- From Al Safir Al Arabi
An official Iraq that refuses to come to grips with the fall of the country’s Sunni regions into the hands of the so-called Caliphate. The media in the country's wealthy Gulf Arab neighbors implicitly backs the jihadis, while official Iraqi media oafishly sloganeers. Omar al-Jaffal on Iraq’s ISIS dilemma:
It was as if angels and demons descended on the city of Nineveh together. The sky on the night of June 10 was cloaked with a worrying gloom. And within a few hours, the city had spectacularly fallen into the hands of the gunmen of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.
- From Liberation
Seven times in eight years, Israel has assaulted the Gaza Strip. For many in southern Israel, the massive airstrikes shattering the cities of their Palestinian neighbors in the latest attack make for a gratifying show and a nice day out for a picnic, writes Nissim Behar in France’s Liberation.
"Wait, who threw their egg sandwich in the fruit salad?" someone asks.
- From Anfibia
The worst home-team disaster in World Cup history, a national tragedy in Brazil. With their star forward Neymar sidelined with a broken back, the legendary Selecao lost its semifinal match 7-1 before a stadium full of weeping fans yesterday. An Argentine sports psychologist suggests that Brazil's collapse was the result of a rigid, top-down team psychology completely unlike the egalitarian group psychology of teams like Holland and Germany.
What happened to Brazil is, at first glance, disconcerting and frightening.
- From Yorokobu
At home and abroad, the strange attraction of what Spain's Yorokobu magazine calls 'Ruin Porn': images of the decayed ruins of America's wrecked industrial heartland. The flip side of the 'American Dream'; the rotted heart of the country that exports neoliberal economics:
Detroit was what started it all. The proud Motor City, once the industrial epicenter of the United States, went into a tailspin in 1970, and has been slowly dying since then, agonizing.
- From Global Times
In isolated pockets around the world, it still exists: the dread disease leprosy. China's Global Times explores the mountain leper colonies of the country's south, finding that even healthy descendents of lepers are treated as outcastes and untouchables by the people of surrounding villages.
The only way to get to the village of Abuluoha is on foot - a four-hour trek via a single, steep cliff-side path just a meter across.
- From Al Akhbar
On Sunday, the first day of Ramadan, the jihadis of ISIS declared their leader Ibrahim Awwad Ibrahim to be the Caliph of all Islam, renaming themselves the Islamic State, and calling on all Muslims to swear allegiance to it and to the Caliph, whose nom de guerre is Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. In Beirut's al-Akhbar, Radwan Mortada interviews numerous local jihadi militants: how will the Caliph Ibrahim's proclamation be received among groups not affiliated to ISIS?
On Sunday, Abu Mohammed al-Adnani, spokesperson for ISIS, declared the creation of the Islamic caliphate, "the jihadis' long-running dream."