John Kerry: Hope for Recasting Europe’s Image in American Eyes (Der Tagesspiegel, Germany)
Mar01

John Kerry: Hope for Recasting Europe’s Image in American Eyes (Der Tagesspiegel, Germany)

Is Secretary of State John Kerry uniquely qualified for steering America’s Asia pivot back toward the Old Continent? For Der Tagesspiegel, Christoph von Marschall writes that Kerry’s life history and familiarity with Europe makes him the E.U.’s ‘s best bet for reminding Americans where most of their bread is buttered. For Der Tagesspiegel, Christoph von Marschall, lays out why Kerry is good for Europe: He...

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Kim Jong-Un and Dennis Rodman ‘Sit Together, Talk and Laugh’ (Xinhua, People’s Republic of China)
Feb28

Kim Jong-Un and Dennis Rodman ‘Sit Together, Talk and Laugh’ (Xinhua, People’s Republic of China)

It may be the most unlikely pairing in the history of sports or diplomacy. According to this news item from China’s state-run Xinhua, witnesses report seeing former NBA basketball player Dennis Rodman taking in a basketball game with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un. And according to the report, the two communicated jovially without an interpreter. The Xinhua news report begins this way: PYONGYANG: On Thursday, Kim Jong-un, the...

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Great Satan and the Zionist Entity: ‘Arabs Swallow the Iranian Bait’ (Al-Iraq News, Iraq)
Feb26

Great Satan and the Zionist Entity: ‘Arabs Swallow the Iranian Bait’ (Al-Iraq News, Iraq)

Is Iranian aid to the Arab resistance a fake – and is Iranian hatred of America just a prop Tehran uses to further its own interests at the expense of Arabs? For Iraq’s Al-Iraq News, columnist Faris Haidar tells his readers why Iran is no friend, and that far from wanting to help the Arab world, Tehran’s machinations to preserve the Syrian regime have only one goal: To resurrect the Persian Empire under a religious...

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‘Politicized Hollywood’ Gives Anti-Iran Film Argo ‘Best Picture’ Prize (Kayhan, Islamic Republic of Iran)
Feb26

‘Politicized Hollywood’ Gives Anti-Iran Film Argo ‘Best Picture’ Prize (Kayhan, Islamic Republic of Iran)

Is first lady Michelle Obama part of Hollywood’s latest ‘plot’? According to the Iranian leadership and its state-run media, the awarding of the best picture Oscar to Argo, a depiction of how U.S. Embassy staff escaped being held captive during the 1979 Iranian Revolution, reflects how Hollywood continues to be a tool of the U.S. political class. The fact that it was chosen over Lincoln, according to the state-run...

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Saddam is Responsible for Our Pain; Best Wishes to George H.W. Bush (Al Iraq News, Iraq)
Feb21

Saddam is Responsible for Our Pain; Best Wishes to George H.W. Bush (Al Iraq News, Iraq)

Who should Iraqis hold most responsible for the suffering and pain they have been forced to endure these past decades? Should they blame George H.W. Bush and General Norman Schwarzkopf, who oversaw Desert Storm, which drove Saddam’s Army from Kuwait in 1991? George W. Bush, who launched the ill-fated invasion of that country? Or Saddam Hussein, the man who ruled the country with an iron fist for decades? For the Al-Iraq News,...

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Imposed 66 Years Ago, the Time Has Come to Revise Our ‘Pacific Constitution’ (Iwate Nippo Shimbun, Japan)
Feb21

Imposed 66 Years Ago, the Time Has Come to Revise Our ‘Pacific Constitution’ (Iwate Nippo Shimbun, Japan)

Should Japan be allowed to have a national military again? Confronted with territorial claims by a more assertive China and a nuclear-armed North Korea, Japan’s new prime minister Shinzo Abe has made amending the Constitution to make possible a national military one of his central goals. The document, imposed by the United States after World War II, is almost impossible to change, and forbids Japan from making war as national...

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Beijing Must Punish Pyongyang, But Never Join Anti-North Alliance (Huanqiu, People’s Republic of China)
Feb19

Beijing Must Punish Pyongyang, But Never Join Anti-North Alliance (Huanqiu, People’s Republic of China)

With North Korea’s third nuclear test, one of the world’s most vexing problems has taken a turn that presents Chinese diplomacy with perhaps its greatest challenge in a generation. This editorial from China’s state-run Huanqiu offers a glimpse into the debate in Beijing about how to ‘penalize’ Pyongyang, and whether now is the time to take part in sanctions being imposed on North Korea by the U.S., Japan...

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‘Pulling a Ronald Reagan’: How South Korea Can Defeat the North (The Korea Times, South Korea)
Feb15

‘Pulling a Ronald Reagan’: How South Korea Can Defeat the North (The Korea Times, South Korea)

Should South Korea embark on an arms race with Pyongyang so costly that it breaks the back of the North Korean regime? That is the implication of this column by Oh Young-jin of The Korea Times, who counsels his frustrated countrymen that Reagan’s route for dealing with the Soviet Union is the one thing that Seoul has yet to try on Pyongyang – and which could work. Portending a possible Reagan-style North-South arms race,...

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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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