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International Diplomacy, Northern Ireland, and Bringing Bashir to Justice

March 9, 2009


 Age (Australia)

  • Bashir Warrant: In an editorial, it applauds the decision of the International Criminal Court to issue a warrant for the arrest of Sudan's leader Omar al-Bashir to face trial for crimes against humanity. The newspaper sees this as a crucial step in the long development of international human rights law.

 Arab News

  • Palestine Unity: Arab News sees Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad's resignation as a noble gesture which will improve the chances of a possible unity government of Fatah and Hamas, that could help end the polarization of Palestinian life and give the regional peace process a boost.


  • Australia's Bid for UN Seat: In an editorial, it considers the diplomatic efforts the Rudd government is making to try to become a temporary member of the UN security council for 2013-2014. The newspaper considers this is putting too much emphasis on what would be a minor prize for Australia.

Dar Al-Hayat (Lebanon)

  • Obama and Syria: Columnist Zuheir Kseibati considers the new approach to the Middle East adopted by the U.S. Obama administration. The writer acknowledges the importance of Syria, but also emphasizes that a strong and democratic Lebanon is in everyone's interests.

 Financial Times

  • Survival of Global Capitalism: In an editorial announcing a series on The Future of Capitalism, the Financial Times argues that capitalism has to change if it is to avoid global depression, and that the upcoming G-20 meeting in London should be the occasion to herald this new approach.


  • Northern Ireland: In an editorial, The Guardian reflects on the killing of two British soldiers in Northern Ireland at the weekend. Condemning the attack, the paper argues that outrages of this kind will not derail the peace process in the province.

Irish Times

  • Northern Ireland: The newspaper, in an editorial, condemns the attack on British soldiers in Northern Ireland. It argues that it makes no sense to return to the dark days of the past.

Jerusalem Post

  • Clinton's Visit:  U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's criticism of plans to demolish Arab buildings in East Jerusalem is seen by the paper as unhelpful and ill-considered. It rejects the link she made, in their view, between the road map for peace and Jerusalem's municipal administration.

Jordan Times

  • Women's Day: The Jordan Times looks back on International Women's Day on 8 March, and considers how much progress on equality for women has been made in Jordan. The paper calls on Jordanian women to prove they can be leaders, and on the authorities to live up to their promises.

Los Angeles Times

  • Obama and Racism: In an editorial, the Los Angeles Times looks forward to an April UN conference on racism. It regrets the decision by the Obama team not to participate in the meeting, considering it would have been a good opportunity for him to outline his administration's stance on the matter.

New York Times

  • Obama and the Middle East: Op-ed Columnist Roger Cohen argues that the Obama administration needs to recognize that both Hezbollah and Hamas will have to be part of any progress made towards peace in the Middle East.
  • Obama's Economic Policy: Op-ed Columnist Paul Krugman argues that President Obama's plan to stimulate the economy was too small and too cautious. He writes that unless his administration sees how dire the real situation is, all its efforts will be too little, too late.

Telegraph (UK)

  • Death in Zimbabwe: In an editorial, it says that the death of Susan Tsvangirai has raised questions about how long power-sharing in Zimbabwe can survive. The paper considers that President Mugabe entered the agreement in bad faith, and South Africa should play a more forceful role in bringing true democracy to Zimbabwe.

Times of London

  • Talking to the Taliban: In an editorial, it argues that it is becoming increasingly clear that no clear-cut military victory can be won in Afghanistan. The paper urges President Obama  to bring both the Taliban and Pakistan into the equation in the search for peace.

Globe and Mail (Canada)

  • Talking to Russia: The paper considers Hillary Clinton's efforts to bring about a thaw in U.S- Russian relations. While applauding the effort, the paper warns that a 'carrot and stick' approach will probably work best in future negotiations.

 Wall Street Journal

  • Mexico's Woes: Columnist Mary Anastasia O'Grady writes about how the economic depression is having a disastrous effect on the U.S. southern neighbor. The national currency has plummeted, and the level of foreign investment in Mexico has also nosedived. The writer questions whether there is sufficient political will in Mexico to bring in the changes needed to face the enormous challenges.
  • Islam and Peace: Tawfik Hamid, a senior fellow at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies, writes of the dangers of adopting a double standard over preaching violence and hatred. He calls on Islamic scholars to reject this kind of language, and to prove that Islam is a religion of peace.

 Washington Post

  • Obama's Foreign Policy: Robert Kagan, a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace takes a wide-ranging look at the new president's foreign policy promises. He concludes that President Obama must above all make his actions match his rhetoric.
  • Talking to Iran: Mohammad Hassan Khani, an assistant professor of international relations at Imam Sadiq University in Tehran argues that the United States should engage more fully in dialogue with the authorities in Tehran. He argues that it is in the interest of both sides to put aside the past and to look to the future in a constructive way.