For Peace, U.S. Must Pledge Not to Topple Pyongyang Regime (Huanqiu, People’s Republic of China)
Apr05

For Peace, U.S. Must Pledge Not to Topple Pyongyang Regime (Huanqiu, People’s Republic of China)

What are the preconditions for an end to the North Korea crisis? While most Western observers would say a regime change in Pyongyang is the key, Beijing warns just the opposite. According to this editorial from China’s state-run Huanqiu, only a ‘guarantee of DPRK national and regime security’ coupled with a ‘normalization of North Korea’s economy’ will bring an end to the crisis. Meanwhile,...

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China Cannot Afford North Korean Fukushima (Global Times, People’s Republic of China)
Apr03

China Cannot Afford North Korean Fukushima (Global Times, People’s Republic of China)

In order to put the North Korean nuclear genie back in its bottle, should China protect Pyongyang under its nuclear umbrella while forcing the regime to give up its nuclear program? For China’s state-run Global Times, columnist Zhu Zhangping offers some suggestions that may give Beijing a way out of its unquestioned backing of North Korea, and asserts that whatever benefit Beijing derives from keeping the Kim Jong-un regime in...

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An Arab Summit Without Syria? … Ridiculous! (Thawra Al Wehda, Syria)
Apr03

An Arab Summit Without Syria? … Ridiculous! (Thawra Al Wehda, Syria)

Is the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad so integral to the Arab world, that holding an Arab League Summit without it is absurd? According to columnist Dr. Issa al-Shummas of Syria’s state-run Thawra Al Wehda, the League has given Syria’s seat to ‘the illegitimate child of Qatar and the CIA,’ and blocking the Syrian regime’s involvement would be like depriving a body of its ‘beating heart.’ For...

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Prime Minister Abe to Humiliate Okinawa with ‘Restoration of Sovereignty Day’ (Ryukyu Shimpo Shimbun, Japan)
Apr03

Prime Minister Abe to Humiliate Okinawa with ‘Restoration of Sovereignty Day’ (Ryukyu Shimpo Shimbun, Japan)

Do the people of Okinawa, who host 75 percent of America’s military presence in Japan, have a right to be angry that the central government wants to celebrate the day that all of Japan – except for Okinawa – had its sovereignty restored? With North Korea’s nuclear misbehavior and a sovereignty dispute with China as a backdrop, this angry editorial from Okinawa’s Ryukyu Shimpo Shimbun insists that Prime...

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Disrespect for Mao Exposes Truth about U.S. ‘Free Speech’ (Huanqiu, People’s Republic of China)
Apr01

Disrespect for Mao Exposes Truth about U.S. ‘Free Speech’ (Huanqiu, People’s Republic of China)

Beijing is angry today with the U.S. Department of Education. The Department’s infraction?: Removing a quote of China’s late leader Mao Zedung from its Web site. According to this editorial from China’s state-run Huanqiu, the knee-jerk removal of the quote, at the behest of Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley, shows that far from being the world’s leading advocate of free expression, America is just another nation with...

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America’s Iraq Legacy: Rambo Today, the Terminator Tomorrow? (Le Monde, France)
Mar28

America’s Iraq Legacy: Rambo Today, the Terminator Tomorrow? (Le Monde, France)

With America turning away from its own forces, leaving them like the movie character Rambo to languish after a decade of war, Le Monde columnist Marc-Olivier Bherer writes that the future will increasingly look like a scene from the film Terminator, in which unmanned and autonomous drones hunt their prey – and they won’t all be controlled by Americans in the White House. For Le Monde, Marc-Olivier Bherer starts off this...

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For Himself and Palestine, Obama Must Now take Historic Risk (Al Hayat Al Jadidah, Palestinian Territories)
Mar24

For Himself and Palestine, Obama Must Now take Historic Risk (Al Hayat Al Jadidah, Palestinian Territories)

Not all the voices coming out of the Palestinian Territories are downcast after Barack Obama’s first trip to the region as president. For Al Hayat Al Jadidah in the Palestinian Territories, columnist Yehiah Rabah writes that the visit, more than just a photo-op and repetition of well-known policies, put the U.S. president in a position to do what no other has done before: stand back from a biased favoritism of Israel that almost...

