Decrypting the Arab Obsession with Conspiracy Theories (L’Orient Le Jour, Lebanon)
Nov16

Decrypting the Arab Obsession with Conspiracy Theories (L’Orient Le Jour, Lebanon)

Why is the Muslim world such fertile ground for every conspiracy theory imaginable? Using the attacks of September 11, 2001, the revolts of 2011 (the Arab Spring) and the recent offensive by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria as a jumping off point, Lebanon’s L’Orient Le Jour consulted authors, politicians and economists to investigate. The upshot: while anti-imperialism, a narcissistic wish to blame others, and a sense...

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U.S. Midterms: Obama Weakened When World Needs America Most (Le Monde, France)
Nov03

U.S. Midterms: Obama Weakened When World Needs America Most (Le Monde, France)

President Obama is facing a ‘thumping’ as President Bush called his public rejoinder after the 2006 midterm elections. Unlike Bush, though, President Obama is judged to be not only weak and ineffective at home, but ineffective and indecisive abroad. For Le Monde, journalist Dominique Simonnet and historian Nicole Bacharan outline the danger to the West and the world when an American leader is as weakened as the current...

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The ‘Blackwaterization’ of War: Obama is Gambling on it (L’Orient Le Jour, Lebanon)
Oct29

The ‘Blackwaterization’ of War: Obama is Gambling on it (L’Orient Le Jour, Lebanon)

After a trial that for some reason lasted seven years, last week a jury convicted four former Blackwater mercenaries of murdering 14 unarmed Iraqi civilians in a firefight on September 16, 2007 aka/ Baghdad’s Bloody Sunday. For Lebanon’s L’Orient Le Jour, columnist Christian Merville writes that despite the convictions – which will inevitably be appealed, the privatization of warfare is precisely what President...

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Eight Months of War: Gains and Losses in the Ukraine Campaign (Gazeta, Russia)
Oct25

Eight Months of War: Gains and Losses in the Ukraine Campaign (Gazeta, Russia)

It has been eight months since the beginning of the Euromaiden protests, the toppling of Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovych and the current crisis over Ukraine. This editorial from Russia’s Gazeta takes stock of what Russia has gained and lost, and freely admits that in terms of the Russian social contract, ‘sausage in exchange for freedom can be considered terminated: the trend now is not sausage, not freedom – but...

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Freezing Worker Eggs: Are Apple and Facebook Playing God? (Germany, France, Switzerland)
Oct24

Freezing Worker Eggs: Are Apple and Facebook Playing God? (Germany, France, Switzerland)

Over the past year and a half, as the scale of the global mass surveillance being pursued by the National Security Agency in collaboration with America’s tech giants has become clear, these corporations – Apple, Facebook, Google and Microsoft – have become objects of derision for Americans and people around the world. Now it seems there is new cause to look upon these firms with suspicion. Over the course of the past...

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A Defeat for Dilma will Mean Victory for the ‘Empire’ (Vermelho, Brazil)
Oct24

A Defeat for Dilma will Mean Victory for the ‘Empire’ (Vermelho, Brazil)

Three days from now, the the people of Brazil will go to the polls to elect a new president, and as columnist Umberto Martins of Brazil’s Vermelho writes, the ramifications for the continent and the world are significant. Martins writes the the entire project to more tightly integrate Latin America against U.S. influence which was launched by now deceased Venezuela President Hugo Chavez could be badly damaged if right-of-center...

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Of Oil and Ethnic Cleansing: Allow Me to Explain the Turks (La Stampa, Italy)
Oct20

Of Oil and Ethnic Cleansing: Allow Me to Explain the Turks (La Stampa, Italy)

Despite Turkey’s attempts to explain why it’s 400,000 man NATO military stands by passively as the Islamic State commits murder and mayhem a stone’s throw away – the world remains baffled. Is Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan insane? Is he in cahoots with the terrorists? And why such an obsession about opposing the long-suffering, nation-deprived Kurds? Answering these questions in an amazing walk through...

