Angelina Jolie’s ‘Breasts of Social Contention’ (News, Switzerland)
May21

Angelina Jolie’s ‘Breasts of Social Contention’ (News, Switzerland)

With her announcement of a double mastectomy, Angelina Jolie has created a social media tsunami. But according to columnist Patrik Etschmayer of Switzerland’s News, she has unwittingly done something else: expose the ugly underbelly of misinformed new media opinion. For Switzerland’s News, Patrik Etschmayer writes in part: Anyone who has actually read her statement realizes that this is woman who had a difficult decision...

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‘Arrest of Timothy Hallet Tracy Infringes Free Expression in Venezuela’ (El Universal, Venezuela)
May15

‘Arrest of Timothy Hallet Tracy Infringes Free Expression in Venezuela’ (El Universal, Venezuela)

One month ago, Venezuelans authorities arrested U.S. filmmaker Timothy Hallet Tracy for ‘fomenting post election violence’ and charged him with being a spy. Last week, in this petition signed by Venezuela’s leading filmmakers published in El Universal, the artists implore the government of Venezuela to quickly release Tracy, who they believe was arrested simply for pursuing his craft by documenting one of the most...

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Nasrallah vs. Qaradawi: Battling Sheikhs Turning Syria into Repeat of Iraq (Al Mada, Iraq)
May08

Nasrallah vs. Qaradawi: Battling Sheikhs Turning Syria into Repeat of Iraq (Al Mada, Iraq)

With Sunnis and Shiites arrayed for a battle to the death in Syria, clerics on both sides are only making matters worse. Columnist Hazem Mubaidin of Iraq’s Al Mada warns that rival shiekhs – Hezbullah’s Hassan Nasrallah and Egyptian cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi – are issuing religious fatwas for reasons having nothing to do with religion, and are leading their respective sides to an unhappy fate: that of...

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Guns, Drugs and Money Laundering: What Does Obama Want from Mexico? (El Universal, Mexico)
May02

Guns, Drugs and Money Laundering: What Does Obama Want from Mexico? (El Universal, Mexico)

President Obama is visiting Mexico today, and this editorial from Mexico’s El Universal wonders what Obama wants from Mexico City, with a large number of U.S. states legalizing marijuana, gun legislation in the U.S. Congress looking ‘dead’, and immigration reform appearing to stall. The El Universal editorial says in part: With respect to the United States, for example, there is appears to be little or no effort to...

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‘Magical Surrealism’ and the Arrest of Timothy Hallet Tracy (La Nacion, Argentina – Apporea, Venezuela)
Apr30

‘Magical Surrealism’ and the Arrest of Timothy Hallet Tracy (La Nacion, Argentina – Apporea, Venezuela)

A U.S. filmmaker has been arrested in Venezuela on charges that he was there to incite a civil war after national elections to elect the successor of Hugo Chavez on April 14. Here are two articles on the arrest of Timothy Hallet Tracy – both which refer to how the movie Argo may be hurting Tracy’s cause. One from Argentina’s La Nacion, sees the arrest as a sign that Chavez’ heir Nicolas Maduro is coming unglued...

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Saudi Arabia: Coddled Terrorist State or Victim of Libel?
Apr23

Saudi Arabia: Coddled Terrorist State or Victim of Libel?

Is Saudi Arabia somehow or another behind the terrorist attack on Boston? Much of the world, despite the conclusions of U.S. investigators that the culprits were ethnic Chechens who acted independently, believe that like 9-11, behind the Marathon attack is Saudi Wahhabism. Two articles we posted yesterday address these continuing suspicions. One from from Iraq’s Sotal Iraq lays almost all global terrorism at the doorstep of the...

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An Attack on America’s Self-Confidence and Mythology (Sueddeutsche Zeitung, Germany)
Apr20

An Attack on America’s Self-Confidence and Mythology (Sueddeutsche Zeitung, Germany)

Like the shots that launched the Battles of Lexington and Concord in 1775, immortalized by celebrated American poet Ralph Waldo Emerson as the ‘shots heard round the world,’ the attacks in Boston are also reverberating around the world. Sueddeutsche Zeitung columnist Stefan Kornelius writes that the Boston Marathon bombings, occurring on Patriots’ Day, appear well-timed to co-opt what is at the very core of American...

