Washington’s Fiscal Failure Demands ‘De-Americanized World’ (Xinhua, China)
Oct15

Washington’s Fiscal Failure Demands ‘De-Americanized World’ (Xinhua, China)

This is the China editorial that even America’s myopic mainstream media reported on yesterday, however dismissively. Has the time come for the rest of the world to decouple from the U.S. dollar and the interminable domestic wrangling of American politicians? For China’s state-run Xinhua News Agency, columnist Liu Chang lays out the case for a ‘new world order’ free of a ‘hypocritical’ power that...

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U.S. Republicans Wage War on Profligate Hungry Children (News, Switzerland)
Oct09

U.S. Republicans Wage War on Profligate Hungry Children (News, Switzerland)

What’s behind Republican policies on food stamps that appear too cruel for most people to contemplate? For Switzerland’s News, columnist Patrik Etschmayer writes that what drives the American right’s complaints about people living off the state is a fear that the mainly White, Protestant, heterosexual, male dominated world is endangered, and a desire to punish those who appear to threaten it. For News, Patrik...

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Republican ‘Clowns’ Turn America into a ‘Laughing Stock’ (Rzeczpospolita, Poland)
Oct05

Republican ‘Clowns’ Turn America into a ‘Laughing Stock’ (Rzeczpospolita, Poland)

One might say that if the Republicans have lost Poland, they have lost the world. One of the few countries with officials who showed overt support for Mitt Romney during the 2012 campaign, this is the second op-ed this week written by Polish columnists lambasting House Republicans for closing down the federal government. For Rzeczpospolita, columnist Bartosz Weglarczyk writes that while House Republicans are ‘clowns’ that...

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A Call to Arms Against ‘American Exceptionalism’ (Izvestia, Russia)
Oct03

A Call to Arms Against ‘American Exceptionalism’ (Izvestia, Russia)

Is the notion of American exceptionalism a danger to the world and its march toward equality in all its forms? For Russia’s Izvestia, columnist Boris Mezhuyev calls on ‘the best of the world’s philosophers, the heads of traditional churches and representatives of all the world’s religions, and countries’ to join with Russia in depositing American exeptionalism into the dustbin of history, along with German...

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U.S. Isolationism: A Grave for Europe in Damascus? (L’Orient Le Jour, Lebanon)
Oct03

U.S. Isolationism: A Grave for Europe in Damascus? (L’Orient Le Jour, Lebanon)

Does the Syria crisis show that the United States under Barack Obama has begun a historic retrenchment back to North America? For Lebanon’s L’Orient Le Jour, columnist Antoine Courban warns Europe that if it fails to fill the vacuum of American withdrawal, it will end up being what geography intended before the rise of ancient Rome: ‘an extension – a peninsula – of Eurasia.’ For L’Orient Le...

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Budget Extremists Unforeseen by America’s Founding Fathers (Polityka, Poland)
Oct03

Budget Extremists Unforeseen by America’s Founding Fathers (Polityka, Poland)

Can the U.S. Congress pull things together before a superpower becomes a super deadbeat? For Poland’s Polityka, columnist Cezary Kowanda writes that when America’s founders thought up ‘checks and balances,’ they had no idea that Congress would one day be inhabited by people averse to compromise even in the face of disaster. For Polityka, Cezary Kowanda starts out this way: For now, Americans have no budget, and...

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Warning to Brazil Lawmakers Before Meeting with Edward Snowden (Estadao, Brazil)
Oct02

Warning to Brazil Lawmakers Before Meeting with Edward Snowden (Estadao, Brazil)

As the recent opening of the U.N. General Assembly demonstrates, quite a few nations continue to publicly fume over unrestrained NSA surveillance. At the head of the pack is Brazil, which is seeking global legislation to reduce U.S. Web dominance and is pressing Washington for guarantees that spying on Brazilian leaders, civilians and corporations will end. Meanwhile, domestically, President Rousseff is being pressed to show that...

