Haaretz – Noa Landau / Israel signs important peace deal that ended no war
- If an alien had landed on the White House South Lawn on Tuesday during the signing of the peace agreements in the Middle East, he would have certainly thought this was the end of a long and bloody war.
- The rhetoric in the speeches, the strange Hollywood-like music, the trumpets, the general pathos, all screamed historic peace agreement. But where and with whom was this war? Certainly not with the Gulf states.
- True, symbolically, another part of the Arab-Muslim world officially accepted the existence of Israel. That is really no small thing. There is a turning point here that can also be called historic – alongside all the claims and the criticism about its motives and implications.
- But this part of the Arab world has not fought us for a long time, certainly not the type of battles that Netanyahu described emotionally as part of the horrors of war that he experienced. These exaggerated descriptions not only added nothing to the event – they even hurt it.
- The Washington Post – Karen DeYoung and Anne Gearan / Israel signs deal establishing formal ties with two Arab states at the White House
Bloomberg – Bryce Baschuk / U.S. violated trade rules with tariffs on China, WTO says
- The World Trade Organization undercut the main justification for President Donald Trump’s trade war against China, saying that American tariffs on Chinese goods violate international rules.
- A panel of three WTO trade experts on Tuesday said the U.S. broke global regulations when it imposed tariffs on Chinese goods in 2018. Washington has imposed levies on $400 billion in Chinese exports.
- While the ruling bolsters Beijing’s claims, Washington can effectively veto the decision by lodging an appeal at any point in the next 60 days. That’s because the Trump administration has already paralyzed the WTO’s appellate body, a tactic that has rendered toothless the world’s foremost arbiter of trade.
- Since the Trump administration has refused to appoint new members to the WTO’s appellate body, the next step could involve the U.S. simply appealing this panel report “into the void,” effectively ending the legal nature of this dispute.
- South China Morning Post – Jodi Xu Klein / WTO says Donald Trump’s tariffs on Chinese goods violate global trade rules
Politico – Jacopo Barigazzi / EU doesn’t recognize Lukashenko as president of Belarus, says top diplomat
- The EU does not recognize Alexander Lukashenko as the president of Belarus, the bloc’s top diplomat said Tuesday. After the election, the EU said the result was “neither free nor fair” and urged the Belarus leadership to open dialogue with the opposition.
- Lukashenko, who has been in power for 26 years, claimed victory after the contested August 9 presidential election, triggering mass protests that have been met with brutality, arrests and violence.
- “We are using all the tools that we have at our disposal to contribute to the end of the violent repression that has been developing in Belarus after the elections, which we do not consider to have legitimately elected Lukashenko,” Josep Borrell, the EU’s high representative for foreign affairs and security policy, told MEPs.
- So far the list of Belarus officials facing sanctions has reached more than 30 names, according to two diplomats, and includes the interior minister. EU ambassadors are expected to discuss Belarus sanctions on Wednesday.
- Euractiv / EU calls for UN monitoring of Belarus rights abuses
The Guardian – Patrick Greenfield / World fails to meet a single target to stop destruction of nature – UN report
- The world has failed to meet a single target to stem the destruction of wildlife and life-sustaining ecosystems in the last decade, according to a devastating new report from the UN on the state of nature.
- From tackling pollution to protecting coral reefs, the international community did not fully achieve any of the 20 Aichi biodiversity targets agreed in Japan in 2010 to slow the loss of the natural world.
- It is the second consecutive decade that governments have failed to meet targets. The Global Biodiversity Outlook 5, published before a key UN summit on the issue later this month, found that despite progress in some areas, natural habitats have continued to disappear.
- The UN’s biodiversity head, Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, said humanity was at a crossroads that would decide how future generations experience the natural world. The report is the third in a week to highlight the devastating state of the planet.
- The New York Times – Abrahm Lustgarten / How climate migration will reshape America
- Financial Times – Lou Stoppard / Lockdown meltdown: the panic for plastic surgery