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‘Having Sown the Wind … America Reaps the Whirlwind’ – Iraqi and Jordanian Reactions to Boston
Apr18

‘Having Sown the Wind … America Reaps the Whirlwind’ – Iraqi and Jordanian Reactions to Boston

Does the United States government bare some responsibility for the pain being felt in Boston and around the country today? Amid the commentary coming in from around the world, from some quarters there is a certain sense of schadenfreude – which means in German to take pleasure in the pain of others. In these two articles posted today, one from Iraq’s Al-Iraq News and the other from Jordan’s Al Ghad, the case is made...

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After Boston, Washington’s Next Moves will be Telling  (La Jornada, Mexico)
Apr17

After Boston, Washington’s Next Moves will be Telling (La Jornada, Mexico)

Given the U.S. response to the September 11 attacks, which was considered destructive and self-defeating by large numbers of people around the world, there is a good deal of concern that something similar could happen in the wake of the Boston bombings. This editorial from Mexico’s La Jornada recalls what it perceives as the misplaced aggression of the Bush Administration, and expresses hope that the Obama White House will act...

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Will Americans Learn the Right Lesson from Boston Bombings? (Sotal Iraq, Iraq)
Apr16

Will Americans Learn the Right Lesson from Boston Bombings? (Sotal Iraq, Iraq)

Is American use of Wahhabi terrorists as a foreign policy tool behind the Boston Marathon bombings? For Iraq’s Sotal Iraq, columnist Ahmad Kazem sees the attacks as a fork in the road for the United States, and worries that the American people are so caught up in ‘petty soap operas and mind-numbing television talk shows’, they are easy to convince that they are in danger, and that ‘wars are necessary for their...

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The Invasion of Our Nation Goes Unpunished (Al-Iraq News, Iraq)
Apr15

The Invasion of Our Nation Goes Unpunished (Al-Iraq News, Iraq)

Should the United States apologize to Iraqis and pay their country reparations? Now, ten years after an invasion that was illegal under international law and based on mistaken pretexts, Al-Iraq News columnist Jamal Muhammad Taqi argues that it’s time for America to make amends – but he has little expectation that it will. For Al-Iraq News, Jamal Muhammad Taqi starts off this way: To turn the page on the past, the least...

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Obama Must Face Up to Post-Assad Syria Now! (Al-Sharq Al-Awsat, Saudi Arabia)
Apr11

Obama Must Face Up to Post-Assad Syria Now! (Al-Sharq Al-Awsat, Saudi Arabia)

Has American non-intervention in Syria reached the point of diminishing returns? For Saudi Arabia’s Al-Sharq Al-Awsat, columnist Tariq Alhomayed expresses extreme disappointment with the Obama Administration, which he contends is jeopardizing global economic stability and physical security across the Middle East by not stepping to help the Syrian rebels before Bashar al-Assad is toppled – and a dangerous power vacuum...

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In Afghanistan, NATO Now Committing Bald-Faced ‘Murder’ (Der Spiegel, Germany)
Apr11

In Afghanistan, NATO Now Committing Bald-Faced ‘Murder’ (Der Spiegel, Germany)

Is the war in Afghanistan now a pointless exercise that entails murdering people until the time for withdrawal arrives next year? For Germany’s Der Spiegel, Jakob Augstein expresses consternation about how this war is ending, and wonders if Germany might have been better off before its military, the Bundeswehr, was talked into once again becoming ‘accustomed to war.’ For Der Speigel, Jakob Augstein starts off this...

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Fidel Castro on Kim Jong-un’s ‘Duty to Avoid War’ in Korea (Juventud Rebelde, Cuba)
Apr07

Fidel Castro on Kim Jong-un’s ‘Duty to Avoid War’ in Korea (Juventud Rebelde, Cuba)

Would Fidel Castro have some pull with North Korea’s Kim Jong-un? The former Cuba dictator has a message for North Korea’s young ‘revolutionary’ leader. In this special edition of Reflections of Fidel, a column that Castro stopped writing in June 2012, the Cuban icon reminds his younger charge that he knew his grandfather Kim Il-sung, and that jeopardizing people at the heart of the world’s most densely...

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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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