Point-Counterpoint: Russian and Polish Choices for U.S. President
Sep20

Point-Counterpoint: Russian and Polish Choices for U.S. President

After a string of Russian and Polish translations, the U.S. presidential preferences of Moscow and Warsaw seem clear: Moscow favors Obama, and Warsaw favors Romney. Why does Poland favor Romney? In good measure, according to Waldemar Kompala of Poland’s Rceczpospolita, it is because Poles believe that under a President Romney, America is more likely to act as a shield against Russia, and is less likely to be, as President Obama...

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If the Prophet Can be Insulted, then the Holocaust can be Questioned (Al Watan, Libya)
Sep18

If the Prophet Can be Insulted, then the Holocaust can be Questioned (Al Watan, Libya)

This column is not a pleasant one, but it does unfortunately reflect the views of a sizable number of Muslims, and it is from Libya. And as you can see, the cartoon (above) is from Saudi Arabia. We present it in the spirit of understanding what we’re in for when it comes to relating to these new countries emerging from decades despotism, and I am sorry to have to use the word – ignorance. I would just say in defense of the...

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Why Insulting the Prophet Always ‘Pays Off Big’ (Le Quotidien d’Oran, Algeria)
Sep17

Why Insulting the Prophet Always ‘Pays Off Big’ (Le Quotidien d’Oran, Algeria)

Whatever the nature of the film that has set the Islamic world on fire, what responsibility do Muslims have for reacting to it the way they have? This editorial from Algeria’s Le Quotidien d’Oran comes down hard on Muslims for allowing themselves to be habitually manipulated by others, and for failing utterly to ‘put reason over emotion – and emotional manipulation.’ The Le Quotidien d’Oran says in part: We all...

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Islam in Turmoil: Religion as ‘Ersatz-Identity’ (Frankfurter Rundschau, Germany)
Sep17

Islam in Turmoil: Religion as ‘Ersatz-Identity’ (Frankfurter Rundschau, Germany)

Are we witnessing the birth pangs of a new Muslim identity? For Germany’s Frankfurter Rundschau, columnist Stephan Hebel writes that if Americans and Europeans want to see real change in the Muslim world, they must do their utmost not only to understand the recurring theme of violent reaction to Western free expression, but to endeavor not to live up to Islamist stereotypes of the West as an ‘enemy’ of Islam. For the...

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Libyan Fatwa Court Calls Attack on Americans an ‘Offense to Islam’ (Al Watan, Libya)
Sep16

Libyan Fatwa Court Calls Attack on Americans an ‘Offense to Islam’ (Al Watan, Libya)

With the Muslim world again in turmoil, ostensibly because of a film insulting to The Prophet Mohammad, but more likely thanks to a variety of factors know only to those wishing to provoke such a reaction, Libyans are expressing another view. This report from Libyan newspaper Al Watan extensively quotes a statement by the Libya Fatwa Court, an officially sanctioned religious body, which not only condemns the murder of U.S. Ambassador...

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U.S. Election Mystery: Why Don’t Americans Care about the World? (News, Switzerland)
Sep13

U.S. Election Mystery: Why Don’t Americans Care about the World? (News, Switzerland)

Given the continuous stream of outside events having a direct impact on the United States, isn’t it time for American voters to start taking account of the global environment we are a part of? Apparently not, if the 2012 presidential candidates have anything to say about it. For Switzerland’s News, Patrik Etschmayer explains that for people outside the United States, the campaign makes it seem as though the rest of the...

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Romney Had Best Not Listen to Bush’s ‘Neocon Lunatics’ (Izvestia, Russia)
Sep10

Romney Had Best Not Listen to Bush’s ‘Neocon Lunatics’ (Izvestia, Russia)

Is Mitt Romney taking advice from too many neoconservative Bush advisers? For Russia’s Izvestia, influential Russian analyst Andranik Migranyan, who is thought to have Putin’s ear, writes that Romney’s comments about Russia and the world make it imperative – for the sakes of America and the world – that if he wins in November, he act as he did as Massachusetts governor: realistically. And in any case,...

