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Obama on LatAm Policy, Elections in India, and Future of Coal

April 17, 2009



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Miami Herald 

  • Obama-Latin America: U.S. President Obama, ahead of the Summit of the Americas, calls for a  "new beginning" in the U.S. relations with its neighbors to the south, in an op-ed.


  • Future for Coal: An editorial considers the Global Carbon Capture and Storage Institute launched on Thursday by the Australian government. The newspaper argues that this could give Australia a leading role in making the use of coal more palatable to Green objectors.

 Boston Globe

  • Cambodia Trial: An editorial says that the first trial of a Cambodian from the years of the 'killing fields' is also an indictment of U.S. policy in that period. The newspaper points out that the United States does not have a good record in its dealings with Cambodia, and calls for justice to be seen to be done.

Business Day (South Africa)

  • Land Reform: An editorial looks at the issue of land reform in view of the upcoming elections in South Africa. The newspaper laments the lack of progress on the issue, and urges the commission in charge to do all it can to push restitution through.

 Chicago Tribune

  • Mexico's Drug Cartels: An editorial considers the Mexican President Felipe Calderon and his efforts to take on his country's drug cartels. The newspaper applauds his tough initiatives, and argues that these policies should be followed up, whoever wins legislative elections in Mexico this year.

 Christian Science Monitor

  • Obama and Iran: In an editorial, the Christian Science Monitor suggests that President Obama could perhaps improve relations with Tehran if the two countries could talk about the problem of Afghanistan, which the newspaper argues is a headache for both of them.


  • Jacob Zuma: An editorial argues that Jacob Zuma could do a lot of good for Africa if elected as South Africa's next president. To do this however, the magazine argues, he needs to dispel the doubts over his character, and to bolster democracy in his own country.
  • Indian Elections: A further editorial looks at what it terms India's 'chaotic' general elections. The magazine comes out in support of Prime MInister Singh's Congress party, and says that with all its faults, India's lumbering elections are better than any alternative.
  • U.S. Banks: Another editorial notes that Goldman Sachs and other major U.S. banks are prepared to repay the bailout cash they were given by the U.S. government. The magazine argues that this does not mean that the banking system as a whole is in the clear.

 Financial Times

  • EU and Romania: In an editorial, the Financial Times considers Romania's decision to grant citizenship to more than a million Moldovans. The newspaper argues that moves of this sort raise the problem of the EU's relations with countries like Moldova it has no intention of bringing into the fold.
  • Fighting World Hunger: In a further editorial, the Financial Times says that to guarantee efficient global food production, governments around the world should ensure that producers and importers have properly functioning world markets.


  • Eritrea: An editorial looks at a newly-published report by Human Rights Watch describing what it calls '21st century fascism' in that country. The newspaper describes Eritrea as the 'world's biggest prison' and calls on the international community to make more effort to try to improve the situation there.

Moscow Times

  • Eastern Europe: Mikhail Margelov, chairman of the International Affairs Committee in the Federation Council, looks at the links between Russian and U.S. parliamentarians. The writer argues that they have an important role to play in discussing areas of international interest, and are now to consider the issue of nuclear disarmament.

 National (UAE)

  • China's Economy: An editorial looks at the slowdown in the Chinese economy. The newspaper says that although the news seems bad, there could be a silver lining, and that the worst might be over.

 Sydney Morning Herald

  • Unrest in Thailand: An editorial says that the protests in Thailand are not over, but have merely paused. The newspaper calls on the Thai government to reach out to the 'red shirts' and look into their grievances, if stability is to be restored.

 Telegraph (UK)

  • French Fishermen: An editorial considers the recent blockade by French fishermen on North Sea ports. The newspaper argues that the French state should not have capitulated to them, and should be held accountable for the disruption to international trade.

  Times of London

  • India's Elections: An editorial considers the start of elections in India. The newspaper notes that it is not the number of voters which matters, but whether they have a real choice. The paper laments the fact that there is no real difference between the policies of the main parties.

 Wall Street Journal

  • Obama and Cuba: While welcoming President Obama's new moves on Cuba, an editorial calls on him to denounce what it calls 'Cuba's dictatorship.' The newspaper argues that the United States and Brazil should push for the Cuban regime to release political prisoners and hold free elections.
  • U.S. and Torture: An editorial welcomes President Obama's decision not to prosecute any member of the CIA over the alleged use of 'torture' tactics on terrorist suspects. It also denounces any attempt to set up a 'Truth Commission' to look at the 'War on Terror' during the Bush government.

  Washington Post

  • U.S. and Torture: In an editorial, the Washington Post applauds President Obama for striking what it terms a 'wise balance' over the issue of 'torture' tactics used by CIA agents on terror suspects during the Bush years. The newspaper argues that even if there are no prosecutions for past actions, there should be a thorough investigation into what went on.

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