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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Continuing Planetary Reaction to U.S. Presidential Election (Italy, China, Pakistan and Brazil)
Oct25

Continuing Planetary Reaction to U.S. Presidential Election (Italy, China, Pakistan and Brazil)

Here is a little Moderate Voice roundup of what Worldmeets.US has posted about the U.S. presidential race since the third presidential debate on foreign policy. The articles are from Italy, China, Pakistan and Brazil. Starting off with Europe, we have posted two reactions from Italy’s La Stampa. In an article headlined No One Can Say that American’s Don’t Have a Choice, one of Italy’s leading columnists, Gianni...

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Early Planetary Reaction to U.S. Presidential Debate on Foreign Policy (France, Britain, Israel, Canada)
Oct23

Early Planetary Reaction to U.S. Presidential Debate on Foreign Policy (France, Britain, Israel, Canada)

The planet’s intellectual temperature on the third and last U.S. presidential debate will take a few days to fully seep out, but we have dug up enough to to get a sense of what is to come. First, it seems that some of our European allies felt left out of last night’s conversation. For France’s Liberation , in a column headlined Europe Warrants Just One ‘Derogatory Reference’ in Third U.S. Presidential...

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‘Obama’s Prototype’: Rome’s First Black Emperor, Septimius Severus (Corriere Della Sera, Italy)
Oct22

‘Obama’s Prototype’: Rome’s First Black Emperor, Septimius Severus (Corriere Della Sera, Italy)

For centuries, people have compared the United States with ancient Rome. America’s founding fathers borrowed heavily from the Roman Republic in creating the American state, and many see modern America as an analogue of third century Rome in decline. But now there is yet another analogy just as compelling as anything that came before. For Italy’s Corriere Della Sera, columnist Ennio Caretto compares America’s first...

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Okinawans will ‘Spew Magma’ Over Crimes of U.S. Forces (Okinawa Times, Japan)
Oct21

Okinawans will ‘Spew Magma’ Over Crimes of U.S. Forces (Okinawa Times, Japan)

{EDITOR’S NOTE: The original cross-post incorrectly quoted this Japanese editorial as saying that two U.S. Marines had been arrested, when it should have said two U.S. sailors. It also stated that Okinawa had been returned to Japanese control last year. In fact, it was returned in 1974. This post on TMV has now been corrected. It’s the policy of TMV to correct errors. We regret the error.} If Okinawans were angry about the...

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‘Enraged’ at Soviets, Castro Turned to Ex-Nazis During Cuban Missile Crisis (Die Welt, Germany)
Oct20

‘Enraged’ at Soviets, Castro Turned to Ex-Nazis During Cuban Missile Crisis (Die Welt, Germany)

Here’s a good weekend read for students of history. Days ago, the German newspaper Die Welt reported on documents newly-released by the German Intelligence Service which reveal that during the period leading up to and during the Cuban Missile Crisis, Fidel Castro sought to circumvent dependence on Soviet military aid and training by hiring former Nazis and by purchasing German-made weapons. Furthermore, documents released by the...

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‘Ignorant’ Iraqi Leaders to Aid Syria, Along with Russians and Iranians (Al-Iraq News, Iraq)
Oct19

‘Ignorant’ Iraqi Leaders to Aid Syria, Along with Russians and Iranians (Al-Iraq News, Iraq)

Are Iraqi leaders like babes in the geopolitical woods, so ignorant of foreign affairs that they can be taken advantage of by Russia and Iran? For Iraq’s Al-Iraq News, columnist Ayad al-Samarrai warns readers that Iraq Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has gone against America’s wishes by signing an arms deal with Moscow worth $4 billion, and agreeing to allow Russia and Iran to use Iraq as a transshipment point for supplying...

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The Beginning of the End for the Bundeswehr in Afghanistan (Financial Times Deutschland, Germany)
Oct18

The Beginning of the End for the Bundeswehr in Afghanistan (Financial Times Deutschland, Germany)

What’s it like for the Bundeswar, to be pulling out of Afghanistan after one of the most ambitious deployments of German military personnel since the end of World War II? For Germany’s Financial Times Deutschland, correspondent Joachim Zepelin reports on the mixed emotions of German troops, clear in the knowledge that the war will go on without them, and fearful that the gains they have won will be lost the moment they...

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Lance Armstrong Gives Italians Sense of Legal Superiority (La Stampa, Italy)
Oct18

Lance Armstrong Gives Italians Sense of Legal Superiority (La Stampa, Italy)

If Lance Armstrong were Italian, would his cheating ways have been uncovered and prosecuted sooner? For Italy’s La Stampa, columnist Marco Ansaldo writes that even if Italian sport is just as corrupt as it is anywhere else – if not more so – Italians would like to think so. For La Stampa, Marco Ansaldo writes in part: Commercialism has heavily penetrated sport – and with the money comes speculators. People...

