Police surround miners killed during clashes between protesting miners and police near a platinum mine in Marikana on August 16, 2012. (AFP/GettyImages)

This post is part of a recurring feature highlighting some of the best foreign affairs coverage from other media outlets, blogs, academic institutions and think tanks. It’s also meant to give you a sense of what might end up driving the foreign policy conversations for the day. We hope you enjoy it and check back tomorrow.

1) The New Republic: A mine massacre and the fight for South Africa's future

If you haven't followed South African politics closely, this article captures all the drama and tension of the country's struggles with race and class. A great and powerful read.

2) Al-Monitor: Obama’s Visit to Israel Is All About Iran

A former Israeli diplomat argues that President Obama's forthcoming trip is designed to reassert U.S. leadership on the Iran nuclear issue.

3) The Wall Street Journal: Chinese Culture Clash on Yap

A Chinese developer wants to build a big resort on this remote Pacific island, but a 20-year-old incident has the locals apprehensive about the incoming foreigners.