Polar Vortex: To Warm Up – Move to Alaska! (News, Switzerland)
Jan12

Polar Vortex: To Warm Up – Move to Alaska! (News, Switzerland)

Should the human race be concerned when the Behring Strait is warmer than Nashville, Tennessee? While climate change deniers talk themselves blue in the face about how global warming is a hoax given how cold it is in America, columnist Patrik Etschmayer of Switzerland’s News writes that global warming isn’t the issue at hand, but increasingly dangerous and unpredictable weather patterns that bring both cold and heat, and...

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The Cure for Terrorism: Forbid All News Coverage (Izvestia, Russia)
Jan09

The Cure for Terrorism: Forbid All News Coverage (Izvestia, Russia)

Is there a fast and effective way to halt terrorist attacks in their tracks? Just weeks before the Winter Olympics in nearby Sochi, and after two deadly bombings in the city of Volgagrad, Volgograd Oblast’s former vice governor writes in Izvestia that the history of terrorism makes clear that halting all press coverage of such crimes, as long as the public gives its consent, is a reasonable and effective measure that must be...

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The Pope’s Un-Christian Rejection of the Wealthy (Die Welt, Germany)
Jan03

The Pope’s Un-Christian Rejection of the Wealthy (Die Welt, Germany)

Has Pope Francis gone too far criticizing capitalism and hence alienating the world’s wealthiest people? For Germany’s Die Welt, columnist Torsten Kraue has come to the defense of the “bedeviled” affluent, arguing that they, too, are capable of redemption, and should be equal to the poor in the eyes of the church. For Die Welt, Torsten Kraue starts off this way: The luminous message of Jesus can be summed up in...

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Putin’s Punished Orphans in the Global Spotlight (Gazeta, Russia)
Jan02

Putin’s Punished Orphans in the Global Spotlight (Gazeta, Russia)

Since last year when U.S. Congress passed the Magnitsky Act aimed at official Russian corruption, the Kremlin has sought to gain political leverage by inflicting harm on its most vulnerable citizens. Russian lawmakers, at the instigation of the Kremlin, passed a law that prohibits Americans from adopting Russian orphans. For Russia’s Gazeta, President of Volunteers and Aid for Orphans Elena Alshanskaya describes the...

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America’s Delegation to Sochi: A Boycott By Any Other Name (Yezhednevniy Zhurnal, Russia)
Dec22

America’s Delegation to Sochi: A Boycott By Any Other Name (Yezhednevniy Zhurnal, Russia)

For Russians who consider themselves part of the modern world, the debacle over Russia’s ‘gay propaganda’ laws is a source of tremendous humiliation. For Russia’s Yezhednevniy Zhurnal, columnist Anton Oryekh writes that Russia’s ham-handed lawmakers, thinking such laws were for domestic purposes only, never imagined that they would blow up in their faces in such spectacular fashion – and just in...

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Al-Qaeda and the Nazis: 4,481 Days that Terrorized the World (Die Welt, Germany)
Dec21

Al-Qaeda and the Nazis: 4,481 Days that Terrorized the World (Die Welt, Germany)

On December 18 we passed something of a milestone that went almost unnoticed: the post-9-11 world came of age, matching the length of time of the reign of Nazi terror. For Germany’s Die Welt, columnist Torsten Krauel wonders what it would have been like if for the past 4,481 days, Osama bin Laden was as dominant as Hitler was during his terrifying time on the world stage. For Die Welt, Torsten Krauel starts off this way: The...

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Sochi Boycott Call Reflects Lack of Western ‘Humility’ (Haunqiu, China)
Dec12

Sochi Boycott Call Reflects Lack of Western ‘Humility’ (Haunqiu, China)

Can Western critics of Russia’s law against gay propaganda be called ‘an arrogant mob’ seeking to ‘destroy global cultural diversity’? According to this editorial from China’s state-run Huanqiu, not any concern for equality, but the West’s dislike for ‘Russian conservatism,’ is behind calls to boycott the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia. The once and future Beijing imperialists warn...

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‘Mind Control’ Achieved by Post-Snowden United States (El Espectador, Colombia)
Dec09

‘Mind Control’ Achieved by Post-Snowden United States (El Espectador, Colombia)

One of the most disturbing consequences of Edward Snowden’s revelations is the self-censorship that has begun to take hold in what was once called the ‘freest nation in the world.’ For Colombia’s El Espectador, columnist Juan Gabriel Vásquez cites a recent survey of American writers, and explains why going along to get along with surveillance makes a mockery of some of the West’s most cherished ideals....

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A U.S.-Russia-China Alliance Offers Iran and Israel a Way Out (Izvestia, Russia)
Dec02

A U.S.-Russia-China Alliance Offers Iran and Israel a Way Out (Izvestia, Russia)

Is there any chance that the U.S., Russia and China could join forces to guarantee the security of both Iran and Israel, thus defusing not only the Iran nuclear crisis, but the Syria civil war, the Israel-Palestinian peace process, and any number of other confounding problems? For Russia’s Izvestia, columnist Kiril Benediktov writes that if Israel’s hawks in and out of Washington would come to their senses, such an...

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European Reporter Battles for U.S.-Style Magnitsky Act (Le Figaro, France)
Dec01

European Reporter Battles for U.S.-Style Magnitsky Act (Le Figaro, France)

Despite the doom and gloom that appears to be all around us these days, are we entering a ‘new era’ for the enforcement of human rights? For Le Figaro, columnist Jean-Sebastien Stehli writes that a book by Russian-French investigative reporter Elena Servettaz called, Why Europe Needs a Magnitsky Law, may trigger major changes, making it impossible for human rights violators to travel freely or spend their ill-gotten gains....

