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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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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