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Attack on U.S. Consulate and Citizens Must Never Be Repeated (Quryna, Libya)
Oct17

Attack on U.S. Consulate and Citizens Must Never Be Repeated (Quryna, Libya)

America is shocked and angry, and given the pressures of the U.S. presidential campaign, a retaliatory strike on Libya is almost guaranteed – and soon. That is the message of columnist Fadl Abd al-Taif of Libya newspaper Quryna. Al-Taif explains why the film Innocence of Muslims had little to do with the terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate that killed Ambassador Chris Stephens and three others. He argues that the attack...

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Perceptions of the U.S. Presidential Race from Poland, China and Germany
Oct16

Perceptions of the U.S. Presidential Race from Poland, China and Germany

The eyes of the world are upon us as the day of the second presidential debate begins. Up until now, the translations we have done from Poland have been decidedly pro-Romney. But in an article headlined With Romney in the White House, ‘War is More Likely to Happen’, Gazeta Wyborcza columnist Mariusz Zawadzki warns that just about the only thing that can be discerned about a Romney presidency is that, judging by...

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Holier-Than Thou Critics have Nothing on Lance Armstrong (de Volkskrant, The Netherlands)
Oct16

Holier-Than Thou Critics have Nothing on Lance Armstrong (de Volkskrant, The Netherlands)

Why is the world hyperventilating over the fact that an athlete used performance enhancing drugs at a time when everyone in his sport was doing the same? For de Volkskrant of the Netherlands, columnist Bert Wagendorp writes that every so often, the sports world needs someone to embody the evil that almost everyone in it is tainted by – and right now, that’s Lance Armstrong. For de Volkskrant, Bert Wagendorp writes in part:...

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America’s ‘Arab-Zionist’ Pawns (Thawra Al-Wada, Syria)
Oct11

America’s ‘Arab-Zionist’ Pawns (Thawra Al-Wada, Syria)

By opposing the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad, are Egyptian, Qatari, Tunisian, Saudi and many other Arab governments acting against the interests of their peoples at the behest of ‘international Zionism’? According to this column from Syria’s government-run Thawra Al-Wada, countries like Egypt and Qatar, which are working to topple al-Assad on behalf of Syrian civilians, are traitors to the Arab cause. Ironically,...

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Fury in Spain Boils Over at Mitt Romney’s Debate Remark (Spanish Newspaper Roundup)
Oct09

Fury in Spain Boils Over at Mitt Romney’s Debate Remark (Spanish Newspaper Roundup)

Ten words uttered within the context of an American presidential debate are not to be taken lightly. In the case of Mitt Romney’s comment about Spain, spoken during his first debate with President Obama, the ripple effects are being felt and expressed by every media outlet in the country, and touch on political, economic and cultural issues. In an article headlined A President Romney Will Come to Regret Damaging Remark about Our...

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For Germany, a Romney Win ‘Would Have its Advantages’ (Handelsblatt, Germany)
Oct09

For Germany, a Romney Win ‘Would Have its Advantages’ (Handelsblatt, Germany)

It appears that the climate toward Mitt Romney in Europe is warming up, as his chances of victory improve. For Germany’s business daily Handelsblatt, columnist Wolfram Weimer writes that even if Romney is more talk than action when it comes to ties to Europe, he will likely be better for the old world than Obama, who has few ties to Europe, favors fiscal policies at odds with Berlin, and is more likely to let NATO...

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Mitt Romney and Spain: Is Ours a Failing Brand? (El Pais, Spain)
Oct05

Mitt Romney and Spain: Is Ours a Failing Brand? (El Pais, Spain)

In the presidential debate on Wednesday, it looks like Mitt Romney struck a nerve when he cited Spain as an example that America shouldn’t follow. For Spain’s El Pais, columnist Antonio Estella wonders aloud about why Romney would cite Spain as a nation in which government takes up too much of the nation’s output. Pointing out that there are other countries, like Sweden, Britain or Norway, where government takes up...

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U.S. Presidential Debate: Pro-Obama Media Suffers Major Defeat (Le Figaro, France)
Oct04

U.S. Presidential Debate: Pro-Obama Media Suffers Major Defeat (Le Figaro, France)

What is the takeaway from last night’s debate between President Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney? Le Figaro columnist Pierre-Yves Dugua writes that the big winners were Mitt Romney and the debate format, which he calls ‘clear and informative.’ And the big loser? The establishment media that has strongly favored President Obama and which so dislikes Romney. For Le Figaro, Pierre-Yves Dugua starts out this way:...

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Time For Clueless NATO to Pack Up, ‘Lock, Stock and Barrel’ (The Nation, Pakistan)
Oct03

Time For Clueless NATO to Pack Up, ‘Lock, Stock and Barrel’ (The Nation, Pakistan)

How deaf to history are the nations of the West, still fighting 12 years later in Afghanistan? That is the question addressed by this editorial from Pakistan’s The Nation, which underlines what recent “blue on green” attacks in the country seem to illustrate: That the West has yet again utterly and disastrously failed to comprehend or appreciate the Afghan psyche. In small part, The Nation editorial says: Strangely,...

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