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Obama ‘Leads from Behind’, Putin from Up Front (Rzeczpospolita, Poland)
Sep23

Obama ‘Leads from Behind’, Putin from Up Front (Rzeczpospolita, Poland)

How badly outplayed has Barack Obama been by Valdimir Putin? For Poland’s Rzeczpospolita, columnist Marek Magierowski writes that anyone with an elementary grasp of the Cold War – which the Poles have in spades – would have handled the Syria crisis and a long string of other issues far better than the Obama White House, which he considers to be an absolute foreign policy catastrophe. For Rzeczpospolita, Marek...

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Dilma Postpones Her U.S. State Visit; Saves Face for Both Sides (Folha, Brazil)
Sep18

Dilma Postpones Her U.S. State Visit; Saves Face for Both Sides (Folha, Brazil)

Brazil President Dilma Rousseff has taken a dramatic step in protest of NSA spying against her country, canceling a coveted state visit to the United States pending a more thorough explanation and apologies. This editorial from Brazil’s Folha calls the step ‘reasonable and innocuous’ – and a way to avoid the embarrassment of having more revelations of espionage emerge while she is visiting the White House. The...

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Putin’s Letter to Americans a Guilty Pleasure for the World (de Volkskrant, The Netherlands)
Sep16

Putin’s Letter to Americans a Guilty Pleasure for the World (de Volkskrant, The Netherlands)

Are Americans too thin-skinned about criticism of the notion of “American exceptionalism,” most recently enunciated by Russian President Vladimir Putin? For de Volkskrant of the Netherlands, columnist Thomas von der Dunk writes that despite his being an imperfect messenger, Putin’s analysis of the flaw in U.S. thinking is “entirely correct.” For de Volkskrant, Thomas von der Dunk writes in part: Putin is...

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The World Needs an America that ‘Hunts Down Monsters’ (Die Welt, Germany)
Sep12

The World Needs an America that ‘Hunts Down Monsters’ (Die Welt, Germany)

Can the world wean itself off of American military oversight? Are we nearing the end of the ‘Pax Americana’? For Germany’s Die Welt, columnist Clemens Wergin warns readers that they’ll be sorry if current trends continue, and the United States, as the crisis over Syria suggests is happening, returns to the isolationism of its Founding Fathers. For Die Welt, Clemens Wergi implores : “America goes not...

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President Rousseff: Snowden Documents Show U.S. Economic Espionage (Epoca, Brazil)
Sep11

President Rousseff: Snowden Documents Show U.S. Economic Espionage (Epoca, Brazil)

Brazil President Dilma Rouseff, after revelations emerged last week that the NSA had been spying on her and her senior aides, has now learned that in all likelihood, the agency has also been spying on Petrobras, the largest company in the Southern Hemisphere by market capitalization and powerhouse of the Brazilian corporate world. According to Brazil’s Epoca, the charges, made on Brazilian TV program Fantastico and based on...

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‘Not a Single Soldier, Not a Single Peso’ for Syrian Misadventure! (La Jornada, Mexico)
Sep10

‘Not a Single Soldier, Not a Single Peso’ for Syrian Misadventure! (La Jornada, Mexico)

What would the ultimate aim of a strike on Syria be? For Mexico’s La Jornada, columnist Guillermo Almeyra warns that standing behind the attack is Western capitalism doing what it always does: launching a major war in order to restore itself after a disastrous economic crisis, this time at the expense of the Arab people. For La Jornada, Guillermo Almeyra, laying out a Latin American left view of the Syria crisis, writes in part:...

