Russia’s Image Smeared By Law Punishing Orphans (Kommersant, Russia)
Dec25

Russia’s Image Smeared By Law Punishing Orphans (Kommersant, Russia)

From the look of it, things are not going as planned in the Kremlin. Russia’s parliament, the Duma, with the instigation of Russia President Vladimir Putin, has passed a bill in retaliation for an American law that targets Russian officials involved with human rights abuse. The trouble is, according to Kommersant columnist Konstantin Eggert, the Duma bill, by prohibiting the adoption of Russians by Americans, clearly hurts...

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Duma Reaction to Magnitsky Bill Deals Blow to Russian Orphans – and Duma (Izvestia, Russia)
Dec25

Duma Reaction to Magnitsky Bill Deals Blow to Russian Orphans – and Duma (Izvestia, Russia)

Merry Christmas to one and all. The Kremlin is angry at Washington over a piece of legislation called the Magnitsky Bill, which punishes Russian officials thought to be involved in a murder cover-up. So Russia’s parliament, the Duma, has passed a bill in retaliation. Unfortunately, according to Russian poet Igor Karaulov, the Russian law, which he calls ‘not very Chritsmassy,’ harms Russia’s most vulnerable...

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Global Reaction to Newtown Massacre Continues (China, Sweden, Guatemala and Brazil)
Dec21

Global Reaction to Newtown Massacre Continues (China, Sweden, Guatemala and Brazil)

Continuing with our global coverage of the reaction to Newtown, we have four fresh translations on the subject from China’s 022 China, Sweden’s Svenska Dagbladet, Guatemala’s Prensa Libre, and Brazil’s Estadao. On the same day Alan Lanza went on a rampage with an assault rifle in Newtown, Connecticut, killing 20 children and six adults, half a world away, in China’s Henan Province, a deranged man entered an...

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Global Reaction to Newtown Massacre Continues (Poland, Italy, France, the Netherlands, Mexico and Brazil)
Dec18

Global Reaction to Newtown Massacre Continues (Poland, Italy, France, the Netherlands, Mexico and Brazil)

Continuing with our global coverage of the reaction to Newtown, we have six fresh translations on the subject from Poland’s Rzeczpospolita, Italy’s La Repubblica, France’s Liberation, the gaming magazine Fokgames of The Netherlands, Mexico’s El Universal, and Brazil’s Folha. For Rzeczpospolita, in an article headlined No One Dares Deny Americans their Guns, columnist Bartosz Weglarczyk writes that while...

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Turn Kindergarten into Fort Knox? Go Ahead! (Die Welt, Germany)
Dec17

Turn Kindergarten into Fort Knox? Go Ahead! (Die Welt, Germany)

Until a few days ago, Die Welt editor Iris Anyali, who has a son in an American kindergarten, made fun of the security measures at his school in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. But Anyali writes that after the tragedy of Newtown, Connecticut, she will never do so again. For Die Welt, Iris Anyali, writing about her change of heart, says in small part: My five-year-old son Finn goes to an American kindergarten – one exactly like Sandy...

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Newtown: Gun ‘Barbarism’ that Cannot be Removed by Legislation (La Jornada, Mexico)
Dec15

Newtown: Gun ‘Barbarism’ that Cannot be Removed by Legislation (La Jornada, Mexico)

Is U.S. gun culture beyond legislative redemption? This editorial from Mexico’s La Jornada asserts that the endless string of violent attacks leading up to Thursday’s massacre of toddlers in Newtown, Connecticut, suggests a society that requires far deeper introspection and correction than can be provided by lawmakers. Today’s La Jornada editorial says in part: Lamentations and promises are not enough: it is urgent...

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The Perils for Latin America of Obama’s Fear-Inspired Re-Election (Opera Mundi, Brazil)
Dec10

The Perils for Latin America of Obama’s Fear-Inspired Re-Election (Opera Mundi, Brazil)

Before this first Worldmeets.US post since Hurricane Sandy struck our offices in Rockaway Park, I want to thank everyone who sent words of support and expressed concern after the disaster, not only for us, but for people across the region who have been impacted by the most powerful storm in our lifetimes. Since then, we have been working diligently to get back up and running, and so today on the Moderate Voice, we resume our work on...

