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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Beheading Shows ‘Weakness’; Video Should Not Be Viewed (Le Nouvel Observateur, France)
Aug24

Beheading Shows ‘Weakness’; Video Should Not Be Viewed (Le Nouvel Observateur, France)

In a world in which few of our institutions in government or media are trusted to tell the truth, who should decide what the public is permitted to see – and not? The horrifying terrorist beheading of journalist James Foley is only the latest story to spark this debate, after the recent terrorist shoot-down of Malaysia Airlines MH17. In this column from France’s Le Nouvel Observateur, war correspondent Jean-Paul Mari...

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France and the West Must Help Middle East ‘Choose Life Over Death’ (Le Monde, France)
Aug15

France and the West Must Help Middle East ‘Choose Life Over Death’ (Le Monde, France)

In 2002, he and his country opposed U.N. Security Council authorization for the war in Iraq. Today, he is insisting on it. In Le Monde, Former French Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin writes that this time, the mistakes of the past must not be repeated, and a legal framework for war in Iraq must be created with the support and material assistance of countries around the region. In regard to current operations in Iraq, Villepin...

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The Kurds, ISIL, and Iraq’s Icosahedron Triangle of Interests (L’Orient Le Jour, Lebanon)
Aug08

The Kurds, ISIL, and Iraq’s Icosahedron Triangle of Interests (L’Orient Le Jour, Lebanon)

Whose fighting who – and whose helping who, in the geopolitical maze called Iraq? L’Orient Le Jour columnist Christian Merville outlines the latest baffling wrinkle in the quagmire, suggesting that, despite the fact that they appear to be under attack by ISIL, the Kurdish Peshmerga, thought to be extremely close to the Americans, may in fact be cooperating with none other than that very same ISIL, aka/the Islamic State in...

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‘Successful’ Russia Sanctions Would be West’s Worst Nightmare (Gazeta, Russia)
Aug07

‘Successful’ Russia Sanctions Would be West’s Worst Nightmare (Gazeta, Russia)

This column by Gazeta columnist Georgy Bovt, while providing an unassailable argument for why Western sanctions on Russia are doomed to fail, also serves as a powerful indictment of the Putin years. Beyond his explanation of why there is no likelihood of sanctions working, or of an opposition emerging that is capable of challenging the Putin regime, Bovt lays out why, if sanctions were to bite to the point where Putin were toppled,...

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Obama Coddles Assad to Please Iran, Endangering Millions (L’Orient Le Jour, Lebanon)
Aug06

Obama Coddles Assad to Please Iran, Endangering Millions (L’Orient Le Jour, Lebanon)

From quietly colluding with Iran to tamper with the Iraqi elections and keep Nouri Maliki in office – even though he lost, to looking on passively as Bashar al-Assad goes about bombing, torturing, and otherwise killing his Syrian opponents, the Obama Administration has convinced L’Orient Le Jour columnist Michel Touma that it is either disconnected from reality, or up to no good. With the forces of ISIL knocking on...

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Gaza: Roadmap to Peace Must Be ‘Imposed’ on Combatants (Le Figaro, France)
Aug03

Gaza: Roadmap to Peace Must Be ‘Imposed’ on Combatants (Le Figaro, France)

Is there any way to halt the cycle of blood and death that marks relations between Israelis and Palestinians? For Le Figaro, columnist Pierre Rousselin writes that the use of Israeli military power is incapable of resolving the deadlock, and civilian deaths are incurring an intolerable price on the Jewish state’s public image. At this stage, a solution can only be achieved though a concerted and coordinated diplomatic effort to...

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West Should Drop Trade Barriers with Russia, Not Raise Them! (de Volkskrant, The Netherlands)
Aug02

West Should Drop Trade Barriers with Russia, Not Raise Them! (de Volkskrant, The Netherlands)

In some way, of all the MH17 content we’ve posted from the Netherlands, this column by Imre Wessels, an election coordinator for the Libertarian Party, is the most ‘Dutch’ – in the sense that he expresses that unstinting belief in free markets that made the Netherlands into the dominant trading power of the 1700s. So then, rather than bringing Vladimir Putin to heel, will Western sanctions serve only to harden...

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VIDEOS: From Frying Pan Into Fire: John Kerry Faces India Spy Storm (Indian Media)
Aug01

VIDEOS: From Frying Pan Into Fire: John Kerry Faces India Spy Storm (Indian Media)

Yesterday Worldmeets.US posted video from John Kerry’s three-day visit to India, where almost every news segment mentions NSA spying on India, and a scandal that has broken out over whether the previous government, comprised of the Congress Party and others, permitted the NSA under a program called ‘Rampart A,’ to spy not only on fiber optic cables going in and out of the country, but specifically on the...

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Washington and Jerusalem: Forces Beyond their Control (La Stampa, Italy)
Aug01

Washington and Jerusalem: Forces Beyond their Control (La Stampa, Italy)

Why are there so many seemingly intractable conflicts in the world today, and what’s behind the unprecedented deterioration of U.S.-Israeli relations? For Italy’s La Stampa, columnist Gianni Riotta writes that it isn’t Barack Obama’s fault that the American people don’t want to police the world, or that a world without two diametrically-opposed poles lacks the leadership it needs. The best Italian...

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MH17: Guilty Rebels ‘Worse for Moscow than KAL-007′ (Gazeta, Russia)
Jul31

MH17: Guilty Rebels ‘Worse for Moscow than KAL-007′ (Gazeta, Russia)

What would happen if it were proven that pro-Russia rebels shot down MH17, that the Kremlin was complicit, and sanctions began to bring down the Russian economy? Gazeta columnist Georgy Bovt forecasts that the situation would be far worse than anything encountered in 1983, when the USSR admitted to downing Korean Airlines Flight 007. Bovt warns that in defense of Russia’s economy and ‘Russian civilization,’ and to...

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ISIL: The Latest Disastrous Tool of Western Statecraft (Carta Maior, Brazil)
Jul29

ISIL: The Latest Disastrous Tool of Western Statecraft (Carta Maior, Brazil)

This column deals with an issue that no U.S. official, or member of the mainstream media for that matter, will ever address or admit to: the deliberate fostering and creation of terrorist groups for the furtherance of American foreign policy. For Brazil’s Carta Maior, columnist Francisco Carlos Teixeira takes on the history of Western involvement in the Middle East, showing how it has exacerbated Sunni-Shiite tensions for its...

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Gaza and MH17: France Pays the Price for its Moribund Diplomacy (Le Figaro, France)
Jul27

Gaza and MH17: France Pays the Price for its Moribund Diplomacy (Le Figaro, France)

France is not only home to the largest Muslim and Jewish populations in Europe, but with the Kremlin in the global doghouse over MH17 and Ukraine, Paris is in the process of selling Russia two massive Mistral warships for $1.6 billion. For Le Figaro, columnist Pierre Rousselin writes that with pro-Palestinian protests erupting across the country, and allies losing patience with the French for selling such powerful weapons to Russia,...

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