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The Right to Vote Being Imperilled in America! (La Repubblica, Italy)
Sep07

The Right to Vote Being Imperilled in America! (La Repubblica, Italy)

Are U.S. Republicans genuinely worried about voter fraud, or are the legal battles playing out across the country really about reducing the vote among segments of the population that usually vote for Democrats? For Italy’s La Repubblica, columnist Frederico Rampini explains the differences between voting in Italy and America, and examines the motives of a party that opposes photo ID for sales of weapons and ammunition, but...

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Mitt Romney: Can Such a ‘Vacuous Figure’ Lead the Strongest Nation? (Al Mesryoon, Egypt)
Sep07

Mitt Romney: Can Such a ‘Vacuous Figure’ Lead the Strongest Nation? (Al Mesryoon, Egypt)

Would a President Mitt Romney lead the United States to ‘weakness, deterioration … and humiliation’? For Egypt’s Al Mesryoon, columnist Dr. Muhammad Hisham Ragheb writes that he could hardly believe, after watching Romney’s speech to accept the Republican nomination, that such a man could be so close to leading America. For Al Mesryoon, Dr. Muhammad Hisham Ragheb starts of this way: I watched the end of...

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Apple vs. Samsung: In America, Even a ‘Fart’ can be Patented (Trouw, The Netherlands)
Sep06

Apple vs. Samsung: In America, Even a ‘Fart’ can be Patented (Trouw, The Netherlands)

Did the $1 billion ruling against Samsung that its Galaxy smart phone infringed on Apple iPhone patents go too far? Here are two editorials – one from the Netherlands and one from Samsung’s home country of South Korea, that argue against the decision – but for starkly differing reasons. The first editorial from Trouw of the Netherlands, headlined Apple vs. Samsung: In America, Even a ‘Fart’ can be...

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Election in America: Romney Gives Poland an Opening (Rzeczpospolita, Poland)
Sep06

Election in America: Romney Gives Poland an Opening (Rzeczpospolita, Poland)

Would Mitt Romney be a better friend to Poland than President Obama? For Poland’s Rzeczpospolita, columnist Tomasz Deptula writes that Romney’s Republican nomination acceptance speech, because it omitted any mention of Afghanistan and China but included Poland, shows that his visit to Poland and criticism of President Obama is more than mere stagecraft, and if he wins, Warsaw will have a better hand to play in Washington....

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Why America’s Republicans have No Foreign Policy (Gazeta, Russia)
Sep04

Why America’s Republicans have No Foreign Policy (Gazeta, Russia)

Should the Russians, or the Chinese for that matter, take the Republican platform or Mitt Romney’s foreign policy statements seriously? For Russia’s Gazeta, columnist Fyodor Lukyanov examines the party, the Republican nominee, and most of all his running mate, and concludes when you come right down to it, today’s Republicans, while uttering the phrases Americans came to know during the Cold War, are too bogged down...

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America’s Unsettling Political ‘Hate Speech’ (China Daily, People’s Republic of China)
Sep04

America’s Unsettling Political ‘Hate Speech’ (China Daily, People’s Republic of China)

Could the recent anti-Obama documentary by conservative pundit Dinesh D’Souza be compared to the communist propaganda generated during the Cultural Revolution – or that of Nazi Germany? For China’s state-run China Daily, U.S. correspondent Chen Weihua writes that even more unsettling than seeing The Dark Knight Rises after the Colorado massacre was viewing D’Souza’s 2016: Obama’s America –...

