Archive: February 26, 2006 - March 04, 2006

Pakistan as Second Fiddle

If India is a friend of the United States, Pakistan is only an ally.  The difference, say Pakistan online commentators, explains why President Bush's visit to Islamabad on Saturday is unlikely to generate the warmth or positive headlines of his...

By Jefferson Morley | March 3, 2006; 1:17 PM ET | Comments (65)

India: We Have Arrived

Indian online commentators agree: India has arrived as a superpower.The signing of a civilian nuclear agreement with the United States has pushed the stock market and national self-esteem to new heights. "For a country that was widely regarded as 20th...

By Jefferson Morley | March 2, 2006; 9:50 AM ET | Comments (45)

Two Indias -- How Class Colors Public Opinion

Bush's approval ratings may be high overall in India, but the country's class differences play a significant role in coloring the reception of American ideals there. An editorial in today's edition of The Hindu, one of India's largest circulation...

By Jefferson Morley | March 1, 2006; 2:06 PM ET | Comments (72)

India Divided on U.S. Nuke Deal

The key question of President Bush's visit to India, say Indian online commentators, is whether the two countries will finalize a July 2005 agreement promising India access to U.S. and foreign civilian nuclear technology. The deal would allow India to...

By Jefferson Morley | March 1, 2006; 1:37 PM ET | Comments (22)

Pro-America India (and Anti-)

As President Bush departs for India today, he can expect a warmer reception than in most countries. Sixty-six percent of Indians polled by the newsweekly Outlook said that they regard Bush as a friend of India. Bush benefits from generally...

By Jefferson Morley | February 28, 2006; 2:29 PM ET | Comments (92)

Iraq's Sectarian Violence: Made in America?

"In a gesture of goodwill, Iraqi Sunnis in the northern city of Samarra are working tirelessly to rebuild the Golden Mosque, one of the holiest Shiite shrines which was devastated in an odious explosion last week," reports Islam Online. Whether...

By Jefferson Morley | February 28, 2006; 9:15 AM ET | Comments (31)

Helping Hand for Hamas

The U.S. effort to cut off international assistance to the Hamas-led Palestinian government is drawing near universal criticism in the Arab online media. A press survey by the reformist Middle East Times in Egypt finds that even news organizations critical...

By Jefferson Morley | February 27, 2006; 3:34 PM ET | Comments (21)

Sweet Sixteen in the U.K.

Old enough to drive, old enough to vote. That's the conclusion of a British parliamentary commission, which recommended lowering the voting age to 16 years of age as part of a broader effort to reinvigorate democracy in the United Kingdom....

By Jefferson Morley | February 27, 2006; 10:30 AM ET | Comments (6)

 

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