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After NSA Scandal, Brazil Seeks Reduced U.S. Control Over Worldwide Web (Epoca, Brazil)
Sep10

After NSA Scandal, Brazil Seeks Reduced U.S. Control Over Worldwide Web (Epoca, Brazil)

The ramifications of the NSA’s now-exposed global surveillance programs are far from over. Much to the disappointment of official Washington, Brasilia has yet to calm down after discovering that almost nothing that is said or communicated electronically in Brazil is exempt from the NSA’s gigantic prying ears. Brazil’s Epoca newspaper, after new revelations aired on Fantastico, a popular TV program, interviewed...

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U.S. Targets Iran – this Time without Saddam’s Sarin Gas (El Seminal, Spain)
Sep09

U.S. Targets Iran – this Time without Saddam’s Sarin Gas (El Seminal, Spain)

Is Syria the target of Washington’s planned military action, allegedly for its use of chemical weapons, or is the target elsewhere? For Spain’s El Seminal, columnist Eduardo Arroyo writes that it is actually Iran in America’s sights, and that even if Assad used chemical weapons, after Washington armed Saddam Hussein and helped him launch sarin gas attacks against those very same Iranians a mere 25 years ago, the...

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Putin Should Be Humble in Face of Pope’s Appeal for Peace (La Croix, France)
Sep08

Putin Should Be Humble in Face of Pope’s Appeal for Peace (La Croix, France)

Can Russian President Vladimir Putin consider calls for peace by Pope Francis a ‘triumph’ of his opposition to a U.S. strike on Syria? For France’s La Croix, columnist Guillaume Goubert, recalling Pope John Paul II’s epic confrontation with the Kremlin, warns Putin that trifling with a pope’s words can be a risky business, especially for a Russian head of state. For La Croix, Guillaume Goubert writes in...

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G20 Chairs ‘Linguistically Rearranged’ to Keep Putin and Obama Apart (Izvestia, Russia)
Sep06

G20 Chairs ‘Linguistically Rearranged’ to Keep Putin and Obama Apart (Izvestia, Russia)

Given the growing rift between the presidents of Russia and the United States, Russian protocol officials have found a way to put a good distance between Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin at the G20 Summit, now proceeding in St. Petersburg. According to this news item from Russia’s Izvestia, rather than using Russian, the language of the host country, for the seating arrangements, English was used instead. So rather seated on...

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Castro: ‘Who Was Paid to Lie’ about Snowden Being Allowed in Cuba? (Cuba Debate, Cuba)
Sep03

Castro: ‘Who Was Paid to Lie’ about Snowden Being Allowed in Cuba? (Cuba Debate, Cuba)

Who told the Russian newspaper Kommersant that Cuba, buckling under pressure from the United States, had decided to forbid Edward Snowden from landing in Havana? Quoted around the media over the weekend, this is the entire column by former Cuba dictator Fidel Castro, who has written a rare op-ed to correct the record, saying that after 54 years of unflinching defiance of the ‘empire’, Havana did not, and would never, have...

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In Syria and Beyond, U.S. is Hostage of its Own Power (Gazeta, Russia)
Sep01

In Syria and Beyond, U.S. is Hostage of its Own Power (Gazeta, Russia)

Is the United States a prisoner of the power it wields and the lack of a significant military rival? For Russia’s Gazeta, columnist Fyodor Lukyanov lays out precisely what is about to happen in Syria – because as he says, once a superpower commits its forces, there can be no turning back. For Gazeta, Fyodor Lukyanov, chief editor for Russia in Global Affairs writes in part: By engaging in combat operations, the United...

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False Flag in Syria: Action Only Hitler Could Admire! (Argumenty i Facty, Russia)
Aug30

False Flag in Syria: Action Only Hitler Could Admire! (Argumenty i Facty, Russia)

When it comes to the U.S. and Russian narratives on Syria, it appears that never shall the twain meet. Columnist Andrei Sidorchik of Russia’s Argumenty i Facty considers the Western case for action against the Assad regime not only factually false, but logically absurd, and the product of a foreign policy intent on only one thing: installing a more compliant tool in Damascus. For Argumenty i Facty, Andrei Sidorchik writes in...

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