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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Support of Anti-Putin America for Pussy Riot ‘Disgusting and Ridiculous’ (Komsomolskaya Pravda, Russia)
Aug28

Support of Anti-Putin America for Pussy Riot ‘Disgusting and Ridiculous’ (Komsomolskaya Pravda, Russia)

Is American sympathy for a band of young women who chose a church to express disillusionment with Vladimir Putin just the latest reflection of bias against a resurgent Russia? For Komsomolskaya Pravda, columnist Alexei Pankin lashes out at America and the West for mismanaging the Soviet collapse, its long-held suspicion of Putin, and most of all, widespread U.S. and Western support for Pussy Riot – a female punk band that Putin...

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‘Legitimately Raped’: An Idea Only the Iranian Regime Could Love (News, Switzerland)
Aug27

‘Legitimately Raped’: An Idea Only the Iranian Regime Could Love (News, Switzerland)

Just how retrograde are the views of Congressmen Todd Akin? In what amounts to a good Swiss tongue-lashing, columnist Patrik Etschmayer of Switzerland’s News highlights the great irony that more than anything else, Akin’s views and those in the Republican Party platform bare a striking resemblance to those embraced by the Iranian mullahs. For Switzerland’s News, Patrik Etschmayer starts out this way: Republican...

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The Astounding Financial Cost of Lance Armstrong’s Downfall (Challenges, France)
Aug27

The Astounding Financial Cost of Lance Armstrong’s Downfall (Challenges, France)

Although Lance Armstrong says he’s through with the whole issue of whether he used performance enhancing drugs to win the Tour de France seven times, according to reporter Laure-Emmanuelle Husson of the French business journal Challenges, Armstrong’s troubles may have only just begun. French sport, doping and legal experts say Armstrong may have to repay all the money he has won, and not only for his Tour de France...

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Kremlin ‘Suspends’ Use of Tartus Naval Base in Syria (Nezavisimaya Gazeta, Russia)
Aug26

Kremlin ‘Suspends’ Use of Tartus Naval Base in Syria (Nezavisimaya Gazeta, Russia)

Could it be that the unending stream of reports of a Russian military buildup in Syria – specifically at Russia’s Tartus naval facility – are false? Quoting sources in Russia’s Defense Ministry and Russian officials – not all of who appear happy about the policy, Nezavisimaya Gazeta columnist Vladimir Mukhin writes that not only is use of the naval base being ‘suspended,’ but Russian naval...

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‘Politically Correct’ 2012 Olympics Approached ‘Fascism’ (Yezhednevniy Zhurnal, Russia)
Aug24

‘Politically Correct’ 2012 Olympics Approached ‘Fascism’ (Yezhednevniy Zhurnal, Russia)

Is the international Olympic movement irretrievably bloated, corrupt, hypocritical and even fascist? From the country that gave birth to the Communist Party – as Saddam Hussein might say, the mother of all bureaucracies – Yezhednevniy Zhurnal columnist Yulia Latinina calls the IOC ‘a classic example of institutionalized good intentions ossifying into a rigid bureaucracy’ that is a serial violator of what it...

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China Must Show ‘Courage of its Convictions’ in Face of Japan-U.S. Hostility (Huanqiu, People’s Republic of China)
Aug23

China Must Show ‘Courage of its Convictions’ in Face of Japan-U.S. Hostility (Huanqiu, People’s Republic of China)

Is Japan preparing for an armed conflict with China over territories claimed by both nations? And is Tokyo attempting to lasso America into participating in such a conflict? This editorial from China’s state-run Huanqiu argues that whatever the goals of Japan-U.S. war games that began today, if China has the ‘courage of its convictions,’ it will be able to ‘smash the existing power structure, while having a...

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WikiLeaks: From ‘Torch of Democracy’ to Anti-American ‘Cudgel’ (Die Presse, Austria)
Aug22

WikiLeaks: From ‘Torch of Democracy’ to Anti-American ‘Cudgel’ (Die Presse, Austria)

Is anti-Americanism on the part of Julian Assange at the heart of WikiLeaks? For Austria’s Die Presse, columnist Michael Laczynski asserts that what seemed to have begun as an effort to give whistle blowers a safe place to expose corruption and malfeasance, the behavior of Julian Assange shows that ‘this development was not mere coincidence – but by design.’ For Die Presse, Michael Laczynski writes in part: It...

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A Global Glimpse at the Diplomatic Standoff Over Julian Assange (Sweden, Ecuador, Britain and Australia News Providers)
Aug20

A Global Glimpse at the Diplomatic Standoff Over Julian Assange (Sweden, Ecuador, Britain and Australia News Providers)

With Washington sticking to its story that it isn’t interested in Assange ‘at this time’, and the Australians remaining somewhat coy about why they haven’t done more to protect his constitutional rights as an Australian, the governments of Britain, Ecuador and Sweden are expressing a good deal of exasperation about the case – for differing reasons. From Ecuador, in an editorial headlined Ecuador’s...

