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North Korea's Rocket Test, Obama in Turkey, and Gaza Investigations

April 6, 2009

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Arab News (Saudi Arabia)

  • Israel and Gaza: An editorial in the Arab News calls for an independent and impartial investigation into Israel's incursion into the Gaza Strip earlier in 2009. The newspaper calls on the UNHCR to make sure the full numbers of casualties are published.

Australian

  • G-20 Boosts Confidence: In an editorial, it takes a positive view of last week's G-20 summit in London. The newspaper says the meeting went a long way to restoring confidence in global capitalism, particularly with regard to tighter international regulation.

Business Day (Nigeria)

  • G-20 lessons: In an editorial, it argues that the effect of the measures taken at last week's G-20 summit meeting in London will only become apparent over the next few months. The newspaper laments the fact that Nigeria was not present at the meeting, putting the blame on the current government there.

China Daily

  • China and the U.S.: Fu Mengzhi, a researcher at the China Institute of Contemporary International Relations, states that the meeting between U.S. President Barack Obama and Chinese President Hu Jintao in London last week demonstrated that relations between the two countries are regarded as a top priority in Washington. He urges the two men to continue to develop ties between the two countries.

Christian Science Monitor

  • Obama and North Korea: An editorial argues that the United States must put pressure on China to try to restrain North Korea in the wake of its firing of a rocket at the weekend. The paper calls on China to use sanctions and other pressure to rein in the communist state.

Dar Al-Hayat (Lebanon)

  • NATO and Muslims: Columnist Abdullah Iskandar considers the relations between NATO and the Muslim world in the light of the organization's sixtieth anniversary meeting at the weekend. The writer thinks NATO will focus even more on Muslim countries, but notes that Muslims have more friends now within the group, and hopes that Turkey will prove a valuable ally.

Dawn (Pakistan)

  • The Taliban in Swat: Columnist Ardeshir Cowasjee argues that the decision to allow the Taliban to impose Islamic law in the Swat region is a mistake. The writer claims that the Taliban there are no moderates, and that their implementation of the law there is barbaric.

Financial Times

  • Japan's Economic Woes: An editorial in the Financial Times describes the Japanese economy as being in free-fall. The paper urges the Bank of Japan to push through measures that will help kick-start its economy, badly hit by a huge drop in exports and domestic consumer demand.
  • Eastern Europe: In a second editorial, it considers a new report by the IMF on the state of the economies in Eastern Europe. The newspaper calls on the European Union to take the lead in helping shore up these economies, and suggests that 'euroization' - becoming allied to the euro, might help those Eastern countries that are in the Union.

Guardian (UK)

  • Obama and North Korea: An editorial in the Guardian says that the first real test for the new U.S. president has been posed by North Korea. The newspaper argues that Obama must enlist China's support, and that it should be willing to offer Pyongyang something in return for it giving up its stocks of plutonium.

Independent (UK)

  • North Korea: An editorial says that President Obama is right to make nuclear nonproliferation a priority. The paper argues that his efforts should be directed towards bringing the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty into force.
  • Turkey and the Armenians: Columnist Robert Fisk calls on President Obama to deliver on his campaign pledge to press the Turkish government to recognize the 1915 killing of Armenians as 'genocide'. The writer urges him to do so, but recognizes that the United States needs Turkey's help in its withdrawal from Iraq and to help mend fences with the Muslim world.

National (UAE)

  • Afghanistan: An editorial in the National looks at the promises made at NATO's sixtieth anniversary celebrations to do more to win the war in Afghanistan. The newspaper argues that as well as more troops, efforts at reconstruction and training must be much better focused.

New York Times

  • Obama and Iran: An editorial in the New York Times welcomes the progress made last week in U.S.-Iranian relations. The paper argues that the U.S. president should keep the pressure up on Tehran, to see if the Iranian authorities are willing to give up their nuclear efforts.
  • Turkey and the U.S.: Op-ed Columnist Robert Cohen reports on an interview with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The writer says that the Turkish prime minister is calling for greater balance in the U.S. view of the Middle East and the Islamic world as a whole.

Telegraph (UK)

  • North Korea: In an editorial, the Telegraph describes the North Korean regime as 'pathetic but dangerous.' The newspaper calls for China to take a lead to try to get the stalled six- nations talks on North Korea's nuclear ambitions started again.

Times of London

  • Nuclear Nonproliferation: An editorial considers the threat posed by countries such as North Korea. The newspaper urges President Obama to stand firm, and only to make concessions if the regime in Pyongyang demonstrates it can and will greatly improve the living conditions of its own people.

Toronto Star

  • U.S. Deserters:  An editorial calls on the Canadian government to pass legislation permitting the some two hundred U.S. deserters from the Iraq war to stay in Canada. The paper argues this would be a humane response, and one that is long overdue.

Wall Street Journal

  • North Korea: In an editorial, it looks at the weekend's rocket launch by North Korea, and is concerned that Kim Jong-Il might get his way by using the nuclear threat to win concessions from the United States. The newspaper urges President Obama to stand firm and not to give in to nuclear blackmail.
  • Israel and Iran: In another editorial, it considers the warnings by the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff on Iran's nuclear intentions. The paper notes the strong rhetoric employed by Benjamin Netanyahu when he became Israel's prime minister, and alerts its readers to the consequences of any Israeli strike on Iran.

 Washington Post

  • U.S.-Brazil: A Washington Post editorial considers the case of a U.S. man who is being denied the return of his son from Brazil after the death of his former Brazilian wife. The newspaper considers the wider problem of 'binational couples' and calls for international treaties on child abduction to be properly applied.
  • Cuba Embargo: Marc Thiessen, a visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution, argues against any lifting of the U.S. trade embargo on Cuba. This he says would be to throw away a useful bargaining chip for negotiations with whoever replaces the Castro brothers as Cuban leaders.