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If Romney Wins, He can Keep His Radar! (Neviditelny Pes, Czech Republic)
Sep04

If Romney Wins, He can Keep His Radar! (Neviditelny Pes, Czech Republic)

Mitt Romney may have it wrong if he believes that Czechs want the United States to change its mind again and station elements of an anti-missile shield in the country. For the Neviditelny Pes, columnist Blahoslav Hruska writes that the last thing Czechs want is to relive the ‘tiring and tragicomic’ episode the country experienced starting in 2002, when the debate of the benefits and shortcomings of allowing it began. For...

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Firing on U.S. Embassy Vehicle Bodes Ill for Mexico Sovereignty (La Jornada, Mexico)
Sep02

Firing on U.S. Embassy Vehicle Bodes Ill for Mexico Sovereignty (La Jornada, Mexico)

A little over a week ago, in a yet-to-be-explained shooting, Mexican Federal Police fired on a U.S. Embassy vehicle carrying two CIA agents and one Marine en route to a Mexican naval base. While there were no fatalities, according to this editorial from Mexico’s La Jornada, the shooting illustrates the threat of growing ‘U.S. political, police, military and intelligence intervention in Mexico,’ thanks to the failure...

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Honor Neil Armstrong: Let Us Begin a Manned Mars Mission ‘Now’ (Le Temps, Switzerland)
Sep01

Honor Neil Armstrong: Let Us Begin a Manned Mars Mission ‘Now’ (Le Temps, Switzerland)

With the death of Neil Armstrong, is it time for humanity to set its sights upward to a manned mission to Mars – a goal that is not only challenging, but that will fire the imaginations of people around the world? For Switzerland’s Le Temps, Pierre Brisson, president of Mars Society Switzerland, writes that the world needs a new John F. Kennedy, bold enough to assert a deadline and a destination: Mars. For Le Temps, Pierre...

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Romney Victory would be a Poisoned Chalice (Der Standard, Austria)
Aug31

Romney Victory would be a Poisoned Chalice (Der Standard, Austria)

If Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan do manage to get themselves elected in November, will they find it impossible to govern thanks to the campaign they and their supporters have run? For Austria’s Der Standard, columnist Eric Frey writes that in turning his back on moderation and picking Paul Ryan as a running mate, Mitt Romney may have set the stage for another frustrating four years for Americans. For Der Standard, Eric Frey writes...

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Romney’s Daring Right Turn Gives America a Clear Choice (Dernieres Nouvelles d’Alsacé, France)
Aug30

Romney’s Daring Right Turn Gives America a Clear Choice (Dernieres Nouvelles d’Alsacé, France)

Do Americans have a political memory deficit when compared to people in other nations? For France’s Dernieres Nouvelles d’Alsace, columnist Pascal Coquis writes that this capacity to forget has given Mitt Romney a chance to reinvent himself, and gives America a very stark choice to make in November. For the Dernieres Nouvelles d’Alsace, columnist Pascal Coquis starts off this way: In politics, the here and now is all...

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Edward Topol: ‘America on the Verge of a Civil War’ (Argumenty i Facty, Russia)
Aug30

Edward Topol: ‘America on the Verge of a Civil War’ (Argumenty i Facty, Russia)

Is President Obama a closet communist, on the cusp of undermining the very makeup of the country he governs? In this interview with Russia’s Argumenty i Facty, Edward Topol, acclaimed novelist, U.S. resident, former Communist Party member and Soviet journalist, asserts that Americans don’t know what it’s like to live under socialism – and forecasts ‘civil war’ in America if President Obama is...

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‘Ignorant’ Romney Policies Will Result in ‘Direct Confrontation’ (China Daily, People’s Republic of China)
Aug30

‘Ignorant’ Romney Policies Will Result in ‘Direct Confrontation’ (China Daily, People’s Republic of China)

Beijing either doesn’t know that expressing criticism of a U.S. presidential nominee is likely to help him win – or it knows and is intentionally doing so. This editorial from China’s state-controlled China Daily asserts that Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney is out of his depth when it comes to foreign policy – and that if Romney’s China plans were implemented, they would result in...

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