Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

In Praise of Meat, Scotland and 'Brexit,' Diplomacy's Role in the Syrian Conflict, Aisle or Window?, Sanctions for South Sudan's Leaders

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

In Praise of Meat, Scotland and 'Brexit,' Diplomacy's Role in the Syrian Conflict, Aisle or Window?, Sanctions for South Sudan's Leaders

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The Jakarta Post / Jakarta, Indonesia

In praise of meat

"Meat has become part of society, a sign of an urban lifestyle that indicates the rise of the middle-income sector...," writes M. Ikhsan Shiddieqy, a researcher in Indonesia's Ministry of Agriculture. "The flip side of the coin is ... growing awareness of the negative effects of meat production and consumption.... The environmental impact and health problems from meat are caused by the way we produce meat, how we raise cattle, how we cook meat and how much meat we eat.... We can achieve sustainable food by changing how we produce food and keep consuming it in appropriate amounts. So, we don't have to lower our forks and step away from our steak knives."

El Comercio / Quito, Ecuador

Scotland and 'Brexit'

"In 2014, Scotland held a referendum," states an editorial. "Then, 55 percent of the people decided to stay in the United Kingdom.... That ... decision, however, could change if - as the head of the Scottish government, Nicola Sturgeon, is hoping - a new referendum takes the idea of leaving Great Britain back to the ballot box. Things have changed. Scarcely four months ago a majority of the rural population in England ... imposed upon London and Scotland a departure from the European Union.... [I]n Scotland 60 percent voted against the now famous 'Brexit'.... The plan of Scotland's first minister is in conflict with the British government, determined to avoid disintegration."

Iran Daily / Tehran, Iran

Diplomacy's role in the Syrian conflict

"The [United States] and Russia seek to achieve their regional objectives without direct confrontations in the ongoing conflicts in Syria...," writes Javid Qorbanoghli. "The White House is aware that increasing US military involvement in Syria prior to the presidential elections could have consequences for Democrats.... The Kremlin knows that losing ground in Syria will adversely affect its strategic goals worldwide.... Although Iran supports anti-terrorist operations in Syria, it does not necessarily have convergent views with Washington and Moscow. …

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