Archive: September 18, 2005 - September 24, 2005

South Korea Nuclear Reaction

South Korea's editorialists took a wide view of the joint statement issued by the six countries negotiating over North Korea's nuclear program. Dong-A Ilbo said the agreement can free Koreans from the fear of nuclear war. The Seoul daily praised...

By Jefferson Morley | September 24, 2005; 9:00 AM ET | Comments (3)

Syria Squirming

The autocratic government of Syria is on edge about its future and that, say online commentators in the Middle East, is both good and worrisome news. Detlev Mehlis is the head of a United Nations team investigating the assassination of...

By Jefferson Morley | September 23, 2005; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (4)

Chavez to Foes: Pass the Ketchup

If you enjoy America's polarized politics, consider Venezuela's divisive debate over leftist President Hugo Chavez. In the past week, Chavez has made news by cancelling all mining concessions to foreign firms, suggesting the removal of the United Nations from New...

By Jefferson Morley | September 23, 2005; 8:11 AM ET | Comments (70)

Women in Trouble

The British tabloids, the world's leaders in prurient journalism, are tut-tutting about supermodel Kate Moss's misbehavior. Her "three in a bed lesbian orgies"  have left her "shamed" and losing work as the cops come a knocking. It takes a lot...

By Jefferson Morley | September 23, 2005; 8:00 AM ET | Comments (9)

Castro Sits By the Phone

Another hurricane plows towards the United States. Washington still has not responded to Cuba's offer of medical help and Fidel Castro continues to milk Washington's indifference to make his government look good. "We offer life," he proclaims. Bombastic and self-serving?...

By Jefferson Morley | September 22, 2005; 12:25 PM ET | Comments (13)

Iran Grows Bolder

It's about 2,100 miles from Basra, a dusty city in southern Iraq, to Vienna, a marbled capital in Central Europe, but their political connection is vivid. Today both cities are showcases for Iran's assertive foreign policy and the West's inability...

By Jefferson Morley | September 22, 2005; 9:08 AM ET | Comments (19)

The Basra Setback

On the clash in Basra, reader David Patrick from the United Kingdom asks the right question:  "where does this leave our exit strategy?" A senior Iraqi official admitted today to the BBC that the country's security forces have been infiltrated...

By Jefferson Morley | September 21, 2005; 8:23 AM ET | Comments (10)

Angela, Gerhard or Bozo?

"Americans take heart: the United States is apparently not the only major western democracy unable to pull off an election. Germany's vote on Sunday has been a disaster from the get-go," says commentator Marc Young of Deutsche-Welle. The problem is...

By Jefferson Morley | September 21, 2005; 7:17 AM ET | Comments (2)

'Fragile' Basra

Southern Iraq was supposed to be a bright spot for President Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair;  the one place where coalition troops and Iraqi security forces were working in harmony toward an eventual handover of power that...

By Jefferson Morley | September 20, 2005; 3:00 PM ET | Comments (4)

Iraqi Corruption on the U.S. Watch

Stories about massive corruption on the U.S. watch in Iraq are not new. Nor are they going away. Iraqi officials told The Washington Post and other news organizations yesterday that they will soon bring charges against the country's former minister...

By Jefferson Morley | September 20, 2005; 8:30 AM ET | Comments (18)

Iran Finds Friends

"Does Iran want to become the new North Korea?" asked the conservative French daily Le Figaro (in French) on Monday. Probably not. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's uncompromising speech at the United Nations summit last week asserting Iran's "inalienable right" to...

By Jefferson Morley | September 19, 2005; 3:48 PM ET | Comments (4)

Germany Upside Down

Angela Merkel, the conservative candidate, led her Christian Democratic party to a first place finish but suffered a "bitter defeat," according to Spiegel Online. Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder was expected to lose and did -- but the Social Democrat leader is...

By Jefferson Morley | September 19, 2005; 8:53 AM ET | Comments (11)

 

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