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Why Palestinian ‘Naysayers’ Protest Obama’s Visit (Al-Hayat Al-Jadidah, Palestinian Territories)
Mar21

Why Palestinian ‘Naysayers’ Protest Obama’s Visit (Al-Hayat Al-Jadidah, Palestinian Territories)

  People in the Palestinian Territories have held a number of demonstrations against President Obama’s visit today. For Al-Hayat Al-Jadidah in the Territories, columnist Bahaa Rahhal explains why they have good reason to be disappointed with Barack Obama, who from their point of view sides with Israel no matter what insult or act of violence Israelis commit against Palestinians. For Al-Hayat Al-Jadidah, Bahaa Rahhal writes...

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Abe Must End Gamesmanship Over Post-War Constitution (Hokkaido Shimbun, Japan)
Mar19

Abe Must End Gamesmanship Over Post-War Constitution (Hokkaido Shimbun, Japan)

Should any of us be alarmed that Japan’s new government wants to amend the constitution imposed on it in 1945 under U.S. occupation? As we have been following, neighboring nations that got clobbered by pre-war Japan aren’t the only parties concerned. This editorial from Japan’s Hokkaido Shimbun joins in the concern, charging that the administration of Shinzo Abe is using the issue of whether to hold an official...

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Source: Assassination Attempt on Kim Jong-un Assisted Hardliners (JoongAng Ilbo, South Korea)
Mar17

Source: Assassination Attempt on Kim Jong-un Assisted Hardliners (JoongAng Ilbo, South Korea)

Are recent North Korean moves to ratchet up the nuclear threat related to an attempt on the life of dictator Kim Jong-un? According to this news item from South Korea’s JoongAng Ilbo, a well-placed intelligence source has told the newspaper that in the wake of an attempt on his life, the young leader has found it necessary to placate restive military hardliners by adopting their policies. JoongAng Ilbo reporters Chang Se-jeong...

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Why the Right ‘Hates’ Latin America (Carta Maior, Brazil)
Mar13

Why the Right ‘Hates’ Latin America (Carta Maior, Brazil)

If you think the chasm between the right and left in the U.S. is wide – read this from a Latin America perspective. For Brazil’s Carta Maior, columnist Emir Sader explains why the interests of the Latin American right lay squarely with those of the United States, which as far as the left is concerned, is hostile to Latin America. For Carta Maior, columnist Emir Sader starts out this way: The right hates Latin America....

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Death of Hugo Chavez a CIA Plot? Views from Venezuela, Bolivia and Russia
Mar11

Death of Hugo Chavez a CIA Plot? Views from Venezuela, Bolivia and Russia

Scoff if you will, but there is a growing number of world leaders who believe that the CIA, frustrated by its inability to topple him, killed Hugo Chavez by infecting him with whatever killed him. We are told Chavez died of cancer – not usually considered a method of assassination. But according to oncologists – possible. First up, from Venezuela’s El Nacional, in an article headlined Maduro Asserts: U.S....

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Average North Korean ‘Shocked’ at Rodman’s ‘Gangster’ Appearance (Daily North Korea, South Korea)
Mar08

Average North Korean ‘Shocked’ at Rodman’s ‘Gangster’ Appearance (Daily North Korea, South Korea)

Kim Jong-un may have enjoyed hosting Dennis Rodman and a number of Harlem Globetrotters, but it appears that the average person in the country found the display perhaps more unsettling than Westerners did. And it just may be decades of anti-capitalist, anti-American propaganda that are to blame. According to this news item from the Daily North Korea, a publication in the south that monitors the north, average North Koreans are...

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Europe Cleans Up – and Weighs in – at 2013 Oscars (Neue Zuercher Zeitung, Switzerland)
Mar03

Europe Cleans Up – and Weighs in – at 2013 Oscars (Neue Zuercher Zeitung, Switzerland)

Europe is preening itself over its winnings at the 2013 Academy Awards. And according to columnist Susanne Ostwald of Switzerland’s Neue Zuercher Zeitung, Europeans are more enthusiastic about the awards than ever, since thanks to fast global distribution, European moviegoers now get to see all the movies that are nominated before the Oscars are handed out. For Switzerland’s Neue Zuercher Zeitung, Susanne Ostwald writes in...

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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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