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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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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