The Lebanese state: Hostage or Iranian lackey? (Makram Rabah, Al Arabiya)

The Lebanese experiment at state building has been one of many ebbs and flows, mired with many complications several of which self-inflicted by the Lebanese themselves.

https://english.alarabiya.net/en/views/news/middle-east/2018/06/21/The-Lebanese-state-Hostage-or-Iranian-lackey-.html

Inter-Korean cooperation key for progress on the Peninsula (Liang Tuang Nah, East Asia Forum)

On 24 May 2018, US President Donald Trump called off the planned 12 June Singapore summit with Chairman Kim Jong-un of North Korea due to Pyongyang’s perceived hostility. Having invested much political and reputational capital on rapprochement with North Korea, and with the Kim regime still privately in favour of the earlier planned summit, South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Kim reached out to each other.

Inter-Korean cooperation key for progress on the Peninsula

How to help children avoid cyber risks and thrive in an online world (Sophia Lam, South China Morning Post, World Economic Forum)

As the number of digital risks children are exposed to continues to grow, DQ offers a way to equip kids with the skills needed to cope successfully

http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/education/article/2151627/how-help-children-avoid-cyber-risks-and-thrive-online-world

The seeds of sustainability (Sujatha Byravan, The Hindu, World Economic Forum)

In early June, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu announced that the State would fully embrace Zero Budget Natural Farming(ZBNF), a chemical-free method that would cover all farmers by 2024. Earlier in the year, he had revealed these plans at the meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos.

http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/op-ed/the-seeds-of-sustainability/article24213217.ece

FIFA Fines Serbia for Fans’ World Cup Antics (Balkan Insight)

Football’s global governing body has fined Serbia for its fans’ offensive behaviour during Sunday’s World Cup match with Costa Rica.

http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/serbia-fined-by-fifa-on-world-cup-06-21-2018?utm_source=Balkan+Insight+Newsletters&utm_campaign=37febd61ca-BI_DAILY&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_4027db42dc-37febd61ca-319685529

Torture Committee Tells Serbia to Curb Police Violence (Balkan Insight)

The Council of Europe’s anti-torture committee has called on Serbia to stop its police from habitually using violence to force suspects to confess to crimes.

http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/serbia-urged-to-tackle-practice-of-police-violence-06-20-2018?utm_source=Balkan+Insight+Newsletters&utm_campaign=37febd61ca-BI_DAILY&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_4027db42dc-37febd61ca-319685529

Romanians Scuffle With Police, Protesting Changes to Criminal Code (Balkan Insight)

Thousands of Romanians took to the streets again on Wednesday night to protest recently revised criminal codes that critics say are a backward step in the fight against corruption.

http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/romanians-renew-protests-after-criminal-code-changes-06-20-2018?utm_source=Balkan+Insight+Newsletters&utm_campaign=37febd61ca-BI_DAILY&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_4027db42dc-37febd61ca-319685529

Serbia Refuses to ‘Congratulate’ Macedonia Over Greek Deal (Balkan Insight)

Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic said Belgrade had not ‘congratulated’ Macedonia or Greece over their historic agreement as there was ‘nothing to congratulate’ as yet.

http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/there-is-nothing-to-be-congratulated-in-macedonia-greece-name-deal-serbian-fm-06-20-2018?utm_source=Balkan+Insight+Newsletters&utm_campaign=37febd61ca-BI_DAILY&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_4027db42dc-37febd61ca-319685529