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Summit of the Americas, Middle East Talks, and the North Korea Threat

April 16, 2009



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Age (Australia)

  • North Korea-China: An editorial looks at North Korea's withdrawal from multilateral talks on nuclear disarmament. The newspaper sees this as a game Pyongyang is playing, especially with China, but argues that this is no reason for the rest of the world not to press on with a reduction of nuclear weapons.

Arab News

  • Mumbai Trial: In an editorial, Arab News focuses on the trial of the sole surviving suspected gunman from last year's attacks in Mumbai. The paper calls on India to ensure that the defendant is given a fair trial, and to show that the rule of law is always paramount.

 Christian Science Monitor

  • Russia and Moldova: An editorial in the Christian Science Monitor condemns Russia's attempts to undermine the authority of the OSCE electoral watchdog over the recent elections in Moldova.

Financial Times

  • U.S. Economy: An editorial in the Financial Times says that there can be no sustainable economic recovery in the United States without stable growth in demand throughout the world. This is as much a priority as creating a working banking system, the newspaper argues.
  • Obama and Cuba: In a further editorial, the Financial Times sees the relaxation of sanctions against Cuba as a good thing. The paper says the U.S. trade embargo on Cuba has failed, and that President Obama's move is the first step in an attempt to encourage reform on the island.

Globe and Mail (Canada)

  • Fiat and Chrysler: An editorial considers the possible merger between Fiat and Chrysler. The newspaper calls on the creditors and employees of Chrysler to accept that this move would be in everyone's best interests.


  • Electric Dreams: In an editorial, the Guardian considers governmental support for introducing electric cars in Britain. The newspaper argues that a more important move would be to promote electric trains and buses, and to put more emphasis on public transport.

Independent (UK)

  • Dealing with Piracy: An editorial calls for a concerted international effort to deal with the scourge of piracy off the Somali coast. The newspaper also calls for international organizations to help 'resuscitate' Somalia, as this offers the only long-term solution to the problem.

Jerusalem Post

  • Mideast Peace Initiatives: An editorial looks at the possibilities of the U.S. Envoy George Mitchell achieving results in his visit to the region. The newspaper argues that first of all progress is needed to deal with the 'toxic sway' of Iran.

Jordan Times

  • Mitchell in Israel: An editorial says the greatest challenge to the U.S. envoy's peace initiative is the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The newspaper says that Mitchell must insist on an end to the expansion of Israeli settlements as a first step.

Los Angeles Times

  • Colombia's Strongman: Michael Shifter, vice president for policy at the Inter-American Dialogue, looks at the Colombian President Alvaro Uribe. The writer is concerned that he may undermine Colombia's democratic traditions by standing for a third term in office, but says that his policies would probably need to be adopted by anyone taking over from him.

Miami Herald

  • Summit of the Americas: An editorial considers the prospects for this weekend's meeting of leaders from the American continent. The newspaper calls on President Obama to 'go beyond platitudes' and to offer a real new start on a range of policies affecting Latin American and Caribbean countries.

Moscow Times

  • Eastern Europe: Boris Kagarlitsky of the Institute of Globalization Studies looks at recent developments in Moldova and Georgia. The writer argues that the most pressing problem facing whatever government they elect is the current global economic crisis.

National (UAE)

  • India's Elections: An editorial considers the start of elections in India. The newspaper celebrates what it calls 'India's chaotic democracy' and argues that it is through the democratic process that the hate-mongers can be defeated.

Telegraph (UK)

  • Aid For Pakistan: Michael Nazir-Ali, Bishop of Rochester, says the international community must come together to help Pakistan. The writer points out that threats to Pakistan's security and stability affect the whole word, and calls for urgent efforts to be made to make sure that the government survives in Pakistan.

Times of London

  • Afghan Women: An editorial attacks a proposed new law in Afghanistan, which it maintains would mean a 'return to servitude' for women there. The paper calls on President Karzai to resist pressure from extremists in his country, and to defend basic women's rights.

Wall Street Journal

  • Tackling the Pirates: Columnist Daniel Henninger argues that the Somali pirates are just one example of a world 'awash with pirates.' He also cites Iran, North Korea, and Pakistan as countries which support piracy rather than the rule of law. The answer, he argues, is simple: Stand up to them.
  • Understanding Islam: Reuel Marc Gerecht of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies urges the Obama administration to pay close attention to the internal debates going on within Islam. The writer says this should go hand-in-hand with continuing efforts to promote liberal democracy in Muslim countries.

 Washington Post

  • Summit of the Americas: An editorial considers the pressures President Obama is likely to face from Latin American leaders this weekend to offer more concessions to Cuba. The newspaper argues that a more pressing question is the defense of democracy in Venezuela, which it sees as coming under increasing threat.