Obama’s Hope-Killing ‘Virtual Political Death’ (La Jornada, Mexico)
Nov17

Obama’s Hope-Killing ‘Virtual Political Death’ (La Jornada, Mexico)

How damaging is the apparent downfall of President Obama’s signature health reform? This editorial from Mexico’s La Jornada calls it a ‘hope killer’ – not only for U.S. liberals and progressives that put him in the White House, but for people around the world who see an administration in full retreat on social issues, and an enabler of ‘Washington’s warmongering and diplomatic immorality in...

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Swiss Asylum for Snowden Would Win Points with Berlin (News, Switzerland)
Nov15

Swiss Asylum for Snowden Would Win Points with Berlin (News, Switzerland)

Given the political minefield entailed with giving German asylum to Edward Snowden, should Switzerland step in and offer him safe harbor, giving Berlin easy access to the former NSA analyst without demolishing its ties to Washington? For Switzerland’s News, Patrik Etschmayer suggests that such an arrangement would not only be the right thing to do, it would ease German frustration with Switzerland, which is resisting handing...

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German Snowden-Mania Puts All Europe at Risk (ABC, Spain)
Nov13

German Snowden-Mania Puts All Europe at Risk (ABC, Spain)

Are Germans giving in to self-defeating emotion by considering asylum for former NSA analyst Edward Snowden? For Spain’s ABC Newspaper, columnist Hermann Tertsch castigates Germans for being whipped up ‘by media which is as populist as it is irresponsible’ – with a ‘campaign of hysteria and compassionate demagogy’ that puts the entire continent at risk. For Spain’s ABC, Hermann Tertsch begins...

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China Versus the American Media: Jimmy Kimmel-ABC/CNN Edition
Nov12

China Versus the American Media: Jimmy Kimmel-ABC/CNN Edition

The theme of an American media with bad collective judgement and/or acting at the behest of the U.S. government arises every so often in China media – one recalls China’s campaign against CNN host Jack Cafferty, when he called Chinese forces cracking down on Tibetan monks ‘goons and thugs,’ or when it called House Speaker Nancy Pelosi a ‘disgusting figure’ for paying her respects to the Dalai Lama....

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U.S. Combat Drones Fly South for the Afghan Winter (Der Postillon, Germany)
Nov11

U.S. Combat Drones Fly South for the Afghan Winter (Der Postillon, Germany)

Killer drones can be beautiful – at least according to this ‘news’ item from Germany’s Der Postillon, which uses humor to target the use of these ever-more ubiquitous long-range weapons. One might even call it ‘a rare bird.’ Der Postillon’s faux news item starts out this way: Kabul: It is a natural spectacle of breathtaking beauty. Like every year at this time, the migration of U.S. combat...

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