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Misnomer ‘Islamic State’ Highlights Dangerous Societal Deceit (Publico, Portugal)
Oct15

Misnomer ‘Islamic State’ Highlights Dangerous Societal Deceit (Publico, Portugal)

What’s wrong with calling the newest terrorist scourge ‘the Islamic State’? Beyond handing the group an easy propaganda victory by conferring upon it attributes it lacks and doesn’t deserve, it contributes to the destruction of language and discourse by assigning false names and descriptions to all kinds of things, concepts and people. Columnist Jose Vitor Malheiros of Portugal’s Publico describes the...

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Obama’s ‘Failed Experiment’ Proves Only America Can Maintain Order (Sueddeutsche Zeitung, Germany)
Oct05

Obama’s ‘Failed Experiment’ Proves Only America Can Maintain Order (Sueddeutsche Zeitung, Germany)

How should the world react to America’s return to the role as world’s top cop? For Germany’s Sueddeutsche Zeitung, columnist Nicolas Richter writes that misgivings over NSA mass surveillance and past military adventures notwithstanding, the world is breathing a sigh of relief to see the United States return to the role of maintaining a ‘basic level’ of global order, particularly with a multilateralist in...

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By Inviting U.S. Meddling, Hong Kong ‘Radicals’ Court Disaster (Huanqiu, China)
Oct02

By Inviting U.S. Meddling, Hong Kong ‘Radicals’ Court Disaster (Huanqiu, China)

Click here to learn more Are the United States and Britain inciting the people of Hong Kong to demonstrate for the right to choose their own elected officials? In addition to painting Occupy Central demonstrators as traitors, this READ ON IN ENGLISH OR CHINESE AT WORLDMEETS.US, your most trusted translator and aggregator of foreign news and views about our...

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Russians Must Prepare for Lengthy Stand-Off with the United States (Izvestia, Russia)
Sep20

Russians Must Prepare for Lengthy Stand-Off with the United States (Izvestia, Russia)

Is there a solution to the Ukraine crisis short of all-out war in the heart of Europe? For Russia’s Izvestia, Sergei Karaganov, chairman of Russia’s Council for Foreign and Defense Policy, lays out the challenges for Moscow as it seeks to navigate difficult sanctions imposed by the United States and its allies, endure long enough to weaken the basis of U.S. power, and overcome what he perceives as Washington’s...

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‘Zionists Planned ISIS’: Justice Official’s Tweet Reflects Wider Problem (Het Parool, The Netherlands)
Sep17

‘Zionists Planned ISIS’: Justice Official’s Tweet Reflects Wider Problem (Het Parool, The Netherlands)

What should be done? We in the West have a right to free speech, but free speech can be a dangerous thing. It isn’t a new problem, but in the Netherlands they are dealing with a particularly acute case. Last month, Justice Ministry official Yasmina Haifi tweeted that the Islamic State was part of a ‘Zionist plot’ to blacken the name of Islam, and was promptly suspended from her job with … wait for it …...

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As Shown Again in Iraq, France Must Reject ‘Subjection’ to the United States (Le Figaro, France)
Sep12

As Shown Again in Iraq, France Must Reject ‘Subjection’ to the United States (Le Figaro, France)

After France’s rejection of the Iraq War resolution at the U.N. Security Council, has France retreated from its independent course, only to march in lock step with the United States? For Le Figaro, senior international correspondent Renaud Girard reminds readers of how prescient the non-aligned France of General Charles de Gaulle and Dominique de Villepin have proven to be, and advises French leaders that for the good of France...

