Archive: Global

In Rumsfeld's Fall, Hope and Reckoning

Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld's resignation is being welcomed the world over as a sure sign that U.S. policy on Iraq will change. Iranians expressed hope for avoiding confrontation with the United States as a result of Rumsfeld's departure, according to...

By Jefferson Morley | November 10, 2006; 12:21 PM ET | Comments (73)

Saddam's Trial: Farce or Justice?

The death sentence handed down Sunday for Saddam Hussein's role in the execution of 148 Shiite villagers in 1982 provoked strong media reaction the world over. The strongest expressions of approval came from two groups who don't often agree: Iranian...

By Jefferson Morley | November 6, 2006; 11:28 AM ET | Comments (33)

Firestorm Over Australian Cleric's Remarks

An Australian cleric's comparison of Muslim women who forgo the veil to pieces of "uncovered meat" has sparked yet another controversy pitting Islamic fundamentalism against Western opinion. The Australian reported last week that the cleric, Sheik Taj Aldin al-Hilali, made...

By Jefferson Morley | October 31, 2006; 10:04 AM ET | Comments (46)

Chavez's Campaign to Sit With the 'Devil'

Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez's speech to the United Nations last month in which he described President Bush as the "devil" may only be a preview of things to come. On Monday, the United Nations will vote on Venezuela's bid to...

By Jefferson Morley | October 13, 2006; 11:31 AM ET | Comments (53)

In U.N. Coverage, Local Politics Counts

In the global online media, the speeches of presidents George W. Bush, Mahmoud Ahmedinejad and Hugo Chavez dominated coverage of the U.N. General Assembly -- but not always and not everywhere. A look at how world leaders made headlines after their appearances at the U.N. session...

By Jefferson Morley | September 21, 2006; 10:41 AM ET | Comments (7)

Cartoon Roundup: Pope Benedict and Islam

Is it more insulting to portray Pope Benedict as a Nazi than to portray the Prophet Muhammed as a suicide bomber? Rose Al Yousef cartoon The pontiff is portrayed wearing a Nazi medallion on the cover of this week's edition...

By Jefferson Morley | September 20, 2006; 08:01 AM ET | Comments (70)

Pundits See Revival for Non-Aligned Movement

While scorned or ignored by U.S. commentators, the Non-Aligned Movement summit in Havana over the weekend made headlines in the international online media as a revived forum for nations that want to take an independent position in a one superpower...

By Jefferson Morley | September 18, 2006; 06:22 PM ET | Comments (13)

Sept. 11 Anniversary: Sorrow and Anger Around the World

"It was not supposed to turn out this way," says the Daily Inquirer in the Philippines. "Five years after the attacks of September 11, 2001," says Le Figaro (in French), "America has more enemies in the world than it had...

By Jefferson Morley | September 11, 2006; 12:01 PM ET | Comments (20)

Guantanamo Reax: Court Ruling a Victory For U.S. Ideals

The Daily Telegraph, a conservative paper in England, cast the story of the Supreme Court's Guantanamo decision in in quintessentially American terms: One good man takes on the "Powers That Be" and wins. Call it, Mr. Swift goes to Washington....

By Jefferson Morley | July 5, 2006; 11:12 AM ET | Comments (10)

Globalization and the Beautiful Game

"Football, that classic generator of cliches, has lately spawned another: that the beautiful game is one of the world's most globalised industries." So says The London Independent, sounding a theme common among global commentators who see the World Cup tournament...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | June 22, 2006; 07:20 AM ET | Comments (5)

The Nuclear Politics of Oil

As negotiations continue between the Western powers and Iran, the politics of oil are significantly shaping the showdown over Iran's nuclear program. Iran is the second-largest oil producer in the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and it sits...

By washingtonpost.com | June 13, 2006; 06:14 PM ET | Comments (20)

In Da Vinci's Code, A World of Distrust

"The Da Vinci Code," opening on movie screens around the world today, "has clearly touched something in the popular psyche," says Boris Johnston in London's Daily Telegraph. Make that something in the global psyche. In China, the Catholic Church's call...

By Jefferson Morley | May 19, 2006; 09:14 AM ET | Comments (68)

Talk of Iran Strikes Gets Cool Response

When it comes to persuading the rest of the world about how to respond to Iran's nuclear program, the U.S. government has an audience of five: The generally sympathetic European powers--Britain, France and Germany--and the studiously aloof U.N. Security Council...

