U.S. Exacerbates ‘Profound’ North Korean Insecurity; Provokes Missiles, Nukes (Global Times, China)
Feb15

U.S. Exacerbates ‘Profound’ North Korean Insecurity; Provokes Missiles, Nukes (Global Times, China)

Do the United States and its allies bear some responsibility for the unpredictable, erratic and potentially dangerous behavior of North Korea? This editorial from China’s state-run Global Times seeks to distance Beijing from any previous arm-twisting of North Korea, and asserts that America and its allies are driving the Hermit Kingdom to feel a need for missiles and nuclear weapons. The Global Times editorial says in small...

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Okinawans Will No Longer be ‘Pawned Away’ to Curry American Favor (Ryukyu Shimpo Shimbun, Japan)
Feb14

Okinawans Will No Longer be ‘Pawned Away’ to Curry American Favor (Ryukyu Shimpo Shimbun, Japan)

Do the democratically-expressed wishes of the people of Okinawa count for anything? That is the question posed by this editorial from Japan’s Ryukyu Shimpo Shimbun, which accuses newly-reminted Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of planning to ignore their demands for closure of America’s bases there to satisfy the United States. One of the most strongly-worded editorials you are likely to read in a Japanese newspaper starts off...

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French Foreign Policy à la George W. Bush (Liberation, France)
Feb03

French Foreign Policy à la George W. Bush (Liberation, France)

Is France, now in Mali, behaving precisely the same way and with the same faulty pretexts U.S. neoconservatives used to justify invading Iraq, Afghanistan and many others? For Liberation, French-Bulgarian philosopher Tzvetan Todorov lays out how and why France has gotten itself into such an uncomfortably ‘Bushian’ situation. For Liberation, Tzvetan Todorov writes in part: This is a preventative strike designed to prevent...

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Hats off to Algeria for Rejecting U.S. Meddling in Hostage Crisis (Echorouk al-Yawm, Algeria)
Jan31

Hats off to Algeria for Rejecting U.S. Meddling in Hostage Crisis (Echorouk al-Yawm, Algeria)

Why is it that Algeria didn’t avail itself of help from the U.S. secret services in dealing with and tracking down terrorists who raided an Algerian gas facility, took 600 hostages, and left scores dead? Listening to FOX News, one might have thought this was due a desire by the Obama Administration to remain aloof. Not so, according to columnist Saleh Awad of Algeria’s Echorouk al-Yawm, who writes that the Algerian...

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International Perceptions of Obama’s Second Term (Italy, Poland, The Netherlands, France, Switzerland, China, Brazil, Mexico)
Jan28

International Perceptions of Obama’s Second Term (Italy, Poland, The Netherlands, France, Switzerland, China, Brazil, Mexico)

The global reaction to Obama’s second inaugural has been markedly less emotional and more analytical, perhaps reflecting the fact that the president is now a known quantity – as are the limits of his influence over American and global affairs. This is a sampling of what we’ve found so far from Italy’s La Stampa, Poland’s Rzeczpospolita, De Volkskrant of The Netherlands, Le Figaro of France,...

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Contemplating Lance Armstrong: Views from the Swiss and the Dutch
Jan25

Contemplating Lance Armstrong: Views from the Swiss and the Dutch

What does Lance Armstrong’s earth-shattering sports crimes and confessions have to do with postmodernism – one of the most influential veins of philosophy in today’s world? In an article headlined Lance Armstrong and Diederik Stapel: Laying Waste to Postmodernism, Dutch columnist Sebastien Valkenberg exhaustively examines why the misdeeds of Armstrong, notorious Dutch academic cheat Diederik Stapel – and Bill...

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Influence-Flush U.S. Latinos Must ‘Exploit Unprecedented Moment’ (El Universal, Mexico)
Jan22

Influence-Flush U.S. Latinos Must ‘Exploit Unprecedented Moment’ (El Universal, Mexico)

With President Obama at the height of his political and personal power – and his debt to Latinos fresh in everyone’s minds, is it time for Mexicans to press the case of the undocumented? This editorial from Mexico’s El Universal urges U.S. Latinos, and especially Mexicans, to press for an amnesty for undocumented immigrants now, before the people of the United States forget how pivotal they were in the 2012 election....

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China Must Have Capacity to Shoot Down American Satellites (Huanqiu, People’s Republic of China)
Jan08

China Must Have Capacity to Shoot Down American Satellites (Huanqiu, People’s Republic of China)

As an emerging world power, does China need the capacity to eliminate American satellites? In recent days, the buzz from the intelligence community has been that within the next few weeks, China is likely to hold another test of its capacity to destroy or disable satellites in space. According to this editorial from China’s state-run Huanqiu, whether or not China holds such a test, it must develop a check on America’s...

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Russian Press ‘Duped’, Ejected, as Bill Halting U.S. Adoptions Goes Ahead (Moskovskij Komsomolets, Russia)
Dec26

Russian Press ‘Duped’, Ejected, as Bill Halting U.S. Adoptions Goes Ahead (Moskovskij Komsomolets, Russia)

The Russian print media continues to show some impressive independence, as a bill that threatens to halt the adoption of Russian children by Americans winds its way through Russia’s legislature. According to reporter Mikhail Zubov of Russia’s Moskovskij Komsomolets, Russian journalists were deceived into leaving the room before Federation Council [Senate] talks on the proposed bill on Monday, after which the bill was...

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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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