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Islamic State Barbarism Ignites Long-Absent Muslim Soul Searching (Die Zeit, Germany)
Sep08

Islamic State Barbarism Ignites Long-Absent Muslim Soul Searching (Die Zeit, Germany)

Since September 11, a continuing concern in the West has been the perception of a lack of Muslim introspection over the use of Islam as a fulcrum for terrorism. Now, with the emergence of the Islamic State, the most bestial, immoral and nihilistic band of terrorists the modern world has ever known, such a dialogue among the Muslim intelligentsia and average people alike appears to have begun. For Germany’s Die Zeit, columnist...

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Beware Perpetuating NATO by Fanning Flames with Russia (Le Figaro, France)
Sep07

Beware Perpetuating NATO by Fanning Flames with Russia (Le Figaro, France)

With heavy weapons crassly strewn across the NATO Summit golf course apparently ready for immediate delivery and the largest assembly of world leaders ever to appear at one time on British soil, is the NATO Alliance over-hyping the threat posed by Russia to justify its existence and mask it’s lack of a strategy to deal with the Islamic State? For France’s Le Figaro, world affairs columnist Pierre Rousselin warns that the...

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The ‘Caliphate Effect’: New Horizons for Global Jihad (Le Figaro, France)
Sep04

The ‘Caliphate Effect’: New Horizons for Global Jihad (Le Figaro, France)

Beyond the media hype, its challenge to al-Qaeda Inc, and its devilishly-effective video atrocities, what is the threat posed by the rise of the Islamic State? For Le Figaro, international editor in chief Arnaud de La Grange writes that the greatest danger posed by IS is the inspiration it provides to the lost, to the desperate, and to the angry, ‘from Fallujah to the suburbs of Europe.’ For Le Figaro, Arnaud de La Grange...

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West Must Not Allow Kiev to ‘Internationalize the War’ (Die Zeit, Germany)
Sep03

West Must Not Allow Kiev to ‘Internationalize the War’ (Die Zeit, Germany)

On the eve of one of NATO’s most consequential summits since the Cold War ended, how far should the West go in defending Ukraine from Russian aggression? For Germany’s Die Welt, columnist Ludwig Greven writes that Kiev’s purpose in asserting that Russia has ‘invaded’ is to draw the U.S. and E.U. into what could be a disastrous confrontation, and that people have to face the facts: the West would not and...

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Ukraine: A ‘Hopeless Struggle’ for the Lost East (Sueddeutsche Zeitung, Germany)
Aug30

Ukraine: A ‘Hopeless Struggle’ for the Lost East (Sueddeutsche Zeitung, Germany)

Should Ukrainians brace themselves to lose yet another chunk of their country to Russia, this time the most densely populated part of east Ukraine – Dunbas? In the aftermath of the first meeting since June between Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, Sueddeutsche Zeitung columnist Cathrin Kahlweit writes that Putin’s stubborn pretense of non-involvement augers ill for the remaining...

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Reagan Sets ‘Acid Test’ for Crisis-Beset Obama (La Stampa, Italy)
Aug29

Reagan Sets ‘Acid Test’ for Crisis-Beset Obama (La Stampa, Italy)

With President Obama confronting a wide array of crisis across the world, who can he turn to for advice about how to proceed? For Italy’s La Stampa, columnist Gianni Riotta suggests a little summer vacation reading: Reagan at Reykjavik by Ken Adelman. Riotta writes that for all of President Obama’s obvious gifts and advantages, he lacks one essential thing that Mikhail Gorbachev respected above all – and Reagan had...

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‘Short-Lived’ Islamic State Serves America’s Purpose (L’Orient Le Jour, Lebanon)
Aug25

‘Short-Lived’ Islamic State Serves America’s Purpose (L’Orient Le Jour, Lebanon)

As much as American officials and the country’s corporate media refuse to acknowledge or discuss the fact that al-Qaeda and ISIL are foreign policy creations and tools of the United States and its so-called allies, media in the rest of the world rarely fail to mention it. For Lebanon’s L’Orient Le Jour, columnist M. Saadoune explains how the latest activities of Daech, otherwise known in the West as the Islamic State...

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