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The U.S. Presidential Debates and the Glory of American Democracy (Al Sabaah, Iraq)
Oct29

The U.S. Presidential Debates and the Glory of American Democracy (Al Sabaah, Iraq)

As vacuous and underhanded as many Americans see the 2012 presidential election, looked at from Iraq and the emerging Arab Spring countries, the campaign between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney is a shining beacon of civilized democratic conduct. For the Iraq newspaper Al-Sabaah, columnist Ali Jassem compares the American campaign to the current state of politics in Iraq and the Arab world, and holds out the U.S. model as ‘the...

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Continuing Planetary Reaction to U.S. Presidential Election (Germany, Russia, Kenya and Pakistan)
Oct28

Continuing Planetary Reaction to U.S. Presidential Election (Germany, Russia, Kenya and Pakistan)

With Election Day just over a week away, the U.S. presidential race is understandably one of the leading topics of discussion around the planet. Here is some of what Worldmeets.US has dug up in the past 48 hours. For Germany’s Die Tageszeitung, in a column headlined Planet ‘Paralyzed’ Before Power Shifts in Washington and Beijing, columnist Dominic Johnson writes that until people around the world know who will be...

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Russell Means Reminded the World of the Real America (Izvestia, Russia)
Oct28

Russell Means Reminded the World of the Real America (Izvestia, Russia)

The death this week of Native American activist Russell Means is a monumental loss to indigenous peoples around the world, and as this article by Russian journalist Orhan Jemal shows, for non-indigenous people as well. For Russia’s Izvestia, Jemal details some of the highlights of Means’ remarkable career, and explains why in his mind, this Native American hero symbolized what is genuinely great about America, both...

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My Friend George McGovern: ‘The World was his Country’ (El Tiempo, Colombia)
Oct27

My Friend George McGovern: ‘The World was his Country’ (El Tiempo, Colombia)

Here’s an interesting read for a Saturday, pre-election morning. Beyond being a long-time legislator and candidate for the U.S. presidency, George McGovern, who died last week at age 90, was a U.S. diplomat who served as ambassador to the World Food Program. For El Tiempo, Colombia Ambassador Julio César Gomes Dos Santos, who served with the former senator in Rome, tells readers that McGovern was a beloved figure who...

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Continuing Planetary Reaction to U.S. Presidential Election (Italy, China, Pakistan and Brazil)
Oct25

Continuing Planetary Reaction to U.S. Presidential Election (Italy, China, Pakistan and Brazil)

Here is a little Moderate Voice roundup of what Worldmeets.US has posted about the U.S. presidential race since the third presidential debate on foreign policy. The articles are from Italy, China, Pakistan and Brazil. Starting off with Europe, we have posted two reactions from Italy’s La Stampa. In an article headlined No One Can Say that American’s Don’t Have a Choice, one of Italy’s leading columnists, Gianni...

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Early Planetary Reaction to U.S. Presidential Debate on Foreign Policy (France, Britain, Israel, Canada)
Oct23

Early Planetary Reaction to U.S. Presidential Debate on Foreign Policy (France, Britain, Israel, Canada)

The planet’s intellectual temperature on the third and last U.S. presidential debate will take a few days to fully seep out, but we have dug up enough to to get a sense of what is to come. First, it seems that some of our European allies felt left out of last night’s conversation. For France’s Liberation , in a column headlined Europe Warrants Just One ‘Derogatory Reference’ in Third U.S. Presidential...