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Ryan: Romney’s Libertarian Trojan Horse May Bolt (News, Switzerland)
Aug15

Ryan: Romney’s Libertarian Trojan Horse May Bolt (News, Switzerland)

Will Paul Ryan be willing to compromise if and when he and Mitt Romney make it to the White House, or is Ryan a modern day Cato the Younger, who will go down in flames to defend an impossible ideal? For Switzerland’s News, Patrik Etschmayer writes that Ryan is likely to undermine the one thing that seems an evident plus for Mitt Romney: a capacity to compromise. For the News, Patrik Etschmayer writes in part: After the...

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As a Former Mormon Missionary, Romney’s European Gaffes Were Well Calculated (Die Zeit, Germany)
Aug10

As a Former Mormon Missionary, Romney’s European Gaffes Were Well Calculated (Die Zeit, Germany)

Is it possible that the apparent gaffes Mitt Romney made visiting Europe and Israel were not gaffes at all – but the calculated fruits of his experience as a missionary in France? For Germany’s Die Zeit, former Mormon and duel U.S.-German citizen Eric T. Hansen writes that if Mitt Romney wins in November, for the first time in a long time perhaps, there will be a U.S. president that really knows Europeans – and not...

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Romney’s Blunders Give Poland a Boost! (Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland)
Aug06

Romney’s Blunders Give Poland a Boost! (Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland)

Was Mitt Rimney’s foreign tour a success or a failure? One way or another, writes Mariusz Zawadzki of Poland’s Gazeta Wyborcza, the nation of Poland came out a winner, since Romney’s gaffe-filled trips to Britain and Israel raised interest in Romney’s time in Poland. Furthermore, Zawadzki writes, when it comes to the U.S. presidential election – there isn’t a whole lot of difference between the two...

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Why Further Humiliate ‘Comfort Women’ by Calling them ‘Sex Slaves’? (J-Cast, Japan)
Aug02

Why Further Humiliate ‘Comfort Women’ by Calling them ‘Sex Slaves’? (J-Cast, Japan)

Is it better to refer to women coerced into prostitution by the Japanese Imperial Army as ‘comfort women’ or as ‘sex slaves’? Recently, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is said to have directed State Department personnel to stop using the euphemism ‘comfort women’ and start calling them ‘enforced sex slaves.’ This news item from Japan’s J-Cast provides somewhat astonishing...

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Walesa on Romney: ‘We are Alike’ (Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland)
Aug02

Walesa on Romney: ‘We are Alike’ (Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland)

Has founder of the Solidarity Labor Union, Nobel Peace Prize winner and former Polish President Lech Walesa endorsed Mitt Romney for U.S. president – thus confirming reports that he isn’t too fond of President Obama? Not in so many words, since, as Walesa put it, that would be ‘unseemly.’ But according to this news item from Poland’s Gazeta Wyborcza, during Romney’s visit to the country, which was...

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Western Bais Against ‘Chinese Talent’ Behind Ye Shiwen Doping Claims (Global Times, People’s Republic of China)
Aug01

Western Bais Against ‘Chinese Talent’ Behind Ye Shiwen Doping Claims (Global Times, People’s Republic of China)

Is there a reluctance in the West to see Chinese athletes and people in general make ‘breakthroughs’? According to this editorial from China’s state-run Global Times, charges first made by an American coach that 16-year-old swimming phenom Ye Shiwen may have used performance enhancing drugs is a result of long-held Western stereotypes that no longer have any relevance. The Global Times editorial starts off this way:...

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With Olympic Ban on Belarus President, West Initiates New Era of Sport Politicization (Gazerta, Russia)
Jul30

With Olympic Ban on Belarus President, West Initiates New Era of Sport Politicization (Gazerta, Russia)

Has the Western world made a mistake imposing an Olympic ban on Belarus strongman Alexander Lukashenko? This editorial from Russia’s Gazeta is a dual warning, first to the West, which for the first time is denying a head of state the right to attend the Olympics for political reasons, and to Russian leaders, who are quickly putting themselves in the same category as Lukashenko by ‘continuing to assault civil liberties...

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U.S.-China Olympic Uniform Spat Reflects America’s ‘Hidden Strength’ (La Stampa, Italy)
Jul27

U.S.-China Olympic Uniform Spat Reflects America’s ‘Hidden Strength’ (La Stampa, Italy)

Was there something missing from the frustrated rhetoric of U.S. lawmakers, who appeared so shocked that Team USA’s Olympic uniforms were made in China? La Stampa columnist Gianni Riotta writes that the ‘moral of the tale’ is that, like their China-made uniforms, Team USA, ‘comprised of an interweaving of distant cultures,’ reflects the very basis of American strength. For La Stampa, Gianni Riotta writes...

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How in the West and East, Mass Murderers are Bred (Elsevier, The Netherlands)
Jul26

How in the West and East, Mass Murderers are Bred (Elsevier, The Netherlands)

Is the world churning out more mass killers than usual? For Elsevier of the Netherlands, columnist Leon de Winter writes that Western societies, thanks to an odd combination of ‘extreme individualism’ and the growing capacity of people to live without human contact, are breeding a new type of mass murderer, able to nurture his madness in isolation. Meanwhile, an ancient form of killer is being resurrected in the East, bred...

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