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Julian Assange’s Warning ‘Urgent’ for Developing World (La Jornada, Mexico)
Nov30

Julian Assange’s Warning ‘Urgent’ for Developing World (La Jornada, Mexico)

One emerging Internet structure independent of the United States (read: NSA) now has a name: CABLEBRICS – as in the BRICS nations – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. This La Jornada editorial once again advises Latin American leaders to heed the advice of Julian Assange to create portals free of U.S. and European influence. The question of whether an Internet system free of U.S. influence that includes Russia...

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Short of Manpower, TEPCO Boosts Pay for Fukushima Workers (Minyu Shimbun, Japan)
Nov25

Short of Manpower, TEPCO Boosts Pay for Fukushima Workers (Minyu Shimbun, Japan)

While this editorial from Japan’s Minyu Shimbun doesn’t mention the United States, it highlights TEPCO’s obstinate refusal to call in outside help from the U.S. and elsewhere in containing radiation at its Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station. According to the editorial, the company has decided to raise bonus pay for workers operating in high-radiation areas by $100 a day, and will install a larger lounge for them...

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U.S. Consulate General in Frankfurt: America’s Spy Center in Germany (Sueddeutsche Zeitung, Germany)
Nov22

U.S. Consulate General in Frankfurt: America’s Spy Center in Germany (Sueddeutsche Zeitung, Germany)

Germany’s Sueddeutsche Zeitung has begun publishing articles based on the book ‘Secret War’ – about Germany’s central role in America’s ‘war against terror’ initiated after the 9-11 attacks. This article, written by the book’s authors, Christian Fuchs and John Goetz, and a number of other reporters, examines the very heart of America’s secret operations in Germany – the...

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Europe’s Price for Trade Talks Must Be End to U.S. Impunity (Le Temps, Switzerland)
Nov21

Europe’s Price for Trade Talks Must Be End to U.S. Impunity (Le Temps, Switzerland)

Must America be dragged kicking and screaming back to the concept of civilized behavior – by its wallet? For Switzerland’s Le Temp, lawyer and analyst Christophe Germann argues that in order to preserve ‘the European mission’ to spread peace and justice and preserve cultural and biological diversity, it must insist in trade talks with the United States that Washington begin living by the same rules as the rest...

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Kerry’s ‘End of Monroe Doctrine’ Seems More Like New Beginning (La Jornada, Mexico)
Nov21

Kerry’s ‘End of Monroe Doctrine’ Seems More Like New Beginning (La Jornada, Mexico)

Days ago, at the headquarters of the Organization of American States in Washington, Secretary of State Kerry undertook to declare the 1823 Monroe Doctrine ended. Beginning by saying that he was ‘happy to be here’ because it is such a short drive from his office, Kerry called for a ‘partnership of equals’ before immediately launching into Monroe-Doctrine-like language about Cuba and Venezuela. This editorial...

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Reports Expose America’s ‘Secret War’ in Germany (Tagesschau, Germany)
Nov19

Reports Expose America’s ‘Secret War’ in Germany (Tagesschau, Germany)

Has President Obama broken yet another promise – this one to the German people not to use Germany as a launching pad for drone strikes? As if there wasn’t enough friction between Germany and the United States, this week, Tagesschau is reporting that two of Germany’s most respected journalistic organizations, German Public Television and Süddeutsche Zeitung, are publishing and broadcasting the fruit of a two-year...

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Obama’s Hope-Killing ‘Virtual Political Death’ (La Jornada, Mexico)
Nov17

Obama’s Hope-Killing ‘Virtual Political Death’ (La Jornada, Mexico)

How damaging is the apparent downfall of President Obama’s signature health reform? This editorial from Mexico’s La Jornada calls it a ‘hope killer’ – not only for U.S. liberals and progressives that put him in the White House, but for people around the world who see an administration in full retreat on social issues, and an enabler of ‘Washington’s warmongering and diplomatic immorality in...

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Swiss Asylum for Snowden Would Win Points with Berlin (News, Switzerland)
Nov15

Swiss Asylum for Snowden Would Win Points with Berlin (News, Switzerland)

Given the political minefield entailed with giving German asylum to Edward Snowden, should Switzerland step in and offer him safe harbor, giving Berlin easy access to the former NSA analyst without demolishing its ties to Washington? For Switzerland’s News, Patrik Etschmayer suggests that such an arrangement would not only be the right thing to do, it would ease German frustration with Switzerland, which is resisting handing...

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German Snowden-Mania Puts All Europe at Risk (ABC, Spain)
Nov13

German Snowden-Mania Puts All Europe at Risk (ABC, Spain)

Are Germans giving in to self-defeating emotion by considering asylum for former NSA analyst Edward Snowden? For Spain’s ABC Newspaper, columnist Hermann Tertsch castigates Germans for being whipped up ‘by media which is as populist as it is irresponsible’ – with a ‘campaign of hysteria and compassionate demagogy’ that puts the entire continent at risk. For Spain’s ABC, Hermann Tertsch begins...

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China Versus the American Media: Jimmy Kimmel-ABC/CNN Edition
Nov12

China Versus the American Media: Jimmy Kimmel-ABC/CNN Edition

The theme of an American media with bad collective judgement and/or acting at the behest of the U.S. government arises every so often in China media – one recalls China’s campaign against CNN host Jack Cafferty, when he called Chinese forces cracking down on Tibetan monks ‘goons and thugs,’ or when it called House Speaker Nancy Pelosi a ‘disgusting figure’ for paying her respects to the Dalai Lama....

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