By Jefferson Morley | April 11, 2006; 09:45 AM ET | Comments (57)

That Holocaust Cartoon Contest

The results of the infamous Iranian Holocaust cartoon contest are starting to come in. The contest was launched earlier this month by the Iranian newspaper Hamshahri in response to Jyllands Posten of Copenhagen and other Western newspapers that ran controversial...

By Jefferson Morley | February 24, 2006; 01:37 PM ET | Comments (30)

Apology Met With Anger Over Danish Cartoons

The image of the Prophet Muhammad as a suicide bomber is literally an explosive one. Several cartoons published in the Danish newspaper Jyland Posten last fall have stirred an international controversy, with Arab countries withdrawing diplomats from Copenhagen and calling...

By Jefferson Morley | January 31, 2006; 10:35 AM ET | Comments (534)

Cartoon Roundup

First lady Laura Bush headed a U.S. delegation to attend the inauguration of Liberian President Ellen Surleaf Johnson. Her presence, along with other famous guests including Secretary of State Condoleezza Rica and talk show host Oprah Winfrey, had the host...

By Jefferson Morley | January 21, 2006; 10:00 AM ET | Email a Comment

Bin Laden Message: Boost for Bush?

Osama bin Laden's latest audiotape, threatening the United States and offering truce, is both a message to the Arab and Muslim world and a boost for President Bush, according to reports in several international media outlets. In bin Laden's native...

By Jefferson Morley | January 20, 2006; 10:23 AM ET | Comments (37)

How Will Russia and China Vote on Iran?

As Britain, France and Germany move toward referring Iran to the U.N. Security Council over its nuclear program, Russia and China are now key to the West's goal of pressuring the Islamic Republic to abandon its quest for the bomb....

By Jefferson Morley | January 19, 2006; 07:55 AM ET | Comments (16)

Cartoons: From Riots to Christmas

After rioting between white Australians and Muslim immigrants resulted in scores of arrests this month in Sydney, Bill Leake of The Australian had his own take on the subsequent debate about multiculturalism and racism that raged in the country's media:...

By Jefferson Morley | December 23, 2005; 09:15 AM ET | Comments (11)

Cartoon Roundup

The world news was dominated by Iraq's election, the war on terror and the global climate conference in Montreal. Hasan Bleibel/Al-Mustakbal (Lebanon) In the Middle East, the spectacle of Iraqis voting freely made the biggest impression on cartoonists. Polls show...

By Jefferson Morley | December 18, 2005; 01:01 PM ET | Comments (3)

World Cartoon Roundup

The most compellling visual commentary of the week concerned Saddam Hussein's trial in Iraq and Condoleezza Rice's trip to Europe.

By Jefferson Morley | December 10, 2005; 12:15 PM ET | Comments (4)

Is Kyoto Dead?

Do the world's governments have a plan on global warming? After today the answer may be no, according to reports coming out of the world conference on climate change in Montreal. The conference, largely uncovered in the U.S. media, was...

By Jefferson Morley | December 9, 2005; 11:10 AM ET | Comments (29)

The Message in the Prize

President Bush will not be amused by the Nobel Prize awarded to Mohamed ElBaradei and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), predicts the Age in Australia. "Intentionally or not, the decision ... is a rebuke to United States President George...

By Jefferson Morley | October 7, 2005; 12:19 PM ET | Comments (8)

Uncovered at Home and Abroad

The international online media often jump on stories that the U.S. media pass up. In the past five days, five stories from around the world illustrate how this happens. Why it happens is another question that is open to a...

By Jefferson Morley | October 4, 2005; 08:25 AM ET | Comments (13)

Pop Goes the Bubble

The difference between America and Australia: In America everybody's talking the possibility of a real estate bubble. In Australia, they're living it. Real estate prices in Sydney, which rose by about 175 percent from 1994 to 2004, have fallen 10...

By Jefferson Morley | September 28, 2005; 02:00 PM ET | Comments (20)

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; 08:00 AM ET | Comments (9)

Launching

Starting today, the World Opinion Roundup blog will do on a daily basis what the column of the same name does every Tuesday: Present a balanced selection of what the world thinks about the stories that are -- and are...

By Jefferson Morley | September 12, 2005; 07:56 AM ET | Comments (5)

Unhappy Anniversary

Four years ago this morning, the French newspaper Le Monde memorably proclaimed in a banner headline: "Nous sommes tous Américains -- We are all Americans." Today the Paris daily offers an utterly forgettable Sept. 11 piece (in French) by U.S....

By Jefferson Morley | September 12, 2005; 07:55 AM ET | Comments (8)

 

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