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‘Obama’s Prototype’: Rome’s First Black Emperor, Septimius Severus (Corriere Della Sera, Italy)
Oct22

‘Obama’s Prototype’: Rome’s First Black Emperor, Septimius Severus (Corriere Della Sera, Italy)

For centuries, people have compared the United States with ancient Rome. America’s founding fathers borrowed heavily from the Roman Republic in creating the American state, and many see modern America as an analogue of third century Rome in decline. But now there is yet another analogy just as compelling as anything that came before. For Italy’s Corriere Della Sera, columnist Ennio Caretto compares America’s first...

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Okinawans will ‘Spew Magma’ Over Crimes of U.S. Forces (Okinawa Times, Japan)
Oct21

Okinawans will ‘Spew Magma’ Over Crimes of U.S. Forces (Okinawa Times, Japan)

{EDITOR’S NOTE: The original cross-post incorrectly quoted this Japanese editorial as saying that two U.S. Marines had been arrested, when it should have said two U.S. sailors. It also stated that Okinawa had been returned to Japanese control last year. In fact, it was returned in 1974. This post on TMV has now been corrected. It’s the policy of TMV to correct errors. We regret the error.} If Okinawans were angry about the...

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‘Enraged’ at Soviets, Castro Turned to Ex-Nazis During Cuban Missile Crisis (Die Welt, Germany)
Oct20

‘Enraged’ at Soviets, Castro Turned to Ex-Nazis During Cuban Missile Crisis (Die Welt, Germany)

Here’s a good weekend read for students of history. Days ago, the German newspaper Die Welt reported on documents newly-released by the German Intelligence Service which reveal that during the period leading up to and during the Cuban Missile Crisis, Fidel Castro sought to circumvent dependence on Soviet military aid and training by hiring former Nazis and by purchasing German-made weapons. Furthermore, documents released by the...

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‘Ignorant’ Iraqi Leaders to Aid Syria, Along with Russians and Iranians (Al-Iraq News, Iraq)
Oct19

‘Ignorant’ Iraqi Leaders to Aid Syria, Along with Russians and Iranians (Al-Iraq News, Iraq)

Are Iraqi leaders like babes in the geopolitical woods, so ignorant of foreign affairs that they can be taken advantage of by Russia and Iran? For Iraq’s Al-Iraq News, columnist Ayad al-Samarrai warns readers that Iraq Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has gone against America’s wishes by signing an arms deal with Moscow worth $4 billion, and agreeing to allow Russia and Iran to use Iraq as a transshipment point for supplying...

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The Beginning of the End for the Bundeswehr in Afghanistan (Financial Times Deutschland, Germany)
Oct18

The Beginning of the End for the Bundeswehr in Afghanistan (Financial Times Deutschland, Germany)

What’s it like for the Bundeswar, to be pulling out of Afghanistan after one of the most ambitious deployments of German military personnel since the end of World War II? For Germany’s Financial Times Deutschland, correspondent Joachim Zepelin reports on the mixed emotions of German troops, clear in the knowledge that the war will go on without them, and fearful that the gains they have won will be lost the moment they...

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Lance Armstrong Gives Italians Sense of Legal Superiority (La Stampa, Italy)
Oct18

Lance Armstrong Gives Italians Sense of Legal Superiority (La Stampa, Italy)

If Lance Armstrong were Italian, would his cheating ways have been uncovered and prosecuted sooner? For Italy’s La Stampa, columnist Marco Ansaldo writes that even if Italian sport is just as corrupt as it is anywhere else – if not more so – Italians would like to think so. For La Stampa, Marco Ansaldo writes in part: Commercialism has heavily penetrated sport – and with the money comes speculators. People...

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Attack on U.S. Consulate and Citizens Must Never Be Repeated (Quryna, Libya)
Oct17

Attack on U.S. Consulate and Citizens Must Never Be Repeated (Quryna, Libya)

America is shocked and angry, and given the pressures of the U.S. presidential campaign, a retaliatory strike on Libya is almost guaranteed – and soon. That is the message of columnist Fadl Abd al-Taif of Libya newspaper Quryna. Al-Taif explains why the film Innocence of Muslims had little to do with the terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate that killed Ambassador Chris Stephens and three others. He argues that the attack...

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