigeria’s anti-corruption agencies can learn from offshore professionals

“Recently, in Brazil, something happened that ought to invigorate our country’s half-hearted efforts to root out corruption,” states an editorial. “Former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva … was sentenced to nine and half years in prison following conviction in corruption charges…. Much earlier, in 2016, Israel demonstrated that it operates a government of laws by sending to jail, 70-year-old Ehud Olmert, former prime minister, after a bribery charge was upheld by the country’s Supreme Court. However, in Nigeria, even though corruption is rife among top government officials and…

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