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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Why Should We Care About America’s Presidential Election? (de Volkskrant, The Netherlands)
Oct02

Why Should We Care About America’s Presidential Election? (de Volkskrant, The Netherlands)

Has the world lost interest in U.S. presidential elections? For de Volkskrant of the Netherlands, columnist Bert Wagendorp writes that no matter how hard he tries, he can’t work up any enthusiasm for Obama’s second run for the White House. And why? He blames a combination of disappointment with the president’s 2008 promises of ‘change’, and the fact that America’s problems are so vast, it no longer...

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As Far as Worldwide Threats, Israel Tops Iran By a Wide Margin (La Jornada, Mexico)
Oct02

As Far as Worldwide Threats, Israel Tops Iran By a Wide Margin (La Jornada, Mexico)

Is it fair to say that if one had to choose between Iran or Israel – that Israel is more of a danger to global peace and security? This La Jornada editorial examines the recent volley of criticism launched against Iran at the United Nations by Israel Prime Minister Netanyahu, and charges President Obama with carrying on with Washington’s traditional policy of double standards when it comes to Israeli misbehavior. Coming...

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China Must ‘Strive to Influence’ American Presidential Elections (Huanqiu, People’s Republic of China)
Oct01

China Must ‘Strive to Influence’ American Presidential Elections (Huanqiu, People’s Republic of China)

There are times when the work we do makes me sit back and wipe my eyes. When it comes to foreign governments commenting on U.S. elections, this article from Beijing’s state-run media is as unusual as it is brash. And given the ease with which anonymous money can be injected into U.S. elections since Citizens United, it should give all of us pause. So – with all of the criticism directed at Beijing by both President Obama...

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Aung San Suu Kyi: ‘The Lady is No Saint’ (Financial Times Deutschland, Germany)
Sep29

Aung San Suu Kyi: ‘The Lady is No Saint’ (Financial Times Deutschland, Germany)

Is it time to end the unquestioned reverence for Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi? With Suu Kyi in the United States to accept the Congressional Gold Medal, Financial Times Deutschland columnist Georg Fahrion outlines why flaws in character and her status as a ‘saint’ may now be hampering democratic progress in her nation. For the Financial Times Deutschland, Georg Fahrion writes in part: In Spring 2011, the...

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President Ahmadinejad Tells U.N.: the ‘Ultimate Savior’ is Coming – with Christ (Kayhan, Islamic Republic of Iran)
Sep28

President Ahmadinejad Tells U.N.: the ‘Ultimate Savior’ is Coming – with Christ (Kayhan, Islamic Republic of Iran)

Is the world on the cusp of supernatural changes heralded by the return of the 12th Imam, who disappeared almost 1,000 years ago – also known as the Mahdi? If true, it would appear that this august individual has chosen an odd messenger. This news item from Iran’s Kayhan newspaper reports that President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad delivered a rather theological speech at the opening of the U.N. General Assembly, in which he once...

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Compromising on Free Expression would be ‘Unbearable’ (Le Soir, Belgium)
Sep28

Compromising on Free Expression would be ‘Unbearable’ (Le Soir, Belgium)

With the publication in France of cartoons perceived as insulting to the Prophet Muhammad, the battle over freedom of speech continues. So is there a happy medium between unlimited free expression and religion-motivated censorship? For Belgium’s Le Soir, columnist Didier Mamann writes that there is not – and if extremists ‘on both sides’ weren’t seeking to take advantage of this well-known cultural...

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Pussy Riot Punks and the ‘Innocence of Christians’ (Komsomolskaya Pravda, Russia)
Sep26

Pussy Riot Punks and the ‘Innocence of Christians’ (Komsomolskaya Pravda, Russia)

Is there a moral equivalence between the producer of the movie The Innocence of Muslims, which insults the Prophet Mohammad, and the female punk band Pussy Riot, which shocked Russian Orthodox Christians by performing and yelling obscenities inside a Moscow church? For Russia’s Komsomolskaya Pravda, columnist Alexandr Grishin decries the loud protestations from the West when it comes to Russia’s jailing of members of Pussy...

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Let Us Boycott and ‘Put on Trial’ Those Who Mock Muhammad (Gomhuria, Egypt)
Sep25

Let Us Boycott and ‘Put on Trial’ Those Who Mock Muhammad (Gomhuria, Egypt)

Is Western mockery of the Prophet Muhammad part of an organized plot to drive Muslims into an angry frenzy? For Egypt’s Gomhuria, columnist Galaa Gaballah advises readers not to fall into the Western trap. Instead, Gaballah suggests a two-pronged approach. First, put the West on public trial for all of its crimes ‘through the ages’; and second, boycott all products from any Western country that allows insults of...

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‘Military Option’ Poses Threat to Global Economy (Handelsblatt, Germany)
Sep24

‘Military Option’ Poses Threat to Global Economy (Handelsblatt, Germany)

How damaging would another war in the Middle East be, not only in terms of human life, but damage to the global economy? Columnist Dietmar Neurer of German business daily Handelsblatt reveals a jittery atmosphere among German economists and banking officials, who express concern about the ramifications of war and talk of war on the global economic climate. For Handelsblatt , Dietmar Neurer writes in part: Joschka Fischer is no...

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Lesson Unlearned: The Prophet Transcends All Films or Cartoons (Le Monde, France)
Sep24

Lesson Unlearned: The Prophet Transcends All Films or Cartoons (Le Monde, France)

Why are so many people across the Muslim world behaving violently, when The Prophet Muhammad, who they claim to revere, would condemn the murder and destruction being committed in his name? For France’s Le Monde, author Tahar Ben Jelloun writes that most Muslims have come of age under regimes that have found it in their interests to paint individual liberty as a violation of Muslim beliefs. Unfortunately, Jelloun writes, the...

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‘We Germans Have a Hard Time Understanding Why Americans would Vote for Romney’ (Financial Times Deutschland, Germany)
Sep22

‘We Germans Have a Hard Time Understanding Why Americans would Vote for Romney’ (Financial Times Deutschland, Germany)

Would it be possible for a candidate for public office to be any more self-destructive than Mitt Romney has been? This Financial Times Deutschland editorial examines the now infamous video in which Romney dismisses half the electorate, and, indicating a preference for Obama, says that the way his campaign appears to have collapsed is ‘more or less what we had hoped for.’ The Financial Times Deutschland editorial starts off...

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‘Prophet Mohammad Endured Personal Insults without Retaliating’ (The Grand Mufti, Egypt)
Sep22

‘Prophet Mohammad Endured Personal Insults without Retaliating’ (The Grand Mufti, Egypt)

Should Muslims follow the example of the Prophet Muhammad and react to insult without violence? After weeks of spiraling violent protest, Grand Mufti of Egypt Ali Gomaa has castigated those who are inciting Muslims to anger, and has advised followers of the Holy Prophet to act as he acted – and peacefully endure the insults of the misguided. Grand Muftu Ali Gomaa writes in part: To point to individual films, cartoons, or...

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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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