Archive: November 06, 2005 - November 12, 2005

European Media See an American Gulag

From Iceland to Turkey, The Washington Post's Nov. 2 story, "CIA Holds Terror Suspects In Secret Prisons," has elicited denunciations and denials in the online media. While every East European government denied the presence of secret CIA detention centers within...

By Jefferson Morley | November 11, 2005; 7:48 AM ET | Comments (53)

The End of Teflon Tony Blair?

"Blair's darkest day," said the Daily Mail. "The end of Teflon Tony," said The Times. "Humiliating," said The Sun. "Shattering," said the Scotsman The British online media are not shy about passing judgments on the implications of the House of...

By Jefferson Morley | November 10, 2005; 11:48 AM ET | Comments (5)

French Fried: Readers Respond to the Riots

In a wide-ranging Live Online discussion on the French riots yesterday, readers weighed in with some timely questions and comments, including: From Windsor Mill, Md.: "Fox News has bannered this story as 'Muslim Riots.' Has that been the trend with...

By Jefferson Morley | November 9, 2005; 4:42 PM ET | Comments (10)

Europe Wonders 'Could It Happen Here?'

Could it happen here? That's the question London's Daily Telegraph is asking its readers about the riots in France. It's the questions people all over Europe are asking themselves. The answer varies by country, but it almost always revolves around...

By Jefferson Morley | November 9, 2005; 9:51 AM ET | Comments (16)

Live Online

I will be hosting a Live Online discussion about international media reaction to the rioting in France at 2 p.m. Wednesday, November 9. Questions, comments, and links welcome. Check in here....

By Jefferson Morley | November 9, 2005; 5:55 AM ET | Comments (1)

Maradona the Pundit

Diego Maradona, soccer superstar-turned-drug-addict-turned-TV-talkshow host, lead a massive demonstration against President Bush in Argentina last weekend as the hemisphere's leaders gathered for a summit The international media described his first foray in geopolitics in many ways.  Take your pick from...

By Jefferson Morley | November 8, 2005; 7:00 PM ET | Email a Comment

Sharing the Blame in France

A sense of desperation continues to pervade French commentary on the rioting that has spread across the country. There is a widespread feeling that the country's "Republican social pact" is falling apart. Even after President Jacques Chirac declared a state...

By Jefferson Morley | November 8, 2005; 2:10 PM ET | Comments (20)

French Conservative Defends Himself

Those French liberals, soft on Iraq and soft on their Muslims, are getting their comeuppance from Islamic terrorists as the "clash of civilizations"  arrives at chez Chirac. So say some readers of this blog in written comments on the spread...

By Jefferson Morley | November 8, 2005; 7:07 AM ET | Comments (30)

Commentators See Bush Summit Setback

In the end, it was about trade, not boxing. Yes, President Bush took a "veiled swipe" at Venezuela's Hugo Chavez . And yes, Chavez said that Bush lost "by a knockout." And yes, demonstrators bashed Bush in Argentina, Brazil and...

By Jefferson Morley | November 7, 2005; 11:35 AM ET | Comments (9)

France's Left and Right Debate Riots' Causes

Ten days of intensifying riots in Muslim-dominated suburbs of Paris and other cities has left France shaken and divided. The toll is evident in the French online media. "A country which prides itself as the fatherland of the humans right...

By Jefferson Morley | November 6, 2005; 1:25 PM ET | Comments (97)

 

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